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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

X-Finity Series:
Saturday, 4/29, Richmond Int'l Raceway, ToyotaCare 250, 12:30pm, MRN

Indy Car Series:
Saturday, 4/29, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix, 9pm, IMS

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
Sunday, 4/30, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Toyota Owners 400, 1pm, MRN


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NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singler, MRN Radio)

TEAM PENSKE’S FINAL APPEAL WILL NOW BE HEARD MAY 9th
The date for Team Penske’s final appeal of penalties that were handed down last month has been moved to May 9th. The hearing had been scheduled for this week. On April 12th, The National Motorsports Appeal Panel upheld the penalties that were assessed to Team Penske following the Monster Energy Series Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway. The team immediately announced that it would request a final appeal hearing, which is available per NASCAR rules. On March 22nd, driver Brad Keselowski and team owner Roger Penske were each docked thirty-five championship points, and crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined sixty-five thousand dollars and suspended for three races after measurements of the rear wheel-steer assembly on their Number-2 Ford did not conform to NASCAR tolerances during post-race inspection. Wolfe sat out one race before the sanctioning body granted the team’s request to defer the final two races of his suspension during the appeal process … Team Penske X-finity Series crew chief Greg Erwin has been suspended for one race and fined ten thousand dollars, and the Number-22 team has been docked ten championship points after height measurements on the front of Ryan Blaney’s second-place Ford were found to be outside NASCAR tolerances during post-race inspection following last weekend’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol.

TRACK FACTS
NASCAR haulers will roll into Richmond International Raceway today as preparations continue for this weekend’s X-finity/Monster Energy Series doubleheader. The first on-track action will come with opening Cup Series practice on Friday at 11:30 a.m. (ET) … With Jimmie Johnson’s victory on Monday in Bristol, the list of Monster Energy Series race winners this season still stands at six. If there are 11 new names in Victory Lane over the final eighteen regular-season races, then there’ll be one driver with a race win to his credit that will not get a spot in the 2017 playoffs – which will include only the top sixteen eligible drivers based primarily on race wins. Johnson and Brad Keselowski are the only Cup Series drivers with multiple victories this year and are virtually assured of a spot in the ten-race post-season title chase that will open September 17th at Chicagoland Speedway … The list of notable drivers still looking for their first Cup Series win of 2017 includes Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Junior, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth.

NASCAR MANUFACTURER STANDINGS
CUP SERIES … Chevrolet 298 (4 wins), Ford 290 (3), Toyota 267 (1)

X-FINITY SERIES – Bill France Performance Award … Ford 255 (2 wins), Chevrolet 250 (2), Toyota 243 (3), Dodge 27 (0)

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … Chevrolet 114 (2 wins), Toyota 109 (1), Ford 85 (0)

NASCAR BIRTHDAY
Austin Dillon (Welcome, North Carolina), who drives the Number-3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the Monster Energy Series, is celebrating his 27th birthday today.

ON THIS DATE
April 27th, 2003: Kurt Busch became the first repeat winner of the 2003 Cup Series with a victory at Auto Club Speedway. Busch grabbed the lead with twelve laps to go, and held off Bobby Labonte and Rusty Wallace down the stretch for his sixth career win – ending a streak of nine different race winners to start that year. Busch had won earlier that season at Bristol.


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 

Sunday, 5/7, Talladega Superspeedway, Geico 500, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 5/13, Kansas Speedway, Go Bowling 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 5/20, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR All-Star Race, 5:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 5/28, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Coca-Cola 600, 5pm, PRN
Sunday, 6/4, Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400 Drive for Autism, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/11, Pocono Raceway, Pocono 400, 2pm, MRN
Sunday, 6/18, Michigan Int'l Speedway, FireKeepers Casino 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 6/25, Sonoma Raceway, Toyota/Save Mart 350, 2pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/1, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Coke Zero 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/8, Kentucky Speedway, Quaker State 400, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/19, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New Hampshire 301, 2pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/23, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard 400, 2:30pm, PRN/IMS
Sunday, 7/30, Pocono Raceway, Pennsyvania 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 8/6, Watkins Glen Int'l, Watkins Glen 355, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 8/13, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Pure Michigan 400, 12 noon, MRN
Saturday, 8/19, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 9/3, Darlington Raceway, Bojangles' Southern 500, 5:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/9, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/17, Chicagoland Speedway, Chicagoland 400, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/24, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New Hampshire 300, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/1, Dover Int'l Speedway, Dover 400, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/7, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/15, Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama 500, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/22, Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/29, Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville 500, 12:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/5, Texas Motor Speedway, AAA Texas 500, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/12, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Can-Am 500, 2pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/19, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2pm, MRN


NASCAR X-Finity Series

Saturday, 5/6, Talladega Superspeedway, Sparks Energy 300, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 5/27, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Heisense 300, 12:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 6/3, Dover Int'l Speedway, Dover 300, 2pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/10, Pocono Raceway, Pocono Green 250, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/17, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Michigan 250, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 6/24, Iowa Speedway, American Ethanol E15 250, 8pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/15, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, AutoLotto 200, 3:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/22, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lilly Diabetes 250, 3pm, PRN/IMS
Saturday, 7/29, Iowa Speedway, U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland, 7:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/5, Watkins Glen Int'l, Zippo 200 at the Glen, 1:45pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/12, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Mid-Ohio 200, 2:15pm, MRN
Sunday, 8/27, Road America, Road America 180, 2:15pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/2, Darlington Raceway, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, 7:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/16, Chicagoland Speedway, Chicagoland 300, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/23, Kentucky Speedway, Visit MyrtleBeach.com 300, 7:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 9/30, Dover Int'l Speedway, Drive Sober 200, 2pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/21, Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 300, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/4, Texas Motor Speedway, O'Reilly Auto Parts 300, 8pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/11, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Ticket Galaxy 200, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/18, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4pm, MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Saturday, 6/17, Gateway Motorsports Park, Gateway 200, 8:15pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/29, Pocono Raceway, Pocono Mountains 150, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/12, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Michigan 200, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 9/3, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/23, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30 PM, MRN
Saturday, 9/30, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas 350, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/14, Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/28, Martinsville Speedway, Alpha Energy Solutions 200, 1pm, MRN


Indy Car Series

Sunday, 5/28, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500, 11am, IMS
Saturday 6/10, Texas Motor Speedway, TBA, 8pm, IMS
Sunday 7/9, Iowa Speedway, TBA, 5pm, IMS


 2017 NASCAR Race Format and Points System:

• Races will now consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage.
• The top-10 finishers of the first two stages will be awarded additional championship points.
• The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to his or her reset total following race No. 26, if that competitor makes the playoffs.
• All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the playoffs (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.
• Championship points following the first two stages will be awarded on a descending scale, with the stage winner receiving 10 points, second receiving 9 points, and so on.
• The race winner following the final stage will now receive 40 points, second-place will receive 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, and so on.

(All content in this article courtesy of MRN Radio, source: http://www.mrn.com/Race-Series/NASCAR-Sprint-Cup/News/Articles/2017/01/NASCAR-Announces-New-Race-Format.aspx)

NASCAR announced enhancements to the race format and points system for the 2017 season during a press conference Monday evening, January 23rd, at the Charlotte Convention Center.

After listening to the fans, industry key stakeholders - teams, drivers and tracks - met to help plan out the new format that is intended to help create more compelling racing early in each race and add additional incentives for competitors during the events.

“Simply put, this will make our great racing even better,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “I’m proud of the unprecedented collaboration from our industry stakeholders, each of whom had a common goal – strengthening the sport for our fans. This is an enhancement fully rooted in teamwork, and the result will be an even better product every single week.”

Starting with the season-opening races at Daytona International Speedway, each race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series - will be divided into three stages with no changes to the advertised distance. Each of the first two stages (approximately 25-30 percent of the race distance) will end at the designated lap count regardless of race flag conditions. The four drivers racing for the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in each respective series will not score stage points.

Once stage 1 or 2 ends, which will use an alternate checkered flag, the race will go into caution to allow for a commercial break. Pit road will also be closed at least five laps prior to the stage coming to a completion. For each stage, the top 10 drivers will receive championship points (10 for the winner, 9 for second place, etc.). The winner will also receive one-point for seedings for the playoffs. The driver who takes the checkered flag in the final stage will be the race winner and will also get five points for the playoffs and will receive a total of 40 championship points for the win. Second-place will receive 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, and so on. The green-white checkered rule still applies to the final stage.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski were the drivers that participated in the press conference.

"I think the stages, and I think more chances to win, more chances to perform and more spotlights, so I look at races as soon as the plate tracks, especially Talladega, and you might have seen cars that have lagged back in the past," Keselowski said. "You're not going to do that anymore. The single-file, high-line ride out, those days are gone, and I think that's great. We're going to go out there and we're going to race to a new level that we haven't seen before, and I'm really pumped about being a part of that in the future of this sport.

"To me, you look at NASCAR and you look at the way our races were formatted back in the 40s and 50s, it was formatted around endurance, long races, trying to make sure you were there until the end, but today's technology, the teams are just so smart, and if we created motorsports from scratch today, this is exactly how we would have done it, so it's is something I'm very proud of."

The stage points structure will officially start in the Can-Am Duel at Daytona with each race being treated as a stage. However, no bonus points will be issued for playoff seedings and each race winner will not earn a playoff berth.

“Today’s announcement will take NASCAR competition to new levels beginning with Speedweeks,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “Race fans will see more can’t-miss moments on the track as every lap of every race is going to impact championships for all three national series. The enhanced format also heightens the importance of the Can-Am Duel At Daytona as the 150-mile qualifying races will now determine both starting positions for ‘The Great American Race’ but also award points that will impact the championship. Today’s news is the product of the industry working together as well as listening to the fans.”

One topic that has been brought up numerous times in the past is awarding the points leader at the conclusion of the regular season. This year that will come to fruition as the driver highest in points following race 26 at Richmond International Raceway will get a 15-point seeding bonus to the 2,000-point base reset. The top-10 drivers in regular-season points also will receive playoff points with second place earning 10 points, third place getting eight points, fourth place obtaining seven points, and so on. All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the playoffs (Round of 8).

"I love the fact that the bonus points or the playoff points will carry through the playoffs all the way to the last round," Earnhardt Jr. said. " So everything you do throughout the season is really going to help you throughout the playoffs. That's a great change."

If weather becomes a factor in the race, the completion of Stage 2 is the marker for it to become official if the race is called.

"Let's take Pocono for this year - so if we got to the conclusion of Stage 2, that would be our rain halfway point where we declare it a full race," said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "If it rained at the conclusion of Stage 2, we would pay out Stage 2 points and then also award all of the race points. If we started the final stage, wherever rain came, then we would pay out the points based on that."

This season, lap leader points will no longer be issued and race wins will have a greater weight than bonus points for playoff seeding.

The caution clock will be eliminated from the Truck Series.

The Chase, which was the name for the NASCAR post-season in previous seasons will now be simply be known as the playoffs.

"I think that for all the folks that have been asking us to get rid of the Chase for years, this is a great day for them," Earnhardt Jr. said.

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