R. Mark Stiles

R. Mark Stiles

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From the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, Virginia, R. Mark Stiles, the owner, news director & editor in chief of Catchfence,™ has been dedicated to auto racing news media coverage, journalism and reporting for almost 17-years. Stiles started in the industry in the fall of 1997 with two columns (Green Flag Black Flag and Breaking Loose) for AOL/Athlete Direct's NASCAR department (ADNASCAR). He later merged Green Flag Black Flag and became the news director with Ryan Seek's CatchFence in 1999. At the beginning of 2001, Stiles went full-time with Catchfence, served as an assistant to the now retired Voice of Daytona Int'l Speedway chief track announcer, Bill Bowser, and In 2005 he acquired full ownership of Catchfence.

Oct 06

Hendrick Motorsports 2015 NSCS Bank of America 500 Race Preview

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Hendrick Motorsports
Hendrick Motorsports


HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AT CHARLOTTE: Hendrick Motorsports has 18 wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which rank tied for second for the organization behind only Martinsville Speedway, where it has recorded a team-best 22 wins. Johnson most recently won for the organization at the track in 2014 and has an all-time record seven career victories at Charlotte. Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammates Gordon and Kahne rank second and third, respectively, among active drivers in wins at Charlotte. The organization has 17 pole positions, 57 top-five finishes and 89 top-10s and has led 4,722 laps at Charlotte since 1984.

FINDING VICTORY LANE: Hendrick Motorsports’ 18 wins at Charlotte are tied with Dover International Speedway for the organization’s second-most at a track. The Charlotte victories have come via seven different drivers — Johnson (7), Gordon (5), Darrell Waltrip (2), Kahne, Terry Labonte, Casey Mears and Ken Schrader.

ORGANIZATION STATS: To date, Hendrick Motorsports has totals of 237 victories, 204 pole positions, 971 top-five finishes and 1,620 top-10 finishes in Sprint Cup competition. Its teams have led 64,768 laps since 1984.


“I always really enjoy Charlotte. You can keep your momentum up, keep your speed up, you can move your line around and find something that works better for your car a lot of times there and some tracks you can’t do that. Charlotte has worked really well for me throughout the years. It has some really high-load spots in the car that you need it to be turning really well through. It’s always really fun to win there because it’s so close to home, it’s close to the teams and we have a lot of team members there cheering on the Hendrick Motorsports cars so it’s neat when a Hendrick Motorsports car wins at Charlotte.” - Kasey Kahne on racing at Charlotte

“The 5Kahne is something we came up with about six years ago. It’s just a run on the Charlotte fall weekend. We get as many people together as possible and go run 3.1 miles. We have music and Great Clips is cutting hair. There is so much support from people whether it’s our sponsors, the fans and volunteers. The fans are so much behind everything that we do as a driver or as a team and they have supported the Kasey Kahne Foundation since we started it. That’s awesome. It’s really cool to have that support. The other drivers, owners and volunteers come and help out and support and you need all of that to make a foundation right and to put smiles on kids’ faces. We have been really fortunate to have that and it makes you feel good and it makes you want to keep building the program and making it better and better.” - Kahne on the 5

“The goal was to advance, and now we reset (the points) and see what we can do in the next three. I’m excited about this weekend because we ran well and led some laps at Chicago, so hopefully we run well and are competitive at the remaining intermediate tracks like Charlotte this weekend.” - Jeff Gordon on advancing in the Chase

“After 14 years of partnership, I know what the red vest means to everyone at Lowe’s. It’s why I’m proud to have red on my car at Charlotte and Lowe’s as part of my team. With the elimination last week, of course there is disappointment, but it’s part of it. We are looking forward to going to each track without pressure and with the mindset to win.” - Jimmie Johnson on driving the No. 48 Lowe’s Red Vest Chevrolet SS

“I hate some guys don’t get to make it and some guys do, but I’m glad we are able to move on to the next round. It kind of resets and hopefully we don’t make any more mistakes and make it too hard on ourselves to try to get to that next round. Now, it’s time to regroup and prepare for the next race. I’m proud of our Nationwide team, and I’m ready to race this weekend at Charlotte. I just have that good confidence in my guys. They really support me and pump me up and give me the confidence to go out there and work hard. We have been building this team for a long time.” - Dale Earnhardt Jr. on advancing in the Chase

Source: Hendrick Motorsports

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