This week in NASCAR: Probation, NASCAR on ‘The Glades’, contingency awards, and more

Watch Edwards, Logano, Stewart and Vickers on A&E’s “The Glades”:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Tony Stewart and Brian Vickers will be playing themselves in Sunday night’s episode of the popular A&E drama The Glades.

Set to air on Sunday, June 26 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E, the episode “Moonlighting” will explore the murder investigation of Cole Hunter, the fictitious mechanic for NASCAR driver Trey Lancer. In his search for the truth, Jim Longworth (actor Matt Passmore) centers much of his attention inside the NASCAR garage, where he meets NASCAR stars Edwards, Logano, Stewart and Vickers.

Mike Ford Named The WYPALL* Wipers Crew Chief of the Race in Michigan:
Mike Ford, crew chief for the No. 11 Fed Ex Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin, has been named the WYPALL* Wipers Crew Chief of the Race following Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
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Kenseth, Fennig Capture Contingency Awards:
Kenseth earned his third American Ethanol Green Flag Restart of the Race Award this year which goes to the eligible driver that records that fastest average speed on restarts and finishes the race on the lead lap. Kenseth’s crew chief, Jimmy Fennig, also captured his second DIRECTV Drew Chief of the Race Award given weekly to the crew chief of the driver who has demonstrated the best qualifying and race effort based on starting and finishing positions during the weekend.

The awards are part of the NASCAR Prize Money and Decal Program, also referred to as the contingency program, which provides teams prize money and weekly awards based on performance in several categories.

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament Raises $650,000:
The Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament Auction has raised $650,000, an event record. The event has raised over $500,000 each year since its inception in 2007, which in five years has raised more than $2.5 million. It now focuses on the Champions Grants program, a partnership between the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s Toolbox for Education.

Applications for grants in are being accepted through Sept. 15, 2011. For more information, visit

“Is Ryan Newman Smarter than a Grade School Student?”:
Newman, who graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Vehicle Structural Engineering, answered 10 first-round questions on a variety of topics such as Science, Math, Social Studies, English and Geography as students from five different Volusia County elementary schools were in attendance for the trivia game show “Is Ryan Newman Smarter than a Grade School Student?” For every question Newman answered correctly, DIS donated $100 to Volusia County Schools.

Newman also correctly answered the “bonus round” question and earned a special prize for every student in attendance, a ticket to the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 2. The complete press release can be found here

Joe Gibbs Racing crew chiefs penalized for unapproved parts:
Mike Ford (No. 11 car), Dave Rogers (No. 18) and Greg Zipdelli (No. 20) were fined $50,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the season after NASCAR discovered unapproved oil pans in each of the JGR cars at Michigan International Speedway. The oil pans were confiscated and never used in competition. Also the car chiefs for all three teams and Jimmy Makar, JGR’s senior vice president of operations, were also placed on probation for the remainder of the season.

Red Bull leaving NASCAR:
The Austrian-based energy drink company Red Bull entered NASCAR in 2007. Currently sponsors with two teams with current drivers Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers, but plans on leaving the sport at the end of 2011. Rumors say that “NASCAR does not attract the same demographic that Red Bull markets its product.”. The energy drink markets to the 18-to-34 age group.

The general manager of Red Bull Racing said Tuesday that he is optimistic that the team can keep going with more investors.

More on this story can be found at by Sal Sigala Jr.

Lofton returns to Germain Racing, Eddie Sharp Racing:
Germain Racing and Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) have reached an agreement to put 2009 ARCA Racing Series champion Justin Lofton back behind the wheel of ESR equipment. The move has been facilitated by the departure of Craig Goess from ESR. Ryan “Rudy” Fugle, crew chief for Lofton’s No. 77 Tundra at Germain Racing, will remain with Germain Racing.

MOBIL 1 car swap was UNBELIEVABLE:
The overwhelming response has indicated that the Mobil 1 Car Swap at The Glen was an event that will last in the minds of the participants and spectators forever.

More details can be found at

Tissot Launch Alert! Keep Time Danica-Style:
Tissot, a manufacturer of Swiss Watches since 1853, has launched a new Danica Patrick timepiece.

From the driver seat of design comes a Limited Edition watch with the defining style Danica is renowned for, both on the racetrack and off. This is a first-time opportunity for fans to pre-order the Tissot PRC200 Danica Patrick 2011 Limited Edition, a sleek, streamlined design featuring Swiss-made quartz movement.

Fans can check out to pre-order and reserve this unique Limited Edition watch, numbered from 0001 to 4999

Vote for your favorite design:
There are only days left to vote in the fourth-annual “JDRF Race Car Design Contest,” hosted by the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Voters from around the country are casting their ballots in the form of donations for their favorite design, while the young artists wait in the hopes they’ll see their work on NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie Trevor Bayne’s Ford Fusion as it races around Michigan International Speedway in August.

Fans are invited to vote at

The NASCAR Foundation Launches Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award:
The NASCAR Foundation will recognize the outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans by awarding the first annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, which includes a $100,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation to the children’s charity of the recipient’s choice.

More details can be found at

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