Saturday, May 31, 2014

Happy #NASCAR Birthday To Driver
Dylan Kwasniewski

Dylan Kwasniewski
Age 19 (5/31/1995)

Crown Royal To Rename 2014 Brickyard 400
After An American Hero (#nascar)

Crown Royal has made it their mission to show their support to the everyday heroes who do so much for others and ask nothing in return. The Crown Royal Heroes Project is an on-going commitment to provide these heroes with the recognition and support they deserve.

For the eighth year, Crown Royal  will make a dream a reality, as they rename one of the season’s biggest NASCAR races after an adult consumer.

They are teaming up with Phoenix-based charity Packages From Home, which is dedicated to sending care packages to active-duty troops stationed overseas, in their annual “Your Hero’s Name Here” program.

The program honors a deserving American hero by re-naming the July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his or her honor.

Vote To Re-Name The Brickyard 400 After A Deserving Hero

Have You Voted Yet?

Voting ends June 2nd 

Picking one "hero" was extremely difficult for NASCAR Race Mom.  Each Crown Royal Finalist has a compelling history of service!  Please review the finalist's bios below and cast your vote today!

The Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” Finalists:


The Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” Finalist: James Bailey
James Bailey, 33, of Pamplin, Va. is a Correctional Officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections. During his 12-hour shifts, Bailey strives to keep felons off the streets in addition to providing a safe environment for the inmates inside the walls. As a public safety figure, Bailey puts his life on the line for others without hesitation. He was nominated by his loving wife, Angela, who believes correctional officers do not receive enough credit for the sacrifices they make every day. Bailey goes to work with the hope that he’ll make a difference in the lives of those he’s around and if he can help promote change he feels as though he’s accomplished something in his career. Honoring his father as his personal hero, Bailey admires his hard work and tries to be the type of man he is. When his father suffered a heart attack in recent years, Bailey saved his life. Believing that each day is a blessing, he never takes life for granted and is thankful to have the opportunity to wake up and start a new day. An avid race fan, Bailey enjoys attending NASCAR races in his free time, especially watching his favorite driver Denny Hamlin, along with riding his Harley. 


The Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” Finalist: Bryce Boyer
Bryce Boyer, 49, from Wanship, Utah, has been the Summit County Utah Fire Warden for the past 11 years. When a devastating wildfire broke out near Rockport State Park, Boyer took the lead as incident commander and worked endlessly to suppress the fire. Boyer and his teams were able to contain the fire after it burned over 1,400 acres and destroyed 15 structures. In addition to fighting fires like these, he also works to organize and train fire personnel on fire tactics and safety, volunteers with the North Summit, South Summit, and Park City Fire District and as an emergency medical first responder – all in his spare time. Even though he has been nominated for Fire Warden of the Year three times, Boyer doesn’t fight fire for awards and recognition but does his job “to protect the county residents as much as possible.” As a finalist, Boyer is most excited to see his favorite NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart, on race day and to have the opportunity to tell people living in urban areas the importance of preparing for fires. 


Tara Hulett, 32, of Albany, N.Y., works within her community to spread awareness of traumatic brain injuries in her father’s memory. In 2008, her father Kenneth Coons, an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, was struck by a car as he was crossing the street to check out a new fishing spot. Kenneth suffered from a traumatic brain injury from the accident and spent weeks in primary and rehabilitation hospitals. This tragic incident inspired Hulett to honor her father by making others aware of brain injuries. She has worked with the Mayor of Albany to create Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Day on August 25, Kenneth’s birthday, beginning in 2008. She also started Fishing for Hope, a Facebook page with over 400 followers that helps inform people about traumatic brain injuries, and Grief Connect, a Facebook page to assist others in dealing with grief. In addition to bringing attention to brain injuries in her community, Hulett continually works with the Brain Injury Association of New York. Kenneth passed away in 2011 after being suddenly diagnosed with leukemia. Hulett and her family continue to honor his memory by participating in the Light the Night walk each year, collecting stuffed animals and donating them to the Leukemia Society, and collecting books to give to the Albany Tulip Queens Literacy campaign to give back to the Mayor for all he’s done to remember Kenneth.


The Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” Finalist: John Wayne Walding
John Wayne Walding, 32, of Little Elm, Texas, served in the United States Army for 12 years with seven of those years being in the 3rd Special Forces Group, completing tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. While overseas in 2008, Walding was involved in a fire fight during a mission to capture a high value target, during which he lost his lower right leg. After recovering from his injury, Walding was the first amputee to graduate Special Forces school. He completed the 2009 Boston Marathon and Army 10 miler, utilizing a hand cycle, within a year of the accident. Some of Walding’s awards and badges include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. Walding was honored to be nominated by his brother, as he considers it humbling validation each time someone hears about what he’s done for his country. One of Walding’s missions in life is to pass his torch on to the person behind him in an effort to help his fellow service men and women in the form of guidance. He helps former military members by employing them or providing direction to find their “North Star”, what Walding describes as their meaning in life after active duty service. A big NASCAR fan, Walding has never had the opportunity to go to a race and looks forward to attending the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 in July. 


Tyler Whisenhunt, 28, of Gentry, Ark., served his country as a member of the United States Air Force 307th REDHORSE for six years beginning as an Airman First Class and making Technical Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 2013. Whisenhunt was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007 to 2008 as lead vehicle operator of 81 missions, totaling 4,006 miles, which led to exposure of multiple combat encounters. One particular incident Whisenhunt suspected copper wires along the road that led to an IED. Four fellow Airmen were dismounted in proximity to the bomb and Whisenhunt aided in getting Airmen to safety inside the Humvee before the bomb detonated on the vehicle. Lucky to survive the blast, this tragic event inspired him to create and build armor for Humvees to prevent other Servicemen and Women from being injured. In addition, he put his engineering abilities to work to design and build protective shields for 5 remote control IED countermeasure systems, improving convoy IED defeat measures for 32 people. While deployed, Whisenhunt received a guitar as a gift and with the help of a team member he learned to play. The guitar became a staple item on missions, strapped to the top of the Humvee, it went everywhere with him and still enjoys playing that acoustic today. After he finished his tour in Iraq, Whisenhunt earned a four-year degree in Construction Management and worked his way into a Field Superintendent role at Nabholz Construction Services. In his free time, Whisenhunt enjoys sports, hunting, fishing and being with his family – his wife Amanda and two young daughters. On race days, he likes watching his favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

#NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Bowman Gray Stadium

Race Day - Race 7 of 16 (2014 Season)

Track Facts

SHAPE: Flat oval

SURFACE: Asphalt

LENGTH: .25 Mile

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bowman Gray Stadium
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Bowman Gray Stadium


1250 South Martin Luther King Jr Drive

Winston-Salem, NC, 27107

(336) 679-8118


4620 Highway 601

Yadkinville, NC, 27055

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#kneast News & Notes: Bowman Gray

Winston-Salem, N.C., native Ronnie Bassett Jr. is looking forward to racing in front of
a hometown  crowd in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's NASCAR Hall of Fame 150
on Saturday, May 31 at Bowman Gray Stadium.  (Getty Images for NASCAR)

For NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Ronnie Bassett Jr., the confidence level rises on a daily basis as he and his team learns more and more about the cars and tracks that make up the series.

“It’s been really different. Everything that I’ve ever learned in a late model, I can throw out the window,” said Bassett. “It’s like the other side of the coin and starting brand new.”

The learning curve, while steep, has been managed by the Bassett bunch. In six starts this season they have scored top-five finishes at Greenville and Richmond. Add in another two top 10s and that’s good enough for ninth in the championship standings. “I’ve learned a lot. The team has learned a lot,” he said. “I feel like it’s coming together and we’ll just keep digging.”

Coming into the season, the Winston-Salem, N.C., driver had just two series starts to his credit and making the adjustment from part-time to full-time competitor is rarely easy despite expectations to the contrary.

“It’s definitely been harder than I expected. The competition level is crazy in this series,” he said. “There’s a bunch of great drivers. Everybody brings their ‘A’ game.”

Next up for the K&N Pro Series East is the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 on Saturday, May 31 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, one of the most historic tracks in all of racing. The younger generation’s perceived lack of appreciation for history doesn’t apply to Bassett as far as Bowman Gray is concerned.

“It’s a special place, for sure,” said the 18-year-old Bassett. “My father has raced and won there. It’s a unique place and one that should be appreciated.”

Bassett has raced at the nearly 70-year-old facility but in nothing with the size and power of a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car. His only experience on the quarter-mile track was a test session earlier in the month.

“I thought the test went really well,” he said. “We were good in the heat of the day and it got a little snug later in the day, but I think we’ll be in good shape.”

Even without a lot of experience on the track, Bowman Gray is Bassett’s home track by default which is sure to draw a slew of friends and relatives.

“Having this deal close to home is great. So many places of where we race are far away and this one is right in our back yard,” said Bassett. “The chance for friends and family to come out and see what we do is special. I’ve tried to explain it, but now they can experience it firsthand. It’s going to be a fun night.”

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy #NASCAR Birthday To Driver
Johanna Long

Johanna Long
Age 22 (5/26/1992)

Pursley Escapes With Kern Victory
(#nascar #knwest)

Wins Duel With Mayhew For 19th Career K&N West Triumph

Pursley secured his 19th career K&N Pro Series West victory, and second in a row at Kern County.
Pursley secured his 19th career K&N Pro Series West victory, and second in a row
at Kern County. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It was a two-horse race for the Armed Forces 150 checkered flag, and in the end Greg Pursley came out on top of David Mayhew in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West action at Kern County Raceway Park.

Pursley, from Newhall, Calif., led the first 113 laps from his pole position, but the bulk of those were with Mayhew right in his rearview. Mayhew finally edged ahead on Lap 114 and set sail for what would have been his third-consecutive victory, but a late-race caution changed everything.

On Lap 136, the caution came out for a stalled car. On the ensuing Lap 142 restart, Mayhew and Pursley waged a side-by-side battle that figured to go all the way to the checkered flag, but as the pair came through Turn 2 on Lap 146 the slowed car of Bill Kann was in Mayhew’s line and he had to put on the brakes to avoid contact.

The evasive action dropped Mayhew to fourth in the moment, and Pursley cruised for the final four circuits in the No. 26 GPM/Star Nursery/Real Water Ford to his 19th career victory.

“I got alongside David after the restart with 10 to go and I thought we had him,” said Pursley. “There was a car that spun up in two and there was no caution. He went high and had to check up. I went low and was able to get by. We came out of that with the lead and on to the checkered flag.”

Understandably, Mayhew’s point of view was different from Pursley’s.

“We had a car turned around in the front of the field. I expected the caution flag,” he said. “We don’t race through that. I’m at a loss on why the yellow didn’t fly.”

For Pursley, it was his first win of the season and first since winning at the Kern County track at the end of last season.

Pursley has now earned 18 Coors Light Poles and 11 different tracks during
his K&N Pro Series West career. (Jason O. Watson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Jesse Little Tops Practice Chart in #NASCAR #knwest

NASCAR Next's Jesse Little topped the chart in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West practice for the Armed Forces 150 at Kern County Raceway Park
NASCAR Next's Jesse Little topped the chart in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
practice for the Armed Forces 150 at Kern County Raceway Park
(Jason O. Watson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jesse Little headed west this weekend and topped the speed chart in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West final practice on Saturday for the Armed Forces 150 at Kern County Raceway Park.

The NASCAR Next driver out of Sherrills Ford, N.C., is a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular, but is scheduled to make three K&N West starts this season. Little clicked off a 18.148-second lap for an average speed of 99.184 mph on the half-mile track.

Giles Thornton was second-fastest in the final 45-minute session with a time of 18.184 seconds (98.988 mph) followed by David Mayhew in third at 18.270 seconds (98.522 mph). NASCAR Next’s Brandon McReynolds at 18.272 seconds (98.511 mph) and points leader Greg Pursley at 18.351 mph (98.087 mph) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton, James Bickford, Luis Tyrrell, Jamie Krzysik and Anthony Giannone rounded out the top 10 in final practice.

Little made his series debut in November 2013 at Phoenix International Raceway with a runner-up finish to fellow NASCAR Next driver Gray Gaulding.

Happy #NASCAR Birthday To Drivers
Joey Logano and Kenny Habul

Joey Logano
Age 24 (5/24/1990) 

Kenny Habul
Age 40 (5/24/1973)

#NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
Kern County Raceway Park

Raceday 5 of 14 (2014 Season)

Track Facts


SURFACE: Asphalt

LENGTH: Half-mile

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West - Kern County Raceway Park
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West - Kern County Raceway Park


Interstate 5 and Enos Lane

Bakersfield, CA, 93311

(661) 835-1264

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Goodyear Honors Troops
5th Annual ‘Goodyear Gives Back” Campaign

Goodyear - Official Tire of NASCAR

NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth and Tire Specialist Jerold Shires receive a delivery of Goodyear’s “Support Our Troops” tires from Goodyear Racing’s James Heath, a retired Marine at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Goodyear kicks off "Goodyear Gives Back."
NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth and Tire Specialist Jerold Shires receive a delivery of
Goodyear’s “Support Our Troops” tires from Goodyear Racing’s James Heath, a retired
Marine at Charlotte Motor Speedway as Goodyear kicks off "Goodyear Gives Back."

Goodyear Transforms NASCAR Tires for Memorial Day Race Weekend, Launches Charity Auction to Benefit Support Our Troops® Organization

Continuing its long history of supporting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR’s three major national series, has launched its fifth annual “Goodyear Gives Back” charitable program benefitting the Support Our Troops® organization.

Goodyear “Support Our Troops”
To kick off the program, Goodyear will once again transform its NASCAR race tires by replacing the “Eagle” sidewall design with “Support Our Troops” messaging on all tires used during Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This effort coincides with the launch of Goodyear’s charity auction at, which features autographed NASCAR memorabilia, VIP race experiences and rides on the Goodyear Blimp.

Goodyear will match funds raised through the charity auction up to $50,000. Proceeds benefit Support Our Troops®, a nonprofit nationwide organization that works to bolster the morale and well-being of America’s troops and their families. To-date, the Goodyear Gives Back program has provided more than $800,000 in cash and product to help troops and their families.

“Memorial Day is a time to honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom,” said Gary Melliere, Goodyear’s general manager of sponsorships. “We are proud to show our support of military personnel and their families through the ‘Goodyear Gives Back’ program, and encourage NASCAR fans to join us in this great cause.”

Fans can get involved by visiting through July 31, 2014 to bid on unique items and VIP experiences, purchase Support Our Troops merchandise (while supplies last), send notes of thanks to troops, or make direct donations to Support Our Troops®.

“Over the past five years, the Goodyear Gives Back program has provided millions of race fans the opportunity to show their support of the U.S Armed Forces,” said Martin C. Boire, executive director of Support Our Troops. “In that time, the work of Goodyear and NASCAR has been invaluable in raising awareness and funds to better the lives of service men and women and their families.”

This year’s program is part of a strong collaborative effort made by the NASCAR community to show its support of the military, including the “NASCAR: An American Salute” initiative which highlights the sport’s ongoing support of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans.

“The Goodyear Gives Back program continues to be one of the most visible symbols of military support during the Memorial Day race weekend,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton. “We hope that Goodyear’s efforts, along with our ‘NASCAR: An American Salute’ initiative, will encourage fans to show their support for the men and women who serve in the U.S. military.”

Goodyear, the largest producer of military tires in the U.S., has more than 100 years of history building innovative tires and equipment to support and protect our troops. Goodyear has also been named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine, and has committed to hire 1,000 military veterans by 2015.

About Goodyear

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs approximately 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 51 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear or its products, go to

About Support Our Troops

SupportOurTroops.Org provides simple constructive ways for citizens and community minded businesses to show their patriotism and appreciation for those who sacrifice so much to protect our country, our homes, our families, and our American way of life.

Support Our Troops is a registered trademark licensed through The official SupportOurTroops.Org website is a nationwide platform for individuals, organizations, businesses and non-profits to bolster America’s troops and their families in a multitude of ways. It is a moral covenant with those who serve to protect us and our families. SupportOurTroops.Org is a resource that was not available to previous generations of troops, which now stands as a permanent living testament to the affection, gratitude and loyalty good Americans hold for those who do so much for all of us every day.

“Goodyear Gives Back”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Harraka joins TriStar Motorsports (#nascar)

Paula Harraka has joined the driver stable of NASCAR Nationwide Series team TriStar Motorsports and will make his debut with the team on May 31 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. He'll be driving the No. 44 Toyota.

"Dover is about as close to home as it gets for me, so there's no better place to make my debut with TriStar Motorsports," Harraka said. "We have dedicated a lot of time to put this all together, and we want to make the most of it. I'm excited to be working with Mark, Greg and the entire team and can't wait to hit the race track."

Harraka participated in NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and has four previous Nationwide Series starts. The most recent of those starts came last season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. He also has 11 starts to his credit in the Camping World Truck Series and a single start at the Sprint Cup level.*

Harraka competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West for two full seasons, winning three times -- twice in 2009 and again in 2010. He finished in the top-five of the series championship standings both those years. 

#nascar Harraka's #44 Buckle Up paint scheme.
Harraka's #44 Buckle Up paint scheme.

Harraka's Twitter Id



Harraka’s only Sprint Cup Start came in 2013 at Sonoma, California in the #52 Hasa Pool Product Ford.  Unfortunately the debut prove a tad embarrassing. Harraka didn’t even wait to make the “rookie” mistake on the race track; he plowed into the rear of a competitor’s stopped car – while both cars were still on pit road, waiting to roll out onto the track for the two parade laps prior to the start of the race!  Harraka finished 39th in the race - 21 laps off the lead lap.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Unofficial #KNEAST / #KNWEST
Casey's General Stores 150 Qualifying Results

143Brodie Kostecki23.666
241Ben Rhodes23.812
334Scott Heckert23.831
422Austin Hill23.872
598Cameron Hayley23.902
631Kaz Grala23.937
733Brandon Jones23.938
896Kenzie Ruston23.959
944Jay Beasley23.999
1000Cole Custer24.003
1115Nick Drake24.028
1297Jesse Little24.042
1304Ronnie Bassett24.045
146Daniel Suarez24.045
1599Patrick Staropoli24.078
1620Gray Gaulding24.083
1721Mackena Bell24.117
1816Brandon McReynolds24.128
1924Brennan Newberry24.177
2066James Bickford24.247
2112Giles Thornton24.250
229Dylan Lupton24.255
2317David Mayhew24.281
2471Eddie MacDonald24.283
2523Trey Hutchens24.296
261David Garbo, Jr.24.304
2726Greg Pursley24.341
2842Taylor Cuzick24.341
294Sergio Pena24.529
3011Thomas Martin24.882
3154Anthony Giannone25.040
3238Phyl Zubizareta25.089
3330Luis Tyrrell25.089
345Jack Sellers25.372
3536John Wood26.074
3684Rich Delong, III27.254
372Ryan GiffordNo Time

#NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West
Iowa Speedway

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West travel to Iowa Speedway on Saturday, May 17 for the first of two East-West combination races on the Newton, Iowa track this year.

Iowa Race Setup

  • Cole Custer led wire-to-wire in his last Iowa start in August 2013 and has K&N Pro Series wins this season at Phoenix and Richmond. 
  • K&N West points leader Greg Pursley has twice been the t op-finishing West driver and leads all competitors with nine Iowa starts, eight in East-West combination races. 
  • Nine East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway has produced nine different race winners and nine different pole winners. 

Iowa Speedway History

  • Designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and patterned after Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. 
  • First race was held in September 2006. 
  • First NASCAR-sanctioned race was in May 2007 was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race won by 17-year-old Joey Logano. 
  • Hosted first NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2009. 
  • Facility purchased by NASCAR in November 2013. 


  • This is the 10th K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa with one each from 2007-2011 and two in 2012 -2013. 
  • The K&N Pro Series West had a standalone ev ent at the track in September 2009. 
  • The Casey’s General Stores 1 50 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 24 at 8:30 a.m. ET. 
  • Michael Self, representing the K&N West, won the first visit a year ago; Anderson Bowen (K&N East) claimed the overall pole award. 
  • Kyle Busch and Cole Custer are the only drivers to win the East-West race at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliott started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid in May 2012. 
  • The most cautions for an East-West combination race at Iowa is 11 in June 2013 while the fewest is four in May 2009. The most caution laps (68) came in the inaugural 2007 event and the fewest was 24 in May 2009 for an average of 42.67. The average number of cautions is 7.22. 
  • In the nine combination events, the lead has changed hands an average of 7.0 times with a high of 18 in the 200-lap May 2007 race. 
  • The average starting position for the winner is 5.44 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 6.67. 
  • Eric Holmes is the only driver to start all nine East-West combination events at Iowa. 
  • Three of the nine East-West combination races at Iowa were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white- checkered finish with the last coming in June 2013. 
  • Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in five East-West events at Iowa, while Toyota has three wins and Ford has one. 

Race-day 4 of 14 (2014 Season) West

Race-day 6 of 16 (2014 Season) East

Track Facts

SHAPE: High-banked oval

SURFACE: Asphalt

LENGTH: .875 Mile

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West - Iowa Speedway
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West - Iowa Speedway


3333 Rusty Wallace Dr

Newton, IA, 50208

(641) 791-8000


3333 Rusty Wallace Drive

Newton, IA, 50208

Thursday, May 15, 2014

1976 #NASCAR Daytona 500
Throwback Thursday

My Facebook Friend, Laurie Griffith shared her photos
from the 1976 NASCAR Daytona 500

In the 1976 Daytona 500, the 18th running of the event, Richard Petty was leading on the last lap when he was passed on the backstretch by David Pearson.  Petty tried to turn under Pearson coming off the final corner, but didn't clear Pearson.

The contact caused the drivers to spin in to the grass in the infield just short of the finish line. Petty's car didn't start, but Pearson was able to keep his car running and limp over the finish line for the win.

Many fans consider this finish to be the greatest in the history of NASCAR. The end of the race was televised live on American network ABC.


So who was on Podium?
1st - David Pearson
2nd - Richard Petty
3rd - Benny Parsons

Laurie Griffith thanks for these wonderful memories!

Rev Racing and #NASCAR’s Drive for
Diversity Program Announce Driver Combine

Each year NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative and its competition arm, Rev Racing, seek to obtain the highest quality of applicants representing the most diverse backgrounds and develop them into successful NASCAR drivers. This selection process begins with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine.

This year’s application process will open May 15. The application process will close for submission on August 15, 2014.

Drivers who already participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program and are demonstrating progress, though a combination of consistent top finishes in their respective series and positive evaluations, may be offered the opportunity to continue in the program without participating in an additional Combine.

“I am very excited to see this year’s class. Each year, we have seen the applicant pool grow with experience and talented drivers. This class should be no different,” said Max Siegel, Rev Racing team owner.

Potential drivers can access the participant application at Additional information and criteria can be found on supplied link. Additional support and technical assistance for the application process can be found by emailing Please allow for a 24-hour turn around response.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the following requirements: Between the ages of 15 and 26 (as of October 15, 2014)

• A U.S. citizen or resident alien

• Legally allowed to work in the US

• A member of one of the following ethnic minorities classifications:

African-Americans: Having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa

Asian-Indian Americans: Having origins in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh 

Asian-Pacific Americans: Origins are from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas

Hispanics: Having Hispanic heritage from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, and South America (including Brazil) and the Caribbean basin.

Native Americans: Persons who are American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut or Native Hawaiian, and regarded as such by the community of which the person claims to be a part. Native Americans must be documented members of a North American tribe, band or otherwise organized group of native people who are indigenous to the United States.


A female of U.S citizenship (or resident alien)

• All drivers must demonstrate their skill and have experience in grassroots/local/regional racing

Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award
Nomination #nascar

Deadline May 16th
for Your Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Nomination

The #NASCAR Foundation - Every Child Deserves A Champion.

There is still time to submit your nominee or forward this email to a friend. Visit to nominate your volunteer by this Friday at 11:59:59 PM EST.

The winner of this award will receive $100,000 for their charity of choice, while the three finalists are given $25,000. Four nominees will be chosen as finalists and announced this fall, out of the nominations we receive by Friday, May 16, 11:59:59 PM EST. Don't miss your opportunity to submit your nominee and give your children's charity the potential to win the grand award of $100,000!

The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award honors everyday champions and NASCAR fans whose volunteer efforts turn our kids into winners, no matter what kind of challenges they face.

Just one day left to nominate volunteer for The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.