Rain scatters Chase field at Chicago

Rain cancelled tonight’s Sprint Cup qualifying at Chicago, leaving the starting grid arranged according to speed’s in today’s practice session.

Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Sunday’s race, with Ryan Newman beside him. Six drivers competing in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup will start in the top 10: Busch, Newman, Carl Edwards (3rd), Matt Kenseth (5th), Jimmie Johnson (7th) and Jeff Gordon (8th).

RCR to support Rheem at Chicago and Phoenix Truck events

Although heating and cooling systems manufacturer Rheem was left out in the cold when Turner Scott Motorsports shut down the no. 30 Truck series team two weeks ago, the company will be part of two races yet this season, thanks to Richard Childress Racing.

Rheem will serve as primary sponsor for Truck series races at Chicago and Phoenix, where RCR’s Austin Dillon will serve as wheelman.

Team Penske marks 400th motorsports win

Last Saturday night’s win by Brad Keselowski at Richmond marked the 400th victory by Roger Penske’s motorsports operation. The win came a week after Will Power had claimed the teams 13th IndyCar series championship at Auto Club Speedway.

Penske noted the importance of the occasion and its genesis in the team’s decision to combine all operations – stock car, open wheel and sports car – in Mooresville, NC.