Camping World Truck Series:
Sat 10/25: Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1pm, MRN
Sprint Cup Series:
Sun 10/26: Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 powered by Kroger, 12:30pm, MRN
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NASCAR News (all content provided by John Singler, MRN Radio)
NASCAR RULE CHANGES
On Wednesday, NASCAR announced changes to the qualifying rules in its Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series for next season to more closely resemble Sprint Cup Series qualifying … with increased emphasis on speed and fewer starting positions available based on owner points. In the Nationwide Series – to be known as the NASCAR X-FINITY Series starting in 2015, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given race based on owner points. That’s down from thirty which currently are locked in. Positions one through thirty-three will be lined up based on qualifying speeds. In the Truck Series, a maximum of five entries will be guaranteed spots based on owner points. That’s down from the current number of twenty-five. Positions one through twenty-seven will be lined up according to qualifying speeds … with NASCAR also announcing that starting fields in the Truck Series will be trimmed from thirty-six to thirty-two.
TALLADEGA TEAMS UP WITH WINN-DIXIE
Talladega Superspeedway has signed Winn-Dixie grocery stores as title sponsor of its annual Nationwide Series race held each spring on the two-point-six-six-mile Alabama oval. The 2015 Winn-Dixie 300 is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd. Winn-Dixie is a subsidiary of Florida-based BI-LO Holdings, the fifth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the country with more than eight hundred stores concentrated in the southeastern United States … And Roush Fenway Racing also had sponsorship news yesterday with the announcement that it’s signed Kellogg Company’s Cheez-It brand as a primary sponsor of Greg Biffle’s Number-16 Sprint Cup Series Ford starting with the 2015 season.
► NASCAR haulers will roll into Martinsville Speedway today as preparations continue for the weekend’s Sprint Cup-Camping World Truck Series doubleheader. There’ll be no on-track action until Cup Series practice opens Friday at 12 noon (ET). Truck Series drivers will get their first crack at the Virginia half-mile with opening practice at 1:40 p.m.
► Crew Chiefs and road crews of the Number-10 and Number-41 Sprint Cup Series teams at Stewart-Haas Racing are trading places for the final three races of the season – starting with next weekend’s Triple-A Texas 500. The pit crews, however, will remain in place as currently assigned to Kurt Busch on the “41” and Danica Patrick on the “10.” Busch is presently fifteenth in points. He qualified for this year’s post-season Chase but was eliminated in the opening round. Patrick did not qualify for a post-season berth and is twenty-seventh in the standings with just three top tens in thirty-two starts.
NASCAR MANUFACTURER STANDINGS
SPRINT CUP SERIES … Chevrolet 1,429 (16 wins), Ford 1,408 (14), Toyota 1,286 (2)
NATIONWIDE SERIES – Bill France Performance Award … Chevrolet 1,329 (15 wins), Toyota 1,287 (8), Ford 1,271 (7), Dodge 762 (0)
CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES … Toyota 837 (14 wins), Chevrolet 742 (2), Ford 724 (2), RAM 136 (0)
ON THIS DATE
October 23rd, 2005: Jeff Gordon drove to victory in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway, completing a season sweep of the two Sprint Cup Series races contested on the half-mile Virginia oval. Twenty-five years earlier, it was Dale Earnhardt who was the proud recipient of the iconic grandfather clock awarded to Martinsville race winners … On September 28th, 1980, Earnhardt kept his championship hopes on track with the first of his six career wins at Martinsville. Visit MRN-dot-com today at 12:30 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of Earnhardt’s winning drive in the 1980 Old Dominion 500, anchored by Barney Hall and Mike Joy. Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” – features a classic race each week on “Throwback Thursday” only at MRN-dot.com.
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