Roush Fenway Racing is the second team to unveil a throwback paint scheme for the Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 3.
On Monday, Roush debuted the paint scheme Ryan Reed‘s No. 16 Ford will bear for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200. The car will have the red, white and blue paint scheme used by Bobby Allison in 1975 when he drove a No. 16 Matador for Roger Penske and was sponsored by Coca-Cola and AMC.
That season, Allison started 19 of 30 Sprint Cup races and finished 10. Of those, Allison earned three wins, including a sweep of the Darlington races.
“Bobby Allison is a true icon in this sport,” said team owner Jack Roush in a press release. “I’m beyond honored to have one of our cars carry a paint scheme that Bobby ran. I look forward to making him proud at Darlington Raceway later this season.”
Sam Bass, the first officially-licensed NASCAR artist, helped design the paint scheme. Like Reed, Bass lives with type 1 diabetes. On race weekend, after the No. 16 goes through inspection, Bass will hand paint the Lilly Diabetes 140th Anniversary logo on the decklid of Reed’s car.
“I’ve been honored to do some pretty amazing things during my time in NASCAR, but painting a logo ‘Old School’ on a racecar at the track is new for me,” said Bass in a press release. “What Ryan and his team are doing in the diabetes community is really special to me and I’m honored to be included with two things I’m so passionate about – NASCAR history and diabetes awareness.”
The paint scheme will be featured on today’s episode of NASCAR America, which airs from 6-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
The VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 can be seen on Sept. 3 on NBC.
It’s officially All-Star Race week.
For the first time the annual exhibition event that awards $1 million will be held at Bristol Motor Speedway (7 p.m. ET Wednesday on FS1).
Twenty drivers will compete in the 140-lap, four-stage main event. Sixteen drivers currently make up the field following Cole Custer’s win Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.
Three drivers will qualify for the main event via the All-Star Open, the 85-lap preliminary race that’s divided into three stages. The winners of all three stages will advance. The remaining driver will advance via a fan vote.
Here are the entry lists for each race.
Drivers who automatically qualified for the All-Star Race: Those who won points races in 2019-20, past All-Star Race winners and previous Cup champions.
Drivers who have clinched an All-Star Race spot: Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Cole Custer, Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.
Click here for the entry list.
Twenty-two drivers are entered in the preliminary race.
Notable drivers include Clint Bowyer, Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, rookies Tyler Reddick, William Byron and John Hunter Nemechek, as well as Bubba Wallace.
Click here for the entry list.
Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, says that series officials will keep an eye on Harrison Burton and Noah Gragson moving forward but that the sanctioning body feels it is in a “good place” with those drivers after their fight last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
Gragson punched Burton after Burton repeatedly shoved him in the garage area as they discussed their contact on the track late in Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway. A NASCAR spokesperson said Friday night that no penalties were anticipated.
Asked about where matters stood between NASCAR and the two drivers, Miller told “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday morning:
“I personally wasn’t in the post-race conversations. (NASCAR Xfinity Series Managing Director) Wayne Auton does a great job with that and the report that I got from him is he talked to some of the crew members that were involved and obviously both of the drivers. I think we got to a good place. They’re going to have some words this week and try to make sure we’re in a good spot when we start the weekend next weekend in Texas. We feel like we’re OK.
“This is an emotional sport and there’s going to be things like that that crop up. It’s not a great situation for us to deal with as a sanctioning body, but we also want the emotion in the sport. That’s what makes it so special. Those things are unfortunate, but we do know from time to time those are going to happen. If we feel good about the conversations we’ve had, in a lot of cases we’re going to move on from that and keep an eye on those individuals moving forward.”
Damon Hack will host two roundtables with athletes and former athletes for a conversation on race and sports in America. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET Monday on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel and the NBC Sports Regional Networks.
Appearing with Hack will be Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, NBA superstar Steph Curry, NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, NFL player Kyle Rudolph, pro golfer Troy Mullins, former tennis player James Blake, Major League Baseball player James Rollins and Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.
Among the topics discussed are: The conversations they’ve had with family in the last few months, what they hope things will be like in a year’s time, the level of optimism vs. pessimism and their experiences.
Cole Custer — He entered Sunday’s race well out of a playoff spot at 25th in the points. He took advantage of a series of events in the final laps to score a dramatic victory and earn a playoff spot.
Martin Truex Jr. — Lost the lead on the last lap but recorded his first top-five finish since his Martinsville win last month.
Matt DiBenedetto — He was 18th with 14 laps to go and finished third.
Christopher Bell – Seventh-place finish was his fourth finish of 12th or better in the last six races.
Austin Cindric — Had not won on an oval in the Xfinity Series before sweeping both series races at Kentucky Speedway.
Matt Kenseth — A week after finishing runner-up at Indianapolis, he spun twice and finished 25th at Kentucky.
Ryan Preece — Finished last for the second race in a row. He was eliminated in a pit road accident at Indy and by transmission issues at Kentucky. He has failed to finish five of 17 races this season (29.4%).
Jimmie Johnson — Was third on a late restart when contact with Brad Keselowski spun him. Instead of contending for his first victory since 2017, Johnson finished 18th and had a little warning for Keselowski.