History Heartwarming / NASCAR

25th Dec '15 7:21:24 PM JamesShade
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* Former owner Brandon Davis noted that, during the breakup of his team Swan Racing in April 2014, he was told that it would be cheaper for him to simply close up shop straight away and leave everyone there without a job. Davis refused to do this and started working on solutions to get all his soon-to-be-former employees new jobs. He was ultimately able to do this for the team's new entry for 2014, the #26, with a lot of help from co-owner Anthony Marlowe, who bought out Davis' stake and then resold it to Ron Devine over at BK Racing, with Marlowe joining that team's ownership group and the 26 becoming a third team alongside BK's #23 and #83. This allowed all the personnel working on the car, including the pit crew and driver Cole Whitt, to leap over to BK as well. Davis was a bit less successful with the team's original effort, the #30 - while [=XXXtreme=] Motorsport was willing to acquire the pit crew (and owner points) off the 30, they decided to fold them into the team's pre-existing entry, the #44, and continue on with J.J. Yeley, thus leaving Parker Kligerman stranded without a job.[[note]]it was initially claimed that Davis was still looking for a solution to get Kligerman back on track, but due to Kligerman's TraumaCongaLine of crashes and parts failures in the first eight races, nothing came to pass aside from some fill-in practice duty at Stewart-Haas during Kurt Busch's attempt at the Indy-Charlotte Double. Kligerman is himself now exploring options in UsefulNotes/IndyCar in between his stints as an analyst on ''NASCAR America''[[/note]] Even so, considering how team collapses in NASCAR normally go, this was a still a pretty nice moment for the crew.
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* Former owner Brandon Davis noted that, during the breakup of his team Swan Racing in April 2014, he was told that it would be cheaper for him to simply close up shop straight away and leave everyone there without a job. Davis refused to do this and started working on solutions to get all his soon-to-be-former employees new jobs. He was ultimately able to do this for the team's new entry for 2014, the #26, with a lot of help from co-owner Anthony Marlowe, who bought out Davis' stake and then resold it to Ron Devine over at BK Racing, with Marlowe joining that team's ownership group and the 26 becoming a third team alongside BK's #23 and #83. This allowed all the personnel working on the car, including the pit crew and driver Cole Whitt, to leap over to BK as well. Davis was a bit less successful with the team's original effort, the #30 - while [=XXXtreme=] Motorsport was willing to acquire the pit crew (and owner points) off the 30, they decided to fold them into the team's pre-existing entry, the #44, and continue on with J.J. Yeley, thus leaving Parker Kligerman stranded without a job.[[note]]it was initially claimed that Davis was still looking for a solution to get Kligerman back on track, but due to Kligerman's TraumaCongaLine of crashes and parts failures in the first eight races, nothing came to pass aside from some fill-in practice duty at Stewart-Haas during Kurt Busch's attempt at the Indy-Charlotte Double. Kligerman is himself now exploring subsequently explored some options in UsefulNotes/IndyCar in between his stints as before taking on an extended guest analyst stint (and later, a full-time job) on NBCSN's ''NASCAR America''[[/note]] Even so, considering how team collapses in NASCAR normally go, this was a still a pretty nice moment for the crew.
22nd Nov '15 6:12:58 PM Yoshiman400
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* Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career.
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* Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career. It was his 93rd and ultimately final Sprint Cup Series win, and would eventually finish third in the final standings, a fine way to bow out.
5th Nov '15 5:58:04 AM Yoshiman400
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* To say Tony Stewart had a very rough 2014 as a driver would be a complete understatement, having to endure the statistically worst season of his career and his only winless season to date, and to ''then'' go through the Kevin Ward tragedy. But good things come to those who wait, in this case, winning the Sprint Cup championship as the co-owner of Kevin Harvick's car. It took all 36 races, but Smoke has finally risen.
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* To say Tony Stewart had a very rough 2014 as a driver would be a complete understatement, having to endure the statistically worst season of his career and his only winless season to date, and to ''then'' go through the Kevin Ward tragedy. But good things come to those who wait, in this case, winning the Sprint Cup championship as the co-owner of Kevin Harvick's car. It took all 36 races, but Smoke has had finally risen.

* [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at 2015 Pocono Indycar 500.]]
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* [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter latter's crash at 2015 Pocono Indycar IndyCar 500.]]]] * Jeff Gordon's final win at Martinsville has become one of his signature moments in a career filled with a multitude of them. In a season where he only had four prior top fives and barely stayed alive through the first two rounds of the Chase, and in a race mired by one of the biggest crash and Chase-related controversies in years (Matt Kenseth dumping Joey Logano out of a commanding lead), Gordon literally drove off into the sunset for his ninth win at the track and punched his ticket to the championship race to one of the most enthusiastic crowds he ever raced in front of in his career.
24th Aug '15 10:19:57 AM ernie_2492
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* [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at Pocono Indycar 500.]]
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* [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at 2015 Pocono Indycar 500.]]
24th Aug '15 10:19:21 AM ernie_2492
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** [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at Pocono Indycar 500]]
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** * [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at Pocono Indycar 500]]500.]]
24th Aug '15 10:18:38 AM ernie_2492
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** [[https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/24/tony-stewart-lends-his-plane-to-justin-wilsons-family-after-indycar-crash/ Tony Stewart lends his plane to Justin Wilson's family after the latter crash at Pocono Indycar 500]]
7th Jul '15 12:25:02 AM RezaMaulana98
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* In the 2015 Coke Zero 400, after the field crashed taking the checkered flag, Austin Dillon's car was thrown into the catchfence and came to a rest upside down pretty much demolished. Almost as soon as the car came to a rest, not only were the track emergency crews seen responding, but also the pit crews of race winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Casey Mears. When they confirmed that Dillon was OK, the crews gave the thumbs up, and the crowd ''roared'' in response.
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* In the 2015 Coke Zero 400, after the field crashed taking the checkered flag, Austin Dillon's car was thrown into the catchfence and came to a rest upside down pretty much demolished. Almost as soon as the car came to a rest, not only were the track emergency crews seen responding, but also the pit crews of race winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and , Casey Mears.Mears, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch, and in a blink-or-miss situation, Brett Moffitt. When they confirmed that Dillon was OK, the crews gave the thumbs up, and the crowd ''roared'' in response.
6th Jul '15 7:52:39 PM HurricaneChris
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* In the 2015 Coke Zero 400, after the field crashed taking the checkered flag, Austin Dillon's car was thrown into the catchfence and came to a rest upside down pretty much demolished. Almost as soon as the car came to a rest, not only were the track emergency crews seen responding, but also the pit crews of race winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Casey Mears.
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* In the 2015 Coke Zero 400, after the field crashed taking the checkered flag, Austin Dillon's car was thrown into the catchfence and came to a rest upside down pretty much demolished. Almost as soon as the car came to a rest, not only were the track emergency crews seen responding, but also the pit crews of race winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Casey Mears. When they confirmed that Dillon was OK, the crews gave the thumbs up, and the crowd ''roared'' in response.
6th Jul '15 9:03:08 AM dmcreif
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* In the 2015 Coke Zero 400, after the field crashed taking the checkered flag, Austin Dillon's car was thrown into the catchfence and came to a rest upside down pretty much demolished. Almost as soon as the car came to a rest, not only were the track emergency crews seen responding, but also the pit crews of race winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Casey Mears.
3rd Jul '15 12:49:00 PM JamesShade
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** The 2015 ended up having multiple feel good stories due to all the lower level teams that managed direct transfers through the Duels (other such stories included Mike Wallace netting an improbable start for Premium Motorsports' #66, Michael [=McDowell=] finding redemption for a DNQ in the previous year's 500 by getting Leavine Family Racing's #95 back into the race, and David Ragan managing to survive crash damage to help Cole Whitt and David Gilliland re-establish Front Row Motorsports as a three-car team), but the signature one was almost certainly Reed Sorenson and Team XTREME Racing. On Pole Sunday, NASCAR's application of knockout qualifying to the plate tracks led to Sorenson being rear-ended as he was leaving pit road and trying to maneuver into position near the end of his group, and with his rear quarter-panel sticking several feet out and acting as a parachute, Sorenson began blocking other drivers in a desperate attempt to pick up a bump-draft and post a halfway decent qualifying speed. This ultimately backfired when Clint Bowyer lost patience and wrecked Sorenson in turn one of their intended fast laps, destroying both cars and several other competitors, at least one of whom (Jeb Burton) would eventually fail to qualify. Post-qualifying interviews brought to light the fact that Team XTREME hadn't sent a backup car down to Daytona due to time constraints, which left Sorenson in the position of possibly having to withdraw. However, the crew back at the shop worked overtime on Monday to get a backup car out of Charlotte ahead of a region-paralyzing snowstorm and down to Daytona, which eventually allowed Sorenson to run his Duel race on Thursday. In his Duel race, Sorenson was able to dodge multiple wrecks and finish inside the top ten to secure XTREME's first-ever restrictor plate start.[[note]]their only other attempt, at Talladega the previous April, ended with them missing the field by over a second[[/note]]
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** The 2015 ended up having multiple feel good stories due to all the lower level teams that managed direct transfers through the Duels (other such stories included Mike Wallace netting an improbable start for Premium Motorsports' #66, Michael [=McDowell=] finding redemption for a DNQ in the previous year's 500 by getting Leavine Family Racing's #95 back into the race, and David Ragan managing to survive crash damage to help Cole Whitt and David Gilliland re-establish Front Row Motorsports as a three-car team), but the signature one was almost certainly Reed Sorenson and Team XTREME Racing. On Pole Sunday, NASCAR's application of knockout qualifying to the plate tracks led to Sorenson being rear-ended by Clint Bowyer as he was leaving pit road and trying to maneuver into position near the end of his group, and with his rear quarter-panel sticking several feet out and acting as a parachute, Sorenson began blocking other drivers in a desperate attempt to pick up a bump-draft and post a halfway decent qualifying speed. This ultimately backfired when Clint Bowyer Bowyer, who had remained trapped directly behind Sorenson the entire time, lost patience and wrecked Sorenson him in turn one of their intended fast laps, destroying both cars and several other competitors, at least one of whom (Jeb Burton) would eventually fail to qualify. Post-qualifying interviews brought to light the fact that Team XTREME hadn't sent a backup car down to Daytona due to time constraints, which left Sorenson in the position of possibly having to withdraw. However, the crew back at the shop worked overtime on Monday to get a backup car out of Charlotte ahead of a region-paralyzing snowstorm and down to Daytona, which eventually allowed Sorenson to run his Duel race on Thursday. In his Duel race, Sorenson was able to dodge multiple wrecks and finish inside the top ten to secure XTREME's first-ever restrictor plate start.[[note]]their only other attempt, at Talladega the previous April, ended with them missing the field by over a second[[/note]]
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