Fans “Xchange” worn shirts for race-worn firesuit with NASCAR driver Brian Scott

Graphic courtesy of Cramer-Krasselt

Graphic courtesy of Cramer-Krasselt

Want to “Xchange” shirts with Richard Childress Racing driver Brian Scott?

Scott earned his career best finish of 2nd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013. At Richmond International Raceway in September, Scott started on the pole and led 239 of 250, finishing second.

Brian Scott would make his debut in the Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 33 for RCR in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To enter, all fans need to do is take a picture wearing a shirt they’ve autographed themselves and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #Xchange. After Brian Scott chooses the winner, we’ll send his autographed, race-worn Rain-X/Advance Auto Parts firesuit to the winner, and we’ll ask the winner to send their autographed shirt to Brian to wear in a picture. It’s fun and that simple.

The contest runs through November 3.

NASCAR’s Gen6 car proven to “fly” – but why is a runway needed?

Testing at Daytona International Speedway Photo credit: David L. Yeazell / Speedwaymedia.com

So what does NASCAR and NASA have the same interest in?

It’s Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

That’s right. Runway 15.

Runway 15 at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Yes, the 2013 Gen-6 cars have proven that they can pretty much “fly” hitting a top speed of 199 mph at Daytona International Speedway. But it is not the actual “flying” part that’s involved, but rather, just more testing on Runway 15.

Teams have since discovered that Runaway 15 at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility is perfect for straight-line testing. Notable Research and development teams from Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing have discovered the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility just south of Daytona Beach in Brevard County, a great testing place to collect aerodynamic data. “We use the landing strip at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral just because it’s a long, smooth straightaway, and it’s warm, so in the wintertime you can test there with pretty controlled conditions,” Richard Childress Racing director of competition Dr. Eric Warren. It’s also more economically feasible than transporting cars from North Carolina to the proving grounds in Arizona. “You work out a relationship with those guys and pay for the use of the facilities  like any other testing facility. They have their own on-site emergency crews, so the safety side of it is really nice. It’s closer (than Arizona).

The Shuttle Landing Facility’s Runway 15, or SLF, which opened in 1976, is one of the largest runways in the world. The runway is located 2 miles northwest of the Vehicle Assembly Building and is 15,000ft long and 300ft wide – about as wide as the length of a football field and is longer and wider than runways at most commercial airports. It has 1000ft of paved overruns at each end and the paving thickness is 16 inches at the center, and 15 inches thick on the sides. Although a single landing strip, it is considered two runways, depending on the approach: from either the northwest on Runway 15 or from the southeast on Runway 33. The landing strip is not perfectly flat; it has a slope of 24 inches (61 centimeters) from the center line to the edge to facilitate drainage.

Space shuttle Endeavour rolls down the Shuttle Landing Facility on Runway 15. Credit: NASA

The final space shuttle mission, STS-135, ended on July 21, 2011 after Endeavour rolled to a stop at its home port on Runway 15 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s space shuttle fleet began with its first launch on April 12, 1981 and continued through 30 years of missions.

Sources: FoxSports, Google, NASA

RCR, KHI announce merger for Nationwide Series for 2012

I bet Kyle Busch is shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders…. two of his worst enemies are coming together as one in 2012.

Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick Incorporated have reached agreement on a collaborative effort that will have KHI’s current NASCAR Nationwide Series program merge with RCR beginning in 2012.

The decision is the coming together of the best of the two organizations. KHI will continue to be involved on the business and competition sides with RCR and KHI co-owner Kevin Harvick will still be very active in the Nationwide Series program. The No. 2 and No. 33 teams will continue with drivers Elliott Sadler (No. 2 Chevrolet) and a combination of RCR’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in the No. 33 Chevrolet. The merger will benefit KHI’s current sponsors with increased resources and business-to-business opportunities.

RCR and KHI have enjoyed more than a decade of success in the Nationwide Series. RCR earned 55 victories and five championships from 1999 to 2010, with Harvick responsible for 32 victories and three championships (overall in 2001 and 2006, owner-only in 2003 with co-driver Johnny Sauter). KHI has earned 10 victories since beginning its program in 2004.

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Fans chose paint scheme for Harvick to run at Daytona July 2

Fans got to vote for which paint scheme Kevin Harvick will carry on his No. 29 Budweiser Chevy for the July 2 race at Daytona International Speedway and chose the following:

Graphic: Jayski’s

In addition to the special paint scheme, Budweiser is featuring a limited-edition red, white and blue Patriotic Can from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July. Budweiser will donate a portion of all sales May 26  July 10 to Folds of Honor  an organization that provides post-secondary educational scholarships for families of U.S. military personnel killed or disabled while serving their country. In total, Budweiser is raising up to $2 million to support Folds of Honor this summer, which is expected to fund more than 400 scholarships.

Source: RCR

Childress, Busch steals thunder from Joey Coulter

RCR driver Joey Coulter, stands next to his No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado. Photo courtesy of Richard Childress Racing

I need to give a shout-out to Joey Coulter, driver of the RCR No. 22 Chevy Silverado who had his best truck series finish as a Rookie in his first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas Speedway.

With all the hoopla surrounding Richard Childress and Kyle Busch, I believe the focus was taken away from Joey and his awesome driving abilities he  had showcased at Kansas Speedway.

At one point in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250, Coulter was down a lap. He received the  ”wave around” restarting 22nd on lap 65. Restarting 15th with 30 laps to go, Coulter went on a passing rampage, passing six trucks in seven laps and, eventually, working his way up to sixth with 10 laps to go. Coulter then had a clean, lengthy lap-by-lap, side-by-side race with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch. While approaching the final laps, Coulter made a final pass on the last lap in turn four and secured his first career top-five finish. In the process, he gained five positions in the driver championship point standings.

Congratulations to Joey and the No. 22 RCR NASCAR Camping World Truck team!!!!!

Bowyer cutting it close with NASCAR’s inspections

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Photo credit: Getty Images

NASCAR is taking a closer look at Clint Bowyer’s race-winning car from New Hampshire. The #33 Chevy passed its initial inspection following Sunday’s victory, but since NASCAR discovered issues with the car in a more thorough inspection at its research and development center after last week’s Richmond race.

Though NASCAR does not typically strip wins from drivers, a car that fails inspection would lead to a significant points penalty.

Bowyer’s wins pushed him to second from 12th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, 35 points behind leader Denny Hamlin

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NASCAR warned Richard Childress Racing that Clint Bowyer’s car came close to failing inspection after his Chase-clinching drive at Richmond.

“This one just seemed to be different, and we felt we owed it to them to make sure they just aren’t off in one area,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of competition. Bowyer’s car was chosen by NASCAR for random inspection following his sixth-place finish at the Sept. 11 race.


It’s finally official… Harvick is staying put with RCR

 

Kevin Harvick announce his multi-year extension with RCR on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo credit: Getty Images

 

RCR announced at a news conference Saturday that Harvick has indeed signed a multi-year extension to remain in the seat of the No. 29 Chevrolet he currently drives for RCR.

Now the question turns to sponsorship for Harvick’s No. 29 car, with his current primary sponsor, Shell/Pennzoil, moving to Kurt Busch’s No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge for the 2011 season.

A source close to RCR stated that Richard Childress is hoping to lure Budweiser as the sponsor of the No. 33 Chevy, currently being driven by Clint Bowyer, and move the General Mills sponsorship to the No. 29 Chevy of Harvick.  It also could be that RCR puts a multi-sponsorship package together for the No. 29 that includes several different companies for the 2011 NASCAR Cup season, which tends to be the growing trend in NASCAR.