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UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Sat 3/28, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 250, 2pm, MRN

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
Sun 3/29, Martinsville Speedway, STP 500, 12 noon, MRN


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

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING, NEWMAN PENALIZED
Richard Childress Racing’s Number-31 Sprint Cup Series team has been penalized by NASCAR for rule infractions discovered as a result of a post-race tire audit following the team’s fifth-place finish March 22nd at Auto Club Speedway. Although NASCAR did not state specific violations in announcing the penalties on Tuesday, speculation has surfaced recently suggesting that some teams may have been drilling tiny pin holes into their tires to cause what is known as “bleeding,” a practice that prevents a reduction in speed as pressure builds during a tire run. As a result of the P-5-level penalties handed down, crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined 125 thousand dollars. Lambert, tire technician James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen have been suspended for the next seven races including the Sprint All-Star Race. All three have been placed on probation through December 31st. Newman and car owner Richard Childress have each been docked seventy-five championship points, knocking Newman down from sixth to twenty-sixth in the driver standings.

DRIVER SPOTLIGHT
► Denny Hamlin drives the Number-11 FedEx Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing is Dave Rogers.
► Hamlin (Chesterfield, Virginia) has virtually assured himself of another spot in the post-season Chase with Sunday’s victory at Martinsville Speedway, his fifth on the Virginia half-mile but first since 2010.
► He’s climbed into a tie for eighth place in the standings, sharing that spot with Aric Almirola. They trail leader Kevin Harvick by ninety-one points.
► Hamlin (now 34) was named Rookie of the Year in the Sprint Cup Series in 2006 … when he won two races and finished third in the championship standings behind only Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth.
► He’s now qualified for the post-season Chase in seven of the eight seasons since that rookie campaign, finishing a career-best second (to Johnson) in 2010.
► Hamlin made his three hundredth Cup Series start in April 2014 at Richmond International Raceway, finishing twenty-second in the Toyota Owners 400.
► In 2014, he advanced to The Championship 4 of the revamped post-season format and finished third in the final standings – behind Harvick and runner-up Ryan Newman. Hamlin is ahead of last year’s regular-season pace through six races. In 2014, he was still looking for his first win and stood twelfth in points.

LARSON OUT OF HOSPITAL
Kyle Larson has been released from a Charlotte-area hospital after completing a series of tests following a fainting spell at Martinsville Speedway that forced him out of Sunday’s S-T-P 500. In a statement, Chip Ganassi Racing said Larson is waiting for doctor recommendations in order to clear him to return to all NASCAR-related activities.

DRIVERS LINE UP FOR HAMLIN EVENT
Chase Elliott, the 2014 X-FINITY Series champion, has joined David Ragan and Timothy Peters in confirming their participation in the eighth annual Denny Hamlin Short-Track Showdown at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway on April 23rd. The two hundred-lap Late Model race pits some of the best regional racers against NASCAR stars – with proceeds benefitting the Denny Hamlin Foundation, and its ongoing support for research and treatment of cystic fibrosis.

NASCAR BIRTHDAY
David Gilliland (Riverside, California), who drives for Front Row Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series, is celebrating his 39th birthday today.

ON THIS DATE
April 1st, 1979: Dale Earnhardt claimed his first career Cup Series victory, winning the Southeastern 500 in Bristol, Tennessee, just weeks before his 28th birthday. He led a total of 164 laps, including the final twenty-five … beating runner-up Bobby Allison to the finish by three seconds. It was Earnhardt’s sixteenth start.


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

SAT 4/25, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Toyota Owners 400, 6pm, MRN

SUN 5/3, Talladega Superspeedway, Aaron's 499, 12:00 PM, MRN
SAT 5/9, Kansas Speedway, 5-hour ENERGY 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), 6:30 PM, MRN
SAT 5/16, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, 8:00 PM, MRN
SUN 5/24, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Coca-Cola 600, 5:00 PM, PRN
SUN 5/31, Dover Int'l Speedway, FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks, 12:00 PM, MRN

SUN 6/7, Pocono Raceway, Pocono 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 6/14, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Quicken Loans 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 6/28, Sonoma Raceway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN

SUN 7/5, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola, 6:30 PM, MRN
SAT 7/11, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/19, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 12:00 PM, PRN
SUN 7/26, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard 400, 12:00 PM, IMS

SUN 8/2, Pocono Raceway, GoBowling.com 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/9, Watkins Glen Int'l, Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, 12:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/16, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Pure Michigan 400, 12:00 PM, MRN
SAT 8/22, Bristol Motor Speedway, TBD, 6:30 PM, PRN

SUN 9/6, Darlington Raceway, Bojangles' Southern 500, 5:30 PM, MRN
SAT 9/12, Richmond Int'l Raceway, Federated Auto Parts 400, 6:30 PM, MRN
SUN 9/20, Chicagoland Speedway, MyAFibStory.com 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 9/27, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 1:00 PM, PRN

SUN 10/4, Dover Int'l Speedway, AAA 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/10, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bank of America 500, 6:30 PM, PRN
SUN 10/18, Kansas Speedway, Hollywood Casino 400, 1:00 PM, MRN
SUN 10/25, Talladega Superspeedway, Geico 500, 1:00 PM, MRN

SUN 11/1, Martinsville Speedway, Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, 12:30 PM, MRN
SUN 11/8, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SUN 11/15, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500, 2:00 PM, MRN
SUN 11/22, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 400, 2:00 PM, MRN

FRI 12/4, Wynn Las Vegas, NV, NASCAR Awards Banquet, 8:00 PM, MRN


NASCAR X-Finity Series

FRI 4/10, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 8:30 PM, PRN

SAT 4/18, Bristol Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
FRI 4/24, Richmond Int'l Raceway, ToyotaCare 250, 6:30 PM, MRN

SAT 5/2, Talladega Superspeedway, Aaron's 312, 2:30 PM, MRN
SUN 5/17, Iowa Speedway, Get To Know Newton 250 presented by Sherwin-Williams, 1:30 PM, MRN
SAT 5/23, Charlotte Motor Speedway, TBD, 2:00 PM, PRN
SAT 5/30, Dover Int'l Speedway, Buckle Up 200, Presented by Click It or Ticket, 2:00 PM, MRN

SAT 6/13, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250, 1:30 PM, MRN
SAT 6/20, Chicagoland Speedway, EnjoyIllinois.com 300, 8:00 PM, MRN

SAT 7/4, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 7:00 PM, MRN
FRI 7/10, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:30 PM, PRN
SAT 7/18, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN

SAT 8/1, Iowa Speedway, U.S. Cellular 250 presented by New Holland, 7:30 PM, MRN
SAT 8/8, Watkins Glen Int'l, Zippo 200 at the Glen, 1:45 PM, MRN
SAT 8/15, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, 2:15 PM, MRN
SAT 8/29, Road America, Gardner Denver 200 fired up by Johnsonville, 2:15 PM, MRN

SAT 9/5, Darlington Raceway, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, 7:30 PM, MRN
SAT 9/19, Chicagoland Speedway, Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 300, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 9/26, Kentucky Speedway, TBD, 7:00 PM, PRN

SAT 10/3, Dover Int'l Speedway, Nationwide 200, 3:00 PM, MRN
SAT 10/17, Kansas Speedway, Kansas Lottery 300, 3:00 PM, MRN

SAT 11/7, Texas Motor Speedway, TBD, 3:00 PM, PRN
SAT 11/14, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Nationwide 200, 3:30 PM, MRN
SAT 11/21, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 300, 4:00 PM, MRN


NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

FRI 5/8, Kansas Speedway, SFP 250, 8:00 PM, MRN

FRI 5/15, Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC Education Lottery 200, 7:00 PM, MRN
FRI 5/29, Dover Int'l Speedway, Lucas Oil 200, 5:00 PM, MRN


FRI 6/5, Texas Motor Speedway, WinStar World Casino & Resort 400, 8:30 PM, MRN
SAT 6/13, Gateway Motorsports Park, Drivin' For Linemen 200, 8:15 PM, MRN
FRI 6/19, Iowa Speedway, American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen, 8:00 PM, MRN

THU 7/9, Kentucky Speedway, UNOH 225, 8:00 PM (joined in progress), MRN
WED 7/22, Eldora Speedway, 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic,  8:00 PM, MRN

SAT 8/1, Pocono Raceway, Pocono Mountains 150, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 8/15, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Careers for Veterans 200, 12:00 PM, MRN
WED 8/19, Bristol Motor Speedway, UNOH 200 presented by Zloop, 8:00 PM, MRN
SUN 8/30, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Chevrolet Silverado 250, 1:00 PM, MRN

FRI 9/18, Chicagoland Speedway, Lucas Oil 225, 8:00 PM, MRN
SAT 9/26, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, UNOH 175, 12:30 PM, MRN

SAT 10/3, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Rhino Linings 350, 9:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/24, Talladega Superspeedway, Fred's 250 powered by Coca-Cola, 12:30 PM, MRN
SAT 10/31, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1:00 PM, MRN

FRI 11/6, Texas Motor Speedway, WinStar World Casino & Resort 350, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/13, Phoenix Int'l Raceway, Lucas Oil 150, 8:00 PM, MRN
FRI 11/20, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ford EcoBoost 200, 7:30 PM MRN


Indy Car Series

SUN 4/12, Streets of New Orleans, Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, 3:00 PM, IMS
SUN 4/26, Barber Motor Sports Park, 3:00 PM, IMS

SUN 5/24, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500, 11:00 AM, IMS

SAT 6/6, Texas Motor Speedway, TBA, TBA, IMS