Monday, June 10, 2013

Hendrick 'very close' on sponsorship deal for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

   NASCAR’s most popular driver should have his car fully adorned with sponsorship decals the rest of the year.

   In January, Hendrick Motorsports said there remained 13 unsold races on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet for the 2013 season. The races lacking sponsorship were pushed to the second half of the season.

   Team owner Rick Hendrick on Monday said HMS was “very close” to a new multi-year sponsorship deal for Earnhardt’s ride in the Sprint Cup Series.

   “I’ve not been worried about it because we could sell it if we wanted to piecemeal it. We’ve been looking for the future,” Hendrick told the Charlotte Observer.

   “We don’t want to get into (sponsor relationships) where you see somebody one time and you don’t seem them anymore after that.

   “I am very confident that in the next couple of weeks we should have not only this year (covered) but we should have a lot done for next year, too.”

   Hendrick said in January he has had companies interested in sponsoring Earnhardt for the entire season but that would conflict with the organization’s current sponsor contracts.

   The majority of the No. 88's season is currently sponsored by the National Guard, Diet Mountain Dew and AMP Energy.

You can buy cheap gas Tuesday from this NASCAR driver

   Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will make a special pit stop at the Shell station at 223 Medical Park Rd in Mooresville on Tuesday, June 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to celebrate the Shell WINsdays promotion leading up to the Michigan race on Sunday.
   With WINsdays, Shell Saver Cardholders can save 22 cents per gallon every time Logano wins a points race this season when they purchase high quality Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline or Shell Diesel.
   During Logano’s appearance, Shell is extending the WINsday savings of 22 cents per gallon to all Mooresville area fans who attend the event, as well as providing an opportunity for attendees to take pictures with Logano and receive an autograph.

   For more information on the Shell Saver Card and the WINsday program, visit

Your chance to Dash for Cash with NASCAR Nationwide drivers

  How the "Dash 4 Cash" program works:

   - The top-four finishers in the Kentucky race who are eligible to receive Nationwide Series championship driver points will qualify for the first Dash 4 Cash race, at Daytona International Speedway on July 5.

   - The highest finisher among those four drivers at Daytona (which does not have to win the race) will collect the first $100,000 award and automatically qualify for the next round in New Hampshire. In addition, the three other top-finishing points-eligible drivers at Daytona will qualify for the program in New Hampshire.

   - Those rules will apply for the remaining vents. If one driver wins the first three Dash 4 Cash awards and also wins the Indianapolis race outright, Nationwide Insurance will award that driver an additional $600,000 bonus, bringing the total payout to $1 million.

   Fans can be a part of the action by entering the NASCAR Nationwide Series $100,000 Sweepstakes at Four lucky individuals and their guests will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the final Dash 4 Cash event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The four fans will be randomly paired with the four eligible drivers for that race and the fan whose driver wins the award at Indy will also go home with a check for $100,000.

   The Dash 4 Cash races are Daytona International Speedway on July 5; New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 13; Chicagoland Speedway July 21; and Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 27.