Saturday, October 22, 2016

fred’s Pharmacy Executives Teresa Gabor, Kevin Pitt to Serve as Honorary Officials for fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola

fred’s Pharmacy Executives Teresa Gabor, Kevin Pitt to Serve as Honorary Officials for fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola Talladega Superspeedway track officials announced today the Honorary Starter and Grand Marshal, as well as the National Anthem performers, for the first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chase elimination race, the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola, on Saturday, Oct. 22.

 fred’s Pharmacy Executives Teresa Gabor, Kevin Pitt to Serve as Honorary Officials for fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola

fred’s Pharmacy, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, with more than 650 locations throughout the southeastern United States, will have Teresa Gabor, senior vice president of merchandising, serving as Grand Marshal. She will give the most famous command in motorsports – “Drivers, Start Your Engines” - prior to the start of the scheduled 94-lap event. Serving as Honorary Starter and bringing the field to the green flag to start Saturday’s race will be Kevin Pitt, regional vice president.

Gabor (pictured left), from Coldwater, MS, has been with fred’s for 20 years and is responsible for several areas in merchandising. Pitt (pictured right) is responsible for covering Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina for fred’s Pharmacy and has been with the company for 13 years.

The inaugural fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola took place in 2006, and multiple year winners of the NCWTS include Timothy Peters (2014, 2015), Kyle Busch (2009, 2010) and Todd Bodine (2007, 2008).

Singing the National Anthem prior to the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is The Sweet Tea Trio, a group of three young ladies hailing from three different parts of Alabama – Victoria Camp, Savannah Coker and Kate Falcon. The trio will bring a blend of southern charm and bluegrass with a little bit of country twang to the stage. The trio have recently been named the 2016 Alabama Female Country Artists of the Year by the Alabama Music Awards.

The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola will have a contested battle for the title as it serves as a cut-off race in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase. At race’s conclusion, six of eight eligible drivers will move on in the next round (Round of 6). By virtue of a win, William Byron is the only driver who has locked himself into the Round of 6. 

Saturday’s schedule also includes qualifying for the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola (9:30 a.m. CDT) and Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying at 3 p.m. CDT for Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola is set to get the green flag at noon CDT. The day concludes in the evening with the traditional Saturday Night Infield Concert, featuring Nashville country star Jerrod Niemann with Tim Dugger and DJ Michaelis rocking the stage beginning at 7:15 p.m. CDT.

The elimination drama continues during Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500, as it will serve as the final race in the Round of 12 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup where the field of 12 eligible drivers for the championship will be trimmed to eight at the checkered flag. Virtually no driver is safe from being eliminated except for Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick who have guaranteed a spot in the Round of 8 after their Round of 12 triumphs. The Hellmann’s 500 is set for a 1:00 p.m. CDT start.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

2017 SCCA Runoffs Qualification Path Set

2017 SCCA Runoffs Qualification Path Set

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sports Car Club of America announced today that the IMS road course will be the site of the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

Race Days Sept. 29-Oct. 1. 

2017 SCCA Runoffs Qualification Path Set

Planning is underway for the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs taking place in September at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  While largely unchanged from 2016, the addition of the new Hoosier Racing Tires SCCA Super Tour series has prompted some tweaks to the process by which racers receive invites to compete at the annual extravaganza.

Three distinct paths exist for racers to gain eligibility for a Runoffs invitation. For those involved in Hoosier Super Tour or U.S. Majors Tour Conference events, drivers must first participate in a minimum of three separate weekends, in any Conference, and have a minimum of three individual race starts, all in the same class.  Additionally, competitors must meet one of the following:

  • - Finish in the top 10 of a Conference’s point standings in class, or score points in the top 50 percent of a class with more than 20 participants.
  • - Score points in the top 50 percent of a class in the Hoosier Super Tour Championship point standings.

The most significant change to the 2017 qualification path centers on the transformation of the previous Nationwide Point Championship to the Hoosier Super Tour Championship. The class point “bogey” based on the previous year’s top-50 percent mark has been removed because of the significant change to that championship’s structure.  And it’s important to note that points are only earned in the Conference overseeing a race weekend, except for Super Tour events where points count toward both the Hoosier Super Tour Championship and the Conference organizing the event.

A Divisional Championship path to a Runoffs invite also remains an option.  Here, a competitor must first participate in the same class for a minimum of four weekends within a single Divisional Championship.  Then, racers must finish in the top three positions within a class point standings, except for Spec Miata, Spec Racer Ford and Spec Racer Ford Gen3 where the top five will be invited to the Runoffs.  A competitor must qualify in the same class in which he/she is entering the Runoffs, though he/she may compete in any car eligible for the class.

In addition to the top three (top five in SRF/SRF3/SM) Divisional Championship points earners nationwide, drivers in the top 50 percent in the CenDiv and Great Lakes Divisions for 2017 will be eligible for Runoffs invitations dictated by available space.

If a Divisional Championship is not concluded at the time of the Runoffs, invitations will be extended to competitors meeting the requirements three weeks prior to the start of the Runoffs, thus allowing Divisions to run programs year-round.

And of course, defending Runoffs winners also get an invite.  Such drivers who have not met requirements as stated above may be accepted as a Runoffs entrant.  But in such an instance, the driver can only compete in the class or classes being defended, though he or she may compete in any car eligible within the class.  However, a driver may not invoke this provision two-consecutive years in the same class, even if he/she repeats as a National Champion.

Runoffs qualification path changes for the 2017 General Competition Rules (GCR) are now posted in the November 2017 Fastrack® News at

So, check calendars, make travel plans and get races in to make sure you are at the first ever SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Many Indianapolis 500 veterans have their racing roots in SCCA competition, so hosting the SCCA national championships at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a natural fit,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The Runoffs will provide drivers who have dreamed of competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway an opportunity to do so and will hopefully motivate some participants to continue on the path to compete in the Indianapolis 500 someday. It is going to be a tremendous event showcasing the talent and passion that makes SCCA racing so exciting.”

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Photo: The Panasonic Pagoda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Credit: Jon Krolewicz

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sightings

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sightings"You Look Kinda Like Dale Earnhardt"

If you are missing Dale Jr. on the Track (Like NASCAR Race Mom is) you might want to move to Mooresville, North Carolina. Check out the hilarious video below:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sightings #nascar
Photo: Jerome Miron
You can also see NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver in the broadcast booth. Jr. will join the NBC Sports broadcast booth for Chase for the Sprint Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday and Martinsville Speedway next week.

“I’m excited to see these races from a different vantage point and hopefully offer some insight to the viewers,” said Earnhardt Jr. in an NBC press release. “I thoroughly enjoyed my opportunity to broadcast the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan earlier this year, so I expect getting to spend time in the booth with the NBC team to be just as fun.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sightings #nascar
Earnhardt Jr. believes he suffered a concussion during an incident June 12
at Michigan International Speedway. He raced three more times in 2016.
Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports

The race at Talladega, which airs Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET, is the elimination race for the Round of 8 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and Martinsville’s event kicks off the third of four Chase rounds at 12:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 30.

“With five races left in the Sprint Cup playoffs, we are thrilled to welcome Dale Earnhardt Jr. into our broadcast booth as we present two of the most unpredictable and exciting races in the Chase,” said Jeff Behnke, VP of NASCAR Production for the NBC Sports Group. “Dale is incredibly respected and the viewers and fans will be treated to his perspective on two very different race tracks.”

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chase Briscoe #Wins ARCA championship & Dalton Sargeant Secures ROY

Chase Briscoe #Wins ARCA championship & Dalton Sargeant Secures ROY

Briscoe and Sargeant To Appear on "Inside ARCA" Season Finale

Chase Briscoe #Wins ARCA championship & Dalton Sargeant Secures ROY

Saving the best of the best for last with newly-crowned ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards national champion Chase Briscoe and SCOTT Rookie of the Year Dalton Sargeant to finish out the season on "Inside ARCA" today at

Both Briscoe and Sargeant clinched their respective titles last week at Kansas Speedway where Briscoe picked up his sixth series win of the 2016 season. Sargeant was also very much in contention for the win, leading inside of 25 laps from the finish when ignition issues dropped the Boca Raton, Florida driver back in the finishing order.

Both drivers had phenomenal seasons - Briscoe in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford for Cunningham Motorsports, and Sargeant in the No. 55 TRD-Windows 10 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports.

While Briscoe led the way in several Special Award categories, including Menards Pole by Ansell, Short Track championship by Protect Plus, Bill France 4 Crown, Valvoline Lap Leader and S&S Volvo Laps Completed, the Mitchell, Indiana rookie certainly didn't sweep the board. 

Sargeant not only earned the SCOTT Rookie of the Year honors, he picked up the prestigious General Tire Superspeedway Challenge championship for car owner Billy Venturini.

Both drivers will officially receive their respective honors at the 64th annual national championship awards banquet at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis Saturday night, December 10. The big show runs in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show.

Don’t miss the season finale for “Inside ARCA” on the way Thursday here at Join show hosts Charlie Krall and Tim Clagg beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The show runs in a continuous loop throughout the day up until midnight. 

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Complete Weekend #NASCAR Schedule for #NSCS & #NCWTS

Complete Weekend #NASCAR Schedule for #NSCS & #NCWTS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)


Complete Weekend #NASCAR Schedule for #NSCS & #NCWTS

NASCAR will travel to Lincoln, Alabama for a doubleheader at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series. The Xfinity Series is off and will return to action on November 5th at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Complete Weekend #NASCAR Schedule for #NSCS & #NCWTS

Talladega Superspeedway, formerly known as Alabama International Motor Speedway (AIMS) opened for racing in 1969. The stands currently capacity are 78 000 seats.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Austin Wayne Self Debuts Trump-Pence Truck

Austin Wayne Self Debuts Trump-Pence Truck

With the 2016 presidential election less than three weeks away, the heat is on for Donald J. Trump  - AM Racing Debuts Trump-Pence Truck at Talladega Superspeedway.

Austin Wayne Self  Debuts Trump-Pence Truck #nascar


Austin Wayne Self
No.22 Trump-Pence Toyota Tundra

  • Hometown: Austin, Texas
  • Age: 20
  • 2016 NCWTS Stats:
    • 2016 NCWTS Point Standings – 16th 
    • Last Race: 21st Place Finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway 
    • Top-10’s: 1 
    • Average Finish: 20th 
    • Best Finish: 9th (Eldora Speedway)

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to Talladega Superspeedway for the 19th event of the season. Talladega, known for its high banked 2.66 mile racing surface has delivered exciting – big pack restrictor plate racing to the NASCAR Truck series since the inaugural race in 2006. AM Technical Solutions Team Notes:

Austin Wayne Self, a native of the great state of Texas, along with his AM Racing NASCAR truck team, plan to unveil their red, white and blue No.22 ‘Trump-Pence, Make American Great Again’ tribute truck at this weekend’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – Fred’s Pharmacy 250 powered by Coca-Cola event at Talladega Superspeedway on October 22. The Talladega race date which falls three weeks before the United States presidential election of 2016, provides a timely stage to show support.

AWS Talladega Superspeedway Quote:

“I’m excited to make my first career Truck Series start at Talladega. I’ve had some decent results over the past couple years in the ARCA Series so I’m coming in with some experience – knowing what to expect. These plate races are so intense, you’re up on the wheel the entire race with no time to relax. These trucks are so aero sensitive. With the high speeds and tight racing you’ve really got to be patient and not make any mistakes or it will cost you.” -Austin Wayne Self

  • Track: Talladega Superspeedway
  • Race: Fred’s Pharmacy 250 Powered by Coca-Cola
    94 LAPS, 250 MILES- (NCWTS Event 19 of 23)
  • Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • Broadcast Information: 1:00 PM EST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1
  • Practice: Friday, October 21, 2016
  • First Practice: 12:00 PM-9:30 AM (FOX SPORTS 1) Final Practice: 2:00 PM-2:55 PM (FOX SPORTS 1)
  • NCWTS Keystone Light Pole Qualifying: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM (FOX SPORTS 1)


Talladega Superspeedway Specifications:

  • Intermediate: 2.6 Mile Paved Tri-Oval
  • Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
  • Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet Total length: 4,300 Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet.

Joey Hand – Racing Dreams #ILikeWinners

Joey Hand – Racing Dreams #ILikeWinners

Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA - #Winners
2016 24-Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro Class


In 1966, this Ford GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.


June 2016 represented a fantastic historical moment for the Ford Motor Company. The organization is assured enough to dared to return to Le Man, fifty years after an incredible 1966 victory, with the belief that they could take on that tough competition for the win once more. 

In 1966, this Ford GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In 1966, this Ford GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In case you are not aware, in June of 1966, Ford entered their Ford GT40 and secured their first event win. There was quite a rivalry between Enzo Ferrari and Henry Ford II. However, the victory wasn't easy. It came after years of testing and expense to improve engineering efforts. And it wasn't until great American Icon,  Carroll Shelby took over the program that the GT40 won. The 1966 winning Le Man’s Ford was piloted by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon.

Fast Forward . . . . a half a century later, building a brand new car and racing it at Le Mans (Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France) for the win loomed a monumental commission . . . . the stuff dreams are made of.

NASCAR Race Mom was first introduced to Joey Hand when he was just a youngster and racing in the International Kart Federation Region 7 with her son. After karting, Hand apprenticed two years in the competitive Star Mazda Series.

“I did Star Mazda for two years, starting in 1998. I drove my own car; somebody bought the car for me and I did it out of my dad's garage. Me, my dad and my dad's stock car engine builder went along. I won a race at Pike's peak that year. The next year I won the West Coast Championship, Hand recalled. That Star Mazda car taught me a lot.”

Hand turned those earlier lessons into a very successful racing career. He was best known as a sports car driver, and is co-winner of the 2011 24-Hours of Daytona driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, and the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring GT class for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Then a chance meeting with his previous boss set the stage for a racing dream come true. Hand was running down the back of pit lane at Petit Le Mans to congratulate his friends at Turner for winning the 2014 Championship. He literally had to slide to a stop to avoid running into Chip Ganassi. Chip, known to be super blunt and to the point, invited Hand to race for him.

“What? I was saying, and Chip said ‘yeah come drive for me next year - this is the time.’ We had talked about it before . . . I said oh, can I call you - so short story that's what started this; basically running into him on pit lane and without that lucky meeting, I don't know if he would ever call me and invited me to drive for him.” Hand chuckled.

2016 24-Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro Class That unscripted encounter, put Joey into the driver’s seat at the 2016 24-Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro class for Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA driving the Ford GT* with teammates Dirk Müller and Sebastien Bourdais.

The number 68 Ford captured the pole position in qualifying, with Müller notching the fastest time. It was a pole-to-pole finish for Ford, although there were periods during the race, especially overnight, when Ford ran second to their old rival Ferrari.

“We had a steering wheel malfunction, the car wouldn't shut off as they fueled and we got a drive thru penalty. We lost about sixty seconds. In Le Mans, there are no yellow flags to bunches the field. I drove three - three hour stints. I was in second, it was really late, in the middle of the night, when I was lucky to be the guy in the car when we had pace and I passed the Ferrari for the final time with just four hours to go. I passed the Ferrari after catching him from seventeen seconds back. I got to passed him and then pulled away.” Hand detailed fondly.

Joey Hand – Racing Dreams #ILikeWinners

After that immense battle with the No. 82 Ferrari, the No. 68 Ford GT took the lead for the final time in the twentieth hour of the race and Müller drove the race car across the finish line for the checkered flag. In addition to winning the race, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing squad placed three of its cars in the top four in the LMGTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans! Almost a repeat of the 1966 ‘one-two-three’ finish.

“Fifty years between Ford's first win with the GT40 in '66 you know, they built this car to go back to win on 50th year anniversary, I mean they wanted to win - it was all about Le Mans, all about winning on the 50th year," Joey stated. "I keep attributing it to like somebody like Babe Ruth coming up to the plate and calling a home run and then hitting a home run.”

*The Ford GT features the ultimate in aerodynamics, lightweight carbon fibre construction and the ultra-efficient twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine, Ford’s most powerful production engine that produces over 600 horsepower. The Ford GT is the pinnacle product of the Ford Performance range so it is fitting that the road car version will make its dynamic debut at Le Mans.

NASCAR Race Mom with Joey Hand at the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson Auction
NASCAR Race Mom just finished up a year of Barrett-Jackson Auctions. All were fun and exciting yet different in their own unique ways.

This interview with Joey Hand was the highlight of my Las Vegas Trip. Hand is a very sweet and humble talented driver – good things come to good people.

#ILikeWinners is Chip Ganassi's favorite twitter hashtag and he sure does know how to pick them.