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AXALTA SPONSORSHIP MOVES TO EARNHARDT’S ‘88’
Axalta Coatings Systems is continuing its long-standing partnership with Hendrick Motorsports with a contract extension that will expand its NASCAR presence through 2018. Beginning next year, Axalta will become a primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt Junior’s Number-88 Sprint Cup Series Chevrolet for thirteen races. The company, based in Philadelphia, also will be featured as a major associate sponsor in other events. The agreement announced Tuesday extends a multi-faceted partnership that began in November 1992 when the company first sponsored Jeff Gordon and the Number-24 team. Gordon, who is in his final full-time Sprint Cup season, will continue to work with Axalta as a spokesman and global business advisor. Earlier this month, the two companies broke ground on Axalta’s forty-five thousand-square-foot Customer Experience Center that will be located on the Hendrick Motorsports campus.
SPRINT CUP SERIES POWER RANKINGS: With his third win of the season, last weekend at Dover International Speedway, Kevin Harvick advanced to the Contender Round of the post-season Chase and also jumped into the top spot in the Motor Racing Network Power Rankings. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch are second, third and fourth, respectively. (For a complete list, visit http://bit.ly/1LhN9xj)
► Kevin Harvick drives the Number-4 Budweiser Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His crew chief at Stewart-Haas Racing is Rodney Childers.
► Harvick (Bakersfield, California) went to Dover last weekend needing a victory to stay in title contention and got just that, moving into the Contender Round of twelve that opens Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.
► Harvick (39) has motored steadily through the 2015 season in defense of last year’s Sprint Cup championship with twenty-three top-ten finishes in his twenty-nine starts – including three wins and ten second-place finishes.
► He spent most of the regular season atop the point standings and entered the Chase as the Number-5 seed.
► Harvick is in his fifteenth season of Cup Series competition, the first thirteen of which were spent with Richard Childress Racing.
► He made his five hundredth career Cup Series start in November 2014 at Texas, placing second to Jimmie Johnson.
► Harvick has now qualified for the post-season Chase in nine of the last ten years. Before his 2014 championship, his best previous finish was third … three times – in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
KANSAS SPEEDWAY TICKETS
In an effort to give fans more flexibility in purchasing their seats for its October race weekend, Kansas Speedway’s ticket office will be open this coming Saturday with special hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (local time) … The weekend of October 16th through the 18th will include the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR X-FINITY Series. The headline event on the Kansas City oval will be the Hollywood Casino 400 on Sunday, October 18th, which will mark the halfway point of the 2015 post-season Chase … Joey Logano is the defending race winner while Jimmie Johnson won this year’s first visit to Kansas Speedway back on May 9th.
ON THIS DATE
October 7th, 2001: Jimmie Johnson made his Sprint Cup Series debut, starting fifteenth and finishing thirty-ninth at Charlotte Motor Speedway. As the series returns to C-M-S this week for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500, Johnson does so as the track’s all-time leader in Cup Series victories with seven. He has seventy-four career wins overall including four this season. Johnson entered this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as the Number-1 seed but was eliminated from title contention last weekend at Dover.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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
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
SAT 10/31, Martinsville Speedway, Kroger 200, 1:00 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