Every week, NASCAR writer Joseph Passero presents This Week In NASCAR, which briefs the biggest stories from the last week.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Bud Moore Passes Away at Age 92
Walter “Bud” Moore, a NASCAR Hall of Famer and championship-winning car owner and crew chief, died on Tuesday Morning. Bud Moore won the NASCAR premier series title in 1957 as crew chief for Buck Baker and as a car owner with Joe Weatherly in 1962 and 1963. He was part of the second class inducted into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, as well.
Outside of NASCAR, Moore served in the military as a machine gunner, and was part of the landing on Utah Beach on D-Day on June 6, 1944.
Bud Moore will always be remembered as part of NASCAR and American history, as well as a great man and mechanic. He was 92.
Penalties Handed to No. 2, 20 teams After Homestead-Miami
Following the conclusion of the Ford EcoBoost 400, NASCAR handed penalties down to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams of Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski. Matt Kenseth’s no. 20 team was found violating section 10.9.10.4 of NASCAR’s rulebook. Two lug nuts were not secured properly, which will result in a $20,000 fine from crew chief Jason Ratcliff. Ratcliff will not have to serve a one-race suspension since he is moving into the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018 as crew chief for Christopher Bell. Brad Keselowski’s no. 2 was also found in violation of section 10.9.10.4, with one unsecured lug nut. His crew chief, Paul Wolfe, was fined $10,000.
New At-Track Rosters to be Implemented in 2018, Pit Crew Size Reduced to Five
NASCAR announced that in 2018, at-track rosters would be standardized across NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, and Camping World Truck Series. The new rule will allow a limited number of crew members to travel to the races each weekend per team, and will also reduce the amount of pit crew members allowed, from six to five. For full details, visit NASCAR.com.
Despite Retirement, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Still Making Headlines
Although Dale Earnhardt, Jr. may be retired from full-time NASCAR driving, the 14-time Most Popular Driver Award winner has continued to make headlines.
On Tuesday, Dale Jr. and his wife, Amy, announced the creation of the Dale and Amy Earnhardt Fund at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
On Wednesday, Earnhardt and Daytona International Speedway announced that Dale Jr. would serve as Grand Marshal to the 2018 Daytona 500. Earnhardt won the race in 2004 and 2014. Around the same time, Earnhardt addressed rumors that he might appear on Dancing With the Stars, saying that it would not happen. He was also awarded the Chevrolet Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ray Black, Jr. Lands Full-Time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ride
Ray Black, Jr. announced via Twitter that he will drive full-time in NASCAR’s premier series starting in 2018 with Rick Ware Racing. Black drove the no. 51 for Rick Ware Racing in 2017 three times, including his first-ever Monster Energy Cup Series start, which came at Chicagoland Speedway in September.
Tony Stewart Announces Engagement
Last Thursday, former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing Tony Stewart announced his engagement to Pennelope Jimenez. The couple has been dating since 2016.