Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Ornament Produces #NASCAR Memories

NASCAR Race Mom really enjoyed the post quoted below by Jeff Davis.

Christmas Ornament Produces #NASCAR Memories

Davis is a former NASCAR driver from Anaheim, CA. He competed in three Sprint Cup Series events in his career. His first race was in 1992 at the Phoenix International Raceway, in his own equipment and produced his best finish. He started thirty-ninth in the field of forty-two and completed all but thirteen laps in route to a solid 26th place effort.

Davis also participated in the K&N Pro Series West from 1992 to 2005. In 1994, he finished fourth in the series point standings.

I love this time of year since it brings up some good old memories. Luckily I thought to buy this Christmas tree ornament in 1999 which was the second time that I tried to qualify for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. The first time was the inaugural in 1994 which was only a week after my first child Jake had been born.

That '94 event was cool since they put us Winston West teams in Gasoline Alley interspaced between Winston Cup guys. They put us in points order between Cup teams that were also in points order. So since I was in 4th place in Winston West, I was garaged next to Mark Martin.

Boy do I wish I'd taken some photos of that maybe even with both drivers and our cars. I bet some of my team members have some cool photos buried away in boxes since those were in the days of film for photos and Fotomat printing them. - Jeff Davis

The inaugural Brickyard 400 Jeff remembers was held on Saturday, August 6, 1994, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race marked the nineteenth race of the 1994 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. It was first race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway besides the Indianapolis 500 since the Harvest Classic in 1916. The race featured the largest crowd in NASCAR history, and a then NASCAR record purse of $3.2 million.

NASCAR Race Mom's Brickyard Memory:

NASCAR Race Mom was able to celebrate in the winner's circle with Jeff Gordon in 2014.   Jeff Gordon became the first five-time NASCAR winner at Indy, snatching the lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne on a restart with 17 laps remaining and holding on for his second Sprint Cup victory this season and the 90th of his career .

Back to the Future:

 2016 Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' 400 at the Brickyard!
Make your own memories and don't miss the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, July 24th at the 23rd Running of the 2016 Crown Royal Presents the 'Your Hero's Name Here' 400 at the Brickyard!

Consumers twenty-one (21) and older, please take a moment and visit to nominate your own heroes for a chance to have the Brickyard 400 renamed in their honor.

Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28 and five finalists will be chosen with a chance to win naming rights to the 2016 Brickyard 400.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Thanks Missy. I'm one of the luckiest guys I've known of that started out with so little.
My deal in the inaugural in '94 was a week after my first child was born and I was running my Winston West T-bird that had been a Roush car for Mark Martin. I even had a leased Roush engine in it and a Roush employee engine tuner Mike Lyons to make it go. I just barely missed the qualifying cut.
Heck, I outqualified Ron Hornaday but there were s many entrees.
My 2nd attempt was in '97 when two brothers and I were buying out Bud Moore's struggling team in SC.
That year I had an Elliott engine in a Bud Moore car. But the 2 brother 'partners' of mine had hired an Indy car crew chief who'd never done any NASCAR but thought he could outdo the NASCAR redneck regulars. The thing handled horribly but he wouldn't listen to me. We could have had SO much help from other teams since they all kept coming by offering input to help Bud and his longtime crew do better. It was a failure and it ended up being why a I never became their partner.
They spent MILLION$ of one of their wife's inheritances since her dad was a founder of Radio Shack.