August 23 Sprint Cup Series Race at Bristol Motor Speedway Preempted Due to NFL Football

Were you planning on watching the Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on ABC this Saturday night? Plans to broadcast this NASCAR race live nationally on ABC starting with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. ET will be preempted in 15 different regions of the country due to the scheduled showing of NFL preseason football on local channels.

Bristol Motor Speedway will be where the fun is happening this Saturday
Watch this Saturday as the men in their four-wheeled racing machines battle it out on one of the last true racing arenas left

People planning on watching this race who are also satellite TV customers can view the competition on channel 209-1 for DirecTV and 145 on DISH. Cable customers can also view the race in 11 of the 15 markets named on different channels.

Viewers in Milwaukee, the Arkansas cities of Little Rock, Fort Smith, and Jonesboro, and Tyler, Texas planning on tuning in to watch NASCAR Countdown will be disappointed. Unfortunately, due to the showing of local news this broadcast will not be shown, but the channels in question will air the scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway starting at around 7:30 p.m ET.

The green flag is expected to drop about 7:43 on this Sprint Cup Series race, so check below to see if you’re in one of the 15 regions named, and make the appropriate changes.

 

Austin, Texas – race telecast on digital cable: Time Warner channels 811 and 1240, Suddenlink channel 721, AT&T Channel 3024.

 

Charlotte, N.C. – race telecast on WAXN TV64. Available on Time Warner channel 1230, Charter channel 703, Compas channel 16, Comporium channel 110. WSOC-TV will join race in progress after football game ends.

 

Casper, Wyo. – only available to satellite TV subscribers

 

Cheyenne, Wyo. – only available to satellite TV subscribers

 

Duluth, Minn. – race telecast on digital cable: Charter channel 398, Mediacom channel 113.

 

Harrisburg, Pa. – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 246, Verizon channel 461, Blue Ridge Cable channel 152, Kuhn channel 67, Nittany Media 228.

 

Houston – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channels 315 and 685.

 

Louisville, Ky. – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 432, Time Warner channel 207.

 

Nashville, Tenn. – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 245, Charter channel 136.

 

St. Joseph, Mo. – only available to satellite TV subscribers

 

San Antonio, Tex. – only available to satellite TV subscribers

 

Sioux Falls, S.D. – race telecast on digital cable: Mid-Continent channels 596 and 614. (Also DISH channel 36).

 

Tulsa, Okla. – race telecast on digital cable: Cox channel 131.

 

Washington, D.C. – race telecast on digital cable: Comcast channel 205, Cox channel 806, Verizon FiOS channel 467.

 

Weslaco, Tex. – race telecast on digital cable: Time Warner channel 877.

 

Kyle Busch Looks for First Sprint Cup Series Win at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch will be even happier if he wins the up coming Bank of America 500
Kyle Busch will be even happier if he wins the up coming Bank of America 500

Concord, North Carolina (Oct. 12, 2013) – Kyle Busch will be looking to win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the thirteenth time during the upcoming Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race on October 12, 2013. His twelve victories at the old track in North Carolina rank him first in Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series wins, but he still hasn’t managed to win a Sprint Cup Series race on the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway in Charlotte.

Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile monster drivers either love or hate, or both
Charlotte Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile monster drivers either love or hate, or both

Kyle recently stated he was looking forward to getting his first Sprint Cup Series win during the Bank of America 500, and taking home a Bruton Smith trophy to put on his mantle.

Kyle is ready to race on October 12 for his chance at a championship
Kyle is ready to race on October 12 for his chance at a championship

Kyle Busch “That elusive win in the Cup series has eluded us here,” Busch said. “We’ve had a lot of great runs – some second place finishes and third place finishes and a lot of good runs where we’ve led a lot of laps, but in the last run of the race it seems like we’re just a little bit off. But we’re looking forward to Oct. 12 here at the Bank of America 500 and being able to take home one of those nice gold (Bruton Smith) trophies.”

Kyle will need to have a strong Bank of America 500 on October 12, if he wants to make a run at winning the Chase. This race will be the fifth of the ten races included in the Chase, and he’ll need to have a strong position heading into this event. His overall record on this superspeedway gives him a good chance, one would think, but anything can happen out on the track. Once you get out there all previous records get thrown out the window and it’s everybody for himself. He’ll need Lady Luck on his side, if he’s going to be successful.

Kyle certainly knows the value of this race, “You want to get off to a good start (in the Chase),” he said. “Our team, the Joe Gibbs Racing team, obviously has gotten off to a good start. Once you get past the halfway point, that’s sort of when you define the contenders… That’s when you know who you’re going to be racing against for the championship.”

Winner of two Bank of America 500 races and NASCAR legend Dale Jarrett was recently asked if he had some advice to give Kyle Busch on how to win at the old track in North Carolina. “What am I going to tell Kyle Busch about winning here? He obviously knows how to win,” said Jarrett, who was seated in front of all 12 of Busch’s trophies from his Nationwide and Camping World Truck series wins at Charlotte. “He’s, if not the best driver I’ve seen come through the ranks of NASCAR, he’s certainly one of the top three. It’s just incredible what he does with a racecar. What I can offer is that, as much as you can have a good car – he has plenty of talent – but good fortune is probably the best thing you can have on your side.”

Kyle Busch fans can watch their hero race for his thirteenth win and first Sprint Cup Series victory at the superspeedway in Charlotte on October 12, 2013. They can also catch all of the fun happening on October 10 and 11, like the Bojangles’ Pole Night and the UNOH Southern Slam, and the Dollar General 300. Just tell them Warren sent you over to have some fun.

Emory 500 Post Race Racer Comments

The boys and girls of NASCAR were out on the track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway over the weekend, taking their race cars for a drive, and after the race some of the racers stopped by to comment on the race. This is what they had to say about the day and the events that occurred out on the track.

CARL EDWARDS – No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) – “That was
fun.  Tony just had such a fast car there at the end, but we’re back.
We’re doing it. We’re scoring more points than anybody.  We’re heading
into the chase.  I feel like we locked ourselves in and I just want to
thank Afla9c for sticking behind us.  That’s what they do, they stick
behind you when things are bad.  It hasn’t been good, but the last
couple of months have been great.   I’m excited about going to
Richmond.  I’m real excited about starting the chase.  We had
something that could win the race tonight and that’s a blast.” WHAT
TURNED IT AROUND FOR THIS TEAM?  “I can’t say what turned it around.
Bob and the guys have just been working hard and that’s what it’s
about.  When they go to the shop and we’re not running the way they
want, they’ve got to keep digging and keep working.  It’s pretty cool
that they’re able to do that and everybody stuck behind us – my fans,
Aflac, Scotts, and Ford and everybody.  I know we don’t look like we
did in 2008, but we’re better set to go race for that championship now
than we’ve ever been.”

KASEY KAHNE – No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion (Finished 32nd) – “I felt
like we were there.  We had a top-five car and when we got out front
we were pretty good, but I was still trying to hold off Carl and
Jimmie, and Tony was really quick.  I was just going down the
straightaway and got hit from behind and I know it was the 39, so I
feel like he lost us about 20 spots today.  He said he got hit from
behind and that forced him into me, so that’s racing, but either way,
we’re the one that took the big shot there.”  YOU AND RYAN HAD AN
AMIABLE DISCUSSION AFTER THE RACE.  HOW DID THAT GO?  “Ryan and I are
fine.  We don’t have an issue with each other, it’s just that when you
get racing sometimes it gets you mad.  He lost about four spots from
me rubbing him a little bit and I lost about 25 or 30 from him rubbing
me, so he got me a little better.”

GREG BIFFLE – No. 16 Scotch Blue Ford Fusion (Finished 36th) – “It was
my fault.  I didn’t know we were still three-wide and I guess I cut
down on the 39.  I have to watch the replay.  He certainly didn’t cut
us any slack.  He could have cut us some slack and let us go there.  I
don’t know, I’ll have to watch the replay before I make my judgment,
but I didn’t know we were still three-wide.  It looked like I had
cleared him, along with the 43, and I just turned down into the corner
and, unfortunately, he was there.  We still locked ourselves into the
chase, so we’re excited about that.”  IT WORKED OUT OKAY FROM A POINTS
PERSPECTIVE.  “Yeah, we’re 161 points ahead, so I’ve got to beat one
car if whoever it is wins and leads all the laps, so we’re pretty much
locked in.”

MATT KENSETH – No. 17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion (Finished 11th) –
“It was a frustrating night.  We performed really poorly and just
couldn’t get the car to run.  The last two stops, whatever we did
really woke the car up and our last couple of runs were pretty good.
We had a tire rub and had to restart behind all the lapped cars and
then the last run we didn’t get tires, which ended up working out okay
because we beat most of the guys that got tires and got the car a lot
better.  As dumb as it sounds for being a five-hour race, we just ran
out of time.  We just need to figure out our adjustments earlier, I
guess.  Overall, it was a good day for us.  I’m happy for our finish
considering how we ran.”

 ELLIOTT SADLER – No. 19 Stanley Ford Fusion (Finished 41st) – “I saw
the 16 spinning and kind of blocking the track and me and Harvick
tried to go under him.  I couldn’t go any lower because of the 29 car
and I think the 16 was standing in the gas trying to stay out of the
wall and just came down and clipped us in the right rear and turned us
head-on into the wall.  Our Stanley Ford is damaged and done for the
night.  It’s very frustrating.  We had a really good car and guys kind
of started short-pitting and that put us behind and we were trying to
play catch-up, but I really wanted to finish this race.  We felt like
we had a good shot at a good finish tonight.”  WAS THE HIT AS BAD AS
POCONO?  “Oh, no.  Nothing like Pocono.  I hit where a SAFER barrier
is in turn four.  We didn’t pull any g’s at all, so I’m thankful they
had that here in turn four at Atlanta.  I do want to say thanks to all
the fans for showing up tonight.  We’ve got a heck of a crowd here in
Atlanta.  Man, I just really wanted to finish this race and run good.
It’s the same car I had at Michigan and we were making a comeback, but
it just wasn’t meant to be.”

PAUL MENARD – No. 98 Menards Ford Fusion (Finished 35th) – “It’s real
positive because our race car was really good.  It was awesome.  The
guys worked really hard and we had a good car all weekend.  We could
have definitely had another top five tonight, but it wasn’t meant to
be.”

DAVID GILLILAND – No. 37 Taco Bell Ford Fusion (Finished 20th) – “I’m
really proud of the job this team did this weekend, given that this
was our first race together.  We started with a pretty good car and
Peter (Sospenzo) and the team made some good adjustments to help us
run pretty fast and pick up a bunch of positions.  We had good pit
stops and good pit strategy to help us finish on the lead lap, so all
in all it was a good night for the Taco Bell Ford team.”

DAVE BLANEY – No. 38 A&W All-American Food Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
— “Not bad for my first go at it in this car.  This was the first
complete race I’ve run in a while, so I knew it would take me a few
laps to get into a groove.  I was doing a little experimenting, trying
to run a few different lines.  The car was a little too loose for me
to be too aggressive, but it wasn’t bad for our first time out
together.”

TRAVIS KVAPIL – No. 34 Long John Silver’s Ford Fusion (Finished 29th)
— “This whole weekend was a bit rough for us.  We battled the car all
day Saturday and we worked on the handling all throughout the race
tonight, too.  We made a lot of changes to try to free the car up, and
we did get a little better toward the end.  But those long green-flag
runs during the first half of the race left us with too much ground to
make up.”

DAVID RAGAN – No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 19th) — “I felt like at
the beginning of the race, we had a top 10 or top 15 car. We just
couldn’t keep up with the track; it just kept getting freer and freer
as the night went on. And we were making big adjustments every single
stop on our UPS Ford. We just couldn’t seem to get to the point where
the car was fast. We would get close, but when the track cooled down
even more, we’d be that much more behind when the next pit stop came.
We lost a lap when I spun out, but we didn’t hit anything. We were
fortunate to get back on the lead lap and finish inside the top 20. In
the big picture, it’s not a win, but it wasn’t in the thirties either.
I’m satisfied with the way our team worked together tonight and made
what could have been a bad night, a salvageable night.”

 CARL EDWARDS PRESS CONFERENCE – “When we talked in here on Saturday,
that’s one of the things we talked about was we haven’t led a lot of
laps and we haven’t had that dominant car and tonight I felt like we
had a car as good or a better car than we’ve had all season – really
for a season and a half.  I’m really proud of my guys.  The last pit
stop was spectacular.  That’s probably the best pit stop I’ve ever
had.  It’s like Jimmie said, when you run up front like that you get
in that mode of racing for the win and the victory, and that’s good
for everyone, especially for us at this point.  I feel like we’ve
scored a ton of points the last seven or eight races.  We’ve performed
probably better in that stretch than we ever had and it makes me
really excited.  I’m really looking forward to the chase.  It’s gonna
be fun.”  WHY DO YOU SAY THIS CAR IS BETTER?  “There was nothing
specific significantly for this race, but I feel that this race suits
my driving style very well.  I really enjoy this race track.  When
Jimmie and Kasey and I were racing two and three-wide for the lead
there for a few laps, there was one point I was laughing going down
the front straightaway.  It was just fun.  That’s what racing is about
is having some fun, and I feel like this race track really lends
itself to that style of racing, so I enjoy it and it was a good
coincidence that my crew and my car were on their game tonight as
well.”  CAN YOU TOUCH ON THE RESTARTS?  “I don’t know the rule. I
don’t know if any of us – if the leader spins his tires and you’re
beating him, is it okay to beat him by three feet or not?  I was in
the same boat as Jimmie.  There was one time I lifted and I think it
was Jimmie or somebody else went blowing by me and I was like, ‘Damn,
maybe I shouldn’t have done that,’ so we’ll have to clarify that, I
guess.”  WHAT DID YOU SAY TO TONY?  “I just told Tony, ‘Good job.’
His car was amazing.  He did a really good job of driving it.  The
place where he was driving on the race track, I couldn’t run there.  I
was just letting him know I thought he did a really good job.”
THOUGHTS ON NEXT WEEK WITH 10 OF 12 GUYS LOCKED INTO THE CHASE.  WHAT
DO YOU EXPECT?  “We’ll just go for it.  I think I can speak for
Jimmie, but we’ll probably just go there and go for the win.  We don’t
have too much to be concerned about, other than that particular race,
so, for me, it’ll just be a fun race.”  HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT MORE
TESTING AT A TRACK LIKE THIS.  DALE JR. SAID JOKINGLY LIKE IT SEEMS
GUYS ALWAYS STRUGGLE UNTIL THE FINAL LAPS.  “I don’t want to do
anymore testing, but he’s right.  There will be times you’re in the
race car here and the crew chief will get all excited like, ‘That was
a great lap.’  And you’re like, ‘Man, this thing is driving terribly.’
 I don’t think that the guy who wins this race even has a car that
drives great.  It’s a very difficult race track, but I don’t know if
testing will make it easier.  I don’t think so.  It’s just got a lot
of character and that’s why I think all of us like racing here so
much.”  DOES ANY OF THIS MOMENTUM FOR YOU MATTER WHEN THE CHASE
STARTS?  “I used to say it didn’t matter.  I used to never believe in
momentum, but I’ve never run so poorly for so long.  Now, I’m seeing
this turnaround and it’s been a couple of months and I think I
understand the team more and I understand where we’ve been gaining,
so, for that reason, I believe in this momentum that we have and I
believe it will apply to future races.  You can’t do anything about a
cut tire or a broken valve spring or something like that, but at least
we’ve proven to ourselves the last couple months that we can do it and
that feels good for us.”

SEPTEMBER 10 VIRGINIA 529 SAVINGS 250 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

 Kelly Bires will drive the No 25 Raybestos Brakes Ford for Team Rensi Motorsports in the Sept. 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.  
 
Bires has made seven starts this season and claimed one top-10 finish (seventh-place in race No. 2 at Auto Club Speedway).  He has racked up 12 top-10 finishes in 75 career starts.  Team Rensi Motorsports has earned five wins, 42 top-five and 98 top-10 finishes since its inception in 1999.
 
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KELLY BIRES, No. 25 RAYBESTOS BRAND BRAKES FORD:  “It’s a huge opportunity not only for me and not only the team but to have Raybestos come on board and to be able to go to a track where brakes mean everything and firing the 25 car back up with Raybestos logos on the quarter-panels.  It’s going to be a neat deal.  Richmond is a place that I enjoy going to and running at and a place where I’ve had some pretty good finishes.”  WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO RUN WELL AND TAKE CARE OF THE BRAKES AT RICHMOND?  “There’s really no way at Richmond to be easy on your brakes.  You pretty much need a brake that’s going to withstand the heat and the longevity of the race.  Being that it’s a short track, you’re using a ton of brake.  It’s probably the number one thing that actually can change or hurt you with the handling of the race car.  I’ve had brake problems there in the past with different systems and I ran the race there earlier this year with the Raybestos brakes on it and had a great finish so that’s why I’m looking forward to going back there.  Any short track in NASCAR requires with the heavy cars and stuff that we’ve got here, it just requires extreme braking package and a package that can handle the abuse of it.  We’re just happy to have Raybestos on the car.”  COMMENT ON TEAM RENSI MOTORSPORTS.  “The nice thing is it’s a team that’s been together, lots of people have been there for quite a few years.  It’s kind of like a little bit of a family built in there.  They’ve had success in racing.  I remember watching them back in 2003, 2004, 2005 winning races and running up front.  It’s a team that you always looked forward to possibly driving for.  To be able to work with Ed Rensi and everyone involved at the shop.  The re’s a lot of good people and they build really good race cars.  The Richmond car we’ve got going on the track we’re extremely excited about.  We feel we can go there and have a really good run.”  IS THERE A POSSIBILITY THAT YOU COULD RUN MORE RACES FOR TEAM RENSI THIS SEASON IF THINGS GO WELL AT RICHMOND?  “Well we definitely hope that.  You know as well as I do about this sport.  It’s kind of unpredictable how everything works out.  I mean, that’s our ultimate goal is to literally use this race and build off it and go have a good s olid run and show people what we can do.  Being that it’s a race with the new car style it’s going to be good to kind of build the notebook off it.  There’s just a lot of good things about going into this race and going there and running well.  We hope to run in a few more races through the end of the year.  That’s the ultimate game plan, get some good solid finishes and be able to put up something we can sell for the future.”  HAVE YOU DRIVEN THIS NEW NATIONWIDE SERIES CAR?  “I have not.  I have only driven a couple of the Cup cars, tested before, but have never driven this new Nationwide COT car.  It’s nice what N ASCAR does.  They gave us an open day to go test there on Thursday [Sept. 9] so it allows the teams to be able to kind of figure some stuff out without being rushed through a two-hour practice that you usually get there.  So it allows people to go in there and work at their own pace and try to figure it out being that it’s such a new car to everyone.  It should be interesting.  It’s such a great time that I don’t think we’re going to be too far off when we unload for the start of that test day.  I think we’re going to be close and it’s just a matter of just figuring out how this car reacts different than the old car did and what I need different in it than what we started with or whatever it might be.  R ealistically I think we’re going to be pretty close and we should be a strong top-15 team.”  WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD NIGHT FOR YOU AT RICHMOND?  “I think a good night for the 25 car there would be a strong top-10 finish.  Just running in the top-10, being competitive, finishing on the lead lap, finishing the race, doing all of the above there I think it almost guarantees you a good top-10.  I think the car is going to have enough speed to be able to do that.  I think if you come up to me after the race and I finish anywhere in the top-10 I’d be pretty thrilled.”  SCOTT ZIPADELLI WILL BE YOUR CREW CHIEF AT RICHMOND.  “Scott Zipadelli is going to come on board to do that one race for that car.  I’ve got a little bit of a working relationship with him in the past.  He actually was a crew chief of mine for the first year and a half that I was in the Nationwide Series for the 47 car.  It’s good to have him on board and it kind of eliminates a little bit of the learning process.  Trying to learn a car, crew chief and a team it’s more or less that the crew chief/driver relationship is already there so it’s a matter of just working on the car and seeing what it needs.”  
 
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DILLON PICKS UP FOURTH NCWTS POLE OF THE SEASON AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY

SPARTA, Ky. – Twenty-year-old Austin Dillon picked up his fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole award of the season by three one-hundredths of a second after scorching the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway tri-oval with a 175.177-mph (30.826 seconds) lap in his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing machine this afternoon.
The 11th different NCWTS pole winner in track history will start tonight’s “Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” alongside Johnny Sauter, who qualified his No. 13 ThorSport Racing truck with a solid 175.160-mph (30.829 seconds) lap.
Dillon, who started this season’s Texas Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Iowa Speedway events from the top spot on the grid, will roll off tonight’s grid seventh in the series standings after scoring an Iowa victory and a total of five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
“The Bass Pro Shops truck has been running awesome, I feel like we earned it. I knew the key would be turns one and two. When I got through that and just cruised up to the wall, I was like, ‘wow, this is going to be fast,’ so I just took it through turns three and four and the guys got on the radio and said we’re on the pole.

“The truck has just had an awesome set up all weekend. I’ve been able to stay consistent on the track and the guys have made the right calls and right adjustments. We’re just looking forward to the race tonight,” Dillon said.
Sauter will start tonight’s race third in the series standings after knocking out a Kansas Speedway victory and a total eight top-five and nine top-10 finishes through 17 starts. He placed 22nd in last season’s “Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” and will make his second NCWTS Kentucky start sitting third in the series standings and trailing leader Todd Bodine by 303 points.
Bodine qualified 14th for the second time in the past two races, but will attempt to maintain the solid form he displayed during the last five races that generated back-to-back victories at Nashville Superspeedway and Darlington Raceway, a sixth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and a second-place showing last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
He will make his fifth NCWTS Kentucky start in search of his second top-five and third top-10 Kentucky finish. He earned his series track-best second-place finish in his 2005 debut.
Mike Skinner, last season’s “Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” runner-up, the 2008 race pole award winner and 2007 race victor, qualified third in his No. 5 Randy Moss Motorsports truck. He has scored a total of three top-five and four top-10 Kentucky Speedway NCWTS finishes.
Tickets for tonight’s race can be reserved at the speedway entrances.