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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ATTENTION: TRACKSIDE WITH TRAVIS HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION

Please follow the following link to the new home of Trackside With Travis.

http://tracksidewithtravis.com/

Allen Bestwick Replaces Marty Reid As Play By Play Announcer For Sprint Cup Series

Allen Bestwick, who has had a long history of calling NASCAR races, will finally return to the play by play booth for the Sprint Cup Series on ESPN. Allen Bestwick, who has had the support of many fans that wanted him back in the booth, will replace Marty Reid, who covered the Sprint Cup Series for ESPN last season. Reid will continue as a play by play announcer for the Indycar Series as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series events.

Allen Bestwick will work with Andy Petree and Dale Jarrett, who both remain analysts in the booth.

As for NASCAR Countdown, ESPN's pre-race show, Nicole Briscoe will be in the hosting role, as Bestwick used to host the countdown show. Rusty Wallace and Brad Daughtery will continue their roles in the ESPN Pit Studio.

"We are blessed with a talented and versatile group of NASCAR commentators," said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president of production. "We believe this arrangement best plays to our individual and collective strengths.”

ESPN picks up the rest of the NASCAR season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 31st.


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Juan Pablo Montoya Gets New Crew Chief

Official Earnhardt Ganassi Press Release:

CONCORD, NC (July 19, 2011) – Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today they have made a crew chief change on the No. 42 Target Chevrolet driven by Juan Pablo Montoya. Effective immediately, Jim Pohlman, who has been with the organization since 2006 in numerous roles, was named interim crew chief of the No. 42 team.

“We are pleased to have someone of Jim’s caliber to be able to place into this role on the No. 42 team. Jim has been with us a number of years and I have confidence in his abilities to move the team forward,” said Team Owner Chip Ganassi.

The No. 42 team is currently 17th in the point standings, 59 points out of the 10th position.

RaceBuddy and Television Numbers For TNT Summer Series

By Official Turner Sports Release:

TNT saw overall growth in total viewers, ratings and households with its just concluded six-race NASCAR Summer Series coverage of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series with 5,125,000 total viewers (up +3%, 4,990,000 in 2010), 3.1 U.S. HH rating (up +3% vs. 3.0 U.S. HH rating in 2010) and 3,615,000 households (up +3%, 3,495,000 in 2010).

NASCAR.com’s TNT RaceBuddy complemented the television coverage with an average of 886,000 weekly video streams during the six-race Summer Series. Overall, video streams on RaceBuddy were up 143% from last year and delivered 5,319,000 total video streams this year. RaceBuddy had record-breaking viewership during TNT’s first race of the 2011 Summer Series in Pocono with 1,146,000 video streams and proceeded to have the second (Daytona, 1,020,000) and third-highest (Kentucky, 928,000) video stream totals in its history during this year’s Summer Series.

Other highlights from the 2011 TNT NASCAR Summer Series Coverage:

-The Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola from Daytona International Speedway was the highest-rated and most-watched cable program for the week (3.4 U.S. HH rating, June 27-July 3, 2011).

-NASCAR.com’s TNT RaceBuddy total page views were up 21% vs. last year for its coverage during the 2011 NASCAR Summer Series.

-RaceBuddy also experienced more than a 17% growth in daily uniques and total visits on TNT RaceBuddy were up +24% compared to last year.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ryan Newman Wins At New Hampshire

Stewart Haas Racing was able to sweep the front row for both qualifying and the race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as Ryan Newman took the checkers while teammate and boss Tony Stewart finished second.

Joe Gibbs Racing finished third and fourth, with Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano respectively. Jimmie Johnson finished 5th.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished in the teens, making it another bad race for the 88 team, and also tightening the Chase battle for the drivers behind him in points. Earnhardt is now 9th in points following New Hampshire.

Unofficially, there were 21 lead changes among 14 drivers plus 10 cautions for 44 yellow flag laps. The attendance was 95,000 people, up from last year.

Here are the unofficial results of New Hampshire:

1. Ryan Newman
2. Tony Stewart
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Joey Logano
5. Jimmie Johnson
6. Kasey Kahne
7. Bobby Labonte
8. Martin Truex Jr.
9. Marcos Ambrose
10. Kurt Busch
11. Jeff Gordon
12. A.J. Allmendinger
13. Carl Edwards
14. David Ragan
15. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
16. Jeff Burton
17. Clint Bowyer
18. Greg Biffle
19. David Reutimann
20. Matt Kenseth
21. Kevin Harvick
22. Mark Martin
23. J.J. Yeley
24. Paul Menard
25. David Gilliland
26. Landon Cassill
27. Scott Wimmer
28. Andy Lally
29. Dave Blaney
30. Juan Montoya
31. Jamie McMurray
32. Mike Bliss
33. Regan Smith
34. Brian Vickers
35. Brad Keselowski
36. Kyle Busch
37. David Stremme
38. Casey Mears
39. Erik Darnell
40. Michael McDowell
41. Joe Nemechek
42. Mike Skinner
43. Jeff Green

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Matt Crafton Holds Off Austin Dillon To Win Truck Race At Iowa

Matt Crafton was able to hold off a hard charging Austin Dillon late in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa to take the checkered flag. The win marks Crafton's second career win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

One major storyline of the event was the injury of Justin Marks, who hit the wall hard, causing a red flag. Marks was taken to the hospital, where he will stay overnight for observation. Reports say he is doing okay.

Unofficially, there were 6 lead changes among 5 drivers and 6 caution flags for 32 laps.

The following are the unofficial results of the Truck Series race at Iowa:

1. Matt Crafton
2. Austin Dillon
3. David Mayhew
4. Johnny Sauter
5. Joey Coulter
6. Cole Whitt
7. James Buescher
8. Nelson Piquet Jr.
9. David Starr
10. Todd Bodine
11. Timothy Peters
12. Justin Lofton
13. Steve Arpin
14. Brian Ickler
15. Miguel Paludo
16. Brendan Gaughan
17. Clay Rogers
18. Ryan Sieg
19. Ron Hornaday
20. Max Papis
21. Dakoda Armstrong
22. Parker Kligerman
23. Jamie Dick
24. Caleb Roark
25. Jason White
26. Norm Benning
27. Ricky Carmichael
28. Justin Marks
29. Jack Smith
30. Mike Garvey
31. Todd Peck
32. Greg Seevers

Unofficial Nationwide Series Results From New Hampshire

Kyle Busch made NASCAR history in New Hampshire by winning the 200 lap event in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. With the win, Busch has tied Mark Martin for first on the all time win list for the Nationwide Series with 49 wins. Also, Busch achieved another milestone for his career, winning his 100th NASCAR race total.

Kevin Harvick finished 2nd and Kasey Kahne finished third. The top Nationwide Series regular of the day was Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished 4th.

There were 9 cautions for 48 laps along with 9 lead changes among 7 leaders unofficially.

The attendance was estimated to be 42,000 people.

The following are the unofficial results for the race:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Kasey Kahne
4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
5. Aric Almirola
6. Kenny Wallace
7. Michael Annett
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Steve Wallace
10. Justin Allgaier
11. Joe Nemechek
12. Elliott Sadler
13. Trevor Bayne
14. Mike Bliss
15. Reed Sorenson
16. Mikey Kile
17. Brian Scott
18. Blake Koch
19. Jeremy Clements
20. Eric McClure
21. Morgan Shepherd
22. Charles Lewandoski
23. Timmy Hill
24. Kevin Lepage
25. Angela Cope
26. Matt Frahm
27. Mike Wallace
28. Andrew Ranger
29. Joey Logano
30. Jason Leffler
31. Derrike Cope
32. Dennis Setzer
33. David Green
34. Carl Edwards
35. Jennifer Jo Cobb
36. Carl Long
37. Mike Harmon
38. Johnny Chapman
39. Chase Miller
40. Danny Efland
41. Tim Andrews
42. Scott Wimmer
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