Driver Reports following Aaron’s 499

first_imgREAD: Get more Sprint Cup headlines WATCH: Victory Lane: David Ragan 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Earnhardt Jr. is third in the standings with 324 points. Last week: It has to be a great feeling to finish 17th behind Dave Blaney and then move up a spot to third in the standings.  He’d be even closer to second-place Carl Edwards had he held on late, when he was in the top 10 on a restart with 10 to go. What he said: “We were on that inside lane and weren’t going forward. We were going backwards. Everybody was going by on the outside, and when it’s three- and four-wide, you can’t really go up. I don’t know.” This week: In 18 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Earnhardt has three top-fives and seven top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Earnhardt ranks ninth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.6. Last year: Earnhardt wrestled with a loose car throughout the duration of the race, and he also had to overcome a pit road speeding penalty. But he stayed out of trouble enough to be on the lead lap late — where he wasn’t early in the race — and salvaged a 17th-place finish. It was his fourth consecutive year finishing outside of the top 10 at Darlington.4. Clint Bowyer (No. 15)Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Bowyer is fourth in the standings with 316 points. Last week: At the midway point of the race, Bowyer was in sixth place, one spot ahead of Edwards. During the rain delay, was quoted on the FOX broadcast as saying. “I’m ready to go back racing or get the hell out of here.” Option two would have been better for Bowyer, who was penalized and sent to the end of the crowd on Lap 190 for missing a lugnut. Still, he managed an 18th-place finish out of it. What he said: “That was not the day we were hoping for. We had a great PEAK Motor Oil Toyota and I thought I waited it out and put myself in position for the win, but I got caught up in the final big mess. I hate that for the PEAK folks – we really wanted to give them a great finish today. I also would have loved a chance there at the end, but this is restrictor plate racing and unfortunately this happens sometimes at the end of a plate race. We’ll be better next weekend in Darlington.” This week: In seven career starts at Darlington Raceway, Bowyer has one top-10 and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Bowyer ranks 21st out of 49 drivers with an average place of 19.3. Last year: Down a lap early in the 2012 Bojangles’ Southern 500, Bowyer was the beneficiary following a caution of Lap 176 (of 368) and stayed on the lead lap for the rest of the race. Bowyer, who started 26th, finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place. It was the driver’s best finish at Darlington since 2007. Bowyer acknowledged after the race that Darlington isn’t one of his best tracks, and that he was happy to leave in 11th place. 5. Brad Keselowski (No. 2)Penske Racing, Ford Where he stands: Keselowski is fifth in the standings with 314 points. Last week: Keselowski was not pleased with his 15th-place finish. That makes two consecutive finishes out of the top-10 for the reigning champion (33rd in the Toyota Owners 400). He did move up a spot to fifth in the standings because of Kasey Kahne’s wreck, but he now trails Jimmie Johnson by 69 points. This week: In four career starts at Darlington Raceway, Keselowski has one top-five and two top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Keselowski ranks 16th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 16.3. Last year: Want an example of just how resilient Keselowski and his team were during 2012’s run to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship? Take a look at the Darlington race in which Keselowski, with an ill-handling car, repeatedly brushed the wall and at one point was three laps down. But the driver kept driving, the crew team kept making changes, and eventually Keselowski steered the No. 2 to a 15th-place finish, getting back on the lead lap and gaining 10 spots over the final 100 laps. 6. Kasey Kahne (No. 5)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Kahne is sixth in the standings with 299 points. Last week: One day after nearly winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Kahne looked to have a car to challenge for the Sprint Cup victory. But on Lap 44, Kahne, while in second place, attempted to move down the track heading into Turn 1. Kyle Busch was attempting to move up the track, and he bumped Kahne, which triggered a massive crash. The No. 5 Chevrolet was done for the afternoon and, being one of the few crunched cars unable to get back out on the track, finished 42nd. What he said: “Felt the No. 18 pushing me and next thing I know I was spinning. You just can’t push with these cars. We learned that at Daytona, he was pushing me and spun me in the wall and then happened again, so that is what it is.” This week: In 10 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Kahne has three top-fives, four top-10s and four poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Kahne ranks seventh out of 49 drivers with an average place of 11.1. Last year: Kahne led 33 laps and recorded his second consecutive top-10 finish at the track by placing eighth. The driver said his only minor complaint was his pit stop times, but it didn’t ruin his night — he helped celebrate team owner Rick Hendrick’s 200th career victory.7. Aric Almirola (No. 43)Richard Petty Motorsports, Ford Where he stands: Almirola is seventh in the standings with 293 points. Last week: Almirola rode to a 10th-place finish, which came as a big victory him. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver extended his current Series-best streak of top-10 finishes to four in a row and earned his highest finish ever at a superspeedway in Cup competition. Not only that, he sits in seventh place in the standings, with no reason to think he won’t stay there. What he said: “I saw a chance at the win, and I had to take it. Before the rain delay, we ran good most of the race. We were sitting 11th when the red flag came out. That was hard to swallow. If the race finished there, it would have been a good points day for us, but we were so close to another top-10 that it was hard not to want to go back racing. When we had the overheating issue, it looked like we weren’t going to make it a fourth top-10. But, Todd (Parrott) and all the guys worked hard during the caution and fixed the problem.” This week: In one career start at Darlington Raceway, Almirola finished 19th in 2012. In the past eight years at Darlington, Almirola ranks 22nd out of 49 drivers with an average place of 21.1. Last year: Almirola earned plenty of stripes in his first foray into Darlington. With his No. 43 blackened by the end of the night, Almirola vowed to learn from his 19th-place showing. 1. Jimmie Johnson (No. 48)Hendrick Motorsports, ChevroletWhere he stands: Johnson leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings with 383 points. Last week: Despite a third-place finish by Carl Edwards, Johnson only saw his points lead over the Roush Fenway driver decrease by two — thanks to a fifth-place finish of his own. It was his fifth top-five finish and seventh top-10, both of which are tops in the Series. What he said: “It was obviously a very good day for our Lowe’s Chevrolet. We had a very fast car and I felt like we were a player all day long, and that’s awesome.” This week: In 14 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Johnson has three wins, seven top-fives and 10 top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Johnson ranks fifth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 10.7. Last year: Johnson’s first win of the year was a historic one for Hendrick Motorsports. The No. 48 Chevrolet, after a handful of near-misses throughout the season, sped away from the pack over a series of late restarts to take the checkered flag and give team owner Rick Hendrick his 200th career victory. The victory added to Five-Time’s sparkling resume at “The Lady in Black.”2. Carl Edwards (No. 99)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Edwards is second in the standings with 342 points. Last week: Edwards was primed to take his second victory of the season before that three-and-a-half hour delay, leading Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as cars pulled into the garage for cover. No driver was less pleased to see blue skies, but it still worked out reasonably well for Edwards. A third-place finish behind two non-Chase contenders might as well be first. What he said: “That was crazy. I blocked everybody I could. I was doing everything I could. I blocked Matt and I thought, ‘Oh, we’ve got it.’ And then I saw Jimmie coming and I blocked him and I thought, ‘Who is that back there?’.” This week: In nine career starts at Darlington Raceway, Edwards has three top-fives and six top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Edwards ranks 10th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.8. Last year: When a late wreck set up a green-white-checkered finish, Carl Edwards was running in the top 10 and had a decision to make. Then-crew chief Bob Osborne called the No. 99 Ford into pit road to take four tires. Edwards, who later said he agreed with the move, lost some ground, but gained back those spots over the final two laps to finish seventh. READ MORE: WATCH: Big wreck at ‘Dega Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Stenhouse Jr. is 16th in the standings with 256 points. Last week: Like Truex, Stenhouse was hit with a pit road penalty on a late green flag stop that proved costly. Still, the rookie driver positioned himself well towards the end of the race and ran successfully with teammate Carl Edwards for most of the race and finished 13th. This week: Stenhouse Jr. has no starts at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jamie McMurray (No. 1)Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: McMurray is 15th in the standings with 267 points. Last week: With 10 laps left, McMurray had the pleasure of running in the top 10 behind Michael Waltrip, Ryan Newman and Marcos Ambrose. It looked like he’d have a chance to move up, but instead finished in 23rd and lost three spots in the standings. Next week: In 12 career starts at Darlington Raceway, McMurray has three top-fives, five top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, McMurray ranks 13th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 14.6.center_img Junior up to third, Kahne drops three spots to sixth after accident 8. Paul Menard (No. 27)Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Menard is eighth in the standings with 290 points. Last week: Menard was holding on strong in sixth place on Lap 51, but ended up in 26th, four laps down. Still, because of  the even-rougher races of Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle, Menard moved up two spots in the standings to eighth and remains the highest Richard Childress Racing driver in said standings. What he said: “Our CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet was fast today at Talladega Superspeedway. We avoided trouble early on and were able to run up front. Unfortunately, we overheated and had to spend some time in the pits putting us behind. We never gave up and where able to avoid ‘The Big One’ at the end to gain some spots. It was a long day in the rain, but we were able to gain a spot in the points, so we’re happy with that.” This week: In six career starts at Darlington Raceway, Menard’s best finish is 13th in 2012. In the past eight years at Darlington, Menard ranks 32nd out of 49 drivers with an average place of 26.2. Last year: Menard led the Richard Childress Racing contingent with a 13th-place showing in the 2012 Bojangles’ Southern 500. It was Menard’s highest finish at the track in his career and his second top-15 in six starts at the track.9. Kyle Busch (No. 18)Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Busch is ninth in the standings with 285 points. Last week: Busch took the blame for triggering a 16-car incident on Lap 44 that sidelined several contenders in the Aaron’s 499. The No. 18 Toyota got too close to Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Chevrolet, sending it spinning into the wall and collecting a wave of cars in the process. The wreck looked eerily similar to the one from the Daytona 500. What he said: “I don’t really know what happened. I know I got in the back of the 5 (Kasey Kahne) and I guess I was trying to go to the outside of him, but he just moved up in front of me and I wasn’t expecting it and I tried to go to the outside of him and before I could get to the outside of him I got in the back of him. I just hate that I caused a hell of a melee for everybody.”This week: In eight career starts at Darlington Raceway, Busch has one win, two top-fives and four top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Busch ranks fourth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 10.0.Last year: You knew it was a good race for Busch when the driver acknowledged that he didn’t get his first stripe until past the midway point. Busch earned his second-best finish in eight career starts at Darlington, finishing fourth. Only his 2008 win was better. He also helped Joe Gibbs Racing to a banner day, as all three JGR cars finished inside the top 10.10. Greg Biffle (No. 16)Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Where he stands: Biffle is 10th in the standings with 280 points. Last week: It was another difficult week for Biffle’s team. For the second consecutive race, the No. 16 team wasn’t close to finishing on the lead lap. Biffle was collected in a multicar wreck and finished 36th. What he said: “We were trying to be cautious, but that didn’t work.” This week: In 12 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Biffle has two wins, two top-fives, five top-10s and two poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Biffle ranks third out of 49 drivers with an average place of 9.8. Last year: Biffle started on the pole but finished 12th after getting passed multiple times in the waning stages of the race.Related: More on Biffle, Coca-Cola Racing Family Jeff Gordon (No. 24)Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolett Where he stands: Gordon is 14th in the standings with 269 points. Last week: Despite being involved in a few wrecks and spending most of the day a lap down, Gordon enjoyed some beneficiary benefits to remain relevant and pull out an 11th-place finish and earn 34 points. This week: In 32 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Gordon has seven wins, 18 top-fives, 21 top-10s and three poles. In the past eight years at Darlington, Gordon ranks first out of 49 drivers with an average place of 8.3. ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned. 12. Kevin Harvick (No. 29)Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Harvick is 12th in the standings with 276 points. Last week: One week before Talladega, Harvick said his team was due for some good luck. And he was right — the No. 29 rolled to Victory Lane at Richmond. But bad luck returned at the 2.66-mile track Sunday when Harvick’s No. 29 Chevrolet was caught up in a mega-wreck less than 45 laps into the 188-lap race. He finished 40th. What he said: “I feel like this race was a flashback to Daytona (International Speedway). We had a great run last weekend, and I was really hoping that we could carry that momentum into this weekend, but we didn’t have a chance to make it to the end. I’ve got to thank the Budweiser team for working so hard to try and get us back on track. Wish we could have had a better result, but that’s part of superspeedway racing.”Next week: In 16 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Harvick has two top-fives, and five top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Harvick ranks 19th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 17.3.Last year: The good (Harvick’s driving performance) and the bad (his car’s handling) canceled each other out in 2012. The result was a middle-of-the-road 16th-place showing after Harvick started 23rd. He had worked his way into the top 10 late, but a spate of cautions necessitated multiple restarts, and the No. 29 was in no shape to keep up with some of the better cars in the field. According to NASCAR Loop Data, Harvick ranked first in green flag passes (109) in last year’s event.Five in the rearview mirror …Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56)Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Truex Jr. is 13th in the standings with 269 points. Last week: Truex’s seventh-place finish is just another in a string of four consecutive strong races that have vaulted the Michael Waltrip Racing driver to 13th overall and in position to compete for a Chase spot. Had he not been hit with a pit road penalty late in the race, that finish could have been even higher. This week: In seven career starts at Darlington Raceway, Truex Jr. has one top-five and three top-10s. In the past eight years at Darlington, Truex ranks eighth out of 49 drivers with an average place of 12.5. READ: Latest on Kenseth penalties 11. Matt Kenseth (No. 20)Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Where he stands: Kenseth is 11th in the standings with 279 points. Last week: Despite his eighth-place finish, Kenseth still earned 38 points after leading a dominating 142 laps (next highest was Jimmie Johnson at 16). He had a chance for his third win, as he led the crowd to the green flag on the final restart. Still, improved to 11th in the standings, holding on strong to one of the two Wild Card spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  What he said: “It could always be worse I guess. Am I disappointed? Yeah, I’m really disappointed.” This week: In 19 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Kenseth has one top-five, eight top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Kenseth ranks 15th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 15.6. Last year: Darlington isn’t one of Kenseth’s best tracks, but perhaps he made a big gain last year. Winless in 19 starts, Kenseth charged through the field late to finish sixth, his best showing since 2008 — and Kenseth’s team felt he would have finished third or fourth if not for a green-white-checkered finish. Kenseth has just one top-five at the track, but has finished sixth three times. Kurt Busch (No. 78)Furniture Row Racing, Chevrolet Where he stands: Busch is 20th in the standings with 231 points. Last week: Busch was in third place with 10 laps to go before a huge wreck that saw him roll and land on top of Ryan Newman’s car forced him to a 30th-place finish that kept him from gaining traction in the standings. This week: In 16 career starts at Darlington Raceway, Busch has two top-fives, five top-10s and one pole. In the past eight years at Darlington, Busch ranks 17th out of 49 drivers with an average place of 16.9.last_img read more

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Announces Aretha Franklin Tribute During Jazz Fest Weekend 2

first_imgKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe has announced an upcoming tribute to Aretha Franklin at New Orleans, LA’s Orpheum Theater. The late-night show will take place on May 3rd, coinciding with the second weekend of The Crescent City’s Jazz Fest. The tribute is billed as R.E.S.P.E.K.T. (with “K.T.” representing Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) – A Special Tribute To The Queen Of Soul, and will feature an assortment of special guests.Last year at the Orpheum, Denson and his Tiny Universe compadres played a special set—their tribute to The Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St. (a fitting tribute considering that Denson himself joined The Rolling Stones as a touring member back in 2014)—for the fans who made it out. KDTU has also performed tributes to Prince, The Allman Brothers Band, Ray Charles, and others in the past.Tickets for the special tribute go on sale Thursday, December 20th at 12 p.m. (CST) here.For ticketing and more information on Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Nexans Opens High Voltage Test Lab in Calais

first_imgNexans has opened a new high voltage test laboratory at its Calais Center of Excellence in France, making it fully operational with the capacity to test cable systems up to 1.5 million volts.The new laboratory is dedicated to high voltage direct current (HVDC) cables, a market Nexans believes is of primary importance for high-capacity links and connection of renewable energy sources, such as the DolWin 6 offshore wind farm, for which the company will provide and install two 90km-long HVDC cables.The decision to enhance its testing capacity by building a new direct current (DC) laboratory is a result of the HV market requiring an increasing number of tests at higher and higher voltage levels, Nexans said.The laboratory allows simultaneous testing of three independent qualification loops, each composed of multiple cable sections and joints and connected to the electrical network through two terminations.According to Nexans, the lab is designed to represent the various configurations existing in power grids. The generators, rated for voltages up to 1.2 million volts, operate in a controlled environment, which guarantees the optimum equipment availability required for performing ageing tests typically lasting more than one year, the company said.“As the global energy needs continue to grow, the world will require extremely reliable cable systems for power transmission at ever higher voltage levels for both AC and DC applications,” said Dirk Steinbrink, Nexans’ Senior Executive Vice President, High Voltage and Underwater Cable Business Group.The Calais Center of Excellence for HV testing is now composed of 12 HV test laboratories equipped with generators operating up to 1.5 million volts, and addresses both alternating current (AC) and DC applications.“With its new laboratory, the Calais Center of Excellence will be positioned as one of the leading hubs for helping our clients address the challenges of the future,” Steinbrink said.last_img read more

Djokovic to take a break from tennis

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay The Tennis Federation of Serbia’s doctor claims the world number 4 has bruising of the bone in his elbow due to over-playing.Novak Djokovic retired injured during his Wimbledon quarter final, and is set to drop out of the top-4 in the world next week for the first time in a decade.Its likely Djokovic will miss next month’s US Open at least.last_img

Seattle Fire Department At Satsop’s Tunnel Rescue Training Complex

first_imgThe Park is managed by the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority, a public corporation whose mission is to create new jobs and investment for the region. More information on Satsop Business Park can be found at www.Satsop.com. Submitted by Satsop Business ParkSatsop Business Park staff have dug 27 feet down beneath the never-used nuclear power site and exposed part of the huge pipes underneath. They’ve created a tunnel rescue training complex that the Seattle Fire Department will begin using Oct. 15.ELMA – Satsop Business Park has dug up some “buried treasure” that will likely help save lives. The “treasure” is a pair of enormous underground pipes that have now been transformed into a tunnel rescue training complex.The week of Oct. 15, about 30 members of the Seattle Fire Department will be the first to use the 12-foot diameter pipes to conduct specialized tunnel safety and rescue training. The department has said it will use the new training center about 30 days a year. Observers from the New York Fire Department will also be attending.“There is nowhere in the United States that has the potential for tunnel training as this place does with its 12-foot tunnels,” said Alan Vickery, assistant chief of the Seattle Fire Department. “These pipes are similar to the real world of tunneling work that is taking place in the Seattle area as well as internationally. Nothing that I’m aware of in the U.S. even compares,” he said.Located 27 feet below the ground, the pair of parallel water pipes was intended to carry water to and from the nuclear power plants’ twin cooling towers. To create the training prop, one was dissected and the other was opened up to allow for three separate areas to set up various training scenarios. Digging out a portion of the pipe, dissecting the one pipe and installing needed safety systems cost Satsop Business Park about $200,000.“To create a rescue training complex like this from scratch would cost millions of dollars,” said Tami Garrow, CEO of Satsop Business Park. (When the pipes were installed in 1979, the cost was $7 million.) “But at Satsop, we have this valuable infrastructure right beneath our feet that will benefit tunnel construction workers, repair crews, a wide range of rescue workers and the general public.“Redeploying these pipes for training purposes makes all kinds of sense when you think about it – and like everything else at the Park, it is recycling at its most creative.  It’s like uncovering a valuable resource that we know is already here, in this case, one that can help save lives and prevent injuries,” Garrow saidThe Seattle Fire Department has been contracted to provide tunnel rescue service for the Sound Transit Light Rail System, Assistant Chief Vickery said. This new site will be set up to deliver more realistic training scenarios – and thus make it safer for tunnel workers and firefighters who are called to the scene of a tunnel emergency, he said.Just a stone’s throw away from the recently completed tunnel rescue site, under the shadow of the operational cooling tower, is an outdoor tunnel construction training site being created by the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust. That facility, complete with classrooms and a now-retired tunnel boring machine, nicknamed “Helene,” was created to teach tunnel workers how to safely operate in tunnels.“Having this tunnel training rescue site at the Park dovetails nicely with what we’re doing to create a national tunnel training complex, said Mike Warren, the training director of the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust. “I can see fire departments from across the U.S. and Canada coming to Satsop to train. It will be a very unique set up. Tunnel rescue training will be provided to union laborers as well.” The Laborers-Employers Training Trust also plans to use the tunnels for about 30 days a year, he said.In addition to the Seattle Fire Department and Laborers-Employers Training Trust, there is growing interest by many other fire departments and safety organizations exploring the use of the tunnel rescue complex, said Nathan Hoover, project coordinator.“A lot of organizations go to West Virginia to get rescue training. We can save those on the West Coast a lot of money in travel expenses alone,” said Hoover. “We’re expecting that the Army, which already does lots of training here, will be interested in the tunnels. In addition, we can see easily adding some structures in the future to create scenarios for high-angle rescue training someday.”“I think this is a great opportunity for Satsop Business Park,” said Steve Poler, Chairman of the Board. “Anytime we can add a world-class training site to the Park it’s great, and to have something like this that is so different, where you can do things you can’t do anywhere else in the country is very exciting,” Poler said.Satsop Business Park is a 1,700-acre mixed-use business and technology park located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Southwest Washington just 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 corridor. It is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 440 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure and surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainable managed forestland. Facebook3Tweet0Pin1last_img read more