Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kentucky Speedway's Story

Kentucky Speedway's Story

Feel Kentucky Love



Kentucky Speedway's 1.5-mile tri-oval is known as one of the roughest in racing that the best drivers love and others fear. The track presents unique challenges drivers enjoy conquering and racing that produces memorable moments you'll relive for years to come. A few of the well-known race winners in Kentucky track's history include Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman and many more.



The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series concludes its Round of 12 in the playoffs while the XFINITY Series is back in action for the opening race of its Round of 8 at Kentucky Speedway's 107,000-capacity venue this weekend.


Kentucky Speedway Milestones

2012

Austin Dillon and James Buescher Make Kentucky Speedway History The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Quaker State 400, NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Feed The Children 300 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) UNOH 225 entertain fans on three consecutive nights.

2011

Ron Hornaday Jr., Registers His NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kentucky Speedway Record Third Victory Along with the 50th of His Series Career in a 225-mile Event Kentucky Speedway Plays Host to its First NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend

2010

Veteran Todd Bodine Drives to His Second Career Kentucky Speedway Victory. Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith Announces Kentucky Speedway’s Inaugural Sprint Cup Series 400-mile Event. Kentucky Speedway Opens its 11th Season

2009

Joey Logano Becomes the First Repeat NASCAR Nationwide Series Pole Award and Race Winner in Track History.

2008

Kentucky Speedway Officially Becomes the Eighth Member of the Speedway Motorsports, Inc., (SMI) Family. Joey Logano earns his first NASCAR Nationwide Series and Kentucky Speedway victory in a 300-mile event

2007

Stephen Leicht Earn His First Career Series Victory in a Kentucky Speedway 300-mile Event.

2006

David Gilliland races to an Upset NASCAR Nationwide Series Victory in an Unsponsored Car With Accomplished Crew Chief Billy Wilburn

2005

Carl Edwards Earns His First NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky Speedway Victory in a 300-mile event.

2004

Kyle Busch becomes the first competitor to earn back-to-back Kentucky Speedway victories in different series with a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series triumph while racing with Hendrick Motorsports.

2003

Carl Edwards Earns His First NASCAR-Sanctioned Victory

2002

Mike Bliss Generates the All-Time Widest NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Margin of Victory Todd Bodine nips Greg Biffle by .036 of a second in the closest NASCAR Nationwide Series finish in track history.

2001

NASCAR Nationwide Series Outback Steakhouse 300

2000

First Weekend with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR All-Pro Events




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Julian Maha - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (2 of 4)

Julian Maha - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (2 of 4)

“For me, the biggest thing about NASCAR, is that everyone gets together and they create what is almost a community over a race weekend. It’s an amazing display of enjoyment of a singular event and an amazing display of unity. People from different backgrounds, different demographics. It’s everything that’s great about America.” Julian Maha 

 

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Julian Maha - 2017 Finalist - KultureCity


Julian Maha - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (2 of 4)Julian Maha, an emergency room physician, founded KultureCity in 2013. The organization seeks to improve the lives of children with autism while also educating society about the inclusion of autistic individuals. Maha has a vested interest in the organizational mission. He has a non-verbal autistic son.

A native of Malaysia, Maha came to Montgomery, Alabama as a child to live with his sister, who attended Auburn University of a tennis scholarship. Living near Talladega Superspeedway in true “NASCAR country”, he has inevitably become a NASCAR fan.

Julian Maha - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (2 of 4)Maha serves as the volunteer president of KultureCity and has led the development of their Sensory Initiative, which addresses sensory inclusivity in locations such as arenas, stadiums and other public settings. As autistic children are prone to wandering, KultureCity also has developed the lifeBOKS program to help families monitor the movements of their children through GPS and Bluetooth tracking devices.

Maha’s Sensory Initiative program has been utilized at the Birmingham Zoo and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, and by 12 NBA teams and two NFL teams. Funds received from the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will help fund the Sensory Initiative and the lifeBOKS program, enabling families to receive the lifeBOKS list at no cost.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Dale and Amy Expecting a Little Earnhardt


Dale and Amy Expecting a Little Earnhardt


Congratulations to this wonderful couple.

No due date was announced.

Earnhardt said on Twitter that he and Amy learned of the pregnancy Sept. 1, then shared a fun text message exchange he had Sept. 4 with fellow driver Landon Cassill, who relayed a "very vivid dream" his wife had about the Earnhardts.




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Brad Keselowski Wins At Talladega

Brad Keselowski Wins At Talladega

Advances In The #NASCAR Playoffs!

In his 300th career start, Brad Keselowski won his fifth Talladega race and automatically advances to the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.


In his 300th career start, Brad Keselowski won his fifth Talladega race and automatically advances to the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion recorded the fourth restrictor-plate race win of the season, marking the first time in NASCAR history for Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines to sweep four restrictor-plate races in one season.



“It is a special place to get to race and a special place when you win here,” commented Keselowski in victory lane. “It was really a collaborative effort with the team and getting a real fast car and making the right moves as a driver and a lot of help from up above with staying out of those wrecks. It really takes all three and we had them all today.”

“It is a special place to get to race and a special place when you win here,” commented Keselowski in victory lane.


“I remember being on pit road with my dad when we won with DJ (Dale Jarrett) in 2005 here,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “It was a day just like today. It is really special. It is special to be able to compete in NASCAR. It is such a family sport and to be able to spend all that time with my dad and now have my family involved and be able to compete at a high level and win races like this with Team Penske and Brad Keselowski is something special. I want to thank the France family and everyone for allowing us to compete. And all the fans here today. What an incredible race track.”

“I remember being on pit road with my dad when we won with DJ (Dale Jarrett) in 2005 here,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines


The Ford teams ran strong all day with the power of the Ford FR9 engine under the hood. They were on a mission from the start of the race, with Keselowski collecting the first stage win and Blaney collecting the second stage win in the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Ford Fusions topped the field by leading 114 of 188 laps, while six different Ford’s led throughout the race; Joey Logano (59), Ryan Blaney (27), Matt DiBenedetto (12), Keselowski (7), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) and Kurt Busch (3).


The Ford Fusions topped the field by leading 114 of 188 laps, while six different Ford’s led throughout the race; Joey Logano (59), Ryan Blaney (27), Matt DiBenedetto (12), Keselowski (7), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (6) and Kurt Busch (3).


After 30 lead changes, 11 cautions and three red flags, it came down to a sprint to the finish. There were 14 cars left on the lead lap, as they took the white flag for the final lap. Keselowski was able to take the lead exiting the tri-oval for the last time, with a big push and block from teammate Logano, Keselowski was able to leverage the Roush Yates' horsepower one final time to take the black-and-white checkered flag.

Four Ford drivers from three different teams finished in the top-five; P1 Keselowski (Team Penske), P3 Trevor Bayne (Roush Fenway Racing), P4 Joey Logano (Team Penske) and P5 Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports).


The Ford camp will take this momentum into Kansas this weekend and look to capitalize on securing additional drivers in the Round of 8.

The Ford camp will take this momentum into Kansas this weekend and look to capitalize on securing additional drivers in the Round of 8. Reference the full 2017 schedule on www.roushyates.com.

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Chante Gonzalez Vido - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (1 of 4)

Chante Gonzalez Vido - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (1 of 4)

"I think as I’ve gotten older I’ve enjoyed the camp more, because now I’ve been a counselor longer than I was a camper. Most of the volunteers are former campers. It’s always like a big family reunion.” Chante Gonzalez Vido


Chante Gonzalez Vido - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (1 of 4)

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Chante Gonzalez Vido - 2017 Finalist - The Seany Foundation


Chante Gonzalez Vido - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (1 of 4)
Chante Gonzalez Vido and “Camp Reach for the Sky’ have some history. It goes back to her childhood, as she attended the camp, a number of years after being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia at the age of six. When she was 18, she started doing volunteer work at the camp and has continued to stay involved – except for the time she missed in 2011, when the disease returned in another form.

This two-time cancer survivor has come to personify the outstanding service provided at Camp Reach for the Sky, a free summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. The camp is operated by the Seany Foundation, headquartered in San Diego, California. The Seany Foundation was founded to carry on the legacy of the late Sean Lewis Robins and his battle with Ewing sarcoma, a rare childhood cancer that affects soft tissue and bone.

Chante Gonzalez Vido - Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award (1 of 4)
Vido, a full-time elementary school teacher, is the camp’s head counselor, overseeing all activities and training and on-boarding of volunteers while also leading fundraising efforts.

Funds resulting from the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will support the continued offering of camp sessions at no charge, the expansion of psycho-social programs and the creation of a “junior council” to develop new camp activities and support systems.



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Michael Self Wins the #KNWest Race From Pole

Michael Self Wins the K&N Pro Series Race From Pole

Self Dominates at All American Speedway




Race Weekend Information
  • Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Event: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 presented by TriCo Welding Supply
  • Track: All American Speedway
  • Series: NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
  • Driver: Michael Self
  • Car: No. 9 Sunrise Ford Ford Fusion
  • Team: Sunrise Ford Racing
  • Crew Chief: Jeff Schrader

On September 30th, Self made his way to victory lane for the first time since 2013 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West driving the No. 9 Sinclair Oil Ford Fusion at the .25-mile Meridian Speedway, in Meridian, Idaho. The win marked the seventh of Self’s career in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition.



However, it did not take long for the young driver to capture his next 2017 victory.

Before the driver from Salt Lake City, Utah, returned to the third-mile All American Speedway in Roseville, CA, he had some trepidation.

I’m a little undecided on how I feel going in to this weekend. Despite being the track I learned how to race stock cars on back when I was driving late models, it’s plagued me in the K&N cars. I got a few wins here back in the late model days, but my luck in the big cars has just been absolutely terrible despite being fast. There have been times when I’ve had a dominant car here, but been wrecked by lapped traffic, or cut a tire, or had something go wrong. Regardless of all that, we’re coming off a huge win at Meridian a few weeks which I’m still pumped up about, and I’m looking forward to trying to finish this season with the Sunrise Ford guys out on a high note. It’s been awesome getting to know all those guys, and to have the opportunity to grow and now capture a win with them.”



As it turned out, Michael’s Roseville jinx was not present last Saturday. 



Fastest in practice and the Coors Light Pole Award winner, Self-led 137 laps en route to his second straight K&N Pro Series West win. After losing the lead on the initial start, he reclaimed it on Lap 13 and never looked back, as he crossed the finish line 2.946 seconds ahead of eventual second-place finisher Todd Gilliland.

"That's the best short track car I've ever run right there," Self said. "When you come to these places, you gotta have a car that turns in the center really good, but also has drive off the corners and doesn't get loose on you. That's the ultimate challenge on a short track, and we had both here tonight. That's so, so rare. The car was so good, and never had any fall off, and that's what you look for. Keeping the balance in the car every lap was the most important thing, and we were able to stretch it out."



Watch it: Thursday, October 19, 2017, NBCSN 3:30pm EST

You can follow Self on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Race Results

  1. Michael Self
  2. Todd Gilliland
  3. Chris Eggleston
  4. Derek Kraus *
  5. Will Rodgers *
  6. Nicole Behar
  7. Cole Moore
  8. Blaine Perkins
  9. Kody Vanderwal *
  10. Max Tullman *
  11. Todd Souza
  12. Matt Levin
  13. Stafford Smith
  14. Takuma Koga
  15. Trevor Cristiani *
  16. Ron Norman
  17. Hollis Thackeray *
  18. Bill Kann
  19. Jesse Iwuji
  20. John Wood
  21. Julia Landauer
  22. Josh Fanopoulos *
  23. Jonas Fors *
* Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Michael Self
Time: 13.412 Seconds
Speed: 89.383 mph
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 42 mins, 37 secs
Average Speed: 70.325 mph
Margin of Victory: 2.946 Seconds

Caution Flags:   4 for 18 laps.
  • Laps 6-9 (#10 Spin T2 No FP)
  • Laps 18-21 (#14 Spin T4 No FP)
  • Laps 67-72 (#13 & #86 Spin T4 FP=32)
  • Laps 89-92 (#86 Spin Front Stretch FP=13)
               
Lap Leaders
  • Chris Eggleston 1-13
  • Michael Self 14-150
Total Laps Led: 1 changes involving 2 drivers
  • Michael Self 137
  • Chris Eggleston 13

Top 10 Driver Points:

  1. Todd Gilliland 567 
  2. Chris Eggleston 556 
  3. Derek Kraus * 486 
  4. Will Rodgers * 484 
  5.  Michael Self 482 
  6. Todd Souza 437 
  7. Julia Landauer 419 
  8. Kody Vanderwal * 414 
  9. Blaine Perkins 411 
  10. Nicole Behar 410

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Emotional Night of Racing for Schweitzer Family at Bakersfield Speedway

Emotional Night of Racing for Schweitzer Family at Bakersfield Speedway
Emotional Night of Racing for Schweitzer Family at Bakersfield Speedway

At first, Brody Schweitzer had no desire to race in the 32nd annual Bud Nationals at Bakersfield Speedway.

How could he?

His younger sister, Bailey, 20, was one of 58 people slain the night of Oct. 1 when a gunman opened fire on nearly 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

Emotional Night of Racing for Schweitzer Family at Bakersfield SpeedwaySchweitzer’s family owns and operates Bakersfield Speedway and despite the pain inflicted on them all, there was never a doubt that the race would go on.

Brody’s participating was a different matter.

As it turned out, Brody, 22, could not stay away and his car was one of 165 that overflowed the pit areas on Friday afternoon for the first of two nights of racing.

“I was thinking about not racing, but then so many people were helping getting the car together,” he said. “As it got closer and closer I felt like I would have regretted not racing so I decided to do it.

“Whatever the result is, that’s the result. It’s really not going to matter. With everything happening I think she’ll be here with me, helping me along. I don’t want to regret anything during this whole process so I’m racing.” Shortly after 5 p.m., Brody took center stage as he drove his American Stock racer onto the track and then into Victory Lane while the rest of American Stock drivers, all displaying American flags, parked along the front straight.


Brody was joined by the rest of his extended family and a large group of friends, almost all dressed in special teal (Bailey’s favorite color) t-shirts.

Emotional Night of Racing for Schweitzer Family at Bakersfield SpeedwayFans, many wearing teal as well, stood in silence as track announcer Brian Smith, who already was hoarse, emotionally read a brief tribute to Bailey.

After that it was back to normal, so to speak: The National Anthem with all standing and facing the flag flying at half mast, followed by the starting of engines as drivers left the track and prepared for a night of racing on the third-mile clay oval.

Brody’s cousins, Justin and Jared, were also competing: Justin in Modifieds and Jared in Sport Mods.

“I don’t think it ever crossed my mind not to be out here,” Justin Schweitzer said. “My uncle (Scott) got home and the first thing he said was ‘we’re doing the race. There’s a lot of people coming and we’re going to get together and do the race’. I think that was really important to him.”

As it was to Justin, Jared and their father, Shawn.

“That first week was rough,” said Shawn Schweitzer, Scott’s brother. “But getting back out here this week and working on the track helped.”

As did the help from all facets of the racing community.

“It’s been amazing, all the people that wanted to help,” Shawn Schweitzer said. “Chris Kearns from USAC in Arizona and Scott Woodhouse from Tulare are helping helping to run it. Tulare sent their entire fire crew with their fire truck down to help. It’s been phenomenal.”

The racers rallied as well, many sporting stickers honoring Bailey. One American Stock car was quickly painted teal. Special t-shirts remembering Bailey were sold out before the heat races began.

“It’s just amazing,” Brody said. “It just really shows you how many people she actually impacted and had a positive impression on. All these people coming together and willing to do anything they can in any way for us to help us through this situation. It just shows how special a person she was.”

Justin Schweitzer agreed.

“It’s just overwhelming,” he said. “You just can’t even put it into words how many people got together and gave everything they had to support the cause and be out here at the race.”

As it turns out, the biggest race of the year has come at a time when the Schweitzer family needed it most.

“I know everybody grieves in their own way and I know for my aunt and uncle, Bailey’s parent’s, they’ve made it clear to everybody they like to have people around,” Justin said. “They don’t want to shut everybody out. They want to feel that support and love. I think everybody is willing to give it.

"It’s kind of a great thing.”

For Brody, racing is part of getting back to normal, albeit a new normal.

“I haven’t been back to school or work,” he said. “I am looking forward to getting back to some normalcy, keeping yourself busy and stuff.

“Right now it’s important to be with family and this is the race track family. It’s important to come out here and see everyone.”




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