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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

X-Finity Series
Friday, 7/1, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway, 7pm, MRN

Sprint Cup Series:
Sunday, 7/2, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway, 6:30pm, MRN 


RACING NEWS PROGRAMS ON 1290 WHKY-AM

Monday: Fast Talk, 7-8pm

Tuesday: NASCAR Live, 7-8pm

Wednesday: The Pit Reporters, 7-8pm

Monday-Friday: NASCAR Today, 6:50pm

Monday-Friday: Garage Pass, 8:30pm


NASCAR News (courtesy of John Singlar, MRN Radio)

LESA FRANCE KENNEDY HONORED BY ADWEEK MAGAZINE
Lesa France Kenedy, C-E-O of International Speedway Corporation … parent company of MRN … was named one of ADWEEK’s “Thirty Most Powerful Women in Sports” for the magazine’s July issue, which is on newsstands now. Kennedy is featured along with Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick and other elite athletes, league executives, sports media personalities and sports marketing executives. Kennedy’s vision spearheaded the four hundred million-dollar renovation of Daytona International Speedway that was completed earlier this year. The motor sports stadium has since been named Sports Facility of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal. Kennedy is also at the forefront in development of “ONE DAYTONA,” a three hundred thousand-square-foot retail, dining and entertainment destination which is set to open next year across from “The World Center of Racing.”

STEWART’S SONOMA VICTORY BUMPS CUP SERIES WIN LIST TO ELEVEN
With Tony Stewart’s victory Sunday in Sonoma, California, the list of Sprint Cup Series winners this season grows to eleven. If there are six more drivers who reach Victory Lane over the final ten regular-season races, then there’ll be one driver with a victory to his credit that will not get a spot on the 2016 Chase Grid – which will include only the sixteen top eligible drivers based primarily on race wins. The lone remaining driver who won last year but is still without a victory in 2016 is Dale Earnhardt Junior … who will arrive at Daytona International Speedway later this week as defending winner of Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola. Stewart’s the last driver to win back-to-back July races there, in 2005 and 2006.

TRACK FACTS
► Christopher Bell of Kyle Busch Motorsports had the best finish among rookies in NASCAR’s two top national series that competed this past weekend, winning Saturday night’s Camping World Truck Series race in Madison, Illinois … The 2016 season marks the first time the “Chase” format that’s been used by the Sprint Cup Series the past two seasons will also be implemented in the Camping World Truck Series. Eight drivers will qualify and if the post-season began today, the field would consist of Bell, fellow rookie William Byron, two-time champion Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters, Daniel Hemric and Ben Kennedy – who leads Tyler Reddick by a single point in the fight for the final “playoff” spot. Seven races remain in the regular season. The Chase will open September 24th in Loudon, New Hampshire.
► Following a busy stretch of three races in as many weekends, the Truck Series is now in the midst of an eleven-day break in the schedule. It returns Thursday night, July 7th, at Kentucky Speedway – where Matt Crafton will check in as defending race winner. Another victory would make him just the second driver with back-to-back victories there since the track first hosted the series in 2000. James Buescher swept both races in 2012 … One race into the second half of the regular season, the Truck Series features the tightest points battle among NASCAR’s three national tours. Four drivers are within twenty-two points of rookie leader William Byron: Crafton, Timothy Peters, Daniel Hemric and Johnny Sauter. Crafton is the only driver in that group who has a victory on Kentucky’s mile-and-a-half oval.

ON THIS DATE
June 28th, 1998: Jeff Gordon won at Sonoma Raceway for the first time in his career. He started from the pole, took the lead from Bobby Hamilton with twelve laps to go and remained in front the rest of the way – beating runner-up Hamilton to the checkered flag by two-point-seven seconds. John Andretti finished third with Bobby Labonte and Rusty Wallace completing the top five. Before retiring at the end of last season, Gordon added Sonoma wins in 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2006. Those five victories are tops on the track’s all-time list.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Saturday, 7/9, Quaker State presented by Advance Auto Parts 400, Kentucky Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/17, New Hampshire 301, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 7/24, Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 12 noon, IMS
Sunday, 7/31, Pennsylvania 400, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 8/7, Cheeze-It 355 at the Glen, Watkins Glen International, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/20, Irwin Tools Night Race 500, Bristol Motor Speedway, 6:30pm, PRN
Sunday, 8/28, Pure Michigan 400, Michigan International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Bojangles Southern 500, Darlington Raceway, 6pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/10, Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond International Raceway, 6:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/18, myAFibRisk.com 400, Chicagoland Speedway, 4:15pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/25, Sylvania 300, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/2, AAA 400, Dover International Speedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/8, Bank of America 500, Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6pm, PRN
Sunday, 10/16, Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas Speedway, 1pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/23, Alabama 500, Talladega Superspeedway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 10/30, Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Martinsville Speedway, 12 noon, MRN
Sunday, 11/6, AAA Texas 500, Texas Motor Speedway, 1pm, PRN
Sunday, 11/13, Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500, Phoenix International Raceway, 1:30pm, MRN
Sunday, 11/20, Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2pm, MRN


NASCAR X-Finity Series

Friday, 7/8, Kentucky 300, Kentucky Speedway, 7pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/16, Sta-Green 200, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 3:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 7/30, US Cellular 250, Iowa Speedway, 7:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/6, Zippo 200 at the Glen, Watkins-Glen International, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/13, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 8/27, Road America 180 fired up by Johnsonville, Road America, 2:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/3, VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200, Darlington Raceway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/17, Furious 7 300, Chicagoland Speedway, 5:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, Visit Myrtle Beach.com 300 Nationwide, Kentucky Speedway, 7:30pm, PRN
Saturday, 10/1, Hisense 200, Dover International Speedway, 3pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/15, Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas Speedway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/5, O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, Texas Motor Speedway, 3pm, PRN
Saturday, 11/12, Phoenix 200, Phoenix International Raceway, 3:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 11/19, Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2:15pm, MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Thursday, 7/7, UNOH 225, Kentucky Speedway, 8pm (JIP), MRN
Wednesday 7/20, 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic, Eldora Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Saturday, 7/30, Pocono Mountains 150, Pocono Raceway, 12:30pm, MRN
Wednesday, 8/17, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, Bristol Motor Speedway, 8pm, MRN
Sunday, 9/4, Chevrolet Silverado 250, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, 1pm, MRN
Saturday, 9/24, UNOH 175, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/1, Rhino Linings 350, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 9:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/22, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega Superspeedway, 12:30pm, MRN
Saturday, 10/29, Kroger 200, Martinsville Speedway, 1pm, MRN


Indy Car Series
2016 broadcast schedule:

Sunday, 7/10, Iowa Corn 300, Iowa Speedway, 5pm, IMS
Sunday, 8/21, Pocono, Pocono Raceway, 3pm IMS