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(7/25/14)
 
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Is Lance Stephenson riding along with Dale Jr?

How NASCAR drivers can help raise $25 million

 
Courteousy ESPN.com
 (http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/):

Brickyard Furor Fading

More than 300,000 fans packed every cranny of Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the inaugural Brickyard
400 in 1994. But the thrill is gone -- long gone. Ed Hinton »

Smith: A King-sized surprise »

Up To Speed

Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson have some ideas to liven things up. Ryan Newman can still taste last year's bittersweet victory. What else is up in Indianapolis? Notebook » Racing Live! Sunday, 1 p.m. ET »

 
 
Courteousy Sporting News.com (http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar ):

Stars will shine

A win at Indy can define a racing career. It also can launch a run toward a Sprint Cup championship. Who will leave Indy this year with a big win and a ton of momentum? Our picks for the Brickyard.  

NASCAR teams watching the weather at Indy

This Saturday Night @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) :

July-26   COUNTRY NIGHT 

Country Music all night! From the greatest songs of all time to the newest hits!

50 Lap Sportsman, Limited Late Models, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, ATQMRA TQ Midgets, Vintage TQs

ORDER OF EVENTS

1.  TQ's - 25 LAPS

2. LIMITED LATE MODELS - 25 LAPS

3. SPORTSMAN - 50 LAPS ( DOUBLE POINTS )

4. 4 CYLINDERS - 25 LAPS

5. FACTORY STOCKS - 25 LAPS  

 

THE VINTAGE TQ's WILL BE HERE ON DISPLAY. ADMISSION PRICES ARE LOWER BECAUSE THE MODIFIEDS ARE OFF

"Grandstands open 5:00 PM.  Qualifying 6:00 PM. Features around 7:15.

Adults $15 /Seniors (65+) $13 /Students (7-17) $8.00 / 6 and under Free "

  This Saturday Night @ New Egypt Speedway (http://www.newegyptspeedway.net/) !

Powder Puff/Bike Night Sponsored by National Parts Supply
Girls take the wheel after the final feature of the night! · Children's bicycle give-a-ways at intermission
Arrive to the track on a motorcycle and receive half off general admission
Pit Gates open at 3pm · Front Gates open at 4pm · Hot Laps at 5pm · First Green Flag at 6pm
Adults $20 · Seniors 65 & Older $18 · Teens 12-15, Active Military & Spouses $10 · Children 11 & Under Free

Schedule of Events for July 26, 2014 
Courteousy The Frontstretch.com
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Keepin' It Short: Short Track Racing Saved From Extinction
by Mike Neff

Everyone who has ever raced or worked on a race car at a local track or a national series venue has done it. You go to the sign-in gate and put your signature on the 15-inch long pad filled with legalese. Some people may have read it once but, for the most part, you sign it because you have to and you want to race. 

The purpose is to release the race track from liability if you get hurt. It doesn’t give them free license to run a death trap but, provided they make every reasonable effort to make the place safe, you acknowledge that racing is dangerous and you might get hurt.

This week in Pennsylvania that premise was challenged. In 2008, John Westbrook flipped over the wall at Williams Grove Speedway and went down an embankment to an access road. He suffered injuries that left him a quadriplegic. He sued the speedway for negligence, claiming a catch fence would have prevented the injuries he sustained. 

Williams Grove argued that, by signing the waiver, Westbrook released the speedway from liability. Westbrook’s attorney argued that the waiver did not have the date line or witness line completed so it was not a valid release.

A jury sided with Williams Grove and supported the validity of the release waiver, and that single decision very well saved local short track racing from extinction. 

The release of liability waiver is what allows local race tracks to put on events with an insurance policy that is affordable. It prevents the speedways from losing everything in the event of a catastrophic incident but the premiums are reasonable due to the fact that the speedways are released from liability for every little nick, scrape, cut or serious injury due to racing. The sport of auto racing is inherently dangerous. Whether racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or at Kam Kartway in Texas, the potential for injury or death is very real. If every race track was liable for every single injury, the insurance premiums would be crippling.

In reality, if the race tracks were liable for everyone the odds are that insurance would be impossible to secure. Most, if not all race tracks in the country would probably close due to the enormous financial burden of paying insurance premiums. Those tracks that were able to stay open would have to charge such high ticket prices and back gate fees to cover their insurance premiums that people would not be able to afford to go to or compete in races. In the end it would have been the death knell for local short track racing.

As it is, the system that is currently in place has been upheld. Tracks do have the responsibility to make every sensible effort to provide a safe racing environment. However, racing has an inherent risk and the competitors and their crew members must accept a large part of that burden themselves. That relationship is what makes local racing work and thankfully a jury in Pennsylvania was able to understand that and save local racing from extinction.

 
 
Indy Practice Summary
by Mike Neff

Friday was the first day of on-track activity for the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams. The Nationwide cars were on track for their only two practice sessions of the weekend while the Cup teams hit the track just once. When the red and black flags waived a the end of the sessions, David Ragan was quickest in the first session for the Nationwide Series while Ty Dillon was at the top of the charts in the final session. On the Cup side of the ledger it was Matt Kenseth who led the charge.

Ragan was best in practice one for the Nationwide teams with a 49.712 second lap at a speed of 181.043 mph. He was followed by Dillon, who tripped the clock at 49.743 seconds and a speed of 180.930 mph. The top two drivers were the only ones who timed in under the 50 second barrier. Third on the sheet was Dylan Kwasniewski at 50.018 seconds and a speed of 179.935 mph. Brendan Gaughan ran a 179.856 mph lap in 50.040 seconds to slot in fourth in the practice while Paul Menard went 179.817 in 50.051 seconds to round out the Top 5. Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Regan Smith, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson completed the Top 10.

In the second and final round of Nationwide practice, Dillon backed up his efforts from the first practice as the only competitor to eclipse the 50-second barrier in both sessions. Dillon’s 49.932-second lap was 180.245 mph. Brian Scott muscled a 50.396-second lap to best everyone besides Dillon with a speed of 178.588 mph. Busch, the Nationwide Series track record holder turned in a 178.338 mph lap in 50.466 seconds for third fastest. Harvick clocked in one hundredth of a second slower than Busch at 50.476 seconds and 178.303 mph. Rounding out the top 5 was Matt Kenseth, who cranked off a 177.746 mph lap in 50.634 seconds. The remainder of the top 10 was comprised of Logano, Menard, Smith, Trevor Bayne and Ragan.

The Cup practice saw a mad dash at the beginning of the session followed by a steady flow of cars the rest of the time period. Playing off of his success in the Nationwide practice, Kenseth crossed the line fastest at a 48.313-second clip. That was good for a 186.285 mph lap. Clint Bowyer was equally fast on his first lap on the track, crossing the line in 48.369 seconds at 186.070 mph. Brad Keselowski was third quick of the Sprint Cup series when he turned a lap of 185.939 mph in 46.405 seconds. Jimmie Johnson took two laps in the session before his best time of 48.479 seconds clocked him in at 185.647 mph. Finishing off the Top 5 in the Cup series was Larson. He utilized his knowledge from the Nationwide practices to muscle his No. 42 ride across the line in 48.532 seconds with a speed of 185.445. The final five in the Top 10 were Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Logano, Marcuos Ambrose and Harvick.

Saturday’s schedule of events kicks off with the final practice for the Cup series at 9:00 AM. The Nationwide teams are on track for qualifying at 12:10 while the Cup teams qualify at 2:10. The final activity for the day is the Lilly Diabetes 250 for the Nationwide Series.

Jeremy Clements Racing Announces New Crowd Funding Campaign

Jeremy Clements Racing announced on Thursday the launch of  "Help Jeremy Clements Achieve Greatness," an Indiegogo campaign to help support Clements' efforts in the Nationwide Series. Read more

Ambrose, Penske Near V8 Supercar Deal

From all appearances over the last couple of weeks, it was starting to look certain that Marcos Ambrose would return to Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 9 Ford Fusion in 2015. However, a report surfaced on Thursday that Ambrose would be leaving NASCAR at the end of this season and returning to his native Australia. Read more
 
Frontstretch Folio: Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400

The Sprint Cup Series will travels to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 20th race of the 2014 season on Sunday, July 27. Television coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 begins at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN; the IMS Racing Network and SiriusXM Radio Channel 90 will handle the radio broadcast. Drivers will compete for at least 160 laps (400 miles) before the checkered flag waves.

Records and Facts

Ryan Newman assumed the lead after the final round of pit stops in last season’s Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 and held off Jimmie Johnson for his first ever victory at the Brickyard. Newman also won the pole of the race, the 50th of his career.

Johnson came up short on that occasion, but has celebrated four previous Indianapolis wins – enough to tie with teammate Jeff Gordon for wins by a Cup driver – including a 2008 race that’s also notable for the widespread tire issues experienced by several teams. That race included a record six competition cautions as teams received time to change tires.

Gordon – the winner of the inaugural Brickyard 400 – along with Jeff Burton, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte are the only drivers to have competed in all 20 NSCS events at IMS. Currently, only Gordon and Labonte are included on the entry list for this year’s race.

Track Facts

Track Length: 2.5-mile quad oval

Pit Road Speed: 55 mph

Degree of Banking: 9 degrees

Frontstretch: 3,330 ft., 0 degrees of banking

Backstretch: 3,300 ft., 0 degrees of banking

Grandstand Seating: 235,000

Website: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IndianapolisMotorSpeedway

Twitter: http://twitter.com/IndyTalk

Pre-race Schedule

Practices: Friday, July 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1

Happy Hour: Saturday, July 26, 9 - 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2

Qualifying: Saturday, July 26, 2:10 p.m. ET on ESPN2

VIPs

Grand Marshal: TBA 

Command to start engines: Mary Hulman George 

Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA 

Invocation: TBA 

National Anthem: TBA 

Flyover: TBA

Race Day Forecast

Sunday: Thunderstorms

High: 84

Low: 62

Precipitation: 90 percent

They Said It

“Indy is a tough place to get your Kingsford Chevrolet SS to turn and not over rotate. Turn 1, you are just going so fast and that corner comes up quick and invites you to drive in too deep. It’s about flow. Turn 2 is loose in, but critical to get back to power. Turn 3 is the most wide open corner with a lot of grip and the most speed in. Turn 4, when you get off the corner, it gets loose on exit. Indy is a rhythm place. Being up front is critical because in traffic is worse. When you are up front, it makes the race easier to call and drive. It’s just so tough when you are in traffic.” – AJ Allmendinger

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years [since the inaugural IMS event]. That was such a big event, and Ernie Irvan and I had a great battle where we were passing each other for the top spot before he had a tire issue. Growing up in nearby Pittsboro (Indiana) made that such a special win for me.” – Jeff Gordon

“Everyone risks it all for Indianapolis. I’m excited because for a long stretch now we have been able to go there and get it right and be competitive with this Lowe’s team. So now I unload there and I understand how to drive the track and I’m able to get us in that window to be competitive. It’s a huge honor to be out there kissing the bricks at the end – something I would love to do again.” – Jimmie Johnson

“It’s hard to rationalize a race beating the Daytona 500, but with all that happened to me last year, winning the 2013 Brickyard 400 is kind of in a tie with me winning the 50th running of the Daytona 500. I went through a lot last year. Plus, I am from Indiana and that place is important to my state. I think the most important part of winning at Indy is appreciating the history of the speedway and the history of all the race car drivers who have competed there. Then, to see the list of drivers who have actually fulfilled their dreams of winning there, it’s pretty amazing.” – Ryan Newman

“The biggest reason is that the speeds are so high and there’s not a lot of banking. There are other things such as a temperature-sensitive racetrack with all four corners being different. You really got to get your car figured out for all four corners, which is a huge challenge, especially when the sun and shade move around. Aero also comes into play with the high speeds. It’s just a very difficult place to race.” – Martin Truex Jr

TODAY ON FRONTSTRETCH:

Holding a Pretty Wheel: Everyone's Got An Achille's Heel
by Amy Henderson


Happiness Is...Hot Head Stevens, Statistics, and Making an Entrance
by Huston Ladner

Nuts for Nationwide: Nationwide Series at the Brickyard Just Doesn't Fit 
by Kelly Crandall


Mirror Driving: Playoff Pictures, Indy's Impact and Eldora Endures
by the Frontstretch Staff


Frontstretch Foto Funnies: It's Only the White Pages
by Huston Ladner

 
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Kenseth leads Sprint Cup practice at Indy

Stewart stays busy in sprint cars

NASCAR reaches 6 million miles on Sunoco Green E15

Ragan, Dillon top Indy Nationwide practices

 
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 (Thanks Heather !):
 
 
Autographs, Q&A Sessions with Some of Racing’s Biggest Stars  DETROIT – Race fans will get the opportunity to see up close race-car drivers such as Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.rZBrvlQ8.dpuf
 
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The Star Democrat
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drivers always say there's something magical about Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity for NASCAR to race 
 
Charlotte Observer
While at the moment, Ryan Newman would qualify for this season's Chase for the Sprint Cup based on his seventh place in the series standings, ...
 
TheNewsTribune.com
Worth mentioning: Four Nationwide Series drivers – Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon and Brian Scott – are eligible for a $100,000 Dash4Cash ...
 
 
Bitcoin Magazine
Rookie driver, Alex Bowman, is embracing the use of Bitcoin in what is the first chance to bring Bitcoin to the NASCAR stage. A press release from the ...
 
Detroit Free Press
Our series of NASCAR driver interviews continues this week with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace, who currently works as an analyst for ESPN.
 
VendingMarketWatch
(CHICAGO) July 23, 2014 – NAMA announced today that Dale Jarrett, former NASCAR champion, will be the special guest speaker at the ...
 
PaddockTalk
“When I watch the NASCAR Green commercial during race broadcasts, there is a line which asks Greg Biffle, 'Got solar to power the sport?
 
PaddockTalk
With the track opening at 6 a.m. on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Day on Sunday and the race beginning at 1 p.m., officials suggest fans arrive in ...
 
 
 3  articles,courteousy Amanda Vincent
(Thanks Amanda !!!):
 
  http://stockcarspin.com/2014/07/25/nascar-sprint-cup-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-entry-list/

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: entry list

 
 http://stockcarspin.com/2014/07/25/nascar-nationwide-series-indianapolis-motor-speedway-entry-list/

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: entry list

Amanda Vincent
 
 
http://stockcarspin.com/2014/07/25/ice-picks-brickyard-400-fantasy-insider/

Ice picks -- Brickyard 400 -- fantasy insider

written by Joe Nieves

submitted by Amanda Vincent
 
 
Courteousy NASCAR.com

Success of Eldora return goes through the roof

 
Courteousy Bleacher Report.com
 

 Childress Holds Winning Hand for Brickyard 400

 What Brickyard 400 Means to Drivers from Indiana

NASCAR Drivers with Brightest Futures

Recent News

(7//24/14)
 
Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

Jeremy Clements Racing Announces Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to Support NASCAR Driver

NASCAR Nationwide Series team Jeremy Clements Racing (JCR) announced today the launch of “Help Jeremy Clements Achieve Greatness”, an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to support Clements’ continued success in the Nationwide series and his effort to reach the Sprint Cup series.

 

Hot 20 – To be Canadian is Like Dealing with the Soup Nazi…No NASCAR for Me!

How can you tell if you are a foreigner? Okay, even that might be getting rather difficult these days of open borders and botched security. However, if you want to watch an American truck race on an American track on an American channel, you might be S.O.L. if you are a Canadian boy watching via […]

 

Darrell Wallace Jr. Holds On for Victory in Thrilling Eldora Race

In one of the most dominating performances the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has seen this season, Darrell Wallace Jr. ended up in victory lane Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway. Despite his lack of dirt track racing experience, he was able to beat some of the best in the business en route to victory in the 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic.

 

Ron Hornaday Jr. No. 30 NCWTS Post-Race Report: Eldora Speedway

"Well, that was a fun race, but anytime you can run up front and lead laps it's going to be fun; that was definitely the case tonight out on the dirt. I can't thank Turner Scott Motorsports enough for the opportunity to go out and compete in these trucks. I also want to thank Exide for coming on board for this weeks race at Eldora.

Larson Puts on an Exciting Show in his Return to Dirt at Eldora

"What a night; I wanted that win so bad and I guess I just overdrove it on those final laps. I hate it for my Turner Scott Motorsports team; I wanted to get the win for all of us and feel kind of bad. Overall, I think we had a great time throughout the day, though, and really made it fun.

 
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Courteousy USA Today.com (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/nascar/):
 

Labonte brothers' bond at Indy strong as brick

Track Smack: Indy legacies and weekday nights

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup clinch scenarios

Goodyear ups recommended minimums for Indy  

Dating advice from Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Schrader won't let age slow his racing days

Dejected Larson feels 'stupid' after thrilling race

Courteousy ESPN.com

(http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/ ):

Gordon Still Relevant

Jeff Gordon is in a comfortable place. He sat down with Ryan McGee recently to talk about running up front, aging gracefully and that elusive fifth Cup title. McGee » Gordon: A PerspectivePhoto Gallery  Gordon's legacyVideo 

The Keselowski Of Old

Now this is the Brad Keselowski we expected to see last season -- the 2012 champ winning races,
partying in Victory Lane and dominating Ryan McGee's Sprint Cup Power Rankings. Ranks » Title runVideo 

 
Courteousy Sporting News.com ( http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar):

Field of dreams

Tony Stewart has succeeded in promoting a NASCAR truck race at his Eldora Speedway dirt track. Now he wants an even bigger NASCAR event, perhaps a midweek Cup race. But would that make sense for the sport? 

Darrell Wallace Jr. wins at Eldora as Kyle Larson bangs the wall

OWENS: It’s time for NASCAR, sponsors to push Darrell Wallace Jr. to next level

Dale Earnhardt Jr. humbled by swearing in National Guard soldiers

Questions loom

Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske are NASCAR's best operations. What must they do to keep an edge? And how can other teams catch them? SN's Bob Pockrass breaks it down as the Chase looms.

Courteousy Bleacher Report.com

 (http://bleacherreport.com/nascar):

Preview, Prediction for Brickyard 400

By Bob Margolis

Sprint Cup in Indy: Biggest Storylines | Most Memorable Moments

 
Courteousy The Stock Car Gazette
(Thanks Heather !):
 
 www.Catchfence.com 
ESPN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Coverage Rolls Out at Indianapolis ESPN begins its coverage of the final 17 races of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the Brickyard 400 at historic - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.GSCElRUq.dpuf
 
Hendrick Motorsports driver promotes Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen during multiple in-market appearances WATKINS GLEN, NY (July 23, 2014) – Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, ... - See more at: http://www.catchfence.com/#sthash.GSCElRUq.dpuf
 
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PaddockTalk
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WNDU-TV
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Business Insider
Things are going well for NASCAR's top team, Hendrick Motorsports, which includes some of the sport's top drivers, including Jeff Gordon, Kasey ...
 
PaddockTalk
“It's become nearly as important to the weekend as the NASCAR races themselves. We received such overwhelming popular response from our fans ...
 
News Sentinel
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News & Observer
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Detroit Free Press
CAMP ATTERBURY, IND. — It wasn't the ground-shaking boom of an M119 Howitzer that moved Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Wednesday; it was the line of ...
 
 
 
Courteousy The Frontstretch.com
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Entry List Update:
Note: These entries are accurate as of Wednesday night.  However, they are still subject to change.

 

Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400: 46 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

No. 21- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing

No. 29- Matt Crafton for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard

No. 40- Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing

 

Driver Changes:
No. 29
- Matt Crafton is in the seat, replacing Joe Nemechek.  If Crafton qualifies, he would be making his Sprint Cup Series debut.

No. 32- Travis Kvapil returns to the seat, replacing Eddie MacDonald.

No. 33- David Stremme returns to the seat, replacing Morgan Shepherd.

No. 66- Brett Moffitt returns to the seat, replacing Jeff Burton.

Drivers who must qualify on speed (top-36):
No. 12
- Juan Pablo Montoya for Team Penske (46th in points, 2 attempts)

No. 21- Trevor Bayne for Wood Brothers Racing (43rd in points, 7 attempts)

No. 29- Matt Crafton for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard (51st in points, 1 attempt)

 

Drivers with provisionals, but are in danger of failing to qualify:

No. 23- Alex Bowman for BK Racing (35th in points, 19 attempts)

No. 26- Cole Whitt for Swan Racing/BK Racing (32nd in points, 19 attempts)

No. 32- Travis Kvapil for Go FAS Racing (37th in points, 19 attempts)

No. 33- David Stremme for Circle Sport (41st in points, 19 attempts)

No. 34- David Ragan for Front Row Motorsports (33rd in points, 19 attempts)

No. 36- Reed Sorenson for Tommy Baldwin Racing (36th in points, 19 attempts)

No. 37- Bobby Labonte for Tommy Baldwin Racing (No points, has Past Champions’ Provisional)

No. 38- David Gilliland for Front Row Motorsports (31st in points, 19 attempts)

No. 40- Landon Cassill for Hillman Racing (34th in points, 19 attempts)

No. 66- Brett Moffitt for Michael Waltrip Racing (39th in points, 19 attempts)

No. 83- Ryan Truex for BK Racing (40th in points, 19 attempts)

No. 95- Michael McDowell for Leavine Family Racing (42nd in points, 11 attempts)

No. 98- Josh Wise for Phil Parsons Racing (38th in points, 19 attempts)

 

Not Entered:

No. 87- Timmy Hill for Identity Ventures Racing

No. 93- Mike Bliss for BK Racing


Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250: 41 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 5
- Kevin Harvick for JR Motorsports

No. 20- Matt Kenseth for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 22- Joey Logano for Team Penske

No. 25- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 33- Paul Menard for Richard Childress Racing

No. 40- Josh Wise for The Motorsports Group

No. 42- Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports

No. 54- Kyle Busch for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 98- David Ragan for Biagi-DenBeste Racing


Driver Changes:
No. 5
- Kevin Harvick returns to the seat, replacing Kasey Kahne.

No. 20- Matt Kenseth returns to the seat, replacing Erik Jones.

No. 22- Joey Logano returns to the seat, replacing Ryan Blaney.
No. 23- Robert Richardson, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Richard Harriman.
No. 33- Paul Menard returns to the seat, replacing Cale Conley.

No. 40- Josh Wise returns to the seat, replacing Matt DiBenedetto.
No. 46- Matt DiBenedetto returns to the seat, replacing Ryan Ellis.

No. 54- Kyle Busch returns to the seat, replacing Sam Hornish, Jr.

No. 93- Kevin Swindell is in the seat, replacing Mike Harmon.

 

Drivers who must qualify on speed:
No. 5
- Kevin Harvick for JR Motorsports (Guaranteed to start via the Past Champions’ Provisional)

No. 10- Blake Koch for TriStar Motorsports*

No. 17- Tanner Berryhill for Vision Racing

No. 25- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 33- Paul Menard for Richard Childress Racing

No. 46- Matt DiBenedetto for The Motorsports Group*

No. 70- Derrike Cope for Derrike Cope Racing

No. 74- Kevin Lepage for Mike Harmon Racing*

No. 76- Tommy Joe Martins for Martins Motorsports

No. 84- Chad Boat for Billy Boat Motorsports

No. 98- David Ragan for Biagi-DenBeste Racing

 

Not Entered:
No. 13
- Carl Long Racing

No. 72- Carl Long for Carter Motorsports

TODAY AT FRONTSTRETCH:

 
as told to Mike Neff
 
by Beth Lunkenheimer

 
by Kevin Rutherford

 
 5 articles,courteousy Amanda Vincent
 (Thanks Amanda !!!!!):
 
 
Pucker up and kiss those bricks
 
NASCAR schedule and weather outlook for Indianapolis Motor Speedway
 
 
Traveling down Brickyard 400 memory lane
 
 
 
Where they stand: Camping World Truck Series points after Eldora
 
 
Darrell Wallace Jr. rules Eldora dirt
 
Amanda Vincent
 
Courteousy ESPN.com
 
 
Courteousy SpeedwayMedia.com (http://www.speedwaymedia.com/):

Keith Anderson and Tim Dugger perform at Budweiser Acceleration Concert

The Budweiser Acceleration Concert is a great way to continue the festivities after the Careers for Veterans 200 on Saturday, Aug. 16. The fans spoke after the 2013 concert and Michigan International Speedway listened.

 

Hard Hat Heroes™ will Serve as the Primary Sponsor on David Starr’s No. 44 Camry at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 

 David Starr is back behind the wheel of the No. 44 Camry this weekend when the NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On board the No. 44 Camry this weekend is the Hard Hat Heroes™ initiative.

 
 

Action-Packed Indy Weekend for Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed

This weekend the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed travel to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take part in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Saturday’s race not only marks Reed’s first start at the historic track, but a visit to the home track of presenting sponsor, Lilly Diabetes.

 
(7/23/14)

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Keselowski In The Car Wash

Brad Keselowski was all over ESPN TV, radio and the Internet on Wednesday. We call it a car wash.
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Hero's welcome

Jeff Gordon was born in California and began his racing career there at age 5. But Indiana is where he made his mark. When he returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he's still a Hoosier at heart.

The long haul

There are many jobs in racing that seem dirty, dangerous and difficult. But most agree: The toughest of them all is driving the team hauler hundreds of miles from track to track and spending life on the road.  Cup at Eldora? 

Tony Stewart wants Nationwide, Cup races at Eldora dirt track

Eldora race features heat races, unique format

Norm Benning’s fender-banging truck on display at Eldora

 
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Nationwide Series Sponsors: Larson Welcomes Nashville Outlaws; Harvick Reunites with Jimmy John's

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday that a new Big Machine Records album, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, will adorn the quarterpanels of Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports in this weekend’s Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Read more.

Report: Costs Around $1.5 Million Per Race Weekend for Four-Car Team

Late last month, Sports Business Daily writer Tripp Mickle followed Stewart-Haas Racing for the Kentucky Speedway race weekend to determine the cost of being a competitive race team in the Sprint Cup Series. Read more.

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At '94 Brickyard, first race was just to get in

How to follow Indy and Eldora races

Roush tests at Michigan after hitting 'low point'

Top 10 moments at the Brickyard

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Why the Brickyard 400 Could be Just as Boring as Last Year’s Race

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most coveted race tracks in the world. It has been the host of one of NASCAR's most prestigious events since 1994.

 

Tweaker Energy Shot will be Back on Board Mike Bliss’s No. 19 Camry at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Mike Bliss and Tweaker Energy Shot will reunite this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tweaker Energy Shot, along with Circle K, will serve as primary sponsor on the No. 19 TriStar Motorsports Camry. This Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race will be Bliss' third start, his second with Tweaker Energy Shot, at the famed 2.5-mile oval speedway.

 

McClure Looking for Improved Results at IMS

Just as Saturday's Lilly Diabetes 250 will mark the third annual Nationwide Series event at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it also marks Eric McClure's third start at the2.5-mile oval. Since racing at IMS, the Virginia driver has completed 97.5% of the total laps attempted and has an average finish of 27.5. He finished the inaugural event in 2012 in the 24th position, but was plagued with over-heating issues last year that relegated him to a 31st-place finish.

 

Roush Fenway MIS Test Quotes (Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Biffle & Carl Edwards)

Roush Fenway Racing Cup drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards spent Monday and Tuesday using one of their NASCAR allotted tests at Michigan International Speedway in preparation for both the August MIS race and this weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All three took time during the lunch break to discuss the test and the upcoming Indy weekend.

Collision Cure Body Werks to Sponsor HScott Motorsports at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

HScott Motorsports announced today that Collision Cure Body Werks will sponsor the No. 51 Chevrolet SS driven by Justin Allgaier in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

 

No. 43 Eckrich Team Look to Build Momentum in Next Seven Races 

 After a week off, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Eckrich Ford team are recharged and ready for the challenge of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With just seven races until The Chase for the Sprint Cup, the No. 43 team is working to build momentum in those races to hit the ground running in The Chase.

 
(7/22/14)
 
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Drivers prepare to get groove on at Eldora

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Home sweet home

Tony Stewart has had a miserable 2014 season, dealing with a broken leg and sinking to 19th in the Sprint Cup standings. But nothing excites Stewart like racing at Indy. A win at the Brickyard could be the cure for all that ails him. 

Dirty business

Demand for the second NASCAR truck race at Eldora Speedway is not as high as last year, with ticket sales lagging behind the inaugural race. SN's Bob Pockrass says that shouldn't be a surprise at the small dirt track. 

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NASCAR Sees TV Viewership on the Decline


According to data collected by Sports Media Watch, no NASCAR events have made the list of the top 50 sporting events this year for TV viewership, including this year’s Daytona 500 won by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., which only saw 9.3 million tune in.  NASCAR's audience was down, for that event mostly due to a prolonged red flag due to severe and tornadic weather in the vicinity of Daytona International Speedway.  Read more at Frontstretch.
 
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NASCAR's Own Post-Season: The Chase That Will Actually Be Fun to Watch
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

There's one positive thing about the inception of the Chase.  When we take a week off in July, we can say we're two-thirds of the way through the regular season, not only halfway through the year.  That's something, isn't it?  In fact, the Chase has materially changed the way we perceive the pattern of the year.  We're about to step into the last seven "regular" races of 2014, preparing for the final ten-race finale.  I believe NASCAR has actually achieved their playoff.  We talk about it, watch it, dissect it and continually pump ourselves up to reach the pinnacle of excitement -- a four-man showdown in Homestead.

For an eternity, we've always been known as the NOT stick-and-ball sport.  We didn't have that postseason hysteria that takes over the other members of acronym central.  NASCAR fans could poke fun at the NBA and NHL, who seem to spend half their year playing the "real" game -- because nothing counts until then, don't you know.

Hysteria or not, we can't deny that all eyes are glued on how this year's latest incarnation of the Chase will come about.  Is it possible for Aric Almirola to make it all the way to the Final Four?  Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves.

We know the regular race winners are in the first segment of the Chase: Jeff Gordon, Dale Jr., Bad Brad, Jimmie Johnson, Cousin Carl, M&M Boy, Sliced Bread (yeah -- I'm having a little fun here), Denny Hamlin, Happy Harvick, the other Busch brother and the aforementioned Petty driver.  This list leaves five more drivers left to fill out the field. Currently, that would include Kenseth, Newman, Bowyer, Menard, and the rookie Kyle Larson.  After that, we'll be playing elimination rounds based off of wins and points accumulations.

We can probably write Almirola and Larson off going into the second round.  Winning a race once in your life or finishing decently much of the time won't get you the Cup.  After that pair are dismissed, we'll be left with the usual players.  We may end up trading Tony Stewart or Kahne out for one of the other add-ons, but by July, we pretty much know how every team is going to perform through the end of November.  So, where will the surprises come from?

The excitement will be generated by the format.  With eliminations looming, you've got to either finish in the top 5 or win to stay in the game.  You won't be able to play a careful points race.  Either put all your cards on the table, or it's time to depart.  Win or lose.  Sudden death.

And like in the World Series, there will be enough time for a team to solidify their often missing postseason championship form.  Mulligans will be allowed during the first two segments of the Chase -- like dropping the first three games out of seven.  But once you've only got eight cars left in the field, there's no room remaining for a mistake. Any error.

We can probably predict who those last eight teams will be right now: Gordon, Johnson, Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Harvick, Earnhardt, Kenseth, and Edwards.  That's right; it's the teams who play hardball and have hired seasoned players.  We can cheer all we want for those left behind, but if you want odds, that short list is a safe bet.

As for the Final Four?  Hmmm?  That's right, take the eight and throw half of them out.  Who will run just a little bit worse, make the gas mileage mistake, have their equipment fail or stumble on a pit stop?  Remember, everything you've done before the cut to the eight doesn't matter in the least little bit.  The slate is wiped clean after each elimination round.  What you do today will determine whether or not you're running for the Cup in Homestead.

Ah, that's the point in the season when it will actually all mean something -- consistency in the top 10 be damned.  The teams that have won in the Chase, resisted making errors and remained in the top 5 will have a chance.  And that's when it will matter who wins today's race.  There will be no complicated explanations of bonus points or laps led.  Who is in front?  That will mean everything, just as the final score of any other postseason ball game tells the real tale.

I can't say I've always been a fan of the Chase.  Too often, it fell victim to the amorphous difference between Victory Lane and doing well.  But they may have actually gotten it right this year.

Four drivers who have survived enter into the arena.  One will come out.  Simple and elegant.

But all that's far in the future.  What about now?  How can NASCAR keep my interest until the gladiatorial bouts begin?  Well, that's a column for another day.

2014 Sonya Strictly by the Stats: Nationwide Edition

Top Three Rookies for EnjoyIllinois.com 300

1) No. 9 Chase Elliott -- Started 3rd, Finished 1st

2) No. 3 Ty Dillon -- Started 2nd, Finished 5th

3) No. 60 Chris Buescher -- Started 13th, Finished

Numbers Game: Midseason Review

by Tom Bowles

0
Wins so far this season for Tony Stewart through 19 races. While Matt Kenseth is perhaps the most surprising winless driver (from seven victories to zero in 2014), Stewart has won at least one race every season since his debut on the Cup level in 1999.

1
Win by Richard Petty Motorsports, their first with the No. 43 Ford since 1999. Driver Aric Almirola also doubles as the only first-time Cup winner in 2014. However, it's also the only win this season from a team outside the "Power 5" of Hendrick Motorsports, Penske Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, and Stewart-Haas Racing.

2
Top-5 finishes this season, on the Cup level through 19 races for Kasey Kahne. By comparison, Nationwide Series driver Chase Elliott has three wins in a Hendrick-backed JR Motorsports No. 9.

3
Wins apiece for both Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, which leads all drivers.

4
Drivers to have run every race this season and still not led a lap on the Cup level: Martin Truex, Jr., Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Alex Bowman, and Cole Whitt.

5
Spots currently available for winless drivers in the 16-driver Chase field. Among those who still haven't won: Stewart, Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Kahne, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, and Brian Vickers.

6
Victories by Hendrick Motorsports this season, the most for any team through 19 races. Overall, Hendrick chassis have nine victories when you include three more from Stewart-Haas Racing.

7.3
The average start this season for Brad Keselowski, which leads all drivers on the Cup circuit. Aside from Daytona, both times Keselowski has not started a race lower than 14th.

18
Lead-lap finishes for Jeff Gordon, the most of any driver. The only race Gordon has failed to finish, on the lead lap is Talladega, where a wreck left him 32 laps off the pace.

29
Drivers who have scored a top-10 finish in 2014. 28 of them make up the top 28 in the current Cup standings. Michael McDowell, who scored a top 10 at Daytona this July with the part-time No. 95 team is the only outlier.

7,384.14
Miles completed by Austin Dillon, more than any other driver. The rookie has finished all but 11 laps this season, finishing no more than three laps off the pace in any event.

$4,236,695
Money won by Brad Keselowski through 19 races, the most of any driver.
 
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THE MODERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone. We're joined today by Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for Stewart‑Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and owner of Eldora Speedway. Tony, thank you for joining us.

Fans Can Sprint Their Way Around Richmond International Raceway at 125 MPH on Race Day

Have you dreamed about beating Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, or Kyle Busch to the finish line? You can do exactly that at Richmond International Raceway with a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along, just hours before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races “under the lights”!

 
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Belonging At The Brickyard

Owner/driver Richard Childress got his first look at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 35 years ago. Then and there, when he said "We could do it," planted the seed of NASCAR at the Brickyard. Ed Hinton

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Why change?

Add NASCAR Chairman Brian France to that growing list of people talking about the new Race Team Alliance. He let his feeling be known during a radio interview and doesn't see the need to change his approach to the owners

 
 (7/21/14)
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Chase Out Front

Chase Elliott was supposed to be good, but three wins and the Nationwide Series points lead after 18 races with 15 to go? Yeah, he's feeling good. Elliott on big winVideo  The RundownVideo  Highlights

 
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Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson had top-5 finishes at the Nationwide race Saturday at Chicagoland, but they still have work to do to be Chase competitors when they return in September.

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Rookie Chase Elliott Nabs Third Win of the Season at Chicagoland

Accomplishing feats uncharacteristic for a rookie, Chase Elliott won again, leading 85 of 200 laps en route to his third win of the season in Saturday's EnjoyIllinois.com 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

 

Trevor Bayne’s Chicago Post-Race Recap

Trevor Bayne, driver of the No.6 AdvoCare Ford Mustang recorded his second runner-up result of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season on Saturday evening at Chicagoland Speedway, coming home in second.

 

Buescher Drives EcoBoost Mustang to Top Ten Finish at Chicago

Chris Buescher headed to Chicagoland Speedway for the first time in his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) career this Saturday. After qualifying in 13th the No.60 Ford EcoBoost Mustang started off slightly loose but tightened up as the race went on and gained significant speed throughout the day.

Kyle Larson No. 42 NNS Post-Race Report: Chicagoland Speedway

In his third-career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Chicagoland Speedway, Kyle Larson and his Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) team appeared to be the duo to beat for much of the 200-lap race, but several close battles, along with pit-stop issues, left Larson with a third-place finish in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300.

 
(7/20/14)
 
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NASCAR Sprint Cup teams are enjoying a much-needed break. And they should get more of them. As SN's Jeff Owens writes, a shorter Sprint Cup schedule could benefit teams and fans, and yes, even NASCAR itself.

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Mark Ruffalo had a big smile on his face as he signed ticket stubs and posed for pictures at Chicagoland Speedway. Ruffalo felt right at home at his second NASCAR race. This is what my people are like.'' Ruffalo, 46, served as the

 
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NASCAR has had some exciting and compelling races so far in 2014. But two stand above the rest — the Daytona 500 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning and Carl Edwards' victory at Sonoma. Which one was best? 

Ones to forget

The NASCAR Sprint Cup season has produced some exciting races in 2014. At the some time, there have been a couple of stinkers. Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson are the culprits. Which racer's finish was worst?

 
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conley tops final NNS practice at Chicago

Ty Dillon: 'It's very much a four-car race'

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NASCAR Champions Featuring Richard Petty

With his tall, slender frame, signature feathered cowboy hat and sunglasses; he is easily one of the most recognizable figures in the racing world. His accomplishments on the track will likely never be equaled and a worthy successor may never be found. There has only been one king in NASCAR and that king is Richard Petty.

 

Erik Jones Set for Mudsummer Classic Following Iowa Victory

Last weekend, Erik Jones did exactly what he needed to at Iowa Speedway to claim the victory for his second career win and the third straight for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

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Scott tops opening NNS practice at Chicago

With ride height gone, options open up

NASCAR President Mike Helton on the Passing of Dr. John Melvin

 
 Saturday night @ Wall Stadium Speedway (www.wallspeedwayracing.com ) !

THIS SATURDAY 7/19 IS 50'S   NIGHT !

GRANDSTANDS OPEN 5:00 PM / FACTORY STOCK MAKE-UP RACE 5:30 PM / QUALIFYING 6:00 PM / FEATURES START AROUND 7:15

 ADULTS $18 / SENIORS (65+) $15 / STUDENT (7-17) $8 / 6 AND UNDER FREE

 

ORDER OF EVENTS

1.  GARDEN STATE VINTAGE STOCK CAR CLUB - 15 LAPS

2. LEGENDS - 40 LAPS ( DOUBLE POINTS )

3. DOWNS FORD MODIFIEDS - 40 LAPS

4. 4-CYLINDERS - 25 LAPS

5. SPORTSMAN - 30 LAPS

6. FACTORY STOCKS - 25 LAPS    

 

THERE WILL BE A HULA HOOP CONTEST DURING INTERMISSION FOR 50'S NIGHT!

THE GRAND PRIZE IS A GIFT CERTIFICATE TO THE DRIVE-IN CIRCUS RESTAURANT IN WALL TOWNSHIP!

SHOULD WE GET THE DRIVERS TO HULA HOOP

(I say yes  ! BUT ...also include track worker...Bob Booth ! There's a reason for that !

Joe. )

 
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Saturday, July 19th
Mud Hop, Demolition Derby, 4 Cylinder Enduro
Pit & Front Gates Open at 4pm · Demolition Derby will be the first event of the night starting at 5:30 pm
Mud Hop will follow Demolition Derby · 4 Cylinder Enduro will wrap up the night 
Adults $15 · Kids 6-11 $5 · Kids 5 and under free · Pits $25 per person or per run · Enduro entry $50 per car & driver
 
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Where they stand: NASCAR Nationwide Series points after New Hampshire

Amanda Vincent
 
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This Weekend's TV Schedule

Friday, July 18
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM             Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship                                                  FOX Sports 1#
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM             Nationwide Series Practice No. 1                                                                                           FOX Sports 1
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM             Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100                                                                                         FOX Sports 1*/# (from July 12)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM             Nationwide Series Happy Hour                                                                                               FOX Sports 1
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM             The Mudsummer Classic: The 2013 Camping World Truck Series Race at Eldora    FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM           Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100                                                                                         FOX Sports 2*/# (from July 12)
9:15 PM - 11:45 PM?         NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals First Round Qualifying                                                 ESPN3$
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM         Nationwide Series Practice No. 1                                                                                           FOX Sports 2*#
11:00 PM - 12:30 AM         Nationwide Series Happy Hour                                                                                               FOX Sports 2*#

Saturday, July 19

Time                                    Telecast                                                                                                          Network
12:30 AM - 2:30 AM           Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol 200                           FOX Sports 2*/# (from July 11)
2:30 AM - 3:00 AM              The Grid                                                                                                         NBC Sports Network
3:00 AM - 4:00 AM              Nationwide Series Practice No. 1                                                             FOX Sports 1*# (from July 18)
4:00 AM - 5:30 PM              Nationwide Series Happy Hour                                                                FOX Sports 1*# (from July 18)
5:00 AM - 6:00 AM              Formula One Grand Prix of Germany Free Practice No. 3                   NBC Sports Live Xtra$
5:25 AM - 6:25 AM              Whelen Euro Series: Nürburgring Elite Race No. 1                              FansChoice.tv^
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM              Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100                                                          FOX Sports 2*/# (from July 12)
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM              Nationwide Series Practice No. 1                                                             FOX Sports 2*# (from July 18)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM              Nationwide Series Happy Hour                                                                 FOX Sports 2*# (from July 18)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM              Formula One Grand Prix of Germany Qualifying                                    CNBC
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM             AMA Pro Road Racing at Mid-Ohio                                                            FansChoice.tv^
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM         Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco                                                                   FOX Sports 1*/# (from July 12)
10:05 AM - 11:05 AM         Whelen Euro Series: Nürburgring Elite Race No. 2                               FansChoice.tv^
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM         Nationwide Series Happy Hour                                                                 FOX Sports 1*# (from July 18)
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM           Formula One Grand Prix of Germany Qualifying                                    NBC Sports Network*#
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM             Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying                                                             NBC Sports Network*
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM             Southern National Motorsports Park Practice                                         FansChoice.tv^
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM?           Langley Speedway Livestream                                                                 FansChoice.tv^
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM             Lake County Speedway Hot Laps                                                             FansChoice.tv^
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM             Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto, Race No. 1                      NBC Sports Network
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM             Nationwide Series Qualifying                                                                     FOX Sports 2
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM             Southern National Motorsports Park Qualifying                                      FansChoice.tv^
5:55 PM - 9:55 PM             Lake County Speedway Mardi Gras Night                                                FansChoice.tv^
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM             Tucson Speedway Practice                                                                         FansChoice.tv^
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM             Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship: Spring Creek                       NBC Sports Network*
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM             ARCA Racing Series Ansell ActivArmr 150                                               FOX Sports 2
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM             AMA Pro Flat Track: Grays Harbor Raceway, Race No. 1                       FansChoice.tv^
6:55 PM - 10:55 PM           Southern National Motorsports Park Summer Slam 265                     FansChoice.tv^
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM             NASCAR Countdown                                                                                   ESPN 2
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM             Tucson Speedway Qualifying                                                                     FansChoice.tv^
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM           Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300                                                ESPN 2
9:55 PM - 12:55 AM           Tucson Speedway Mancave 40                                                                 FansChoice.tv^
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM         AMA Pro Flat Track: Grays Harbor Raceway, Race No. 2                      FansChoice.tv^
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM         motoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Germany                         FOX Sports 2*/# (from July 13)
11:00 PM - 1:00 AM           NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals Final Qualifications                         ESPN 2*/
Sunday, July 20

Time                                    Telecast                                                                                                                                             Network
3:00 AM - 5:00 AM             ARCA Racing Series Ansell ActivArmr 150                                                                                 FOX Sports 1*# (from July 19)
4:00 AM - 6:00 AM             Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300                                                                                   ESPN 2*/# (from July 19)
4:05 AM - 5:05 AM             Whelen Euro Series: Nürburgring Elite Race No. 3                                                                  FansChoice.tv^
5:00 AM - 6:00 AM             Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100                                                                                               FOX Sports 1*/# (from July 12)
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM             F1 Countdown                                                                                                                                  CNBC
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM             Whelen Euro Series: Nürburgring Elite Race No. 4                                                                  FansChoice.tv^
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM           Formula One Grand Prix of Germany                                                                                          CNBC
8:40 AM - 11:40 AM           AMA Pro Road Racing: Mid-Ohio, Morning Session                                                                  FansChoice.tv^
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM        F1 Extra                                                                                                                                              CNBC
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM        IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park                  FOX Sports 1*/ (from July 12)
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM        F1 Countdown                                                                                                                                  NBC Sports Network*#
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM          K&N Pro Series East Granite State 100                                                                                      FOX Sports 1*/ (from July 11)
12:15 PM - 3:45 PM          AMA Pro Road Racing: Mid-Ohio, Afternoon Session                                                               FansChoice.tv^
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM          Formula One Grand Prix of Germany                                                                                            NBC Sports Network*#
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM            NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals Final Eliminations                                                               ESPN3$
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM            Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100                                                                                               FOX Sports 1*//# (from July 12)
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM            F1 Extra                                                                                                                                               NBC Sports Network*#
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM            IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park                   FOX Sports 1*/# (from July 12)
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM            NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals Final Eliminations                                                               ESPN 2>
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM            Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto, Race No. 2                                                          NBC Sports Network
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM            Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship                                                        FOX Sports 1#
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM            motoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Germany                                                            FOX Sports 2*/# (from July 13)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM            Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Toronto 100                                                                 NBC Sports Network*
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM            GP2 Series: Hockenheim                                                                                                               NBC Sports Network*
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM            Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100                                                                                               FOX Sports 2*/# (from July 12)
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM            Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco 100                                                                                               FOX Sports 2*//# (from July 12)
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM          ARCA Racing Series Ansell ActivArmr 150                                                                                  FOX Sports 2*# (from July 19)

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> - Joined in Progress
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Bringing it at the Brickyard: Expect 'A' game from top teams at Indy

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NASCAR schedule and weather outlook for Chicagoland Speedway

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Big impact

NASCAR made two big changes prior to the season, introducing a new qualifying format and new rules for making the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Which move has had the biggest impact? 

Who has had biggest Twitter impact — Earnhardt Jr. or Tony Stewart?

 
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NASCAR Nationwide Series at Chicagoland Speedway: entry list

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NASCAR power rankings: Brad Keselowski topples Hendrick Motorsports juggernaut
 
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  News & results from ,and weekend plans for Bridgeport Speedway (http://www.bpspeedway.com/ ) are now posted ! See my Bridgeport Speedway news page :Bridgeport Speedway !  , for all the details !
 
 
Sad news re. Evergreen Raceway (http://www.evergreenracewaypark.com/ ): 
 
Unfortunately the rumor is true. Evergreen Raceway Park (ERP) has ceased operations and the show on Friday, 7/18 is cancelled. Hopefully this is temporary.
More info will follow later this weekend from track management.
Thank you to all who put in effortless hours and to all that came out to race at ERP this season
 
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By Bob Margolis

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Ford Racing Presents "The Best of Jack Roush"

Over the course of his racing career, Jack Roush has won hundreds of races and been involved in just as many post-race press conferences. As we recognize his 50 years as part of the Ford family, Ford Racing has compiled a list of what we consider his most memorable quotes.

Michael Annett to Compete in Truck Series Race at Eldora

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Michael Annett will compete in the second running of Eldora Speedway's Mudsummer Classic, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt, piloting the No. 14 TMC Transportation Chevrolet Silverado for NTS Motorsports.

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES SCAVENGER HUNT

In preparation of the upcoming 2014 Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will hold a scavenger hunt for fans that will run from July 18-23

 
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NASCAR At A Crossroads

We've had time to digest the news that nine NASCAR team owners have united to form the Race Team Alliance. The question looming: What happens next? Ryan McGee » Turn 4 TV: Evernham's moveVideo  

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a pretty cool dude for about 3,788 different reasons -- after all, the two-time Daytona 500 champion alphabetizes his record collection, has a Western town on his property, collects vintage racing magazines and owns a modern honky tonk complete with a mechanical bull. Dozens…NASCAR.com
 
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 Saturday Night is "50's Night" @ Wall Stadium Speedway (http://www.wallspeedwayracing.com/) ! See my Wall Stadium 2014 page : Wall Stadium 2014 , for all the racing,and "hula-hoop" details !
 
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Slow start

Who is the biggest disappointment of 2014? There are some big-name candidates. But SN's Bob Pockrass says it comes down to one driver and an entire organization. 

OWENS: NASCAR should worry more about minimum speed than driver age

VIDEO: Drake cuts on Danica at ESPYs

Kasey Kahne gives up off weekend to run Nationwide race at Chicago

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 NASCAR Nationwide at Chicago Preview By R. Cory Smith

 
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New Hampshire TV Ratings Down


The final TV ratings are in for TNT's coverage of the Camping World RV Sales 301, and they're not all that great.  The race achieved a final rating of 2.7, down 16 percent from last years' 3.2.  Total viewership was at 4.3 million, down 13 percent from last year.  According to Sports Media Watch, these are the lowest ratings for a Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire since 1998, when both New Hampshire races were televised on TNN (now Spike).


A partial explanation for the low ratings for the race telecast if that it did air against coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina.  The game, covered in English by ESPN (on ABC) and Spanish on Univision, was watched by an estimated 26.5 million viewers.  Regardless, New Hampshire marks the 15th decline of a regular race telecast out of 16 races so far this year.
 

Entry List Update:
Note: These entries are accurate as of Wednesday night.  However, they are still subject to change.


Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300: 41 cars entered


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:
No. 5
- Kasey Kahne for JR Motorsports

No. 20- Erik Jones for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 22- Ryan Blaney for Team Penske

No. 25- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 33- Cale Conley for Richard Childress Racing

No. 42- Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports

No. 54- Sam Hornish, Jr. for Joe Gibbs Racing

No. 87- Joe Nemechek for Identity Ventures Racing

 

Driver Changes:
No. 5
- Kasey Kahne returns to the seat, replacing Austin Theriault.

No. 20- Erik Jones is in the seat, replacing Matt Kenseth.  Jones will be making his Nationwide Series debut.

No. 22- Ryan Blaney returns to the seat, replacing Brad Keselowski.
No. 23- Robert Richardson, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Carlos Contreras.

No. 33- Cale Conley returns to the seat, replacing Paul Menard.

No. 40- Matt DiBenedetto returns to the seat, replacing Josh Wise.  Wise was originally entered in the car, but DiBenedetto noted on his Twitter that he will be driving the car.

No. 44- David Starr returns to the seat, replacing Matt Frahm.

No. 46- An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing Matt DiBenedetto.

No. 54- Sam Hornish, Jr. returns to the seat, replacing Kyle Busch.

No. 55- Jamie Dick returns to the seat, replacing Brennan Newberry.

No. 87- Joe Nemechek returns to the seat, replacing Josh Reaume.

No. 93- Mike Harmon is in the seat, replacing Ryan Ellis.  Mike Wallace was originally entered.

 

Drivers who must qualify on speed:
No. 5
- Kasey Kahne for JR Motorsports
No. 10- Blake Koch for TriStar Motorsports*

No. 13- Carl Long for Carl Long Racing*

No. 17- Tanner Berryhill for Vision Racing

No. 25- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 33- Cale Conley for Richard Childress Racing

No. 46- Unknown driver for The Motorsports Group

No. 70- Derrike Cope for Derrike Cope Racing

No. 72- Harrison Rhodes for Carter Racing

No. 74- Kevin Lepage for Mike Harmon Racing

No. 84- Chad Boat for Billy Boat Motorsports

*- Expected to Start-and-Park

 

Not Entered:

No. 36- Ryan Preece for Tommy Baldwin Racing

No. 86- Jake Crum for DRG Motorsports


Camping World Truck Series 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic (on July 23): 33 trucks entered


Special Ground Rules:

- Top 20 in owners’ points are locked-in, instead of top 25

- Starting field is 30 trucks instead of 36

- Positions 1-25 are set from five heat races of ten laps each

- Positions 26-30 will be set from a 15-lap Last Chance Qualifier

- The 30th starting spot is officially set aside for a Past Champion that does not get through the other scenarios, or the fifth-place finisher from the LCQ if a past champion does not need it.

 

Number Change:

- Norm Benning Racing changes from No. 57 to No. 6.


Drivers Ineligible to Earn Points:

No. 2- Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 3- Ty Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 14- Michael Annett for GMS Racing

No. 32- Kyle Larson for Turner Scott Motorsports


Driver Changes:
No. 00
- Ken Schrader is in the seat, replacing Cole Custer.

No. 07- Ray Black, Jr, returns to the seat, replacing Korbin Forrester.

No. 08- Jimmy Weller returns to the seat, replacing Chris Eggelston.

No. 0- Joe Cobb is in the seat, replacing Caleb Roark.  Ryan Ellis was originally entered in the truck, but Jennifer Jo Cobb mentioned on Twitter that the truck would be driver by her father, Joe.

No. 20- Gray Gaulding returns to the seat, replacing Justin Lofton.

No. 32- Kyle Larson is in the seat, replacing Tayler Malsam.
No. 63- JR Heffner is in the seat, replacing Justin Jennings.  If Heffner qualifies, he would make his Camping World Truck Series debut.

No. 82- An unknown driver will be in the seat, replacing Jake Crum.

 

Drivers who must qualify either through heat races, or the LCQ:

No. 00- Ken Schrader for Stewart-Haas Racing

No. 02- Tyler Young for Young’s Motorsports

No. 05- John Wes Townley for Athenian Motorsports

No. 07- Ray Black, Jr. for SS-Green Light Racing

No. 0 – Joe Cobb for JJC Racing

No. 2- Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 3- Ty Dillon for Richard Childress Racing

No. 6- Norm Benning for Norm Benning Racing
No. 10- Jennifer Jo Cobb for JJC Racing

No. 14- Michael Annett for GMS Racing

No. 63- JR Heffner for MB Motorsports

No. 80- Jody Knowles for Tracy Wallace.  Knowles is a dirt late model racer out of the Midwest.  If he qualifies for the A-main, he would be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

No. 82- Unknown driver for Empire Racing


Not Entered:

No. 12- Eric Caudell for Cefalia Motorsports
No. 23- Spencer Gallagher for GMS Racing

No. 42- Charles Lewandoski for Young’s Motorsports

No. 45- Tommy Regan for McLeod Racing

No. 56- Raymond Terczak, Jr. for Terczak Racing

No. 74- Dustin Hapka for Mike Harmon Racing

No. 86- Brandon Brown for Brown Motorsports

No. 97- Jeff Choquette for Adrian Carriers Racing

 
Today's Featured Commentary
Potts' Shots for July 17

by John Potts

Here we go again.

Erik Jones leads more than 130 of 200 laps in winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway, another case of Kyle Busch’s No. 51 team dominating an event.
In the previous race at Kentucky, the car owner himself was the dominant winner, and NASCAR found the truck to be too low in the post-race inspection. The same thing happened at Iowa.
For the Kentucky event, NASCAR in their infinite wisdom docked the team six owner points, and fined crew chief Eric Phillips $5,000.

This time, NASCAR stripped Kyle Busch of ten owners points, Jones of ten driver points, and fined crew chief Eric Phillips $6,000.  A little stiffer than the first time, but still more or less a slap on the wrist.

I know NASCAR recently set down their guidelines for penalties, and as most short-track fans know, they fall far short of what is expected when someone is caught playing fast and loose with the rule book out in the hinterlands.

Kyle Busch says the trucks aren’t allowed as much leeway in meeting the post-race height requirement as the Nationwide cars, and my impression was that he was admitting his team was having a problem getting it right.  NASCAR is NOT going to take a win away from any team, and I think that goes for any rule infraction. This dates all the way to Richard Petty’s victory several years back with an engine that was found to be far oversized. The team was fined, but the win stood.

I’m not saying that the Busch trucks have been so good because they’re running with a lower ride height.  Maybe this is one of those classic Smokey Yunick/Harry Hyde situations.  Give them something they can find so they don’t look too closely at everything else.  That’s not likely nowadays, given the thoroughness of the post-race inspection.

I recall Harry even having NASCAR inspectors looking at his pit-side tool box.  Simply by putting a piece of tape over the bottom drawer with “TRICK S**T” printed on it.  You wouldn’t believe how many inspectors pulled that drawer open just to check it out.  How they would know if one pair of needle nose pliers was more illegal than another pair, I don’t know.

My dissatisfaction with the situation is as I mentioned above. This kind of result of a rule infraction isn’t common in weekly racing, so why does it prevail at the highest level?  The usual rejoinder is that they don’t want the people to go home thinking a certain driver and vehicle won the race, only to learn on social media or in the next day’s papers that they’ve been disqualified.

At the most recent short track where I was announcing, it wasn’t unusual at all to hear the race director call me on the radio and say, “No. 12 disqualified, unapproved shock absorbers,” or something similar.  I would dutifully inform the crowd.

I can recall a few years back working for Andy Vertrees at a short track in southern Indiana, and listening to the tech inspector tell Andy the winner of the Late Model feature was five pounds light.  Andy’s answer never waivered: “You have to take his number down,” as they say in horse racing.

I know NASCAR’s not going to change, but it doesn’t make it right in my opinion.
- - - - - - - -
Joey Logano is unhappy that Morgan Shepherd, at 72 years of age, is allowed to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  After being taken out in an accident with Shepherd on lap 209 at New Hampshire, Joey said, “The slowest car on the racetrack took us out.  Go figure.  I feel like there should be like, a driver’s test before you get out in a Cup car and make sure you know how to drive before you drive one.  But, I don’t know. I guess there isn’t.”  Logano also noted that Shepherd was quite a few laps down, and didn’t provide the courtesy he felt was due the leaders.

Morgan later said Logano should know that with the aerodynamics the way they are today, you can spin a car out from the outside as well as the inside.  He also said something to the effect that Joey is much younger than he is, and he’s had his problems, too. 

He didn’t bother to say “Go figure.”
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From
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"[Sadler] freaked me out. That was my first interview of anything approaching that level.  So, yeah, I said ‘sir.’ I still do. Now, it’s a joke, but when I see someone like that, and I’d watched him race growing up. I’ve watched him broadcast, commentate and do pit reports. I have a lot of respect for him, so I just said ‘sir.’ It’s what I do. He kind of caught me off-guard and I caught him off-guard. I was just stumbling; I must have said ‘um’ over 30 times in that interview." - Ross Chastain, on his first National TV interview at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in 2011.  Also of note, the number of "um's" was closer to eight than 30
 
 
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Common Sense Guidelines for Race Fans

We are all vulnerable to something bad happening to us while on vacation, even the most seasoned vacationers. The problem is most of us think that because we are on vacation, there is an invisible bubble surrounding us, protecting us from harm.

NASCAR Top-10 Power Rankings: New Hampshire

1. Brad Keselowski: Keselowski dominated the Nationwide race on Saturday and duplicated that feat on Sunday, leading 138 of 301 laps to win at New Hampshire. “Once again,” Keselowski said, “it’s time for the celebratory champagne. But there’s a big difference in breaking out the champagne and breaking open the champagne

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NASCAR Illustrated: Up Front with Joey Logano

With Cup drivers watching, Little seizes Loudon K&N win

Evolution of the NASCAR pit stop: How far it's come

For Jimmie Johnson, the return of a tired issue  

Entry list for Mudsummer Classic at Eldora

Star-studded Mudsummer Classic entry list revealed

 
 
 
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Junior or Joey?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 and has two wins for the first time since 2004. Joey Logano also has two wins and has emerged as a legitimate championship contender. Which one is the biggest surprise of 2014? 

Mike Davis: How Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoids temper tantrums

 Race Team Alliance must use attorneys to communicate with NASCAR  

How Kyle Larson, girlfriend found out they are having baby boy

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Treasures In The Attic

Marty Smith brushed away layers upon layers of dust in his granny's attic to unearth some pretty cool motorsports memorabilia -- invaluable family treasures from generations gone by. Door-to-Door »

 
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Today's Featured Commentary
Listen! What's That Sound?
Professor of Speed
by Mark Howell

Listen! Do you hear that? What’s that whirring sound?

Now that the organizational gauntlet has been thrown down by the biggest of the big in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, one can only guess how NASCAR Nation will define such amorphous terms as “product”, “costs,” and “agreement.” Such vague and abstract concepts often turn into fightin’ words….

Good thing race teams have, with NASCAR’s blessing, formed a collective that will represent the needs of those who compete for championships and put meat in the seats every week.

And the crowd asks “Huh?”

Many bytes have already been uploaded regarding the nature of the Race Team Alliance (RTA) and its connection to collectives and unions. Maybe the whirring sound we hear is from hard drives and newspaper presses cranking out updates and editorials addressing the question of “What do labor unions mean in conjunction with NASCAR?”

Been there, done that. I studied the strained relationships between NASCAR and organized labor while writing my first book about the sport way back in 1997 (see Chapter Three in From Moonshine to Madison Avenue: A Cultural History of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series published by The University of Wisconsin/Popular Press).

We’ve limped down the organized labor road before. First there was Curtis Turner, Tim Flock and an effort by the Teamsters in the early 1960’s to organize NASCAR drivers (in part because Turner needed financial help to complete construction of what would become Charlotte Motor Speedway). By the end of that decade, there was a clandestine meeting of “big name” competitors like Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, and Cale Yarborough at a hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which led to the creation of the Professional Drivers Association. This was the group that refused to race at the newly-completed Talladega Superspeedway because of safety concerns over Firestone tires that would not last for more than a few laps given the excessive pressures and temperatures experienced at such high speeds.

Maybe the whirring sound we hear is the chamber in the pistol that “Big Bill” France wielded at a drivers’ meeting at Bowman-Gray Stadium in a threat to those who sought to align themselves with the Teamsters. Then again, maybe the whirring sound is from the tires on Mario Andretti’s Ford as “Big Bill” turned laps at Talladega to demonstrate that his new track was not as dangerous as Petty and his PDA brethren believed.

The results of all these confrontations were brutally clear: the Teamsters went back to Chicago, Curtis Turner and Tim Flock were banned “for life” until their return benefitted NASCAR, the PDA members left Alabama the night before the inaugural event at Talladega, and “Big Bill” France remained solidly in charge of the sport he both created and controlled.

As Mel Brooks once said: “It’s good to be the king….”

It’s important to remember, however, that NASCAR drivers managed to achieve some positive changes in the sport thanks to their threatened collectivization. One demand from those in the PDA was improved “creature comforts” at racetracks on the then-Grand National circuit; these included such amenities as bathrooms and better garage areas. Working under your car while lying on dirt and gravel wasn’t acceptable to the teams that fought for titles and put fans in the stands, nor was the prospect of lining up at a couple of portable toilets every time nature called.

Maybe, then, the whirring sound we hear is from the socket sets and air wrenches used by hard-working mechanics in order to maintain a competitive stock car….

Improved working conditions are at the center of collective bargaining agreements, so Brian France – given his experience with the entertainment industry – should be fully aware of what NASCAR seems to be getting into. The entertainment business is full of unions/collective organizations; everyone from musicians to writers to stagehands to performers is represented by some form of organizational unit.

Ever wonder why “reality-based” programs are so prevalent on national television? It all stems back to writers’ and actors’ strikes that increased the costs of making “fictional” shows like dramas and situation comedies.

Organized labor should – in theory, at least – keep the finished product both on-time and on-budget. Unfortunately, as has been the case, we see that organization sometimes results in a less-than-economical result.

So what’s the “finished product” according to NASCAR and the RTA? If better competition and lower costs are the focus, as has been the mantra of the RTA thus far, is it realistic to expect more teams in Victory Lane and fewer mega-sponsors? Both Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson have dominated races in 2014 and sit squarely in the Chase…. How will an organized front change their fortunes and provide fans with a better show?

This is where the RTA differs from the PDA and other organizational efforts: the emphasis is on the teams, not just the drivers. Stock car drivers are little more than chauffeurs – cogs in a larger organizational mechanism that aims to win races and season championships. While big name athletes like Keselowski and Johnson have souvenirs emblazoned with their images, names, and car numbers, they are still an individual part of a bigger operation. Brad Keselowski may have fully dominated Sunday’s race at New Hampshire, but he did so as an employee of Penske Racing.

Whereas the PDA sought improved conditions for drivers, the RTA is more about the administrators who keep the NASCAR train moving. For every driver or pit crew member, there is someone who oversees travel plans and/or manages the day-to-day business of a race team. This is where costs turn into financial demands, and where those financial demands turn into improved management through efficiency.

So maybe the whirring sound we hear comes from cash registers keeping track of the income and out-go of finances as NASCAR race teams search for the winner’s circle and a seat at the head table in Las Vegas come December.

All speculation about the RTA seems antithetical when pitted against the original position regarding organized labor held by NASCAR founder “Big Bill” France. It was “Big Bill” who, according to folklore, waved a pistol around at Bowman-Gray Stadium when drivers first considered a collectivized effort. It was France Sr. who challenged the PDA at Talladega in 1969 and told top-notch drivers like Petty and Allison to load up their cars and go home. One can only speculate what “Big Bill” would have to say about the newly-formed RTA.

That explains the whirring sound! It’s what’s left of “Big Bill” France spinning in his grave….

 
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TriStar Motorsports EnjoyIllinois.com 300 Pre-Race Report Chicagoland Speedway 

 This weekend we move from the "Granite State" to the "Windy City" of Chicago, Illinois for the Enjoyillinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. This 1.5-mile, D-shaped oval speedway is the largest sports facility in Illinois. The NASCAR Nationwide Series will race at the speedway, under the lights on Saturday, July 19th. 

Jeff Gordon Sees No Place for Slower Cars on the Track, Feels Minimum Speed Could be Raised

Following the incident on Sunday involving Joey Logano and the slower car of Morgan Shepherd, discussion has picked up surrounding slow cars on the track and whether they truly belong out here. Four-time Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon commented today that slow cars don't have any place on the track if they're going slow.

 
 
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 Kyle Busch truck team docked after postrace violation, again

 
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Names Eli Lilly and Company as Indiana 250 Sponsor

Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Monday afternoon that the track has partnered with global pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company to become the title sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The race, which now will be called the “Lilly Diabetes 250”, is a multi-year deal with Lilly and IMS.  Read more at Frontstretch.

Plan B Sales to Sponsor Starr at Chicagoland

On Monday, TriStar Motorsports of the NASCAR Nationwide Series announced that Plan B Sales will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 44 Toyota Camry, driven by David Starr this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway for the EnjoyIllinois.com 300.  Plan B Sales, based in Concord, NC is one of the largest re-sellers of Lionel diecast and Chase Authentics apparel in motorsports.  Read more at Frontstretch.
 
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NASCAR Needs to Worry About the Racing, Not the Ticket Sales
Sitting in the Stands: A Fan's View
by S.D. Grady

When you arrive at the track and park your RV, you expect the campground to get more crowded as the week goes along.  The same applies to the grandstand.  Thursday brings out your camper-wanderers.  They stroll along the frontstretch, watching the advance production crews begin to wire the place for Sunday.  Friday invites the early race fans in with qualifying festivities and maybe a local feature.  Saturday, the excitement continues to build with the arrival of the Nationwide Series, culminating in the massive Sprint Cup event on Sunday.  By then, at least in days gone by, you can't wiggle enough room between your seatmates to comfortably settle your bottom.  It's something akin to insane, all these fans squashed into one place on one day.

I did mention "in days gone by."

Early Saturday afternoon, I grabbed a couple prime seats in the middle of Turns 1 & 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, along with my cooler and husband.  Plenty of other folks arrived.  We exchanged excitement for the upcoming Whelen Modified Tour race, and the weekend in general.  Then, we focused on the track -- because the Sunoco 100 was one hell of a race.  The leaders traded off, lap after lap.  It was, indeed, a Loudon classic as Bobby Santos III sailed past Teddy Christopher on the last lap to take the win.  It was a thrilling, on your feet, kind of a show.

And then... they left.  Not just the Modifieds.  The fans!

The Nationwide race was due to take the green in just about an hour.  The stands emptied out -- I figured for burgers and restrooms.  But, the fans never came back.  And the ones that did?  Well, as Brad Keselowski made it clear there wouldn't be any meaningful competition today, the rest followed suit.  Lap after lap saw seat after seat vacate.

NASCAR Nation has been saying it for years: the product being offered up for our consumption is subpar.  If the best crowd on Saturday shows up for a racing series not even part of the development system, NASCAR is broken into tiny little bits.  Can a major racing venue still bring in 30,000 people for a secondary series?  Sure, but the New Hampshire fans spoke loud and clear; what they really want to see is competitive action, not big names.  Certainly, not the big names.  I haven't had so much room around me on Sunday afternoon since I can't remember.

So, if the fans won't come out for the fancy sponsor-painted series on Sunday, wouldn't it be better if we had the big party on Saturday night? The subject of installing lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been a favorite topic among fans and management for years.  What would lights bring?  More fans?

The front-end math might be misleading.  Yes, I believe the Cup race would sell more seats for the one-night show.  However, as far as those who invest their weekends in a NASCAR race, the loss of one of the days is... disappointing.  Gone would be the never-ending tailgate party, campfires that don't quite go out, and the wonder of enjoying multiple series during one overdose of NASCAR.  Besides, the current setup still brings in around 30,000 fans on Saturday, adding to the 70,000 - 80,000 that attend on Sunday.  People aside, the most money would be generated from new television and sponsor opportunities that a Saturday night broadcast would bring; just more cash for those that already have billions in their pockets.

So trying to fix a lack of dollars coming in from ticket sales, to be traded off for TV ads is short-sighted.  If fans are vacating their seats when the superstars take to the track, nobody should be thinking about what day is the better one to race on. How to bring the excitement of the Modified races back to the top tiers of stock car racing is the bigger question.

Then, you won't have to worry about how to sell more tickets, but where to put more seats.

2014 Sonya Strictly by the Stats

Top Three Rookies for 2014 Camping World RV Sales 301

1) No. 42 - Kyle Larson: Started 13th, Finished 3rd (1st in RoTY standings)

2) No. 3 - Austin Dillon: Started 23rd, Finished 14th (2nd in RoTY standings)

3) No. 26 - Cole Whitt: Started 35th, Finished 28th (5th in RoTY standings)

Numbers Game: Camping World RV Sales 301
by Tom Bowles

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Laps led by Tony Stewart Sunday. Stewart, who led 84 laps in this race last season remains winless in 2014, outside the “Chase grid” as it currently stands.

1

Cup race finished by 72-year-old Morgan Shepherd this season after running the distance at New Hampshire. Shepherd, who wound up 27 laps off the pace hadn’t run a Cup race to completion since the 2004 July race down in Daytona.

2

Top-10 finishes by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. this season (including a ninth at New Hampshire) at any track where NASCAR runs without a restrictor plate. Stenhouse sits a distant 28th in points.

3

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers who finished inside the top 10 Sunday. It’s the first time that’s happened since the 2013 season finale at Homestead.

4

Of seven NASCAR cautions called at New Hampshire were for “debris.” Ironically, it was an unquestionable reason for a yellow flag (Justin Allgaier's wreck) that precipitated a green-white-checkered overtime finish.

5

Drivers who would make the Chase on points if the season ended today: Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, and Kyle Larson.

6

Number, out of the last seven races where Carl Edwards has run outside the top 10, including a ho-hum 13th on Sunday. Lone exception? Sonoma, where the No. 99 car wound up in Victory Lane.

7

Straight top-15, lead-lap finishes for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Earnhardt wound up the only Hendrick Motorsports car to post inside the top 10 at New Hampshire (10th).

10

Laps led by Ryan Newman, all season long. That’s compared to 11 for underdog driver Landon Cassill; however, as of now Newman is seventh in the standings, on the strength of seven top-10 finishes and is solidly in position to make the Chase.

14

Laps led by Kyle Larson at New Hampshire, a career high for him in any Cup race.

323

Miles run on Sunday, the most for any Cup race at New Hampshire since 2006.

$109,565

Money won by Denny Hamlin for finishing eighth.

$114,091

Money won by Jimmie Johnson for crashing and finishing 42nd.

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The NASCAR red, white and blue salute
 
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The Final Word – Keselowski Owns New Hampshire, Logano and Johnson Got Owned

You sure could not beat the car that had Brad Keselowski behind the wheel Sunday in New Hampshire. And nobody did. He might have loaned out the lead from time to time to the likes of Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer, but make no mistake about this one. The 30-year old Michigan driver owned this race as the former champion recorded his 13th Cup victory.

 

Plan B Sales will Serve as the Primary Sponsor for David Starr’s No. 44 Camry in the “Windy City” 

 David Starr is back behind the wheel of the No. 44 TriStar Motorsports Camry this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. On board the No. 44 Camry as the primary sponsor is Plan B Sales, the largest account for Lionel that is servicing the motorsports market.

 

CHEVY NSCS AT INDIANAPOLIS: Jeff Gordon NASCAR Weekly Teleconference Transcript

Yeah, every time it's something special when you go to Indianapolis. It's just such a cool place, so much history, and obviously a lot of great memories for me and confidence. As a driver when I go there, of course it takes a great car and a great team to win that race, but it seems like most years that we've been there, we've had a car that's capable of winning.

Surprising and Not Surprising: Camping World RV Sales 301

Surprising: Team Penske had an interesting day, with one driver taking the broom while the other driver went boom. Brad Keselowski, this week behind the wheel of the No. 2 Redd's Ford, took his broom to Victory Lane, sweeping both the Nationwide and Cup races and scoring his first lobster trophy at New Hampshire

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Indy Nationwide race gets new sponsor, name

EnjoyIllinois.com 300 entry list

NASCAR TV schedule: Week of July 14-20  

 

 
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Keselowski Can Do

Is track position overrated? Brad Keselowski and an ultrafast Ford answered that question Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, writes Ed Hinton. Rundown » Davis: BK rolls » Gordon's fuel gambleVideo 

 
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Age-old question

When veteran Morgan Shepherd wrecked Joey Logano at New Hampshire, it raised a key question: Should Shepherd still be racing at age 72? The best and worst moves from Sunday's race.

Morgan Shepherd, 72, says wreck had nothing to do with his age

 
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Consider Brad Keselowski's disastrous 2013 season ancient history. The 2012 Sprint Cup champion
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Keselowski Flexes Muscle In Dominate New Hampshire Sweep

Brad Keselowski dominated at New Hampshire Speedway with a sweep of the weekend, leading 137 laps of the Camping World RV Sales 301 and tying Jimmie Johnson with three wins on the season. Keselowski became the 13th different driver to win at NHMS in 13 races and scored the first win for Ford since September of 2008. It was the Penske Racing No. 2's second win in three weeks.

Ford Wins Fourth Straight as Keselowski Finishes New Hampshire Sweep

The win is Ford’s fourth straight, marking the first time Ford has won four consecutive Cup Series races since 2001 (Dale Jarrett, Darlington on March 18; Elliott Sadler, Bristol on March 25; Jarrett, Texas on April 1; Jarrett, Martinsville on April 8)

 
 

Truex Jr. Gains 10 positions in Closing 2 Laps to finish 12th in New Hampshire

When you battle with a 110 percent effort to the bitter end, there’s always that chance of something good happening

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Personal note .

I will be here : Drum Corps Grand Prix

July 12, 2014 - 6:00 PM
Passaic County Technical Institute
45 Reinhardt Rd
Wayne NJ 07470

GATES OPEN DAY OF SHOW: 5:00 pm

DCA Corps Scheduled to Appear
Sunrisers
Windsor Regiment
Hurricanes
Bushwackers
Fusion Core
Cadets 2
Buccaneers
Atlanta CV
Caballeros

Exhibition Corps Scheduled to Appear:
Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni
Skyliners Alumni
Caballeros Alumni

Tickets:
973-709-0500 ext 1501
973-945-5912 (Day of Show)

 ,later this afternoon and on into early morning. The Nationwide Series race results will be posted probably early tomorrow morning. I'll be wearing a Black   Hawthorne Caballeros t-shirt, with a picture of a "Lonely  BULL "on it,accompanied by a white  Hawthorne  Caballeros  hat . Seated where ?  We'll know,when my buddy,and I get there ! The tickets are waiting for us !

It's going to be a long , but enjoyable , night. Especially if the Caballeros win !

"Rump ! Rump !!!"

Joe

 
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Today...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. Light and variable winds.

Tonight...Mostly clear in the evening...Then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s. Light and variable winds...Becoming southwest around 10 mph after midnight.

 

Sunday...Patchy fog in the morning. Partly sunny in the morning... Then mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms May produce gusty winds...Small hail... Heavy rainfall and frequent lightning in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday Night...Cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms May produce gusty winds...Small hail...Heavy rainfall and frequent lightning in the evening. Lows in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Monday...Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Humid with highs in the lower 80s. Southwest winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

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Kyle Busch will lead the field to the green flag at New Hampshire, but he will have Jimmie Johnson and a host of other fast driver on his tail. The breakdown for Sunday's Sprint Cup race from SN's Bob Pockrass.

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The Hot 20 – Elder Gents and Past Winners Lead the Way to New Hampshire

If you want to make the Chase, maybe one should win at New Hampshire. Out of 43 drivers entered and scheduled to make up the field at Loudon this Sunday, a whopping 16 of them have won at New Hampshire. They include the only four-time winner, 47-year old Jeff Burton, slated to drive the 66 Toyota of Jay Robinson.

Team Penske Duo Pace Ford at New Hampshire Qualifying

JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 AutoTrader.com Ford Fusion (Qualified 6th) “We will take it. I kind of feel like I hurt our team a little when I messed up my first qualifying run locking up the left front into three and I went way up the race track and had to make the second run. I don’t think the third run was any better with tires." 

 

CHEVY NSCS AT NEW HAMPSHIRE ONE: Jimmie Johnson Qualifying Press Conf Transcript

Chevrolet’s Jimmie Johnson narrowly missed earning his second pole of the season, but placed his No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS on the outside front row for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was just six one thousandths of a second shy of winning the pole with his fast lap of 27642 seconds, 137.790 mph.

Toyota NSCS New Hampshire Post-Qualifying Notes & Quotes

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - Starting Position: 1st - Did you know your qualifying lap was good? “No, I didn’t. I gave it everything I had. I thought I was a little too tight, but I guess I was driving through it enough that I still got some good speed and got the throttle down on both ends."

 

Ford Loudon 1 (Joey Logano Practice Accident Quotes)

Ford Racing NSCS Notes & Quotes: Camping World RV Sales 301 (New Hampshire Motor Speedway) Friday July 11, 2014 JOEY LOGANO PRACTICE SESSION 1 INCIDENT QUOTE: JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 AutoTrader.com Ford Fusion –“We had a left rear tire go down there. The same exact thing happened in this race last year. I wasn’t even […]

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Born on date  11/14/08
 
Now for the reason for creating this site
 
This site was created by me because of frustations with other internet service providers, and is for the use of anyone who's interested in anything about NASCAR. 
 
  However,over time I hope to add other auto racing news,from other auto racing series / venues ,in the hopes of having something here for everyone to enjoy.
 
Now for a little bit about me ,
 
 
I'm Joe,from New Jersey. I've lived in the Garden State for most of my life.  It's also where I've been fighting,to get a major NASCAR track built somewhere in the NYC/NJ area for many years now.
I am also "foot soldier" / bill collector for the electric company.So I do work days. Therefore the best time to check for any updates is after 8 pm,on weeknights.  But just about any time on weekends !!!
My favorite current driver : KASEY KAHNE
I'm also a fan of :Martin Truex Jr. ( Hey ! He's a "Jersey Guy" !!! I was rooting for him since I first saw him racing .and winning,as a 17 year old,in the modified division at Wall Stadium ( now known as Wall Speedway ) !!!
My favorite all time driver : "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville" ... BILL ELLIOTT !!!
Needless to say .My favorite car owner is fellow "Jersey Guy"...Ray Evernham
My favorite NASCAR Track : Dover
My favorite local tracks : Wall Speedway (paved),and New Egypt Speedway (dirt)
 
My favorite actors/actresses : Tom Hanks, John Wayne,Kiefer Sutherland ,Catherine Zeta-Jones,Rene Zellweiger
 
My Favorite movies : Star Wars ( all 6 of them),
Lord of the Rings (ALL OF THEM),
Gone With the Wind,
Fort Apache,
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,
The Longest Day,
Saving Private Ryan.
Zorro (especially the Antonio Banderas ones !)
Batman ( the ones with Michael Keaton,and Christian Bale ! The rest of them...blech ! Sorry Adam West ! I used to like the old "campy" BATMAN tv shows. But then I grew up !)
 
Favorite TV shows :
MASH !!!
Cheers,
Seinfeld,
Bones
 
House
 
 
24 !!!  & House !, & Fringe !!! , &  Terra Nova ! , & Alcatraz !(Always,and forever !!!)
 
New for 2014 !
24: Live Another Day !
Almost Human
 
Sleepy Hollow  !!!  & The Following ! (my newbies for 2013 !)
 
 
Law and Order : SVU
 
 
Touch
 
 
Person of Interest
 
 
 
 
Favorite all time master sleuth :
Sherlock Holmes !
(as portrayed by Jeremy Brett !)
 
Favorite Comedy Routine :
"Who's on First ? "
Needless to say my favorite comedy team is ....
Abbott & Costello !!!
 
My other interests other than NASCAR :
My family
The New York Yankees ( I was BORN a Yankee fan !!!)
The New York Giants
The New Jersey / now Brooklyn Nets
The New York Knicks
The Hawthorne Caballeros "all age" & Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Golden Knights Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
The Bayonne Bridgemen Alumni Drun & Bugle Corps
The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (formerly of Garfield NJ.Now they currently are based in Allentown,Pa.)
Do I give you the impression that I also love Drum & Bugle Corps? I could go on with the many corps that I really enjoy !
I was a snare drummer in high school !
 
I truly hope that you enjoy visiting my site. I also hope that you will come back often,and that you tell your friends & family about it.
 
P.S.
As I type this ( Nov.25,2006). My current 1/24 scale NASCAR diecast car collection is @ 175 + cars !!!
Personal note from me. ( AKA Site disclaimer...or something like that ! )
If you see something here that you would like to use on your website / newsletter / whatever. Please feel free to do so.
HOWEVER !!! 
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Thank You,
Joe

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