• 45°

NASCAR Notebook

Associated Press
The NASCAR notebook …
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Reed Sorenson’s up-and-down week in the Nationwide Series came to a disappointing end with a 26th-place finish Saturday at Kansas Speedway.
Sorenson, third in the season standings, lost his ride with Turner Motorsports this week as part of the fallout from Dollar General’s plans to drop its sponsorship of the No. 32 Chevrolet.
He caught a ride in MacDonald Motorsports’ No. 82 Dodge on Friday, less than two hours before practice began, and wasn’t able to get comfortable in the car. He started 24th and spent raced in the mid- to low 20s.
Sorenson still held onto third in the points, but saw the gap between him and leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. widen from 49 points to 70.
Sorenson stayed upbeat, however, even after seeing Brian Vickers — his replacement in the No. 32 — finish eighth.
“We didn’t know what we were getting into,” Sorenson said. “We were tight throughout the day. But we finished the race and got some points, and that’s what we wanted to do.”
Sorenson has no ride confirmed for the remainder of the season.
Vickers, meanwhile, was disappointed with his top-10 finish.
“Eighth was a good day for us, but I wanted more,” he said.

SIX FIGURES’ WORTH OF CHANGE: Talladega Superspeedway is offering Sprint Cup drivers a $100,000 incentive to shuffle things around at the front of the pack.
If there are 100 or more lead changes in the Oct. 23 race, the driver who takes the lead the most times will claim the pot.
Talladega currently holds the NASCAR record of 88 lead changes in one race, and track chairman Grant Lynch said Saturday that rules changes for the restrictor-plate track make 100 a reachable mark.
“The new rules package, that includes a larger restrictor plate opening, should give drivers the opportunity to really mix it up and pass even more in traffic,” Lynch said.
Kurt Busch, currently fourth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings, said the challenge would give drivers another incentive to run up front and challenge for leads, even if they’re not involved in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“The guys in the Chase have to be careful,” Busch said. “But we also want that bonus point for leading a lap. But there a group of guys just outside the Chase that are very competitive. Throw $100,000 out there and it will get interesting.”
The money will be paid directly from the speedway, Lynch said.
“The insurance company thought it was attainable,” he said. “So we’re not getting insurance.”

HE’S READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL: After a full weekend of racing, Carl Edwards will use his foot for something other than pushing down on the gas pedal next week.
He’s headed to Miami to try to help three fans win new cars.
“There are three folks, and I get three field goal attempts, and each one I make someone gets a free car,” Edwards said Saturday, after finishing second in the Nationwide Series race.
“I haven’t practiced at all,” said Edwards, who will start second Sunday in the Sprint Cup race. “I heard it’s from the 20 yard line. Is that a difficult field goal to make? You never know. A blind squirrel finds a nut now and again.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Two more charged for operating illegal gambling businesses

Education

A.L. Brown celebrates seniors with signing day

Business

Rebounding, but not recovered: Rowan County tourism begins challenging path toward normalcy

High School

High school baseball: Padgett leads Mustangs; 100th win for West coach Graham

Coronavirus

RSS superintendent, Board of Health discuss strategies for increasing student vaccination rates

Nation/World

Gas stations report shortages as pipeline shutdown drags on

News

Lawyers: Black man didn’t drive into deputies who shot him

Nation/World

Liz Cheney says Trump and GOP backers threaten democracy

Coronavirus

Rowan Health Department clarifies county’s COVID-19 death total is 301

Landis

Landis approves new land development ordinance, zoning map

Landis

Landis approves body camera, stun gun purchase for public safety officers

Crime

One charged, another dead on sheriff’s most wanted list

Crime

No injuries after car shot eight times on Old Concord Road

Education

RSS talks first steps for new federal relief totaling $66 million

China Grove

Gary’s Barbecue staff, customers look back at 50 years

News

Salisbury Lions Club names Person of the Year, Lion of the Year at 78th annual banquet

Education

Student COVID-19 numbers show first decline since plan A

High School

High school golf: Fowler competes in state tournament

News

Amazon announces new distribution center for North Carolina

News

House passes bill to bar Cooper from mandating COVID shot

Coronavirus

Rowan County sees death 302 from COVID-19; Health Department to host final mass vaccine clinic

Ask Us

Ask Us: What happened to work on South Fulton Street home?

Crime

Blotter: Woman says she was shot in hand on Lincolnton Road

Crime

Rowan Sheriff’s Office charges Salisbury man with operating illegal gambling business