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NASCAR Cup Series

Kahne Off to Strong Start

It’s now or never for Kasey Kahne and his NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series career, as the once-young hot shoe is now a 36-year-old with his career hanging in the balance.

Though Kahne is under contract through the 2018 season with Hendrick Motorsports, 2017 is pivotal for the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS. 

He hasn’t enjoyed the success he envisioned since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. He has scored five wins, but none since 2014 at Atlanta. Kahne isn’t oblivious to his team’s past struggles and knows it’s time to step up.

In August of 2016, Kahne told FOXSports.com, “If I haven’t performed by 2018, I need to leave. It’s pretty simple. That has nothing to do with William Byron or anyone else. If I haven’t performed by then, it’s time to go do something different.”      

It might not be time for Kahne to hang it up quite yet, though.

Through the season’s first three races, Kahne has been able to make the most of the opportunities and  have the finishes to show for it. He finished seventh in the season-opening Daytona 500, followed by a fourth at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and a 12th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.       

Kahne had to scrap and claw to finish 12th this past weekend, fighting his car’s setup all day, adding, “We’ve just got to keep doing better, keep figuring out practice and starting these races a little better.”              

Kahne is right about the team’s need to get more speed out of the car in qualifying, as his average starting position is 20.7. In comparing him to the season’s first three winners, they all qualified inside the top-10 when they were able to get the checkered flag.

The finishes are there for the No. 5 team, and as a result, the team is ninth in the Cup standings, with the confidence continuing to grow.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series continues the west coast swing this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, where in 25 starts, Kahne has one win, which came in 2011 for Red Bull Racing, and eight top-10s.

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Majeski to Make XFINITY Debut in the Midwest

Last week, it was announced 22-year-old Roush Fenway Racing development driver, Ty Majeski will make his XFINITY Series debut at Iowa Speedway in June.

The young talent has garnered much attention around the Midwest, and now the rest of the country is beginning to take notice. He made four starts in the ARCA Racing Series in 2016 for Roulo Brothers Racing, finishing as high as fourth at Madison.

Now, Majeski is ready to take on a new challenge and officially begin his NASCAR career.

“It’s a huge step, but I can’t just go out there and simply finish the race. I need to go out and perform, just like anyone else,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “I know it’s a hard goal to reach, but I’m aiming for a top 10 there.”

Majeski will feel somewhat at home, as Iowa Speedway is the heart of the Midwest and it’s close to his native Wisconsin. There will be a break-in period, though, as Majeski has never raced at Iowa Speedway.

“I’ve never been to Iowa Speedway, so it doesn’t make much of a difference if it’s Iowa or any other track I’ve never been to. I just want to learn as much as I can before we get there,” Majeski said.

Majeski fits among NASCAR’s new-age drivers in the way he prepares to race at tracks he’s never seen.

“iRacing is a huge tool for learning how to drive racetracks and simulate live race conditions like tire falloff and track surfaces,” he said. “I’ll also spend some time in the Ford simulator as well.”

He’s also leaning on people who have racing experience. One of the people he goes to with questions is Cale Gale, a former development driver for Kevin Harvick Incorporated and competed at both the Truck and XFINITY levels.

“Cale Gale is a guy who I’ve been able to lean on and gain valuable information just through our conversations,” Majeski said.

One of the things Majeski and his team prides themselves in is working hard and letting their performance do the talking, not money. He wasn’t fast-tracked to be the next superstar. Instead, he spent time in each of the ranks and gained experience, and more importantly, learned how to race.

“We’re doing it the old-fashioned way,” Majeski said. “It’s really special to go out and win races and make it through the ranks the right way. When you surround yourself with good people, good things happen, and that’s a testament what this team has been able to do.”

Majeski has high hopes for 2017, as he is set to make five or six starts in the ARCA Racing Series in an attempt to gain valuable experience competing on 1.5-milers before going full-time in either the Camping World Truck Series or the XFINITY Series beyond this year.

You can watch Majeski make his XFINITY debut in the American Ethanol E15 250 on June 24th.

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Trucks

One Thing is Certain for Bowman

Alex Bowman has no definite plans for 2017 in NASCAR’s top three national series, but there is one thing for certain.

The 23-year-old Bowman has been tapped to run the No. 24 GMS Racing Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

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Bowman hasn’t competed at the Truck level since 2015, when he made his one and only start at Michigan and finished 11th in the No. 00 Chevrolet.

A Tucson, Ariz., native, he has made one career XFINITY Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, when he finished 34th due to a blown engine in 2013.

Justin Haley will be the primary driver of the No. 24 for GMS Racing, but he is too young to compete in the season’s first two races. He will take over the driving duties of the No. 24 at Martinsville Speedway.

Bowman, who subbed for Dale Earnhardt Jr. last season when Earnhardt was plagued with lingering concussion issues, last raced in the preliminary Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. He finished third.

Scott Lagasse Jr. drove the No. 24 Chevrolet last weekend in Daytona and finished seventh.

The Active Pest Control 200 from Atlanta Motor Speedway can be seen live Saturday, Mar. 4 at 4:30 P.M. ET on FOX Sports 1 and heard on MRN Radio.

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Gordon to Pace Daytona 500

It was announced Friday afternoon four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion, Jeff Gordon, will serve as the pace car driver for the 59th running of the Great American Race behind the wheel of the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

“To me, you go down the list of prestigious things I have done, this is right at the top of the list,” Gordon said. “This is truly an honor to be asked to drive the pace car for the Daytona 500.”

A winner 93 times at the Cup level, Gordon won every race in a Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, so it’s only natural he will drive a Chevrolet at the front of the field Sunday afternoon.

He was a Daytona 500 victor three times, with wins coming in 1997, 1999, and 2005.

“Driving for Hendrick Motorsports for 23 years as a driver, to be able to lead this field in a Chevrolet Camaro but also have two Chevrolets in my rearview mirror, that makes it even more special,” he said.

One of those cars will be his old ride, the No. 24 now driven by Chase Elliott, and the other will be the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr., whom Gordon subbed for last season for a handful of races while Earnhardt dealt with lingering concussion symptoms.

After he steps out of the pace car, he will head up to the FOX broadcast booth to resume his broadcasting duties with Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip.

The Daytona 500 can be seen on FOX Sunday at 2 P.M. ET.

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Loyalty Only Goes So Far, and Other Manufacture Musings

The 2017 NASCAR season is almost officially underway, and with the new season comes a lot of changes.

Perhaps the biggest change is the manufacturer switch Stewart-Haas Racing made from Chevrolet to Ford in the off-season. For many diehard fans, it will take some getting used to seeing a team which had run Chevrolets change over to Fords.

In what came as a shock when it was announced that Stewart-Haas Racing would be leaving Chevrolet, it shows the role manufacturers play in gaining the slightest competitive edge.

Loyalty only goes so far.

It’s easy to be loyal when things are going well, and the results are showing on the racetrack. But as soon as there is an opportunity to gain an edge under a different banner with a different badge on the front of the car, teams and drivers are hard-pressed to look away.

Just because things have been one way for so long, does not mean they are not subject to change. In recent years, it has been uncommon, though not unheard of to make a manufacturer switch.

Joe Gibbs Racing left Chevrolet after 2007 to head up Toyota’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series efforts 2008. Since the switch, they have garnered one championship with Kyle Busch in 2015.

Team Penske won the Cup title in 2012 with Brad Keselowski in a Dodge, in what was the last year of a Dodge team at the Cup level before they hopped over to Ford beginning in 2013. Team Penske is yet to win a title since making their manufacturer change.

Furniture Row Racing switched from Chevrolet to Toyota beginning in 2016 with Martin Truex Jr., who is now joined by Erik Jones. Since switching to Toyota, Furniture Row Racing has forged a close working relationship with Toyota stablemates, Joe Gibbs Racing, and are now frontrunners nearly every week, though they have yet to win a title.

As much as fans wish their favorite driver would stick to one manufacturer for the duration of their career, it hardly ever happens. In fact, it’s a rarity when a driver remains with one brand.
Even the biggest stars of NASCAR, past and present, who have been linked to one manufacturer, drove for different manufacturers at different points in their respective careers.

Dale Earnhardt’s name is synonymous with Chevrolet, yet he began his career in a Dodge Charger. He even ran two seasons in a Ford Thunderbird in the early ‘80s.

Richard Petty had a majority of his success under the Mopar banner, driving Plymouths and Dodges, but even he was not loyal to one brand his entire career. In fact, like Dale Earnhardt, he raced for all of Michigan’s Big Three automakers. After beginning his career running Mopars, he switched to Ford in 1969, but later he ran for General Motors in a Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Buick, and retired in a Pontiac.

Tony Stewart’s career began in a Pontiac and then Chevrolet when the Pontiac division of General Motors disbanded. In 2008, he ran his lone season in a Toyota before he formed Stewart-Haas Racing running Chevrolets, and now though he is out of the driver’s seat, his team will pilot Fords.

Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth both left Fords at Roush Fenway Racing for the Toyotas of Joe Gibbs Racing.

Among the short list of active drivers who have remained steadfast to one manufacturer are Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who have run their entire Cup careers in Chevrolets. The now-retired Jeff Gordon ran a Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in every Cup start he made – but it’s worth noting he ran a Ford in the XFINITY Series prior before joining Hendrick Motorsports at the Cup level.

Hendrick Motorsports has remained faithful to the Chevrolet brand, while Roush Fenway Racing has been with Ford since their inception in 1988. Wood Brothers Racing has had a strong partnership with Ford Motorcraft and have only housed Fords and for a time, Mercury, which falls under the Ford umbrella.

As for Dodge, which NASCAR has been without since 2013, there is hope.

Dodge has been on the record as wanting to throw their hat back into the ring. If Dodge were to rejoin the fray, all three of America’s Big Three automakers would be back on the track, which is exciting to a lot of the sport’s core fans.

Ray Evernham, who helped usher in Dodge’s return to NASCAR in 2001, has been vocal about a potential return to the sport, stating, “Dodge has a long history in the sport and I’m sure they’d like nothing more than to be able to come back and add to that history. I’m hoping it happens.”

As a fan, do you still care who drives what car and manufacturer, or are those days long gone? Let the staff at POPULAR SPEED know your opinion by tweeting @POPULARSPEED. We would love to hear from you and continue the conversation.

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Trucks

Forrister Goes Full-Time

Georgia native Korbin Forrister has landed a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride, piloting the No. 5 Wauters Motorsports Toyota Tundra.

The deal was announced on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night.

Over the course of his career, Forrister has made 29 starts in the NCWTS, and Friday will mark his second career Truck start at Daytona following a 12th in 2015. In his lone Truck start last season at Talladega Superspeedway for Wauters Motorsports, Forrister finished 27th.

“I’m really excited to be running a full season with Richie Wauters this year,” Forrister said. “Richie and I developed a strong bond running together last year in some super late model races and it even got stronger after our run together at Talladega. Our communication level is really good and I am looking forward to having a successful year together. This team always builds top-notch equipment and I know we have an amazing Advanced Medical Laboratories Toyota Tundra for Daytona.”

Team owner and crew chief, Richie Wauters is optimistic with Forrister in his truck.

“We are looking forward to running with Korbin Forrister for the full season,” he said. “We really had a good run going at Talladega until he was a victim of circumstance of plate racing. We put that behind us and are focused on a solid 2017 season with Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing engines.”

The green flag will drop for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday, February 24th at 7:30 P.M. and get the Truck season officially underway. Live coverage starts at 7:00 P.M. on Fox Sports 1, MRN Radio, and Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90.

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Friesen: “We’re Going to the Races With a Top-Five Team”

There’s a new team in town.

Chris Larsen, owner of Halmar International, and Stewart Friesen, a decorated dirt track racer in the Modified and Sprint Car ranks, have teamed up to form Halmar Friesen Racing.

Halmar Friesen Racing will run full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Friesen driving the No. 52 Halmar International Chevrolet Silverado.

Friesen made his Truck Series debut at the Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway last season.

Larsen had partnered with Friesen’s Modified team and they bought an ECR engine to run at Eldora. After running Eldora, Friesen told POPULAR SPEED, “We got a taste of it, but we wanted more.”

So the team ran five more races in 2016, finishing as high as 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and came away from the season with an understanding of what they had as a team.

Sometimes it takes a while for brand new teams to gel together and develop chemistry, but don’t expect Halmar Friesen Racing to fall into that category. Friesen and the team are off to a good start and are on target to be ready to compete at Daytona come February.

“We’re going to the races with a top-five team,” Friesen said.

The belief comes from the fact that Halmar Friesen Racing has partnered with GMS Racing, fresh off winning a championship with series veteran Johnny Sauter. Collaborating with fellow Chevrolet stablemate GMS Racing should help Halmar Friesen Racing get up to speed, rather quickly, pun intended.

“It’s been a good relationship so far with GMS, it’s something to be proud of. At the same time, we want it to be a two-way street, and be able to help them as well,” Friesen said.

Not only is the newly-formed Halmar Friesen Racing aligned with a championship-winning team in GMS Racing, they have also brought on Tommy Baldwin Jr. to manage the day-to-day operations.

Friesen has nothing but the highest praise for Baldwin, who recently shut down his Monster Energy Cup Series team, saying, “It’s been awesome to work with Tommy so far. He’s a great leader and his guys listen to him. He’s a real racer.”

Atop the pit box will be Trip Bruce, who worked with Baldwin in the K&N Pro Series East, while also winning a championship and 10 wins with Johnny Benson in the Truck Series.

Entering the year, Friesen is keeping his goals in check, stating they’re  “just looking to take it one week at a time and develop consistency with our program”.

“We’re also trying to not tear too much stuff up,” Friesen added.       

If they manage to avoid mishaps and run consistently, there is potential for the team to run just as well as GMS Racing.

“I can’t wait to get to work and play in the draft at Daytona and race at places I’ve only seen on TV,” he said. “Two years ago, if you would have told me I’d be racing at Daytona, I would have said you’re joking.”

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XFINITY

Harvick to Run Limited XFINITY Series Schedule

In what will be Stewart-Haas Racing’s first endeavor into the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the team has tapped SHR Monster Energy Cup Series regular, Kevin Harvick, to pilot the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang on for a limited schedule.

Harvick will hit the track on the XFINITY Series circuit in four races, beginning on April 8 at Texas Motor Speedway, then May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, followed by Kentucky Speedway on July 7, and his last race will take place at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 2.

The 2014 Cup champion has had much success at the XFINITY Series level, with 46 wins, and two titles in 2001 and 2006. The 41-year-old Bakersfield, California native has 35 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins to his name, as well.

“I’ve always enjoyed competing in the XFINITY Series,” Harvick said. “With Stewart-Haas Racing starting a new program, I’m excited to be a part of the building process because it will make us stronger going forward as a company. I’m proud to continue working with Hunt Brothers Pizza and seeing their colors on my Ford Mustang.”

Stewart-Haas Racing will also have XFINITY Series Rookie of the Year contender Cole Custer running full-time in the No. 00 Ford Mustang.

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Harvick Expresses Interest in Broadcasting Post Driving Career

Kevin Harvick confirmed he will return to the FOX broadcasting booth as a race analyst for eight races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Harvick has called a handful of races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for FOX and said he sees himself joining a broadcast team after he hangs up his helmet.

“I really enjoy calling races,” he said. “I enjoy the perspective of sitting up there and trying to figure out what’s going on. I also want to be a part of watching these young guys come up the NASCAR Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series and have the experience of having been in the booth when they raced, because, ultimately, it’s something I want to do down the road when I’m done driving.”

The first race of 2017 Harvick will call is the XFINITY Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February on FS1.

In addition to his eight races behind the mic as a race analyst, he will also contribute to FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB as a regular guest, alongside other current NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series drivers and crew chiefs.

Harvick still has a few more races to run before he calls it a career behind the wheel, but don’t be surprised to see him follow in Jeff Gordon’s footsteps to the booth.

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Make Room for Mopar?

Rumblings have begun to stir about a possible manufacturer expansion for NASCAR, and Dodge has been linked to making a comeback.

Dodge left the sport after winning the Sprint Cup Series title with Brad Keselowski in 2012, 11 years after re-entering NASCAR with Evernham Motorsports in 2001.

Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, spoke with NASCAR Vice Chairman Jim France and International Speedway Inc. CEO Lesa France Kennedy over the weekend during the Ferrari Finali Mondiali at Daytona International Speedway about the possibility of Dodge making a return to NASCAR.

Marchionne, who is also the CEO of Ferrari, said, “Yes, I’d love to return to NASCAR. I was the one who made the decision to pull out of NASCAR. I am the guilty party at the table. In 2009 we came out of bankruptcy, and tried to race in NASCAR, but with the big bills and make payroll was a stretch.

“We are in a different place now. I think it is possible we can come back to NASCAR. I think we need to find the right way to come back in, but I agreed with both Jim and Lesa we would come back to the issue.”

NASCAR CEO Brian France confirmed he met with Marchionne on the subject, and stated at Homestead-Miami Speedway that NASCAR was in discussions to possibly add another manufacturer. However, he stated they currently were “not in a position to make that announcement.”

So if, and it’s a big if, Dodge does indeed rejoin the sport, it will be one of four manufacturers, alongside Ford, Chevrolet, and Toyota. The question then becomes what team Dodge would align themselves with.

Hendrick Motorsports is well-established with the Chevrolet brand and would never consider switching brands. Stewart-Haas Racing will switch over from Chevrolet to Ford beginning in 2017, so they are not going to make the jump to Dodge either. Nor will Roush Fenway Racing, as they are fully ingratiated into the Blue Oval culture and the consumer street performance division as well.

Joe Gibbs Racing, in partnership with Furniture Row Racing, carry the banner for Toyota with plenty of factory support from Toyota Racing Development and as long as they are Toyota’s top dogs, they’re not going to switch manufacturers.

Team Penske was the last team to run Dodges, and won the championship with Brad Keselowski before hopping over to Ford. Since then they have overtaken Roush Fenway Racing as the best team in the Ford camp. Wood Brothers Racing will only race under the Ford banner. There’s no way they ever leave the Blue Oval brand, especially with their improved performance since becoming a satellite team with Team Penske.

So with all these teams most likely sticking with the manufacturers they have now, it doesn’t leave a ton of options open. But here is a short list of possible candidates:

Richard Petty Motorsports is the best choice because of the history. Petty was the face of Dodge in his day, and fans link his name and heritage to that of Dodge. They go hand-in-hand. With the Ford pool getting more crowded, they would have an opportunity to be the poster children of Dodge once again.

BK Racing is a second-tier Toyota team, and isn’t anywhere near the level of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas, and don’t seem to be catching up anytime soon.

Front Row Motorsports, much like Richard Petty Motorsports, isn’t the biggest fish in the Ford pond, and if they get more factory support from Dodge than they do Ford, it would make sense.

Richard Childress Racing and Chevrolet go deep, and I don’t see them moving brands, and I especially don’t see the No. 3 in anything other than a Bowtie. However, they do play second fiddle to Hendrick Motorsports.

JTG Daugherty Racing is a growing operation, in both size and competitiveness, as they work in close collaboration with Richard Childress Racing. But if they wanted to be trailblazers and bolt for Dodge, it’s not like JTG hasn’t changed manufacturers before.

Germain Racing will remain with Chevy most likely, as they hired a new gun in Ty Dillon, grandson of Richard Childress. Their performance should also be better as they too are a satellite operation of Richard Childress Racing.

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is a team I can see going either way. They haven’t been as competitive as Hendrick Motorsports racing in Chevys, but they haven’t been terrible. Kyle Larson is a rising star, and Chevrolet would hate to see him go. But Ganassi a has history with Dodge as he gave Dodge their first win in their latest re-entrance to the sport in the early 2000s.

A return for Mopar isn’t likely for 2017, as any manufacturer who wished to join NASCAR would have had to make a formal request by September 2015. A full-scale car would have had to be submitted to NASCAR by April 1, 2016. However, should they return in 2018 or beyond, it could provide an interesting shake-up.

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