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IndyCar heads to Milwaukee this Sunday for ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Fast Facts

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015

Track: The Milwaukee Mile, a 1.015-mile oval in West Allis, Wis.

Entry List: ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest

Race distance: 250 laps / 253.75 miles

Firestone tire allotment: Nine sets for use through the weekend

Twitter: @MKE_IndyFest @IndyCar, #IndyFest, #IndyCar

Event website: http://milwaukeeindyfest.com/

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2014 race winner: Will Power

2014 Verizon P1 Award winner:
Will Power, 43.1757 seconds, 169.262 mph (two laps)

One-lap qualifying record: Patrick Carpentier, 20.028 seconds, 185.500 mph, May 30, 1998

Two-lap qualifying record:
Dario Franchitti, 42.7766 seconds, 170.841 mph, June 18, 2011

NBCSN television broadcasts: Qualifying, 4 p.m. ET Sunday, July 12 (tape delay); Race, 5 p.m. ET Sunday, July 12 (live). Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer, alongside analysts Townsend Bell, David Hobbs and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller.

Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Paul Page is chief announcer with analyst Davey Hamilton. Pit reporters are Rob Howden, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young, with Mark Jaynes in the turns. Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying and races air live on network affiliates, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.comindycarradio.comand the INDYCAR 15 app. Practice sessions are available on IndyCar.com,indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR 15 app.

Video streaming: All practice sessions for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season and this weekend’s qualifying session are available live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com.

INDYCAR 15 app: The Verizon INDYCAR 15 app has exclusive features for Verizon Wireless customers, including interactive 3D Live View with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where drivers are positioned, a leaderboard with enhanced 2D “marching ants” and car telemetry, in-car camera video streams from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver-pit crew chatter during the race.

At-track schedule (all times local):
Saturday, July 11
5-6:15 p.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series practice

Sunday, July 12
9:15-10 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series practice
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying (single-car format, two laps each), NBCSN (taped, 3 p.m.)
4 p.m. – NBCSN on air
4:35 p.m. – ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest (250 laps/253.75 miles), NBCSN (live)

Race notes:
* There have been eight different winners in 11 Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2015: Juan Pablo Montoya (Streets of St. Petersburg and Indianapolis 500), James Hinchcliffe (NOLA Motorsports Park), Scott Dixon (Streets of Long Beach and Texas Motor Speedway), Josef Newgarden (Barber Motorsports Park and Streets of Toronto), Will Power (Grand Prix of Indianapolis), Carlos Munoz (Raceway at Belle Isle-1), Sebastien Bourdais (Raceway at Belle Isle-2) and Graham Rahal (Auto Club Speedway). In 2014, there were a record-tying 11 different race winners.

* The ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers will be the fourth of six oval races on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, Dixon won the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6 and Rahal won the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on June 27.

* Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan are the only active drivers to win at The Milwaukee Mile more than once. Hunter-Reay has three wins (2004 Champ Car, 2012 and 2013). Kanaan won back-to-back races in 2006-2007. Past winners Power (2014), Dixon (2009), Ryan Briscoe (2008), Bourdais (2006 Champ Car) and Montoya (2000) are also entered in the event. Rodger Ward won at Milwaukee a record seven times from 1957-1963.

* Team Penske has eight Indy car wins at Milwaukee, including last year with Power. Andretti Autosport has five wins. Chip Ganassi Racing has four wins, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and AJ Foyt Racing each have two wins.

* Helio Castroneves has won three poles at Milwaukee (1999, 2006 INDYCAR and 2007). Marco Andretti has won two poles (2008 and 2013). Other past pole winners entered are: Briscoe (2009), Bourdais (2006 Champ Car), Hunter-Reay (2004 Champ Car) and Montoya (2000).

* Castroneves has nine top-five starts in 14 races at Milwaukee. Andretti has three top-five starts in eight races. Dixon has nine top-10 finishes in 11 races. Kanaan has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his last 13 starts at Milwaukee.

* Since the first Indy car race at Milwaukee in 1939, 19 drivers have won at Milwaukee in their Indy car championship-winning seasons: Power (2014), Hunter-Reay (2012), Dario Franchitti (2011), Bourdais (2006), Al Unser Jr. (1994 and 1990), Nigel Mansell (1993), Michael Andretti (1991), Johnny Rutherford (1980), A.J. Foyt (1975 and 1964), Joe Leonard (1972), Al Unser (1970), Mario Andretti (1966), Rodger Ward (1962 and 1959), Jimmy Bryan (1956), Chuck Stevenson (1952), Tony Bettenhausen (1951), Johnnie Parsons (1949), Ted Horn (1947) and Rex Mays (1941).

* Since 1993, three drivers scored their first career win at Milwaukee: Briscoe (2008), Michel Jourdain (2003) and Greg Moore (1997).

* Twenty drivers entered in this year’s event have competed in past Indy car races at The Milwaukee Mile. Kanaan (15) has the most starts among the entered drivers. Twelve of those drivers have led laps at the track (Kanaan 415, Hunter-Reay 399, Castroneves 281, Montoya 267, Power 233, Dixon 202, Briscoe 190, Andretti 140, Bourdais 117, Takuma Sato 109, Justin Wilson 62 and Ed Carpenter 3).

* Kanaan seeks to start his 245th consecutive race this weekend, which would extend his Indy car-record streak that began in June 2001 at Portland. Teammate Dixon looks to make his 187th consecutive start this weekend.

* The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season marked the competition debut of aerodynamic bodywork kits designed, manufactured and supplied by Chevrolet and Honda that attach to the Dallara IR-12 chassis used by all entrants. Cars are differentiated by their shape as the manufacturers have designed a separate aero kit specification for road and street course/short ovals and another for superspeedways. References to the cars incorporate the name of the corresponding kit manufacturer.

* The No. 2 Team Penske crew of Montoya claimed the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award at the MAVTV 500 on June 27 with a total pit-lane time of 3 minutes, 28.28 seconds. This is Team Penske’s third Pit Stop Performance win in the last five races. The No. 2 Team Penske crew will receive its $10,000 award during pre-race festivities for the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest at The Milwaukee Mile.

ABC SUPPLY CO. INC. WISCONSIN 250 AT MILWAUKEE INDYFEST PRE-RACE QUOTES:

WILL POWER (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “Milwaukee could not be coming at a better time for the Verizon Chevy team. We need a race to really jumpstart the rest of our season and Milwaukee did that for us last year. The win there kind of cemented our spot as the championship frontrunner, even though we still had to take care of business the rest of the year. When you have a race like we did last year at Milwaukee, it can’t help but give you supreme confidence heading into this year’s event. I had a great feeling about that race at the start of 2014 – it was one that I circled on the calendar – and I feel the same this year. It really comes down to qualifying at Milwaukee because passing can be difficult there. If we can win another Verizon P1 Pole Award, I’m confident we can keep our Verizon Chevy at the front of the field and contend for another Milwaukee win. If we do, hopefully we keep (Juan Pablo) Montoya and (Tony) Kanaan away from the cream puffs (given to the podium finishers). I don’t need them stuffed in my ears again!”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “I have never been more upset with a second-place finish than I was last year at Milwaukee. We had such a good car that it was a shame that we couldn’t win the race, but Will (Power) was just that dominant that day. If I have a Verizon Chevrolet that is even close to how good that car was, I will feel really good about our chances this weekend. I enjoy racing at Milwaukee a lot. It’s a different feel than anywhere else we go because it’s a fairgrounds track. It’s just a cool place with a lot of history. I’m glad I have been able to win there at least once in my career (2000). Unfortunately, last year there wasn’t a lot of passing and, as a result, Will was able to lead so many laps. I’m very anxious to see what the new aero package and downforce levels do to the racing when we get back.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “I’m proud of everyone on this Hitachi Chevy team for how consistent we have been this year. We are still in the hunt for the championship as the season is winding down and that’s all you can ask for as a driver. With the way Juan Pablo (Montoya) and Will (Power) are running right now, we are going to need to get a win here over the next couple of races to put us in the best position for the title. We saw last year how the win at Milwaukee jumpstarted Will’s push toward his championship. On the flip side, we didn’t have a very good race last year at The Mile. The handling on the No. 3 Chevy just wasn’t where we needed it to be, but I’m confident that the team will bring a car this weekend that will run up front. Milwaukee has been such an important track for the Verizon IndyCar Series for a long time and I would love to win there. We’ve been close with a lot of Verizon P1 (pole) Awards. This weekend would be an ideal time to get that first Milwaukee win.”

STEFANO COLETTI (No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet): “I’m excited to go to Milwaukee and race on another oval. We had a good result in Fontana two weeks ago, and I am getting used to ovals with every lap I do. It’s a big learning curve, and we are doing it step by step so that I feel more comfortable. I have watched some past races and Milwaukee looks like a tough oval, very small and again something very new, so I just need to be patient and hopefully we can get another good result.”

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda): “It’s always great to race at The Milwaukee Mile. It’s where I got my first Indy car win and it’s also my ‘home’ race. My wife, Nicole, is from Wisconsin so I always have a ton of family at the race. It makes for an extra fun weekend. We’re aiming to get the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car up front again like we did in Fontana, but with a much different finish.”

JAMES JAKES (No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “I’m really excited to return to Milwaukee. It’s going to be a very busy day with practice, qualifying and the race all on Sunday. It will be very important to start the first session well in the No. 7 MediaTech Oculus car, since everything is so tightly packed into the one day. The SPM team has had good oval cars so far this season so I’m looking forward to continuing that trend.”

SAGE KARAM (No. 8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chevrolet): “I feel more confident than ever heading in to the race in Milwaukee this weekend. We got a great result of fifth under our belt at Auto Club Speedway in the last race. It was a career best for me in the series and it felt good. We’ve been in a position to run at the front a few times this season and to get it done was a big relief. I know what this team is capable of and I’ve had some success at Milwaukee in the ladder series, so I can’t wait to get back at it.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): “Milwaukee might be the only place that is older than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nothing has really changed over those hundred-plus years it’s been in existence. It has a lot of character and the track is definitely the toughest short track we go to – maybe even one of the toughest tracks that we’ve ever been to as a series, in my opinion. I was fortunate enough to win there in 2009 and had some great battles there with some podiums. But I’ve also had some dreadful days there, crashing two cars in four laps once in practice and qualifying and then going home before the race. I’ve had many highs and lows there, but as a city with the fans it’s definitely one of the top spots on the schedule.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): “I think it was a good thing we had a weekend off after such an intense race in Fontana to regroup and put our focus back into the remainder of the season, especially Milwaukee. Over the years, I’ve had some strong finishes in Milwaukee and NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing has a lot of momentum coming off the last few races. This year’s race weekend schedule will be challenging with us practicing, qualifying and racing all in the same day. We’ll need to be on top of our game to make sure we have a good finish, hopefully another win, on the historic short track.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet):“Milwaukee is one oval that I am pretty familiar with. I raced there several times in Champ Car and had a couple of good results, including a pole and a win in 2006. It is a different kind of oval because it doesn’t have the high banking like most of the ovals we race on, so it drives a little more like a road course. We have worked hard all year and have made progress with the setup up every oval race. Chevy has also given us good, reliable power and a strong aero package. There aren’t a lot of races left, so if we are going to have a chance to finish in the top five in the championship, the Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing team will have to have a good result in Milwaukee.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda):
“I like Milwaukee because you really have to ‘drive’ the car. It demands a lot of mechanical grip, as does everywhere, but it is important to have a stable car and good drivability. The driver has to (have) a lot of control with the throttle pedal and the steering wheel because this flat oval doesn’t have banking support. So the car is always very grip limited and it’s easy to slide or snap around.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “Obviously it was good to win in Fontana and get that off my back. It certainly helps just to relieve some pressure and to not have to answer those questions any more, which is nice. It’s been busy and it probably hasn’t really hit me yet exactly what happened at Fontana, but it’s been fun to just get that behind us and move forward. I’m excited for Milwaukee ahead and the chance to put ourselves in a good place in this championship going forward as well. With Courtney’s race (fiancée Courtney Force was runner-up in the NHRA funny car event July 2-5 at Norwalk, Ohio) and everything else, it’s been pretty busy since the win. I haven’t really focused much on the win as much as I have been thinking about going forward and doing well at Milwaukee because this is a big part of our season right now. It’s a big turning point for us as we need to do everything that we can to maximize our points, so really I haven’t thought about it too much. I have just been focused on what’s ahead of us. I have always loved The Milwaukee Mile. It’s a pretty tricky flat track. It has a lot of history in its own right and that’s what makes it special to go there and get to race at that track. I have had up and downs at Milwaukee. The last couple of years have been tough for me there and my first few years were really good to me. With the pressure of the championship putting weight on our shoulders a little bit, this is going to be an even bigger weekend than I’ve ever had there. It’s going to be mainly a one-day event and that’s also pretty tricky, but I’m looking forward to it. Frankly, I’m just thrilled we are going back to such a historic venue. It should be a lot of fun. I think we will be pretty competitive. The aero kit is the biggest question right now and I don’t think we have a great answer as to what that is going to do or bring to us. But for sure I think we should be pretty solid. The team has done an excellent job. Eddie (Jones, race engineer) and I have spent a lot of time focused on what we need to do to improve this one. We recognize the mistakes that we’ve made this season and we recognize the mistakes we made last year as well and what we need to do going forward. Hopefully the team’s performance will be significantly better than it has been in the past there. There is a lot of weight on our shoulders at this point just simply because we have to perform well. We can’t make a mistake. We have to be on top of our game each and every weekend and with the condensed schedule at Milwaukee it’s going to make it even more difficult.”

PIPPA MANN (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda):
“Milwaukee will mark a completely new challenge for me, it’s a very different track from the other starts I have had with Dale Coyne Racing. I enjoyed racing Indy Lights there in 2009, but that was the last time I raced there and this will mark my first Verizon IndyCar series start at this track. I’m expecting a steep learning curve, but I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be back in an Indy car this weekend and to go INDYCAR short-track racing.”

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet): “I’m very excited to be coming back to Milwaukee for IndyFest. Milwaukee is one of the most fun and challenging tracks on the circuit and it’s always a driver favorite. We had a strong car last year, so I’m even more excited to be coming back with the new Chevy aero kit.”

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet): “I really love the challenge of racing at Milwaukee. It’s a very tough, flat track that is unlike anywhere else we go all year. You need to have good stability on corner entry and exit because there is no banking to help you out. I’ve had some solid runs there in my few Milwaukee starts. Through history, Milwaukee has meant a lot to our sport over the years. The Penske Truck Rental Chevy team is building fantastic race cars for me. Our goal is to finish the season strong, get a win and continue building our program into one that will be a contender in the Verizon IndyCar Series for many years to come.”

JUSTIN WILSON (No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda): “I love racing at Milwaukee, it was my first-ever oval race back in 2004 – just had a lot of fun. I’ve had some great times there, I’ve had some terrible times there. It doesn’t take much to swing the setup from being a race winner to being 10 laps down at the end. It’s very critical and very tough to race at, but one of the most rewarding tracks I’ve ever come across. Hopefully we can hit it just right, have a good strong race weekend and try and build from there.”

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 26 AndrettiTV/Cinsay Honda): “We’re heading to Milwaukee IndyFest this weekend, a short oval. We’ll see how everything is with the aero kits on the short oval track since this is the first of the season. Milwaukee hasn’t been a friend of mine in the past, but I’m looking forward to getting back on track and seeing what we can do this year.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 Snapple Honda): “Milwaukee has a ton of history – both as the oldest track in the U.S. and for my family (which has nine wins at the track). It’s a challenging short oval, but we need to crack the top five in points for the Snapple car. I’m aiming for a third pole there and would love a win at The Mile.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “We were just one lap away from a breakthrough result in Fontana, so hopefully we can put it all together this weekend at one of my favorite tracks, The Milwaukee Mile. We’ve had success at this track in the past and it would be a huge achievement to join the short list of four-time winners at the famed 1-mile oval.”

JACK HAWKSWORTH (No. 41 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda): “I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend. Milwaukee is one of the most unique circuits on the calendar and is the oldest track we visit all season. The flat but fast nature of the circuit means finding the right balance is absolutely critical. Hopefully we can have a good weekend, especially since this is ABC Supply’s home race. I know (ABC Supply) will have upwards of 1,800 guests at the circuit cheering us on and it would be fantastic to reward them with a great finish for both cars.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet): “I’m excited to get to Milwaukee. It’s one of the best tracks we go to all year and it’s one of my favorites. It’s really unique as it’s the only flat 1-mile oval we race on. To me, it almost drives more like a road course than an oval. As a guy with a road racing background, I’ve always loved going to that place. This race is also extra special because we have (Milwaukee-based) Direct Supply on the car there. With their headquarters nearby and their support all year long, it’s important for us to put on a good show and enjoy the weekend with them.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): “After a weekend off to relax and recharge, I’m really looking forward to getting up to Milwaukee’s short track with the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. Last year we worked hard on qualifying and it paid off, but we struggled in traffic during the race. With the unusual race schedule, we’ll be working to max that practice time with the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet to make sure we’re racing up front this Sunday.”

GABBY CHAVES (No. 98 Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Honda): “Coming off of a tough weekend at Fontana, I’m pretty excited to get things going once again after a short break here and can focus on Milwaukee and getting back on track to the results we want to see. Coming on to the final stretch of the championship, we’re definitely wanting to break into the top five, challenging for a podium position before the year is over. So we will be working very hard this weekend to take the steps into that direction.”

 

RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

MLB All-Stars to parade through the streets of Cincinnati next Tuesday

Barry Larkin 2004 by Rdikeman at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Barry Larkin Named Grand Marshal of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show Presented By Chevrolet

Event to be Nationally Televised on MLB Network with Simulcast on MLB.com

MLB All-Stars from the Cincinnati Reds and every other Major League Baseball team will travel through the streets of Cincinnati in Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado vehicles prior to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14 in the eleventh annual MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet.

The parade will start at 5th St. and Vine St., travel south on Walnut St., and turn onto 2nd St. as the players make their way to Great American Ball Park via Rosa Parks St., where they will pass by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The route will then turn onto Theodore M. Berry Way to E. Freedom Way, before concluding at Great American Ball Park. The vehicles will travel the route on an approximately 3,450 linear foot red carpet. A map of the route is included at the end of the release.

The event, which is free for fans, will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET and is scheduled to feature all of the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Stars in Chevrolet Silverado trucks. Serving as Grand Marshal, Barry Larkin will lead the parade through the streets in a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible. Following Larkin, Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost, the NL and AL All-Star team managers, will lead their teams down the carpet in Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertibles. With the outcome of the All-Star Game again determining which League will have home field advantage in the World Series, the Commissioner’s Trophy given to the World Series Champion and crafted by Tiffany & Company will be on display as part of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet.

In the spirit of the parade held each Opening Day in Cincinnati to celebrate the start of the season, prior to the All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, beginning at Noon ET a number of local dignitaries and groups including Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, the Cincinnati Police and Fire Departments, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office, a youth marching band and local Little League Baseball and Softball teams will participate in the Cincinnati Reds tribute to local organizations. Following this pre-parade, a number of MLB mascots, including the Reds’ Mr. Redlegs, Rosie Red, Gapper and Mr. Red, will be along the route interacting with fans.

MLB Network will telecast the event nationally at 3:00 p.m. ET, with a simulcast available on MLB.com. Greg Amsinger and Sean Casey will host the event for MLB Network with Heidi Watney conducting interviews and providing reports along the route. MLB Network will air an abbreviated version at 7:30 p.m. ET.

As part of the ongoing commitment by Major League Baseball to environmental sustainability, MLB is again implementing measures to reduce the event’s carbon emissions and make it more environmentally friendly. For the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show, the players will be traveling on a red carpet made from 100 percent recycled fiber that will be recycled after its use. Chevrolet will be providing flex-fuel capable Silverado vehicles for the players and their families to ride in during the event.

Additionally, an all-star team of fashion and beauty experts have signed on to dress a group of players’ wives exclusively for the event. Fashion house Nicole Miller will provide dresses and event attire, including the wardrobe for MLB Network’s Heidi Watney, from their collection available at the Soho Boutique in downtown Cincinnati. Led by Education Artistry Executive, John Hernandez, Bobbi Brown’s professional team of makeup artists will be providing Long-Wear Makeup Lessons to ensure their makeup stays put all day, even in the summer heat and humidity. Bumble and bumble will be on-site to style their hair. Additional items will be provided by Tory Burch and Worthy Skincare.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

 

MLB announces 2015 All-Star Game Rosters

Thirty-Five Players Age 27 or Younger Named to All-Star Rosters;

AL-Leading Royals Have Six Players in Midsummer Classic for First Time in History;

NL-Leading Cardinals Send Five Players to Cincinnati;

Rookies Bryant, Pederson Among 28 First-Time All-Stars

 

Pitchers and reserves have been named to the American League and National League All-Star Teams, as announced today by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and All-Star Game managers Ned Yost of the AL and Bruce Bochy of the NL. The 2015 AL and NL All-Star rosters were unveiled earlier this evening during the “Esurance All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN.

In addition to the starters who were elected by the fans, pitchers and reserve players were named to the All-Star Game rosters by the Player Ballot – a vote of the players, managers and coaches – and by the All-Star Game managers in conjunction with MLB. In making their selections, the managers have ensured that each of the 30 Major League Clubs will be represented in the All-Star Game.

The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th. The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

American League position players who are invited to the 86th Midsummer Classic as a result of Player Balloting are catcher Stephen Vogt of the Oakland Athletics; first baseman Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels, who will replace injured fan-elected starter Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in the starting lineup; second baseman Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians; shortstop Jose Iglesias of the Tigers; third baseman Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles; outfielders Adam Jones of the Orioles, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and J.D. Martinez of the Tigers; and designated hitter Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers.

AL pitchers who have made the All-Star Game as a result of the Player Ballot include startersDallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros; Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays; Sonny Grayof the Athletics; Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox; and David Price of the Tigers.   The relievers who are All-Stars via the Player Ballot are Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees; Wade Davis of the Kansas City Royals; and Glen Perkins of the Minnesota Twins.

Yost had seven selections to fill out the remainder of the AL roster. The five pitchers chosen by the manager, in conjunction with MLB, are Brad Boxberger of the Rays; Zach Britton of the Orioles; Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners; Kelvin Herrera of the Royals; andDarren O’Day of the Orioles. The two position players who are among Yost’s selections are infielder Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox and catcher Russell Martin of the Blue Jays. In addition, first baseman Mark Teixeira of the Yankees has been appointed by Yost to take the place of the injured Cabrera on the AL All-Star roster.

The 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote will determine the 34th AL roster spot. The candidates are Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (A1); Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (A2); Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (A3); Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner (A4); and Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (A5).

National League position players who are invited to the 86th All-Star Game as a result of Player Balloting are catcher Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals; first basemanAnthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs; second baseman DJ LeMahieu of the Colorado Rockies; shortstop Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants; third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Rockies; and outfielders Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who will replace injured fan-elected starter Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins in the starting lineup, Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers and A.J. Pollock of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

NL pitchers who have made the 2015 All-Star Game as a result of the Player Ballot include starters Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals; Gerrit Cole of the Pirates; Zack Greinke of the Dodgers; Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves; and Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets. The relievers who are All-Stars via the Player Ballot are Trevor Rosenthalof the St. Louis Cardinals; Aroldis Chapman of the host Cincinnati Reds; and Mark Melancon of the Pirates.

Bochy’s nine selections, in conjunction with MLB, included five pitchers: starter Madison Bumgarner of the Giants; starter A.J. Burnett of the Pirates; reliever Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies; reliever Francisco Rodriguez of the Milwaukee Brewers; and starter Michael Wacha of the Cardinals. The four position players who are among Bochy’s selections are first baseman Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers; catcher Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers; second baseman Joe Panik of the Giants; and Padres outfielder Justin Upton. In addition, third baseman Kris Bryant of the Cubs has been appointed by Bochy to take the place of the injured Stanton on the NL All-Star roster.

The 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote will determine the 34th NL roster spot, a competition that will feature starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (N1) of the Reds; reliever Jeurys Familia (N2) of the Mets; starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (N3) of the Dodgers; starting pitcher Carlos Martinez (N4) of the Cardinals; and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (N5) of the Rockies.

The Royals, who entered play today with the best record in the AL (46-33), will send six players to the Midsummer Classic for the first time in franchise history, eclipsing the club’s previous high of five (1972, 1982). The Cardinals will send an NL-high five players to the All-Star Game, while the Dodgers, Pirates and Giants will all send four players to Cincinnati. It marks the fifth time in the last six seasons (except 2013) that the NL has had at least four different teams represented by at least four All-Star selections.

Third baseman Kris Bryant is the third Cubs rookie to earn an All-Star nod, joining outfielder Kosuke Fukudome and catcher Geovany Soto (both 2008). Outfielder Joc Pederson becomes the first Dodgers rookie to make the All-Star team since right-hander Hideo Nomo in 1995, and the first rookie position player for Los Angeles since Mike Piazza in 1993. Bryant and Pederson are two of the 28 All-Stars (14 AL, 14 NL) who will be making their first trip to the Midsummer Classic, and are also two of the 35 players age 27 or younger who have been selected to the All-Star rosters. In addition, there are 16 foreign-born players on the All-Star rosters (11 AL, 5 NL), including six from Venezuela, five from the Dominican Republic, three from Cuba, one from Canada and one from Puerto Rico.

Managers’ plans are in place to replace any starting pitchers who elect not to participate in the All-Star Game after pitching on Sunday, July 12th. Any pitcher replaced on the active All-Star roster will be recognized as an All-Star and invited to Cincinnati with full All-Star honors.

Fans can now begin to vote to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period, which concludes at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, July 10th. Now in its 14th season with more than 480 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile phones.

In addition to the web, fans can use their mobile phones to cast votes at MLB.com/vote or via text message. To receive the ballot, text the word “VOTE” to 89269. To vote for a specific player, fans can text the choice to 89269. EXAMPLE: Text “A3″ to vote for AL Player 3 or “N3″ to vote for NL Player 3. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text “STOP” to end and “HELP” for information. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010.

For the fourth consecutive year, the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote will include social balloting, as Twitter support from the 10 candidates’ fans over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their final vote totals. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, July 10th, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the American League and National League winners.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

PLAYER BALLOTING RESULTS

 

Italics indicate players who became All-Stars via fan balloting.

 

AL Starting Pitchers NL Starting Pitchers

Dallas Keuchel, HOU – 381                                                  Max Scherzer, WSH – 354

Chris Archer, TB – 365                                                             Gerrit Cole, PIT – 274

Sonny Gray, OAK – 352                                                       Zack Greinke, LAD – 227

Chris Sale, CWS – 306                                                          Shelby Miller, ATL – 184

David Price, DET – 242                                                      Jacob deGrom, NYM – 179

AL Relief Pitchers NL Relief Pitchers

Dellin Betances, NYY – 222                                              Trevor Rosenthal, STL – 183

Wade Davis, KC – 208                                                    Aroldis Chapman, CIN – 159

Glen Perkins, MIN – 131                                                     Mark Melancon, PIT – 134

AL Catchers NL Catchers

Stephen Vogt, OAK – 482                                                       Buster Posey, SF – 527

Yadier Molina, STL – 323

AL 1B NL 1B

Miguel Cabrera, DET – 753 Paul Goldschmidt, ARI – 688

Albert Pujols, LAA – 298                                                     Anthony Rizzo, CHI – 262

AL 2B NL 2B

Jason Kipnis, CLE – 529                                                        Dee Gordon, MIA – 547

DJ LeMahieu, COL – 161

AL 3B NL 3B

Josh Donaldson, TOR – 649 Nolan Arenado, COL – 485

Manny Machado, BAL – 271

AL SS NL SS

Jose Iglesias, DET – 369                                                    Jhonny Peralta, STL – 324

Brandon Crawford, SF – 322

AL OF NL OF

Mike Trout, LAA – 785 Bryce Harper, WSH – 680

Adam Jones, BAL – 424                                                 Giancarlo Stanton, MIA – 626

Jose Bautista, TOR – 320                                              Andrew McCutchen, PIT – 421

J.D. Martinez, DET – 315                                                     Joc Pederson, LAD – 365

A.J. Pollock, ARI – 220

 

AL DH

Prince Fielder, TEX – 533

2015 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR ROSTER

Bold = Fan-Elected Starter                                    Manager Ned Yost, KC

^ = Player Ballot-Elected A.J. Hinch, HOU

* = Choice of Manager/MLB                                                      Lloyd McClendon, SEA

PITCHERS (13) Club All-Star Selections
ARCHER, Chris, RH^ Rays 1st
BETANCES, Dellin, RH^ Yankees 2nd
BOXBERGER, Brad, RH* Rays 1st
BRITTON, Zach, LH* Orioles 1st
DAVIS, Wade, RH^ Royals 1st
GRAY, Sonny, RH^ Athletics 1st
HERNANDEZ, Felix, RH* Mariners 6th
HERRERA, Kelvin, RH* Royals 1st
KEUCHEL, Dallas, LH^ Astros 1st
O’DAY, Darren, RH* Orioles 1st
PERKINS, Glen, LH ^ Twins 3rd
PRICE, David, LH^ Tigers 5th
SALE, Chris, LH^ White Sox 4th
CATCHERS (3) Club Selections Fan Elections
MARTIN, Russell* Blue Jays 4th  
PEREZ, Salvador Royals 3rd 1st
VOGT, Stephen^ Athletics 1st  
INFIELDERS (9 Active) Club Selections Fan Elections
ALTUVE, Jose Astros 3rd 1st
CABRERA, Miguel (Inactive) Tigers 10th 3rd
DONALDSON, Josh Blue Jays 2nd 2nd
ESCOBAR, Alcides Royals 1st 1st
HOLT, Brock* Red Sox 1st  
IGLESIAS, Jose^ Tigers 1st  
KIPNIS, Jason^ Indians 2nd  
MACHADO, Manny^ Orioles 2nd  
PUJOLS, Albert^ Angels 10th  
TEIXEIRA, Mark* Yankees 3rd  
OUTFIELDERS (6) Club Selections Fan Elections
BAUTISTA, Jose^ Blue Jays 6th  
CAIN, Lorenzo Royals 1st 1st
GORDON, Alex Royals 3rd 1st
JONES, Adam^ Orioles 5th  
MARTINEZ, J.D.^ Tigers 1st  
TROUT, Mike Angels 4th 3rd
DESIGNATED HITTERS (2) Club Selections Fan Elections
CRUZ, Nelson Mariners 4th 2nd
FIELDER, Prince Rangers 6th  

 

A.L. Candidates, 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

  • SS – XANDER BOGAERTS, RED SOX
  • OF – YOENIS CESPEDES, TIGERS
  • 2B – BRIAN DOZIER, TWINS
  • OF – BRETT GARDNER, YANKEES
  • 3B – MIKE MOUSTAKAS, ROYALS

2015 NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR ROSTER

Bold = Fan-Elected Starter                              Manager Bruce Bochy, SF

^ = Player Ballot-Elected Don Mattingly, LAD

* = Choice of Manager/MLB                                                                   Bryan Price, CIN

PITCHERS (13) Club All-Star Selections
BUMGARNER, Madison, LH* Giants 3rd
BURNETT, A.J.* Pirates 1st
CHAPMAN, Aroldis, LH^ Reds 4th
COLE, Gerrit, RH^ Pirates 1st
deGROM, Jacob, RH^ Mets 1st
GREINKE, Zack, RH^ Dodgers 3rd
MELANCON, Mark, RH^ Pirates 2nd
MILLER, Shelby, RH^ Braves 1st
PAPELBON, Jonathan, RH* Phillies 6th
RODRIGUEZ, Francisco, RH* Brewers 6th
ROSENTHAL, Trevor, RH^ Cardinals 1st
SCHERZER, Max, RH^ Nationals 3rd
WACHA, Michael, RH* Cardinals 1st
CATCHERS (3) Club Selections Fan Elections
GRANDAL, Yasmani* Dodgers 1st  
MOLINA, Yadier^ Cardinals 7th  
POSEY, Buster Giants 3rd 2nd
INFIELDERS (10) Club Selections Fan Elections
ARENADO, Nolan^ Rockies 1st  
BRYANT, Kris* Cubs 1st  
CRAWFORD, Brandon^ Giants 1st  
FRAZIER, Todd Reds 2nd 1st
GOLDSCHMIDT, Paul D-backs 3rd 2nd
GONZALEZ, Adrian* Dodgers 5th  
GORDON, Dee Marlins 2nd 1st
LeMAHIEU, DJ^ Rockies 1st  
PANIK, Joe* Giants 1st  
PERALTA, Jhonny Cardinals 3rd 1st
RIZZO, Anthony^ Cubs 2nd  
OUTFIELDERS (6 Active) Club Selections Fan Elections
HARPER, Bryce Nationals 3rd 2nd
HOLLIDAY, Matt Cardinals 7th 1st
McCUTCHEN, Andrew^ Pirates 5th  
PEDERSON, Joc^ Dodgers 1st  
POLLOCK, A.J.^ D-backs 1st  
STANTON, Giancarlo (Inactive) Marlins 3rd 1st
UPTON, Justin* Padres 3rd  

NL Candidates, 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

  • SP – JOHNNY CUETO, CIN
  • RP – JEURYS FAMILIA, NYM
  • SP – CLAYTON KERSHAW, LAD
  • SP – CARLOS MARTINEZ, STL
  • SS – TROY TULOWITZKI, COL

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

 

 

 

NFL releases Training Camp dates and locations

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NFL TRAINING CAMP DATES & LOCATIONS

Following is the training camp list of sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates:

AFC

TEAM SITE LOCATION ROOKIES VETERANS
Baltimore Under Armour Performance Center Owings Mills, MD 7/22 7/29
Buffalo St. John Fisher College Pittsford, NY 7/30 7/30
Cincinnati Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH 7/27 7/30
Cleveland Cleveland Browns Training Complex Berea, OH 7/22 7/29
Denver Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre Englewood, CO 7/27 7/30
Houston Houston Methodist Training Center Houston, TX 7/26 7/31
Indianapolis Anderson University Anderson, IN 8/1 8/1
Jacksonville Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields Jacksonville, FL 7/27 7/30
Kansas City Missouri Western State University St. Joseph, MO 7/28 7/31
Miami Doctors Hospital Training Facility Davie, FL 7/29 7/29
New England Gillette Stadium Foxboro, MA 7/23 7/29
NY Jets Atlantic Health Jets Training Center Florham Park, NJ 7/29 7/29
Oakland Napa Valley Marriott Napa, CA 7/26 7/30
Pittsburgh Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA 7/25 7/25
San Diego Chargers Park San Diego, CA 7/29 7/29
Tennessee Saint Thomas Sports Park Nashville, TN 7/30 7/30

NFC

TEAM SITE LOCATION ROOKIES VETERANS
Arizona University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ 7/28 7/31
Atlanta Atlanta Falcons Training Facility Flowery Branch, GA 7/30 7/30
Carolina Wofford College Spartanburg, SC 7/30 7/30
Chicago Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL 7/29 7/29
Dallas River Ridge Playing Fields Oxnard, CA 7/29 7/29
Detroit Detroit Lions Training Facility Allen Park, MI 7/28 8/2
Green Bay St. Norbert College De Pere, WI 7/29 7/29
Minnesota Minnesota State University – Mankato Mankato, MN 7/25 7/25
New Orleans The Greenbrier White Sulpher Springs, WV 7/22 7/29
NY Giants Timex Performance  Center East Rutherford, NJ 7/30 7/30
Philadelphia NovaCare Complex Philadelphia, PA 8/1 8/1
St. Louis Rams Park Training Center Earth City, MO 7/27 7/31
San Francisco SAP Performance Facility Santa Clara, CA 7/27 7/31
Seattle Virginia Mason Athletic Center Renton, WA 7/30 7/30
Tampa Bay One Buccaneer Place Tampa, FL 7/27 7/31
Washington Bon Secours Training Center Richmond, VA 7/29 7/29

Note: The first official practice of training camp for each club at the site designated above is generally held the day after the veteran reporting date.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

Top Fuel’s Spencer Massey sitting sixth in points looking to improve at Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago

Spencer Massey's dragster with flames (photo by National Dragster courtesy NHRAmedia.com)

 

JOLIET, Ill. – Two straight first-round losses isn’t exactly what Top Fuel standout Spencer Massey hoped for heading into an important part of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

 

If there is one positive, though, it is that Massey might be more motivated than ever to get things back on the right track with the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship approaching.

 

Massey also has one thing in mind heading into this weekend’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway and that is making his presence known in his 10,000-horsepower Red Fuel dragster.

 

“We’re going to come out swinging,” said Massey, who dropped to sixth in points after a first-round loss on Sunday at Norwalk. “We need to go rounds and pick up points and get closer to the No. 1 spot before the Countdown begins. We’ve won at Chicago before, and we want to do it again for (team owner) Don [Schumacher] and all the Schumacher Electric guests that will be rooting us on.”

 

Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were last year’s winners of the event that will again be televised nationally on ESPN2, including live coverage of final eliminations. It is the 13th of 24 races during the 2015 season, officially marking the first race of the second half of the year.

 

The Route 66 NHRA Nationals comes as the second race in a string of five races over six weekends as well, a stretch that finishes off with the Western Swing. It’s normally a time where Massey has performed well, as the 18-time event winner has thrived during busy times and in warmer temperatures.

 

Though he posted a semifinal appearance in Epping, Massey is currently clamoring for more from a car he knows is capable of performing at a high level in a loaded Top Fuel class. The key is delivering this weekend in Chicago to take some good vibes into the pivotal Western Swing.

 

“It would be really great to get some momentum going before we head out on the Swing,” Massey said. “This summer stretch of races is really important to go rounds and turn on win lights and stay near the top of points before it’s all reset for the Countdown to the Championship this fall. It’ll be here before we know it.”

 

Massey seemed on the cusp of returning to the form that led to a win earlier this season in Gainesville, qualifying well on Friday in Norwalk and ending up fifth overall. But he met a sudden end in eliminations, falling to Clay Millican for a second straight first-round exit. After showing plenty of promise early in the weekend, it was certainly not the way Massey wanted to end the event.

 

“You know, the car ran great in qualifying all weekend (in Norwalk),” Massey said. “We were No. 1 on Friday night, and we made it down all four laps in qualifying, but then you get to race day and the conditions are different, and our Red Fuel car just smoked the tires. That was a tough round because we need to go rounds to move up in the Mello Yello standings.”

 

The good news is Massey has an immediate turnaround at a track where he won in 2009. The only bad news is that he must again contend with a class filled with standouts, including teammate and points leader Antron Brown, who advanced to the final round in Norwalk and is after his first Top Fuel win in Chicago.

 

Defending world champion Tony Schumacher, leads active Top Fuel drivers with four career victories at this event, including in 2013, while other stars include Larry Dixon, who has three wins at the track, 2014 runner-up Doug Kalitta, who won last weekend in Norwalk, 2009 event winner, Richie Crampton, Brittany Force, Leah Pritchett, Steve Torrence, Clay Millican and J.R. Todd.

 

A veteran of the class, Massey is well aware of the constant challenge in Top Fuel. More often than not, though, that has brought out the best in Massey, which signals a strong performance may be coming in Chicago.

 

“Top Fuel is tough,” Massey said. “There are no easy rounds. We know we have a good car and we’ll be ready at the next one. We have a great group of crew members that are working hard right now. We just have to stay focused and work on getting some more round wins on Sunday. It’s been a tough stretch of races for everyone out here so to send my team back to the shop with a trophy would be incredible.”

 

Hagan, the defending Funny Car world champ and current points leader, is after his third consecutive win at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals and fourth overall. Ron Capps is currently second in points, while Del Worsham, a three-time Chicago winner, is among a group of talented standouts that also features Tommy Johnson Jr., Tony Pedregon, a four-time event winner, Alexis DeJoria, John Force, a 16-time champ and three-time event winner, Courtney Force, Robert Hight, Cruz Pedregon, Jack Beckman and Tim Wilkerson.

 

In Pro Stock, Nobile raced to his sole victory of the 2014 season at Chicago. The Summit Racing Equipment team of Greg Anderson, who won last weekend in Norwalk to take over the points lead, and Jason Line have both been strong all year, while reigning Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has four victories in 2015. Other Pro Stock drivers expected to compete for the win include Allen Johnson, Phoenix winner Rodger Brogdon, V. Gaines, Shane Gray, Chris McGaha, Larry Morgan and newcomer Drew Skillman.

 

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Hector Arana Jr. raced to his first final round appearance and victory of the season last year at Chicago. Eddie Krawiec sits first in Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings and has raced to three runner-up finishes this season. Andrew Hines, the defending world champ and a two-time event winner, is in third while others hoping to raise the Wally trophy on Sunday include Englishtown winner Jerry Savoie, Karen Stoffer, who won for the second time this season in Norwalk, Hector Arana Sr., Jim Underdahl, Matt Smith and his wife Angie Smith.

 

The race also will feature thrilling competition in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, including the exciting JEGS All-Stars event on Saturday where the best NHRA sportsman racers from each of NHRA’s seven divisions battle for bonus money and bragging rights.

 

As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

 

Mello Yello Drag Racing Series qualifying begins Friday, July 10, with sessions at 4:30 and 7:15 p.m. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, July 11, at 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 12.

 

To purchase tickets, call 888-629-RACE (7223) or visit www.route66raceway.com. For more information about the NHRA visit www.NHRA.com.

 

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ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS FACT SHEET

 

WHAT: 18th annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals, the 13th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

 

WHERE: Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Ill.  The track is located 30 miles southwest of Chicago on Route 53 (historic Route 66), approximately three miles south of the I-80 in Joliet. Take I-80 to exit #132A (Route 53 south) to the track.

 

COURSE: Championship drag strip; Track elevation is 632 feet above sea level; Track direction is west to east.

 

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday, July 9-12

 

SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, July 9 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying at 9 a.m.

 

FRIDAY, July 10 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:30 and 7:15 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, July 11 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations

MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:15 and 7:15 p.m.

JEGS ALL-STARS ELIMINATION ROUNDS at 12:45, 3, and 6:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY, July 12 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.

MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

 

TELEVISION:

Saturday, July 11, ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 10 p.m. (ET).

Sunday, July 12, ESPN2 will televise three hours of live eliminations coverage starting at 2 p.m. (ET).

 

2014 EVENT WINNERS: Antron Brown, Top Fuel; Matt Hagan, Funny Car; Vincent Nobile, Pro Stock, Hector Arana Jr., Pro Stock Motorcycle.

 

MOST VICTORIES: Jeg Coughlin, 5, PS; Kenny Bernstein, 4, TF; Tony Schumacher, 4, TF; Tony Pedregon, 4, FC; Larry Dixon, 3, TF; Doug Kalitta, 3, TF; Whit Bazemore, 3, FC; John Force, 3, FC; Matt Hagan, 3, FC; Del Worsham, 3, FC; Kurt Johnson, 3, PS; Jason Line, 3, PS.

 

TRACK RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.737 sec. by Morgan Lucas, June ’13; 328.22 mph by Doug Kalitta, June ’13.

Funny Car – 3.988 sec. by Ron Capps, June ’13; 322.50 mph by Courtney Force, June ’14.

Pro Stock – 6.542 sec. and 210.64 mph by Mike Edwards, June ’13.

PS Motorcycle – 6.858 sec. by Eddie Krawiec, June ’14; 195.68 mph by Michael Phillips, June ’10.

 

NATIONAL RECORDS:

Top Fuel – 3.701 sec. by Antron Brown, Oct. ‘12, Reading, Pa.; 332.15 mph by Larry Dixon, June ’15, Norwalk, Ohio.

Funny Car – 3.965 sec. by John Force, Feb. ’14, Pomona, Calif.; 325.06 mph by Courtney Force, May ’15, Topeka, Kan.

Pro Stock – 6.455 sec. by Jason Line, March ’15, Charlotte, N.C.; 215.55 mph by Erica Enders, May ‘14, Englishtown N.J.

PS Motorcycle – 6.728 sec. by Andrew Hines, Oct. ’12, Reading, Pa.; 199.88 mph by Hector Arana Jr., April ’15, Charlotte, N.C.

 

TICKETS: For tickets, call (888) 629-RACE (7223) or purchase online at www.route66raceway.com.

 

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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

 

GLENDORA, Calif. — Point standings (top 10) following the 12th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series (five of 16 for Pro Stock Motorcycle), number of wins listed in parentheses -

 

Top Fuel: 1. Antron Brown, 925 (3); 2. Tony Schumacher, 905 (2); 3. Doug Kalitta, 791 (2); 4. Richie Crampton, 764 (3); 5. Larry Dixon, 754; 6. Spencer Massey, 730 (1); 7. Shawn Langdon, 674 (1); 8. Brittany Force, 641; 9. J.R. Todd, 597; 10. Clay Millican, 583.

 

Funny Car: 1. Matt Hagan, 932 (4); 2. Ron Capps, 812 (2); 3. Jack Beckman, 782 (3); 4. Del Worsham, 781; 5. John Force, 748 (2); 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 680; 7. Cruz Pedregon, 657; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 642 (1); 9. Robert Hight, 633; 10. Alexis DeJoria, 626.

 

Pro Stock: 1. Greg Anderson, 1065 (4); 2. Erica Enders, 1005 (4); 3. Jason Line, 900 (2); 4. Chris McGaha, 831; 5. Drew Skillman, 666; 6. Larry Morgan, 629 (1); 7. Allen Johnson, 622; 8. Shane Gray, 615; 9. Vincent Nobile, 597; 10. Rodger Brogdon, 580 (1).

 

Pro Stock Motorcycle: 1. Eddie Krawiec, 395; 2. Karen Stoffer, 350 (2); 3. Andrew Hines, 340 (1); 4. Hector Arana Jr, 322; 5. Hector Arana, 291 (1); 6. Angelle Sampey, 284; 7. Jim Underdahl, 278; 8. LE Tonglet, 270; 9. Scotty Pollacheck, 239; 10. Jerry Savoie, 236 (1).

 

RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY John Byczek; COURTESY NHRA COMMUNICATIONS

 

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