October 24th, 2014 at 12:53 AM
By Mark Eddinger
Richard Childress Racing announced on Thursday that Brendan Gaughan will return to the team driving the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The 39-year-old veteran NASCAR driver is wrapping up his first full season with RCR in what is currently called the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Gaughan has won twice this season for his first career wins in the series. His first win came in June at Road America when he conquered the rain. Then Gaughan won his first oval Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in September.
"Returning to Victory Lane this season has been a big morale booster for not only me but for my team as well," Gaughan said in a team release. "For the remainder of the year we will continue to learn and find things that work to get us a leg up on the competition for next season. I can't wait for next year with the No. 62 RCR team and to contend for the XFINITY Series championship."
Currently after 30 of the 33 races on the 2014 schedule, Gaughan has recorded six top 10 finishes and is eighth in the Nationwide Series point standings. His 1,813 green flag passes this season rank first among Nationwide Series regulars.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 11:24 PM
By Mark Eddinger
On Wednesday, NASCAR announced some changes that will take affect in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (now Nationwide Series) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starting with the 2015 season.
Both series will use a qualifying format similar to the one used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series currently. The Truck Series will have a maximum of 32 trucks in a race and both series will have the driver's last name placed on the back window.
In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the top 33 cars in each qualifying session will qualify for the race. The rest of the 40 car field will be set by owner points and a past champions provisional if needed. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series the top 27 trucks in each qualifying session will lock into the field. The rest of the 32 truck field will be set by owner points and a past champions provisional if needed. Currently, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series uses the rule that the top 36 fastest cars lock in and the the rest of the 43 car field is set by owner points or a past champions provisional.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 22nd, 2014 at 1:43 AM
By Mark Eddinger
Shortly after the conclusion of the GEICO 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, news broke that Ryan Newman's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet failed post-race inspection for being too low in the rear. Newman had finished fifth in the final race of the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and was one of eight drivers to advance to the Eliminator Round.
Newman moved on by 27 points, but with a possible penalty looming, Newman and the rest of his team waited for a final verdict from NASCAR. On Sunday NASCAR said they would take the No. 31 car to their Research and Development Center for further evaluation.
On Tuesday NASCAR released a simple statement that said the No. 31 car cleared post-race inspection from Talladega and that there were no issues. Race damage caused the rear to be low.
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"I didn't know if there was going to be a penalty, Newman said on Tuesday during the Eliminator Round Media Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "I didn't know what that penalty was going to be. I was confident it wasn't going to be more than 27 points because that would be the biggest penalty for that type of penalty ever that I can imagine or have heard of. But in the end, you never know. I was happy that they did their due diligence in conjunction with working with our team that they understood everything."
October 21st, 2014 at 12:43 AM
By Mark Eddinger
GO FAS Racing has entered 22-year-old Kyle Fowler as the driver of the Frank Stoddard Jr owned No. 32 Ford for this coming weekend's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinville Speedway. With only 43 cars on the initial entry list the Smyrna, Georgia native looks poised to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut.
Fowler has limited experience at the higher levels of stock car racing. In 2012 he made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut and drove seven races for Randy Hill's team and had a best finish of 21st. Then in 2013 he also raced seven times in the Nationwide Series for Go Green Racing and owner Archie St. Hilaire and had a best finish of 20th. Hilaire is a part-owner of GO FAS Racing now.
This season Fowler has driven one race in the Nationwide Series. That came at Charlotte in May when he finished 32nd for DRG Motorsports.
Fowler made five starts in both 2010 and 2011 in the ARCA Racing Series. He made his NASCAR debut at age 17 in 2009 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.Read more... Join the Conversation...