December 5th, 2013 at 9:03 PM
By Mark Eddinger
On Thursday NASCAR announced that starting with the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class the eligibility rules for being nominated have changed.
The old rule was that a driver had to be retired for at least three years before they could be on the ballot. Now the rule has changed to allow drivers still racing to be nominated as long as they have competed for 30 or more years in NASCAR or have turned 55-years-old the calendar year before nominating.
Among the drivers who are eligible for the 2015 ballot under the new guidelines are Mark Martin, Bill Elliott, Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader, and Ron Hornaday Jr.
Also the number of nominees that make the final ballot will be lowered from 25 to 20 starting with the 2015 class. The number for the first five classes has been 25.
The 2014 class will be the fifth to enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame. On September 17th the five 2014 inductees were announced as Tim Flock, Maurice Petty, Dale Jarrett, Jack Ingram, and Fireball Roberts. They will join the 2010 class of Bill France Sr, Bill France Jr, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Junior Johnson; the 2011 class of David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Lee Petty, Ned Jarrett, and Bud Moore; the 2012 class of Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman, Richie Evans, and Glen Wood; and the 2013 class of Buck Baker, Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas, Rusty Wallace, and Leonard Wood.Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 4th, 2013 at 8:47 PM
By Mark Eddinger
On Wednesday the FIA released the 2014 Formula 1 schedule after a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Paris. The schedule features 19 total races with two new venues on the calendar for 2014.
The season will start in Australia on March 16th and end in Abu Dhabi on November 23rd. The two new races are at Austria on June 22nd and Russia on October 12th. The Korean Grand Prix and Indian Grand Prix will not return from the 2013 schedule. Also the three races that were listed a preliminary on the first outline of the 22 race 2014 schedule, at Korea, New Jersey, and Mexico, all are not on the 2014 calendar.
The United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas is scheduled for November 2nd which is the same day as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sebastian Vettel will be trying to win his fifth consecutive World Championship in 2014. Here is a complete look at the schedule.
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By Clayton Caldwell
Phil Parsons Racing announced Wednesday that Riverside, California native Josh Wise will drive the #98 car in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Wise joins the team after spending the past two seasons running for Front Row Motorsports. The team also announced they will change manufacturers from Ford the Chevrolet in the upcoming 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
"I am really looking forward to joining Phil Parsons Racing in 2014," said Wise. "While I enjoyed my time at Front Row Motorsports, and am thankful for that opportunity and feel I'm leaving the team on good terms, I am still really excited for what next season will bring. I think it was time for a change. I appreciate Phil, Mike Curb and everyone at Phil Parsons Racing giving me this opportunity. The team has a lot of exciting things going on for next year, and I'm thankful to be a part of it."
Michael McDowell drove the majority of the 2013 season for Phil Parsons Racing and has recently announced that he will move to Leavine Family Racing in 2014. Wise ran 35 races for Front Row Motorsports in 2013 and had a best finish of 19th at Talladega in April. Wise will join Phil Parsons Racing, owned by former Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driver Phil Parsons. Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 4th, 2013 at 11:14 AM
By Clayton Caldwell
Richard Petty Motorsports has announced that 22-year-old driver Dakoda Armstong will drive the teams' #43 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry in the 2014 season. Armstrong spent the 2013 season driving in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Turn One Racing. Armstrong is excited to drive for a legend like RIchard Petty.
"We want to win races for 'The King,'" Armstrong said. "I'm ready to take the next step in my career and RPM is an organization where I believe I can make that happen. Our team and sponsors are as committed to winning as I am, and I'm looking forward to a successful season and future together."
Armstrong ran all 22 races for Turn One Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013. He finished 12th in the point standings and had three top ten finishes. Armstrong also ran six races for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and had a best finish of 13th at Kentucky in September. Winfield, Armstrong's primary sponsor at Turn One Racing in 2013, will be back as primary sponsor for the majority of the Nationwide Series schedule with Fresh From Florida Seafood on the #43 for three races in 2014. Richard Petty commented on the signing of Armstrong. Read more... Join the Conversation...