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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Nationwide Series:
Fri 4/25: Richmond Int'l Raceway, ToyotaCare 250, 7pm, MRN

Sprint Cup Series:
Sat 4/26: Richmond Int'l Raceway, Toyota Owners 400, 6:30pm, MRN


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NASCAR News (all content provided by John Singler, MRN Radio)

DARLINGTON OPEN FOR BUSINESS
NASCAR haulers will roll into Darlington Raceway today as preparations continue for the weekend’s Nationwide-Sprint Cup Series doubleheader. Nationwide drivers will get a head start with a pair of practice sessions Thursday, at 1 and 2:30 p.m. (ET). They’ll qualify Friday afternoon just hours in advance of that night’s V-F-W Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 … Sprint Cup Series teams will get their first practice session Friday morning with qualifying that evening to set the field for Saturday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500. Points leader Jeff Gordon also leads all active drivers with seven Darlington wins.

SPRINT CUP SERIES POWER RANKINGS: A second-place finish at Texas, behind race winner Joey Logano, was enough to lift Jeff Gordon into first place in the Motor Racing Network Power Rankings … a gain of four positions from last week’s listing. Matt Kenseth is second with Logano, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski rounding out the week’s top five. (For a complete list, visit http://bit.ly/1ep8XIa at MRN.com)

DRIVER SPOTLIGHT
► Joey Logano drives the Number-22 Shell Pennzoil-Hertz Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His crew chief at Team Penske is Todd Gordon.
► Logano (Middletown, Connecticut) is coming off his fourth career victory, Monday afternoon in the rain-delayed Duck Commander 500 in Fort Worth, Texas.
► Logano, who will celebrate his 24th birthday next month, is fourth in the Sprint Cup Series standings – twenty-four points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
► He began competing at the age of seven in Quarter-Midgets and later won the 2007 championship in the Camping World East Series, one of NASCAR’s top developmental tours known today as the K-and-N Pro Series East.
► The following year, Logano notched his first career victory in the Nationwide Series … in just his third start. That win at Kentucky Speedway came only twenty-one days after his 18th birthday. In addition to full-time Cup duties in 2014, he’s made one Nationwide start – finishing fourth last month at Auto Club Speedway.
► Logano is on schedule to make his two hundredth career Cup Series start June 28th … also at Kentucky Speedway, the site of that first Nationwide Series victory six years ago.

TRACK FACTS
For only the second time in twelve years, the Sprint Cup Series has opened its schedule with seven different winners in the first seven races: Dale Earnhardt Junior, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch and now Joey Logano. The Cup series hasn’t gone eight-for-eight to start a season since 2003, when there were nine different winners through nine races before Kurt Busch became the first driver to repeat.

NASCAR BIRTHDAY
Sprint Cup Series crew chief Brian Pattie (Zephyrhills, Florida), who works with driver Clint Bowyer at Michael Waltrip Racing, is celebrating his 39th birthday today.

ON THIS DATE
April 9th, 1978: Benny Parsons claimed the first of his three wins that season, driving to victory in the Rebel 500 at Darlington Raceway. The two others came at Richmond International Raceway and on the old road course in Riverside, California. Parsons also won two poles that year en route to a fourth-place finish in the Cup Series standings. NASCAR returns to Darlington this week for Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Sat 4/26: Richmond Int'l Raceway, Toyota Owners 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Sun 5/4: Talladega Superspeedway, Aaron's 499, 12 noon, MRN
Sat 5/10: Kansas Speedway, STP 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Sat 5/17: Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race, 6:30pm, MRN
Sun 5/25: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Coca-Cola 600, 5pm, PRN
Sun 6/1: Dover Int'l Speedway, FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, 12 noon, MRN
Sun 6/8: Pocono Raceway, Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Walmart, 12 noon, MRN
Sun 6/15: Michigan Int'l Speedway, Quicken Loans 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sun 6/22: Sonoma, Toyota Save Mart 350, 2pm, PRN
Sat 6/28: Kentucky Speedway, Quaker State 400, 6:30pm, PRN
Sat 7/5: Daytona Int'l Speedway, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, 6:30pm, MRN
Sun 7/13: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New Hampshire 300, 12 noon, PRN
Sun 7/27: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard, 12 noon, IMS
Sun 8/3: Pocono Raceway, GoBowling.com 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sun 8/10: Watkins Glen, Int'l Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, 12 noon, MRN
Sun 8/17: Michigan Int'l Speedway, Pure Michigan 400, 12 noon, MRN
Sat 8/23: Bristol Motor Speedway, Irwin Tools Night Race 500, 6:30pm, PRN
Sun 8/31: Atlanta Motor Speedway, AdvoCare 300, 6:30pm, PRN
Sat 9/6: Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30pm, MRN
Sun 9/14: Chicagoland Speedway, Geico 400, 1pm, MRN
Sun 9/21: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sylvania 300, 1pm, PRN
Sun 9/28: Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400, 1pm, MRN
Sun 10/5: Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1pm, MRN
Sat 10/11: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 7pm, PRN
Sun 10/19: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega 500, 1pm, MRN
Sun 10/26: Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger, 12:30pm, MRN
Sun 11/2: Texas Motor Speedway, AAA Texas 500, 2pm, PRN
Sun 11/9: Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Sprint Cup 500, 2pm MRN
Sun 11/16: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2pm, MRN


NASCAR Nationwide Series

Fri 4/25: Richmond Int'l Raceway, ToyotaCare 250, 7pm, MRN
Sat 5/3: Talladega Superspeedway, Aaron's 312, 2:30pm, MRN
Sun 5/18: Iowa Speedway, Nationwide 250, 7:30pm, MRN
Sat 5/24: Charlotte Motor Speedway, History 300, 2:15pm, PRN
Sat 5/31: Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 2pm, MRN
Sat 6/14: Michigan Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 250, 1:45pm, MRN
Sat 6/21: Road America, Gardner Denver 200 fired up by Johnsonville, 4:30pm, MRN
Fri 6/27: Kentucky Speedway, Feed The Children 300, 7pm, PRN
Fri 7/4: Daytona Int'l Speedway, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 7pm, MRN
Sat 7/12: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, New England 200, 3pm, PRN
Sat 7/19: Chicagoland Speedway, Nationwide 300, 2:30pm, MRN
Sat 7/26: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, TBD, TBD, IMS
Sat 8/2: Iowa Speedway, Nationwide 250, 7:30pm, MRN
Sat 8/9: Watkins Glen Int'l, Zippo 200 at the Glen, 1:45pm, MRN
Sat 8/16: Mid-Ohio, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, 2pm, MRN
Sat 8/30: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Georgia 300, 7pm, PRN
Sat 9/13: Chicagoland Speedway, Nationwide 300, 3pm, MRN
Sat 9/20: Kentucky Speedway, Kentucky 300, 7pm, PRN
Sat 9/27: Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 3pm, MRN
Sat 10/4: Kansas Speedway, Nationwide 300, 3pm, MRN
Sat 11/1: Texas Motor Speedway, O'Reilly Challenge, 3pm, PRN
Sat 11/8: Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30pm, MRN
Sat 11/15: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4pm, MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Fri 5/9: Kansas Speedway, SFP 250, 1:30pm, MRN
Fri 5/16: Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC Education Lottery 200, 7:30pm, MRN
Fri 5/30: Dover Int'l Speedway, Lucas Oil 200, 4:30pm, MRN
Fri 6/6: Texas Motor Speedway, WinStar World Casino 400, 8:30pm, MRN
Sat 6/14: Gateway Motorsports Park, TBD, TBD, MRN
Thur 6/27: Kentucky Speedway, UNOH 225, 8pm, MRN
Sat 7/12: Iowa Speedway, American Ethanol 200 presented by ENOGEN, 8pm, MRN
Wed 7/23: Eldora Speedway, CarCash Mudsummer Classic, 8:30pm, MRN
Sat 8/2: Pocono Raceway, Pocono Mountains 125, 12:30pm, MRN
Sat 8/16: Michigan Int'l Speedway, Michigan National Guard 200, 12 noon, MRN
Wed 8/20: Bristol Motor Speedway, UNOH 200, 7:30pm, MRN
Sun 8/31: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1pm, MRN
Sat 9/20: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, TBD, MRN
Sat 9/27: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Smith's 350, 8pm, MRN
Sat 10/18: Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 3:30pm, MRN
Sat 10/25: Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1pm, MRN 


Indy Car Series

Sun 5/25: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500, 12 noon, IMS
Sat 6/7: Texas Motor Speedway, TBA, 8pm, IMS
Sun 6/29: Houston, TBA, 3pm, IMS