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.

Below are the Xfinity and Truck Series current  Chase Grid.






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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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Thursday, May 18, 2017

All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Jeff Gordon

All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Jeff Gordon

A look at Yesteryear's All-Star Standouts

All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Jeff Gordon

The four-time premier series champ ties Earnhardt with three All-Star wins. Perhaps his 2001 win is the most memorable with Gordon crossing the start/finish line .701 seconds ahead of Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.


All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Jeff Gordon
All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Jeff Gordon

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Todd Gilliland Does Not Allow Rain to Dampen His Evening

Todd Gilliland Does Not Allow Rain to Dampen His Evening.

K&N Pro Series Race Ran 102 Laps behind the Pace Truck to Dry the Racing Surface

Todd Gilliland Does Not Allow Rain to Dampen His Evening.

Starting from pole for the sixth consecutive week, Todd Gilliland went on to lead every one of 150 laps to score his eleventh career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory as well as his fourth consecutive win.

It was the second straight race the sixteen-year-old has led flag-to-flag after a dominating performance last time out at California's Irwindale Event Center.

Though it didn't affect Gilliland, the weather had quite the impact on the day's on-track events. Delaying the start of the race by nearly two hours, the race did not go green until the cars turned 102 laps behind the pace truck as a last ditch effort to dry the racing surface.

Stopping for fuel before the green, it was the Gilliland show from there on. Following the lengthy rain delay, the race didn't see the checkered flag until well after midnight on the West Coast.

The Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 from Spokane County Raceway will air on NBCSN Thursday, May 18 at 10 p.m. PT.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will be back in action Saturday, May 20 at California's Orange Show Speedway with the Orange Show 150. The green flag is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. PT.

Source

Todd Gilliland Does Not Allow Rain to Dampen His Evening
 

RACE RESULTS


Car Driver Laps
1 16 Todd Gilliland 150
2 19 Derek Kraus * 150
3 99 Chris Eggleston 150
4 27 Garret Archer * 150
5 9 Michael Self 150
6 33 Nicole Behar 150
7 6 Julia Landauer 150
8 55 Owen Riddle * 150
9 61 Braeden Havens 149
10 32 Kody Vanderwal * 149
11 10 Matt Levin 149
12 13 Todd Souza 149
13 14 Andrew Engberson * 148
14 11 Takuma Koga 145
15 36 Jesse Iwuji 144
16 30 Stafford Smith * 143
17 39 Andrew Tuttle * 140
18 21 Blaine Perkins 139
19 7 Will Rodgers * 139
20 40 Ron Norman 123
21 38 Salvatore Iovino * 73
22 84 Rich DeLong III 10

 

RACE STATISTICS

Fastest Qualifier: Todd Gilliland, Time: 18.481 Seconds, Speed: 97.397 mph

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 8 mins, 41 secs Average Speed: 65.518 mph Margin of Victory: 2.360 Seconds

Caution Flags: Laps 12-33 (21, 84, 36 & 38 Acc T4 - Free Pass 39); 68-74 (38 Spun Back Straight - Free Pass 14); 81-87 (Break - Free Pass 7). 3 for 36 laps.

Lap Leaders: Todd Gilliland 1-150.

Total Laps Led: Todd Gilliland 150. 0 changes involving 1 drivers.

Top 10 Driver Points:
  1. Todd Gilliland 234
  2. Chris Eggleston 214
  3. Derek Kraus * 188
  4. Garret Archer * 185
  5. Nicole Behar 185
  6. Will Rodgers * 183
  7. Julia Landauer 173
  8. Blaine Perkins 167
  9. Kody Vanderwal * 164
  10. Matt Levin 160



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All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Bill Elliott

All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Bill Elliott

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All-Star Team for the All-Star Race - Bill Elliott


Although the Georgia native only has one All-Star win (1986) he dominated the event over a span of 18 races. He has topped the most circuits at the annual All-Star race with 267 laps led and holds six top fives, 13 tops 10s. His five pole awards puts him atop this category, as well.



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Monday, May 15, 2017

Innovative Four Stage Format for #NASCAR‘s Coca-Cola 600

Four Stage Format for #NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

Also Look For the #HisenseDualThreat Competition between Clint Bowyer and Erik Jones and Two Lucky Fans!!!

Innovative Four Stage Format for #NASCAR ‘s Coca-Cola 600

NASCAR just announced that this year’s Coca-Cola 600 — the longest race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — will be run with one additional stage.

The annual 600-mile race, scheduled May 28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, will feature four stages.

Breaks are scheduled as follows:
  • Stage 1: Green Flag to Lap 100
  • Stage 2: Lap 101 to 200
  • Stage 3: Lap 201 to 300
  • Stage 4: Lap 301 to Checkered Flag

Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition, said the decision was the result of a collaborative effort to offer more breaks in an endurance event that typically spans more than four hours as it progresses from early evening to nightfall.

“You look at the way Charlotte was laid out and the length of the race, it was just sort of a natural to add another one to break it up a little further and make a few more moments,” Miller told NASCAR.com. “When you make stages in the race, there’s a lot of things that go into the decisions about how they lay out. One of the primary concerns is fuel mileage and how far they can go on fuel. We don’t want to end up with a stage break right on top of what would be a fuel window where it could get a little messy with that situation. The natural places for the 600 was four 100-lap segments.”

All other elements of stage racing procedures are to remain the same for the Coca-Cola 600, with regular-season points awarded to each stage’s top 10 finishers and a bonus playoff point for stage winners. FOX Sports’ broadcasting team will also receive the benefit of an additional break in the action for commercials and in-race interviews.

“For 58 years, the Coca-Cola 600 has been a crown jewel on the NASCAR circuit because it presents unique challenges that don’t exist in any other race. The distance is greater. The test of endurance is greater. The challenge of adjusting to the track surface from hot to cool puts more pressure on crew chiefs and pit crews,” said Marcus Smith, President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “It’s only fitting that teams have an opportunity to be rewarded for the extra effort required to win at the 600. An additional stage win and that extra playoff point in May could be critical for playoff success in the fall.”

Additionally, during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend, Hisense and its friends at the esports team Evil Geniuses, will be looking to settle the score between the racers, proposed a challenge to answer once and for all: Who's the best gamer in all of NASCAR? The solution became the Hisense Dual Threat Challenge.

On May 26th, Erik JonesClint Bowyer, Hisense, Evil Geniuses and two lucky fans will join forces to host a Halo tournament on the 16,000 square-foot Speedway TV at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the weekend of the Hisense 4K TV 300 in Charlotte. Jones and Bowyer will act as team captains, and fill their teams out with two Evil Geniuses team members and one fan qualifier.

"At Hisense, we embrace head-to-head competition in all its forms and believe that the television is the hearth of the modern home: bringing people together to watch great content or, in this case, decide who's the biggest dual threat," said Mark Viken, Vice President of Marketing at Hisense. "We're also very excited to give two lucky fans the chance to compete with some of the biggest stars of NASCAR and professional gaming for ultimate bragging rights."

Fans were asked to Tweet a video to the hashtag #HisenseDualThreat, detailing what makes them a dual threat and why they should be considered for Jones or Bowyer's team. After two weeks of fielding submissions, Hisense selected eight finalists and the two winners will be chosen through a popular vote.

Yours truly, NASCAR Race Mom was honored as one of the finalists. There are just two days remaining to vote for the #HisenseDualThreat. 



Click Here to Register Your Vote


Innovative Four Stage Format for #NASCAR ‘s Coca-Cola 600


Of course a vote for my entry, would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully NRM emerges one of the winners – hoping to see you at the Coca-Cola 600





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All-Star Team For The All-Star Race - Davey Allison

All-Star Team For The All-Star Race - Davey Allison

A look at Yesteryear's All-Star Standouts

All-Star Team For The All-Star Race - Davey Allison


The 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee put on one of the most memorable All-Star races 25 years ago in 1992. Allison, after battling with Dale Earnhardt and Kyle Petty, crossed the start/finish line first, earning the $1 million purse. 

Petty and Allison made contact in the final moments, however, sending Allison's No. 28 into the frontstretch wall. He spent the night in the hospital, recovering, instead of celebrating in Victory Lane with his team. Allison also won in 1991.


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood

Just in Time for Mother’s Day

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion; three-time Daytona 500 winner; five-time Brickyard 400 winner, Jeff Gordon https://jeffgordon.com shared his #NASCAR Story through his own words and photos. After completing his final season as a NASCAR http://www.nascar.com Cup Series driver in 2015, Gordon joined the FOX Sports team as a broadcast analyst for their NASCAR Cup Series coverage. 


Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR


As you can see in these childhood photos, racing started at a very early age. Jeff was five when he began running laps at a makeshift racetrack in Vallejo, California, that he and his stepfather John Bickford converted from a fairground. Inspired at an early age by John to be the best he could be in everything he did, Jeff embraced racing with a natural talent and true humility.

John and Carol Bickford tried to stay on Jeff about his grades, but Carol never had an objection to the racing or the hectic schedule. “I loved it,” she says. “And you know why I loved it? Because we were doing it as a family.”

It became such a family project that at one point in 1978, they purchased a quarter midget for Carol so she could serve as a challenger for Jeff when he practiced passing and restarts. 


Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

Jeff Gordon Remembers His Childhood #NASCAR

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

No Signs of Gilliland Slowing Down in Title Defense

No Signs of Gilliland Slowing Down in Title Defense
No Signs of Gilliland Slowing Down in Title Defense

Every driver in every car not lettered with the No. 16 on the side will be out to stop the momentum of reigning series champion Todd Gilliland when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to action in the Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Spokane County Raceway in Washington on Saturday, May 13. The race marks the series’ first visit to Spokane since 2013.

A member of the 2016-2017 NASCAR NEXT class, Gilliland has won three of the first four races of the season, giving him nine wins over the last 15 months, and his sweep of the NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100s at California’s Irwindale Event Center in late March built him a 13-point cushion over teammate Chris Eggleston atop the standings a quarter of the way through the schedule. Eggleston, who won the season opener at Arizona's Tucson Speedway, has been the only driver to slow the 16-year-old Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, teen’s march toward a second consecutive championship.

Gilliland became the youngest NASCAR champion, national or touring, in history by winning the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West title.



  
While the two Bill McAnally Racing drivers have combined to win the first four races of the 2017 season and sits one-two atop the standings, they aren’t the only drivers off to a hot start. Rookie Will Rodgers is the only other driver to finish in the top five in every single race to date. Rodgers, 22, finished a career-best third at California’s Kern County Raceway Park before posting back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the twin features at Irwindale.

Part of Gilliland’s success this season, without question, has been his ability to start up front. He’s won all four pole positions this season and hasn’t finished worse than second. In his young K&N Pro Series West career, Gilliland has 10 wins, 10 poles, 16 top fives and 18 top 10s in just 19 starts. He’s only finished outside the top 10 once — at California’s Sonoma Raceway last June, a 24th-place finish that he followed by winning the next three consecutive races. That streak matches his current career-best three-race winning streak.

RACE: Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150
PLACE: Spokane County Raceway, Spokane, Washington
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 8:15 p.m., PT
AIRDATE: NBCSN, Friday, May 19 at 10 p.m. PT
TRACK LAYOUT: Half-mile oval
2016 WINNER: N/A
2016 POLE WINNER: N/A
EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 13 – Garage opens: 11 a.m.; Practice: 3-3:45 p.m., 4-4:45 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:15 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6:25 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Germane Smith, (916) 676-0010 or gsmith@billmcanallyracing.com
TWITTER: @spokaneraceway
EVENT HASHTAG: #NAPAAutoParts150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142), bfranceschini@nascar.com.

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