Friday, May 26, 2017

About the Fallen Heroes on the JGR Cars at Charlotte

About the Fallen Heroes on the JGR Cars at Charlotte
 John Harrison Keener Jr. Honored on the No. 11 Car

John Harrison Keener Jr.

Honored on the No. 11 Car

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Branch: Army Air Corps
  • Born: 12/07/24
  • Died: 07/17/44 in Yugoslavia
  • Hometown: Franklin, NC

John Keener was a tail-gunner of a B-24 bomber. On his 17th birthday while listening to the radio broadcast from Hawaii that Pearl Harbor had been bombed, Johnnie announced to the family he was going to enlist. He join the service in 1943 and was deployed to Italy with his bonber group in July of 1944. On the return leg of his crew's 3rd bombing mission over the Polesti oil fields in Romania, his plane was shot down and crash landed in Ygoslavia, where he and all but one of his crew members were killed.



 William Christopher Johnson Honored on the No. 18 Car


William Christopher Johnson

Honored on the No. 18 Car

Rank: Private First Class
Branch: Army
Born: 01/01/85

Died: 06/12/07 in Bagdad, Iraq
Hometown: Oxford, NC

Christopher Johnson, 22, of Oxford, N.C., was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, in Fort Riley, Kan. He died June 12 in Baghdad of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device.


 Christopher W. Swanson Honored on the No. 19 Car

Christopher W. Swanson

Honored on the No. 19 Car

Rank: Staff Sergeant
Branch: Army
Died: 07/22/06 in AR Ramadi, Iraq
Hometown: Rosehaven, MD

Christopher Swanson, 25, of Rose Haven, Md., was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in Baumholder, Germany. He died July 22 of injuries sustained when his patrol encountered enemy forces small-arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq.



 Jeffrey P. Shaffer Honored on the No. 20 Car

Jeffrey P. Shaffer

Honored on the No. 20 Car

Rank: Specialist
Branch: Army
Died: 09/13/06 in AR Ramadi, Iraq
Hometown: Harrison, AR

Jeffrey Shaffer, 21, of Harrison, Ark., was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, in Bamberg, Germany. He died Sept. 13 of injuries sustained in Ramadi, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle during combat operations.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Army Spc. James "Jimmy" Beckstrand : Remembering Their Names

Army Spc. James "Jimmy" Beckstrand : Remembering Their Names

NASCAR Salutes Service Members With Windshield Tributes

Jimmy Lee Beckstrand - #NASCAR
Jimmy Lee Beckstrand
As we prepare in these wee hours of the morning for our exciting trip to the Charlotte Motor Speedway (thanks to all my friends’ votes #HisenseDualThreat) my gleeful thoughts drifted to my memories of my hometown fallen hero.

For the third consecutive year, windshield headers on all forty Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars will be replaced with the names of fallen military service members during Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.

“There is no prouder moment for our sport than when the entire NASCAR family rallies to honor and pay tribute to the United States Armed Forces,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR chief operating officer. “NASCAR Salutes continues to grow thanks to the support of our industry and partners who believe just as strongly in recognizing those who’ve served and continue to serve today.” 


Army Spc. James "Jimmy" Beckstrand : Remembering Their Names


Many of the service members whose names will be displayed on the race cars Sunday were chosen by the race teams, including some with unique connections to the fallen. U.S. Army sergeant Gregory Allen Belanger, who was killed in Hallia, Iraq in 2003, was a friend of Team Penske employee Darin Russell, engine tuner for Ryan Blaney’s No. 21 Ford Fusion.

Harold Tussey, whose name will be proudly displayed on Paul Menard’s No. 27 Chevrolet SS, lost his life in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The third-class petty officer’s great nephew, Troy Tussey, is a mechanic with Richard Childress Racing. 


Here is my personal story:

Jimmy Lee Beckstrand was an audacious preteen in the late eighties, a year younger than my oldest son Moses and a year older than my youngest Zachariah. I remember the laughter as the three bounded through the doors looking for a drink of water after playing outside in the cul-de-sac for as long as they could under the warm California sun.

I have to laugh as I recall the night Jimmy and Zack spent the night in a makeshift tent they had pitched in our backyard grass. My husband Paul, waited till after midnight and after their giggly noise faded to creep outside and pretend to be a bear to scare them.

After high school, the three childhood chums set out to make their mark in the world in their own unique way. A few years later, I spotted Jimmy walking uphill towards his father’s house, dressed in his uniform. As I ran outside to say “hi,” I could not contain my awe and surprise. Jimmy Lee looked great and held himself with extreme confidence. I joked that his beloved roller blades would not be an acceptable fashion accessory for his current look.

That was the last time I spoke to Army Spc. James "Jimmy" Beckstrand. On April 29, 2004, during a four-month extension of duty, Jimmy and seven other soldiers from his unit, the 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division out of Baumholder, Germany, were killed when their convoy was attacked and a car bomb exploded near them. Jimmy Lee was just twenty-seven years old and a newlywed. He earned a Purple Heart medal for wounds received in action, and a Bronze Star medal for meritorious service and for his ultimate sacrifice.

NASCAR Race Mom is extremely grateful to all American citizens and businesses for remembering and honoring the true expense our military families pay to protect our rights and freedoms.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Will Your Favorite #NASCAR Driver be Part of the 2017 Chase?

Will Your Favorite #NASCAR Driver be Part of the 2017 Chase? It is hard to believe that the NASCAR Sprint Cup “regular” season is almost half over. So is your favorite driver well-positioned for a chase berth?






Joey Logano's victory at Richmond International Raceway wasn’t yanked, but a violation was found on his Team Penske No. 22 Ford during inspection which was egregious enough to deny Logano an automatic playoff berth.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Its a Wrap on the 23rd Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America #KPCharityRide

Its a Wrap on the 23rd Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America #KPCharityRide 
Its a Wrap on the 23rd Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America #KPCharityRide

Twenty-three years ago, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty combined his passion for helping others with his love of motorcycles to create the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. One of the most successful and popular charity events in the country, the annual motorcycle trek engages celebrities, Ride sponsors, motorcycle enthusiasts, fans and local communities to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction. Since 1995, more than 7,950 riders have logged 11.6 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $17.5 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.

The inspiration for the Ride came in 1994, when Petty and three friends rode their motorcycles from North Carolina to a NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Friends joined the ride along the way, and by the time the group reached Phoenix, it had grown to 30 riders. The turnout inspired Petty, and he decided to nurture the event into something bigger; The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America was born.

Since its inception by Kyle in 2004 in honor of his late son Adam, Victory Junction has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, North Carolina, Victory Junction exists to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound.

Below is a recap of this year's Charity Ride.  Remember you can always help by Donating Here
























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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Big Meet & Greet With Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Big Meet & Greet With Dale Earnhardt Jr.

#NASCAR Dreams Do Come True - Live Like An Earnhardt

 

The Big Meet & Greet With Dale Earnhardt Jr.


I have a good Facebook friend who is a huge Dale Earnhardt fan. How gigantic of a fan is she? Tattoo your chest immense!!! In fact, Lisa Asselin has ten tattoos that illustrate her commitment to the Earnhardts; both #03 and #88.


The Big Meet & Greet With Dale Earnhardt Jr.


Recently, Lisa won an eBay auction for a Charlotte All-Star race weekend living like an Earnhardt.

The package for two includes a three-night stay at Dale Jr.’s home  on Lake Norman, two grandstand tickets to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, pit and garage passes prior to the race, a behind-the-scenes tour of JR Motorsports, a track swag bag filled with goodies like a JR Motorsports Crew Shirt, and a meet-and-greet with Dale Jr. himself.

The Big Meet & Greet With Dale Earnhardt Jr.


More importantly, all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Dale Jr. Foundation.

Click Here To Donate to the Dale Jr. Foundation

The Dale Jr. Foundation has been raising money for children since its inception in 2007. Thanks to the generosity of so many people, they have raised more than $4.2 million to benefit charities that impact communities, schools and fellow citizens. 






Enjoy your NASCAR Dream come true Lisa.


(New week, NASCAR Race Mom will be living out her own
NASCAR Dream come true . . . More to come)

 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Charlotte Motor Speedway Schedule (#MENCS #NCWTS)

This weekend should prove exciting. There have been 32 Monster Energy All-Star Races. The first Monster Energy All-Star Race was in 1985 and held at Charlotte Motor Speedway – won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip (Buick). Thirty-One of the Monster Energy All-Star Races have been held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In 1986, the event was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and won by Bill Elliott. The 1986 season was also the first year for what is now known as the Monster Energy Open.

The Monster Energy Open (6 p.m. ET on FS1) will occur prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday. It includes three stages (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps). The winner of each stage earns a spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star race. The Monster Energy Open field will be set by two rounds of traditional knockout qualifying.

With the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back in action this weekend for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on Friday, May 19 (8:30 p.m. ET on FS1), below are some series quick facts at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

  • Races: 14
  • Pole Winners: 8
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Ty Dillon (05/18/2012 - 20 years, 2 months, 21 days)
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner (05/18/2007 - 49 years, 10 months, 20 days)
  • Race Winners: 7
  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch (05/20/2005 - 20 years, 0 months, 18 days)

  • : Ron Hornaday Jr (05/15/2009 - 50 years, 10 months, 25 days)
  • Races Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): 3
  • Last Race Won from Pole (or 1st Starting Position): Kasey Kahne (05/15/2015)

  • : Matt Crafton 141.855mph (05/21/2016)

  • : Kyle Busch 183.773mph (05/16/2014)


CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY 2017

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

EVENT SCHEDULE


Thursday, May 18

  • 12:00 PM 2:00 PM BROADCASTING SET-UP
  • 12:30 PM 3:00 PM NCWTS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
  • 2:30 PM 7:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
  • 3:00 PM 9:00 PM NCWTS GARAGE OPEN
  • 3:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
  • 4:00 PM NCWTS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
  • 5:00 PM 5:55 PM NCWTS 1ST PRACTICE
  • 6:00 PM 6:30 PM PACE VEHICLE CALIBRATION
  • 7:00 PM 7:55 PM NCWTS FINAL PRACTICE
  • 7:00 PM 9:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, May 19

  • 10:00 AM 8:00 PM MENCS REGISTRATION OPEN
  • 10:30 AM 8:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
  • 10:30 AM 8:00 PM NCWTS REGISTRATION OPEN
  • 10:30 AM NCWTS GARAGE OPENS
  • 11:00 AM 6:00 PM NCWTS Minors Permitted in the Garage Area*
  • 11:30 AM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
  • 12:00 PM 12:30 PM TV TELEVISION EXHIBITION RUNS
  • 12:00 PM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING & RANDOM DRAWING
  • 12:30 PM 5:00 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
  • 12:30 PM 1:00 PM NASCAR PACE VEHICLE RIDES
  • 1:00 PM 2:10 PM MENCS PRACTICE (MONSTER ENERGY ALL STAR)
  • 2:10 PM 2:25 PM MENCS PIT ROAD SPEED PRACTICE (MONSTER ENERGY ALL STAR)
  • 3:00 PM 4:25 PM MENCS PRACTICE (OPEN)
  • 3:00 PM 3:45 PM NCWTS AUTOGRAPH SESSION
  • 4:45 PM NCWTS QUALIFYING (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)
  • 5:30 PM 8:00 PM MENCS ** HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
  • 6:05 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (ROUND 1 / THREE LAPS, W/PIT STOP - IMPOUND)
  • 6:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (PIT ROAD)
  • 7:30 PM Approx MENCS QUALIFYING (ROUND 2 / THREE LAPS, W/PIT STOP - TOP 5 - IMPOUND)
  • 7:30 PM NCWTS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
  • 8:00 PM NCWTS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
  • 8:30 PM NCWTS RACE (134 LAPS, 201 MILES)

Saturday, May 20

  • 12:00 PM 8:00 PM MENCS REGISTRATION OPEN
  • 12:30 PM 1:00 PM NASCAR MEDIA RIDES
  • 12:30 PM 4:00 PM MENCS Minors Permitted in the Garage Area*
  • 1:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
  • 1:00 PM 1:30 PM NASCAR PACE VEHICLE RIDES
  • 2:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (MEDIA CENTER)
  • 2:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES GARAGE
  • 3:30 PM 10:00 PM MENCS  HOT PASS IN EFFECT **
  • 4:35 PM MENCS QUALIFYING (MULTI-VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS- 20/5 MINUTES - TOP 8 IN SECOND
  • 5:30 PM MENCS DRIVER) INTRODUCTIONS (OPEN)
  • 6:00 PM MENCS RACE (20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 10 LAPS)
  • 7:30 PM Approx MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
  • 8:00 PM Approx MENCS RACE (20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 20 LAPS / 10 LAPS)

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All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Jimmie Johnson

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