NASCAR X-Finity Series:
Saturday 9/5, Darlington Raceway, VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, 3pm, MRN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
SUN 9/6, Darlington Raceway, Bojangles' Southern 500, 6pm, MRN
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DOUBLE DUTY AT DARLINGTON
There are nine drivers currently signed up for double duty this weekend in the Sprint Cup/X-FINITY Series doubleheader at Darlington Raceway: Kyle Busch, Landon Cassill, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Paul Menard and J-J Yeley … Harvick is the defending winner of Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 but has yet to claim an X-FINITY Series victory on the famed South Carolina oval … Busch and Hamlin are the only two drivers on that list with Darlington wins in each series … Elliott is the defending winner of Saturday’s V-F-W Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 and is bidding to become the first driver with back-to-back X-FINITY Series victories at Darlington since Hamlin in 2006 and 2007.
SPRINT CUP SERIES TEAM POWER RANKINGS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, coming out of their third off-weekend of the season, are set to race to the finish over the next twelve weeks. Entering Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Motor Racing Network has Joe Gibbs Racing at the top of its Team Power Rankings. (For a complete list, visit http://bit.ly/1Q6rNaO)
► Paul Menard drives the Number-27 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and also occasionally competes in the X-FINITY Series, where he scored a victory last weekend at Road America.
► Menard (Eau Claire, Wisconsin) is currently one of seven drivers battling for the final five spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with just two races left in the regular season.
► Menard, who recently celebrated his 35th birthday, is the 2011 winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
► He’s in his ninth full season of Cup Series competition, the last five of which have been spent with R-C-R.
► Menard began racing go-karts when he was just 8 years old and won a Briggs Junior championship in his very first season. At 15, he started ice racing in his native Wisconsin and was a ten-time winner in the International Ice Racing Association.
► Before advancing to NASCAR’s top level, he gained stock car experience in the ARCA Racing Series, and the NASCAR Midwest and Southwest Series.
► Menard lives in Cornelius, North Carolina. His hobbies include skiing, hiking and boating.
‘DASH FOR CASH’ ON TO DARLINGTON
The final round of this year’s NASCAR X-FINITY Series “Dash For Cash” promotion is set for Saturday afternoon in the V-F-W Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. The four eligible drivers are Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Brian Scott and rookie Daniel Suarez. The highest-finishing driver in that group will collect a one hundred thousand-dollar bonus. Regan Smith won the first two rounds, in late May at Dover and July at Indianapolis. Suarez cashed the big check twelve days ago at Bristol … NASCAR has penalized Camping World Truck Series driver Jennifer Jo Cobb for having a cell phone in her truck during practice last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which is not allowed per the NASCAR rule book. She was fined seventy-five hundred dollars … five thousand for the phone and twenty-five hundred more since Cobb is already on probation for an incident earlier this season.
ON THIS DATE
September 2nd, 1957: Future Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough made his Cup Series debut in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Yarborough, who drove his Pontiac racecar to the track over public roads in South Carolina, started forty-fourth and finished forty-second. Alfred “Speedy” Thompson won the race, finishing three laps ahead of runner-up Cotton Owens. Yarborough retired in 1998 with eighty-three career victories and three championships, all of which came in succession from 1976 through 1978. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January 2012.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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
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
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 11/13, 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