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Kansas City Chiefs’ touchdown pit stop draws raves from Clint Bowyer

Several former football players have found homes in NASCAR, putting their athletic skills to use in a new career as a pit crew member. A handful of players from the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs seemed to make an early audition Saturday night for a new line ...

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RELATED: New looks for 2018Richard Petty Motorsports announced Monday that the United States Air Force will return as sponsor of its No43 Chevrolet and new driver Darrell Wallace Jrin the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.The organization announced via social media that the partnership will be for two key 2018 races — Daytona in July and Phoenix in November.“The Air Force is excited to partner with Richard Petty Motorsports once again and this year we are ‘enlisting’ a new driver, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr.,” said Timothy Hanson, Air Force Recruiting Service Strategic Marketing Division chief, in a team release“NASCAR and other motorsports align well with our target audience’s interests and the Air Force’s commitment to teamwork and technology.”The U.SAir Force has been involved in NASCAR sponsorship since 2001, when it provided primary and associate backing of Wood Brothers Racing’s No21 FordThe military branch shifted its support to the Petty organization in 2009, and has been a primary sponsor for multiple races in each season since.MORE: Wallace to drive iconic rideThe USAF paint scheme rode with RPM to its most recent win, with Aric Almirola at Daytona in July 2014.Extending its partnership with the U.SAir Force is Richard Petty Motorsports’ latest announcement in what’s been a steady flow of news in recent monthsWallace, 24, was tabbed Oct25 as a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate for 2018 with full-time driving duties in RPM’s No43 team.“I’m proud to join the men and women of the Air Force and represent them on and off the track,” Wallace said in a team release“I’m also really looking forward to meeting the next wave of Airmen and play my part to engage, inspire and bring awareness to the unique opportunities which lie within our United States Air ForceI’ve had the opportunity to spend time with some Airmen and they are the best at what they doI admire them for their service and the protections they provide our country.”PHOTOS: All-time drivers of No43The organization announced Dec8 that it would shift manufacturers to Chevrolet, striking an alliance with Richard Childress RacingOn Nov3, RPM announced that Mid America Mortgage’s Click ‘n Close brand would sponsor the No43 for at least three races in 2018, including the season-opening Daytona 500.]]>","Body Bottom":"","Quotes":"","Publised Date":"2017-12-18","Last Modified Date":1513555200,"Author":"Staff Report","Tags":"","Categories":["darrell-wallace-jr","monster-energy-nascar-cup-series","richard-petty-motorsports"],"Franchise":"","Main Image":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/7\/2017\/12\/darrell-bubba-wallace-jr-smile.jpg","Thumb Image":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/7\/2017\/12\/darrell-bubba-wallace-jr-smile-320x170.jpg","Video":"","VideoStillURL":"","Video ID":"5686339162001","removeFromCarousel":"false","post_id":"96736","show_taboola":1},{"Title":"NASCAR TV schedule: Week of Dec18 to Dec24","SubHead":"","Web 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AwardsNASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Christopher Bell toasted his 23rd birthday with a special treat Saturday night, winning the Junior Knepper 55 race for USAC Midgets in Du Quion, Illinois.Bell started third and led just the final four laps in the 55-lap feature on a 1\/6-mile dirt track inside the Southern Illinois CenterThe Oklahoma native edged runner-up Chase Briscoe, the Truck Series’ Most Popular Driver and Sunoco Rookie of the Year from last season.“To be able to win the last race of the year like that is pretty cool,” Bell told USAC’s website.”Ive been pretty close and really fast here in the past, but I just havent been able to win.The team’s always been really good here too, but finally, it all came together tonight.”Bell also prevailed in the Turkey Night Grand Prix in November at Ventura, California.Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jrfinished 20th out of 21 drivers in the main eventFormer Truck Series champion Matt Crafton, making his midget debut, finished 13th in the second B-Main and did not qualify for the final.]]>","Body Bottom":"","Quotes":"","Publised Date":"2017-12-17","Last Modified Date":1513555200,"Author":"Staff Report","Tags":"","Categories":["chase-briscoe","christopher-bell","matt-crafton","monster-energy-nascar-cup-series","ricky-stenhouse-jr"],"Franchise":"","Main Image":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/7\/2017\/12\/2017-dec17-christopher-bell-main-image.jpg","Thumb Image":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/7\/2017\/12\/2017-dec17-christopher-bell-main-image-320x170.jpg","Video":"","VideoStillURL":"","Video ID":"","removeFromCarousel":"false","post_id":"96316","show_taboola":1},{"Title":"Kansas City Chiefs' touchdown pit stop draws raves from Clint Bowyer","SubHead":"","Web 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NASCAR’s playbook with a simulated pit-stop celebrationWith receiver Albert Wilson serving as the fueler and running back Anthony Sherman working the imaginary jack and air wrench, Hill was in and out presumably for a quick change to fresh cleats.The Chiefs naturally turned to Bowyer — a Kansas native — for a critiqueThe reviews were positive. If this isnt badass I dont know what isHelluva stop boys!!! 😂 https:\/\/\/ELl5JSmFUh Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) December 17, 2017If the Chiefs had wanted first-hand feedback on their pit-stop form Saturday night, they would not have had far to turnMike Metcalf, a pit-crew coach and gas man for Chip Ganassi Racing, was in attendance at Arrowhead Stadium with his wife, DaraThe Chiefs gave a tip of the hat to CGR and driver Kyle Larson in a post to Facebook.Metcalf has his own football pedigree as a former running back at Appalachian State before turning to a career in NASCARHis Chip Ganassi Racing crew was honored last month with theComcast Community Champion of the Year Award for its humanitarian efforts. Pit crew td celebration at the @Chiefs game tonightJust the team showing @MRMetcalfJr some love 😍https:\/\/\/k5HLzc79Qv\/dL7cj8WGbm Dara Metcalf (@DaraMetcalf15) December 17, 2017The Chiefs have made connections to NASCAR in the pastFormer Chiefs Jamaal Charles and Abram Elan visited Kansas Speedway in 2012, and the kicking duo of Lawrence Tynes and Dustin Colquitt stopped by the 1.5-mile track in 2006Dick Vermeil, who had a brief stint as a motorsports broadcaster, visited the Kansas City track in 2005 during his last season as Chiefs head coach.]]>","Body Bottom":"","Quotes":"","Publised Date":"2017-12-17","Last Modified Date":1513468800,"Author":"Zack Albert","Tags":"","Categories":["chip-ganassi-racing","clint-bowyer-2","kyle-larson","monster-energy-nascar-cup-series"],"Franchise":"","Main Image":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/7\/2017\/12\/2017-dec17-clint-bowyer-main-image.jpg","Thumb 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eager to begin the next stage in his life and NASCAR career.“As many of my racing family know, I have been trying to come off the road for several years,” Gibson said through his personal Twitter account“Traveling 4 days a week for 31 years can take a toll on youFor 2018, Stewart-Haas Racing gave me the opportunity to come off the road and still have a very hands-on job within the organizationWorking closely with all 4 crew chiefs and NASCAR.“My career as a crew chief has given me so many memories I will cherish forever, but now I start a new chapter in my life enjoying some valuable time with my wife, new grandson Luke and all my familyI look forward to watching all the success Stewart-Haas Racing will have in 2018!!”Stewart-Haas Racing announced changes Friday to its driver-crew chief pairings for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seasonBilly Scott will be Gibson’s replacement on the No41 Ford teamGibson will continue with SHR in an unspecified role.MORE: Photos: Drivers, crew chiefs on the moveGibson, 53, has been with Stewart-Haas Racing since its first season in 2009Over that span, he worked with Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick and most recently Kurt BuschAll six of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories have come with SHR — three wins with Newman and three with Busch, including last year’s Daytona 500.Gibson’s connection with racing success predates his debut as a premier-series crew chief in 1994He has worked as a mechanic and a body-hanger, and served as car chief during championship campaigns for Alan Kulwicki (1992) and Jeff Gordon (1998, 2001).\/wRxt6lt9Xz Tony Gibson (@TonyOldman41) December 16, 2017]]>","Body Bottom":"","Quotes":"","Publised Date":"2017-12-16","Last Modified Date":1513382400,"Author":"Zack Albert","Tags":"","Categories":["danica-patrick","kurt-busch","monster-energy-nascar-cup-series","ryan-newman","stewart-haas-racing-2"],"Franchise":"","Main 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top.Busch, driver of the No41 Monster Energy\/Haas Automation Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing is so excited about his new BEAMdesigns helmets with Monster Energy green and black that he’s not even waiting for the paint to dry to share the new looks.Cant wait for these puppies to dryDigital Camo on the helmet wwhhhaaattttt!!!! Dope @BEAMdesigns!\/efmKlWQvyz Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) December 15, 2017New contract, new crew chief, new helmet … we can’t wait to see Busch’s new paint scheme.RELATED: New paint schemes for 2018]]>","Body Bottom":"","Quotes":"","Publised Date":"2017-12-15","Last Modified Date":1513296000,"Author":"Staff Report","Tags":"","Categories":["kurt-busch","monster-energy-nascar-cup-series","stewart-haas-racing-2"],"Franchise":"","Main Image":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/7\/2017\/12\/kurt-busch-monster-helmet.jpg","Thumb Image":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/7\/2017\/12\/kurt-busch-monster-helmet-320x170.jpg","Video":"","VideoStillURL":"","Video ID":"5668716167001","removeFromCarousel":"false","post_id":"96291","show_taboola":1},{"Title":"Championship favorites: Breaking down Monster Energy Series outlook","SubHead":"","Web View":true,"Path":"https:\/\/\/wp-content\/themes\/ndms-2016\/native\/article.php?post_id=94057","DesktopPath":"https:\/\/\/news-media\/2017\/12\/14\/championship-favorites-monster-energy-series-2018\/","Heading":"Championship favorites: Breaking down Monster Energy Series outlook","Introduction":"repeat? Will Kyle Busch or Kyle Larson close the competitive gap that plagued them in 2017?   Past performance often is indicative of future results, and after sifting through a slew of statistics compiled by Motorsports Analytics, weve identified some early championship favorites and the rationale that …]]>","Body Top":"2018 Race PackagesCan Martin Truex Jrrepeat? Will Kyle Busch or Kyle Larson close the competitive gap that plagued them in 2017? Past performance often is indicative of future results, and after sifting through a slew of statistics compiled by Motorsports Analytics, weve identified some early championship favorites and the rationale that supports their candidacy for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. caption id=”attachment_70498″ align=”alignright” width=”300″ Jonathan Ferrey Getty Images\/captionMartin Truex Jr. There were six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races on intermediate tracks with 20-degree banking or less, including the championship event, in 2017Truex won all of them. That’s not to say he has nowhere to go but down — in fact, the addition of a second Las Vegas date to the 2018 schedule means Truex could conceivably go 7-for-7 — but pulling off the first eight-win championship season in a decade is a difficult feat to duplicateConsidering everything that took place in 2017, there’s a higher likelihood of that than one might expect. Furniture Row Racing, consolidated from two teams to one after Erik Jones jumped to the Joe Gibbs Racing No20 Toyota, has its pick of personnel from two quality race teams heading into the new yearThey return crew chief Cole Pearn and a deep engineering staff that produced the fastest car overall and specifically on four different track types — short tracks, flat intermediates, steep intermediates and 2-mile, non-drafting tracksPearn protected Truex’s running whereabouts a series best 62.5 percent of the time when pitting from a top-five position on green-flag pit cyclesTruex, to his credit, added to the track position his team provided him. Since arriving at Furniture Row in 2014, Truex grew from a driver with a minus pass differential to a neutral passer to one of the 10 best passers in the seriesAs his passing acumen climbed, so did the team’s yearly win total from zero to one to four to eightAll this team does, from year to year, is improve. Kyle Busch Somehow, five wins — and mind you, that’s tied for his second most in a single season — and a second-place finish in points felt like a down year for BuschPerhaps that’s because he didn’t win until the final weekend of July, or that he crashed more often than any of the eight drivers left standing prior to the final two rounds in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs. One could argue Busch underachieved in 2017Given his 81.6 percent of completed laps inside the top 15 forecasted 29 top-15 finishes (he scored 25), there were races, and possibly wins, left on the tableThere were four races prior to his breakthrough victory at Pocono in which he led 100 laps but missed out on the winner’s trophyOdds are, those slip-ups in the upcoming season won’t share the same quantity. His car was the fastest of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, fourth overall in the series, and crew chief Adam Stevens is an adept defender of his running position during green-flag pit cycles, over 12 percent better than the series average when pitting from a top-five spotStevens also chipped in 85 additional positions thanks to crafty pit planning over the last two years. Kyle Larson On intermediate race tracks in 2017, Larson passed 15 more cars than expected from his average running position per 400 milesThis was an average four positions greater than the next most efficient passerStill, Larson went winless on intermediates. Larson always has been a proficient traffic navigator, but this past season was his first with elite speed at his disposalHis Chip Ganassi Racing entry ranked third in average green-flag speed, up from 12th in 2016, the biggest improvement among all teamsEven when he took full advantage of his more competitive surroundings — he scored four runner-up finishes and one third-place result on NASCAR’s most prevalent track type, but also amassed three DNFs — there was a twinge of misfortune that allows room for improvement in the new season. While Truex Jr.’s championship was deserved, one can’t help but acknowledge Larson’s absence in the Championship 4Larson could’ve been a late-race foil at Homestead; his average speed rank in the fourth quarter of races was within 0.4 spots of Truex’s, and only Joey Logano retained position more often on restarts inside the final 10 percent of a race. Brad Keselowski Keselowski’s title hopes are tied to manufacturer performance — namely if the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a success, the Ford driver is likely to be leapfrogged in the championship hunt by bow-tie branded competitors Chase Elliott a

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