Monday, August 31, 2015

Update on The Blog - August Edition


August was the first full month  this blog was in Action! We recapped Bristol from the Inside, We spoke with Drivers like Ben Kennedy, Fans Like Kyle Duckett, and Owners like Steve Austin. We had articles like Announcements, The NASCAR Source Playlist, This Time Last Week, The Local History Of NASCAR and Many others!

August In Numbers

Posts - 87
Page Views - 1,699 views! Thank You Everyone!
Countries - 10 Countries! (United States, France, India, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore,and Australia) Thanks for reading! 
Most Popular Post - Leavine Family Racing and Monitronics Security Launch Two Exclusive Promotions for Race Fa­­ns with 61 Views! 
Races - 11 

What Is Coming........

In September we will cover The Final 2 Races before the Chase Starts and Will Have an article highlighting The Sweet 16 who will be competing for the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Trophy with Sprint as The Entitlement Sponsor!
We will also have some new 12 Questions from numerous people along with some new original articles coming!

Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its 2015 trip to the Darlington Raceway for the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. This races makes its return to Labor Day weekend for the first time since 2003. Kevin Harvick won last seasons edition of this race. With 2 races to go before the Chase including this one drivers like Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Tony Stewart and others are looking for their first win of 2015 and lock up their chase spot to make next weekend a whole lot easier and less stressful. All Kyle Busch needs to do is be consistent because if 2 weeks of bad luck comes Mr. 4 Time Winner in 2015 will be sitting on the outside looking in come Chicago.

Entry List

1 1 Jamie McMurray
2 2 Brad Keselowski
3 3 Austin Dillon
4 4 Kevin Harvick
5 5 Kasey Kahne
6 6 Trevor Bayne
7 7 Alex Bowman
8 9 Sam Hornish Jr.
9 10 Danica Patrick
10 11 Denny Hamlin
11 13 Casey Mears
12 14 Tony Stewart 
13 15 Clint Bowyer
14 16 Greg Biffle
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
16 18 Kyle Busch
17 19 Carl Edwards
18 20 Matt Kenseth 
19 21 Ryan Blaney
20 22 Joey Logano
21 23 Jeb Burton
22 24 Jeff Gordon 
23 25 Chase Elliott
24 26 J.J. Yeley
25 27 Paul Menard
26 30 TBA
27 31 Ryan Newman
28 32 Josh Wise
29 33 Travis Kvapil
30 34 Brett Moffitt
31 35 Cole Whitt
32 38 David Gilliland
33 40 Landon Cassill
35 41 Kurt Busch 
35 42 Kyle Larson
36 43 Aric Almirola
37 46 Michael Annett
38 47 A.J. Allmendinger
39 48 Jimmie Johnson 
40 51 Justin Allgaier
41 55 David Ragan
42 62 Reed Sorenson
43 78 Martin Truex Jr.
44 83 Matt Dibenedetto
45 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
46 98 Timmy Hill

Must Qualify On Time No Prov. Available - 25- Elliott, 30 - TBA, and 62-Reed Sorenson
Go Home If Qualifying Is Cancelled - 21 - Blaney, 25 - Elliott, 30 - TBA

        Look At Updated Paint Schemes Page For Throwbacks!


Darlington - Then, Now, Forever


For over 65 years The Darlington Raceway has been one of NASCAR's landmarks since 1950. NASCAR has called the egg shaped oval a home and has had numerous jaw dropping finishes, knock out drag out fights and every thing in between. Everyone from Johnny Mantz to Kevin Harvick to Regan Smith have tamed the track to tough to tame. 

Jaw Dropping Finishes in 2003

In 2003 back when NASCAR ran the triple at the lady in black three finishes left fans in awe. Bobby Hamilton Sr., Todd Bodine and Ricky Craven were the three standouts who were able to tame the lady in black. Bobby Hamilton Sr.defeated Ted Musgrave by just .139 seconds in the Craftsman 200. The Next day Todd Bodine defeated Jamie McMurry in what was called the NASCAR Busch Series by .309 seconds after both made contact and crossed the finish line sideways. But Sunday would be the one that gets talked about whenever NASCAR returns to Darlington. A 3 lap shootout that sent Ricky Craven to victory lane but just by the hair on his head. Ricky Craven beat Kurt Busch to the line by .002 seconds. The closest finish in NASCAR history. Will we see another one of these finishes this Saturday Night? 


The Lady Brings Out The Worst In People

In 2011 tempers between Rowdy and Happy flared and Kevin had had enough of him and decided to do the right thing. Leave his helmet and attempt to show him how unhappy he was with a certain Rowdy Busch. When Busch continued on his way downtown he pushed Harvicks' car into the pit wall.

Oh Yeah if your name is Busch you probably have seen both ends of Darlington. Celebrating with her and battling with someone because he took her from you. Kurt and Ryan Newman had bad blood one year that turned into a knockout drag-out fight. 

The Lady Brings Out The Best For Some

Last year Kevin Harvick defeated Dale Earnhardt Jr and The Lady In Black to win his first Southern 500! The Only Difference it was in May This time there are drivers who have won this race before who are winless. Will we see a bump and run!

Before there were a Kurt Busch in the #78. Before Martin Truex Jr. put the #78 in victory lane Regan Smith gave Furniture Row Motorsports their first career victory. Defeating Carl Edwards!

Even Veterans have put cars in victory lane! Mark Martin gave Hendrick Motorsports another Southern 500 victory,

The Future?

Darlington Raceway is a place that I want my kids to know about.the track to tough to tame! I'd also like to see it gain back It's second race and replace Pocono. Darlington has been around for 65 and I'm sure the track is just getting started it still has another 165 years in it! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The NASCAR Source Playlist (Part II)

I have made a personal playlist on my IPOD of songs that should be used in NASCAR in The Near Future.

Black Cadillac by Shinedown 

This song has a southern type of tune to it. It should definitely be featured in NASCAR 16', The intro of the song has a Daytona Speedweeks tune to it for New Beginnings 

Drag Me Down by One Direction

This song is deffinately one for the superfans! You stand for your driver! You will support him or her to the very end unless something changes. JR Nation is a prime example of fan loyalty and how whenever Jr has a bad stretch you stick behind him! 

Roots by Imagine Dragons


This song has a sound to it that would fit the final race of the final race. Because as Joe Tanto (Sylvester Stalone) said in the movie Driven "Me? to get someone back that I really loved? To get that rock out of my stomach? I'd Crawl." You don't need to ever forget your roots because without them you are nothing.

The Nights by Avicii

I first heard this song when I toured Team Penskes' facility in June. It signified how they won The Daytona 500 and The Indy 500 all in the same year. This song should be your them everyday. Livc Life to the fullest. 

The Days by Avicii

For Some people NASCAR is a way of life including myself. As a NASCAR Fan for my whole life plus some theres nothing like NASCAR. NASCAR is a passion and this song shows that NASCAR can unify people in fact the Motorsports community comes together often, As you hear me say often at the track us NASCAR fans are just one big family!

Time Of My Life by 3 Doors Down

 A song that does'nt really need an explanation of why its on this list because when you are at a NASCAR Race you know your having the time of your life!


Have any suggestions for Part III?

If you have any song suggestions email them to me and the best will be featured with your name on part 3! My email is chrisitank9540@gmail.com! 






Erik Jones Prevails In The War Of Canada


Erik Jones won the war in Canada on Sunday winning his second race of 2015(Iowa). Erik Jones prevailed ahead of Alex Tagliani  on the final restart to take the W. Alex lost a cylinder and began to fall placing him in the  5th position. Matt Crafton, Ben Kennedy, Daniel Hemric, and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top 5.

Top 12 Finishing Order

1     2         4   Erik Jones
2     3         88   Matt Crafton
3     6         11   Ben Kennedy
4     13       14   Daniel Hemric
5     1         29   Alex Tagliani
6     9         98   Johnny Sauter
7     7         13   Cameron Hayley
8     14       23   Spencer Gallagher
9     12       8     John H. Nemechek
10    5        00   Cole Custer
11    8        54   Gray Gaulding
12    19      25   Brian Wong
13    18      94   TJ Bell
14    17      15   Mason Mingus
15    22      07   Ray Black Jr

NASCAR Source Driver Of The Week

Ray Black Jr wins this weekends second N.S.D.O.T.W After Blake Koch won yesterdays. Ray gained 8 spots from where he qualified to finish 15th great Job Ray!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Paul Menard Has Enough Fuel To Win at Road America!

Paul Menard Won Saturday's Road America 180 Fired Up By Johnsonville! Ryan Blaney, Brian Scott, Chase Elliott, Darrell Wallace Jr. rounded out the top 5. Boris Said finished 6th in what is being said as his last NASCAR Start!

Top 15 Results

F      S      #          Name
1      8      33      Paul Menard
2      3      22      Ryan Blaney 
3      5      2        Brian Scott
4      2      9        Chase Elliott
5      17    6        Darrell Wallace Jr.
6      7      54      Boris Said 
7      4      42      Justin Marks 
8      12    7        Regan Smith 
9      6      60      Chris Buescher 
10    13    3        Ty Dillon 
11    26    4        Michael Self
12    9      1        Elliott Sadler 
13    25    25      Dylan Lupton 
14    14    20      Kenny Habul 
15    15    90      Andy Lally

NASCAR Source Driver Of The Week

Blake Koch is this weeks Driver of the week since the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Isn't in competition this week. We'll have 2 winners because of the Truck Race tomorrow.
Blake Kochs' team took a gamble that almost landed him in Victory Lane for the first time of his carrer but fuel did him in. Blake great Job today! Sure your first victory is on the horizon!

Friday, August 28, 2015

5 People Who Deserve A Hall Of Fame Induction


I know many drivers deserve to be in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame and many are deserving but here are the 5 drivers I think should definitely be in it!

Alan Kulwicki

Alan Kulwicki won the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship in 1992 but was more immortalized by the big things he did in the little equipment he had, Alan was the first owner driver to win a championship also. You can still go and see the race shop Alan worked in with a team with the same odds stacked against them. Leavine Family Racing currently works in Alan's original race shop. I think Alan is more than deserving to go into the NASCAR Hall Of Fame. 

Davey Allison

Davey Allison was well an Allison he was impressive on and off the track. Davey won numerous races over his career including the 1992 Daytona 500. Sadly Davey was killed in 1993 in a Hellicopter crash in Talladeaga,AL Davey is certainly a hall of famer because of what he did.

Barney Hall

If you have listened to NASCAR on the radio i'm sure you've heard this mans voice in some way shape or form. Barney has one of those signature voices and does his job very well. Sadly Barney retired from the booth after the Coke Zero 400 in 2014 but you can still hear him on numerous adds on MRN and PRN. Barney and his voice certainly deserve a spot in the Hall Of Fame!

Robert Yates

The famed Car Owner, Crew Cheif, and Ambassador for Ford Racing is a lock in my Hall Of Fame. The guy definately deserves a spot in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame because of the contributions he has not only given to Ford in NASCAR, but the sport itself. 

Mark Martin

In His 31 year career Mark Martin has proved he his the greatest driver of all time. True Mark doesnt have a Championship in NASCAR's top division to his name but Mark has drove for many teams over his career and many different car makes and still puts that car in victory lane! Mark has 40 wins in his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career and to me that is a lockable number in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame!


Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville Practice Report


First Practice (Top 12)

1     88    Ben Rhodes 
2     9      Chase Elliott 
3     22    Ryan Blaney 
4     42    Justin Mark
5     2      Brian Scott 
6     60    Chris Buescher
7     54    Boris Said
8     33    Paul Menard
9     1      Elliott Sadler 
10   18    Daniel Suarez 
11   51    Jeremy Clements
12   7      Regan Smith


Final Practice (Top 12)

1    33    Paul Menard
2    54    Boris Said 
3    9      Chase Elliott
4    22    Ryan Blaney
5    3      Ty Dillon 
6    51    Jeremy Clements 
7    7      Regan Smith
8    62    Brendan Gaughan
9    90    Andy Lally 
10  60    Chris Buescher
11  18    Daniel Suarez
12  42    Justin Marks

This Time Last Week - Bristol Edition


This time last weekend we were in Bristol, TN for the 4th day. A couple of practices, qualifying, all culminating to the Food City 300 on Friday Night.

I walked into the garage as garages opened. It felt good to go into a atmosphere that you had been to before. It felt good to know that I had surrvived one day in the garage as a writer and know I can do it again. As I began to make my laps around the track I grabbed hero cards along the way. As I approached the Xfinity Series garage area Kevin Harvick was going to sign in so and I had remembered I had grabbed a Kevin Harvick hero card on the other side in the Sprint Cup Series Garage area and I remembered my Dad is a Kevin Harvick fan so I decided to get Kevins' autograph for my dad. If your reading this Kevin thanks my dad really liked it!

Xfinity Series Qualifying would come first and I have to say NASCAR needs to work on qualifying. Denny Hamlin won the pole and we got ready for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bass Pro Shops Qualifying where the driver who won would take home a wicked trophy.
Denny would take yet another pole and A new Track Record. My buddy Michael McDowell would make the race qualified in the 30th place position! 
I would head onto the pits to catch driver intros and get some pictures for Carl Long and his Facebook page. In the process I met Bubba Wallace Jr and Daniel Suarez, 2 drivers who I had not met and got ready to set up shop at the start finish line to give everyone flag to flag coverage! 
Kyle Busch would win and I decided to head back to camp and prepare for the next battle in the last great Coliseum! 



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ryan Blaney - Proving He's The New Kid on The Block

This Is Part 2 of the Ryan Blaney Article! Part 3 Coming Soon!


Ryan Blaney has shown he can drive any car or truck they put him in and well Ryan has just done so. 1 Win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year at Iowa, 1 Win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and a Top 5 at Talladega for the Famed Wood Brothers!

With a best start of 3rd at Talladega and best finish of 4th yet again at Talladega with some excellent showings in between! Ryan has certainly proved that he not only deserves to drive the Famed 21 for the Wood Brothers he is also proving that he deserves a full time ride with Team Penske in 2016! Rumors are just that Rumors normally but I think Roger Penske sees Ryan is the next step in putting yet another NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Title in the Trophy Case at Team Penske's facility. If we don't see the 12 make a return to full time could we see another famed number move to Full Time Catagory in 2016? The Wood Brothers have talked of wanting to run a full season and who better to do so than with Ryan Blaney? He would be running for Rookie Of The Year with Chase Elliott! With next years Rookie Class looking just as good as last years I think Ryan could win Rookie of The Year and the Championship in the same season!
In 2016 I'm not saying Ryan Blaney needs to stop racing in the Xfinity Series but focus more on his cup ride! Sharing is Caring and there are 3 drivers who could drive the 22 for Roger Penske along with Ryan in a few races. Brad Keselowski certainly doesn't need to leave the 22 and neither does Joey Logano. Michael McDowell should get at least one Iowa race and the rest of the Road Courses! He drives the #95 for Leavine Family Racing which is supported by Team Penske. Not only should Michael race the 22 I fill during Ryan's rookie year Michael is the Veteran who could make the rookie a champion! And with Michael's attitude he could help himself in the long run and maybe land a 4th car for Team Penske! We've also gotta fit Tyler Reddick into this equation because hopefully he'll become the next Ryan Blaney in the sport!
Ryan Blaney won last weekends race in Bristol and I feel Ryan is primed and ready to leave the Truck Series! I think Tyler Reddick would be a good replacement for Ryan in the 29 while Austin Theriault moves to the 19. 

In Conclusion whatever Ryan does he will win! Ryan will go to victory lane at Talladega next season and lock his way into the chase either giving the Wood Brothers their first Chase start or Team Penske has 3 drivers in the chase! 

Jeffery Earnhardt To Make NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut At Richmond


For the first time since October in 2005 There Will be 2 Earnhardt's in the field. The last time involved Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kerry Earnhardt.
In 3 weeks Kerry's son Jeffery will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut at Richmond! He will be driving the #32 for Go Green Racing, a ride that had been occupied by many drivers in 2015.
The fourth-generation driver has made 76 starts in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series. His last race on either circuit was the June 13 Xfinity race at Michigan International Speedway.Earnhardt, who also has been in and out of an Mixed Martial Arts career, has 1 top 10 in his NASCAR career, a seventh in the 2011 Truck season opener at Daytona International Speedway. He has recently raced for JD Motorsports and Viva Motorsports before Viva closed it doors. We look forward to Jeffery making his NSCS Debut and hope this is the first of many!

Throwback Thursday - 2011 Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards


In 2011 The NASCAR Nationwide Series (Now Xfinity Series) visited the Road America Road course for the 2nd time.

Michael McDowell would drive for Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2nd time in 2011. McDowell would land the no.18 Pizza Ranch Toyota Camry on the pole position for his first career pole and would lead 30 of the races 57 laps.
Other drivers who lead included Jacques Villeneuve, Ron Fellows, Mike Wallace, Brian Scott and a couple of other drivers but Reed Sorenson would lead the 1 lap that counted. Yes Reed only lead 1 lap on his way to Road America Glory! The Peachtree City driver would win the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards! His first win since 2007 and his 4th win of his NASCAR Nationwide (Xfinity) Series Career!

Leavine Family Racing and Monitronics Security Launch Two Exclusive Promotions for Race Fa­­ns


Race Fans Have Chance to Win VIP Trip to Texas Race, Monitronics Home Security System

CONCORD, N.C. (August 27, 2015) – Leavine Family Racing and Monitronics Security are celebrating their new partnership with a sweepstakes and an exclusive limited-time offer for race fans.

Following a devastating fire at Leavine Family Racing shop in May, Monitronics partnered with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team and outfitted the refurbished Concord, N.C. facility with a new, state-of-the-art security and fire monitoring system.

“With the addition of the Monitronics security and monitoring system at the shop, we now have peace of mind as we head out to the race track,” said Jeremy Lange, VP of Leavine Family Racing.  “We thought it would be great to extend this to the fans – giving them a chance to see Leavine Family Racing in action at the track and win a Monitronics security system for their home.”

Race fans have two great programs to participate in:

Moni Motor Madness Sweepstakes

In the Moni Motor Madness Sweepstakes, race fans can enter to win the Grand Prize of two VIP pit passes and tickets to watch the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team compete in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 8, including free lodging and transportation. The Grand Prize winner will also receive a Monitronics home security system with three years of free monitoring.

In addition to the Grand Prize, fans also have the chance to win tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway as well as exclusive race team memorabilia such as autographed hero cards, team hats, and sheet metal from the No. 95 race car.

The sweepstakes is open from Aug. 17 to Oct. 26, 2015, and race fans can enter at www.monisweepstakes.com.


#Moni95 Speedway Special

Race fans can receive FREE system activation with any home security packages during the #Moni95 Speedway Special which will run through Dec. 31, 2015.

Monitronics has three packages – Basic Security, HomeTouch® Security, and HomeTouch® Premier – where an activation fee of $99 to $149, depending on the package, will be waived for race fans participating in this special.  Visit http://www.monitronics.com/online/95promotion to learn more!

”Luckily, no one was injured in the shop fire,” said Monitronics Senior Vice President of Operations Bruce Mungiguerra. “But it’s an opportunity to point out the importance of security and fire safety, not just in the workplace but also at home. We’re glad we can offer race fans a chance to make their homes and their families safer with a high quality security system.”

Monitronics has provided home security and monitoring for more than 20 years, and is rapidly becoming an industry leader in home automation. It’s the second-largest residential security provider nationwide, with more than 1 million customers.

Race fans can learn more about Monitronics at their website (www.monitronics.com/), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/monitronics) or following on Twitter (twitter.com/Monitronics).



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About Leavine Family Racing

Owned by Bob and Sharon Leavine, Leavine Family Racing (LFR) and the No. 95 Ford have competed in NASCAR’s top division since 2011. Operating from their race shop in Concord, N.C. the team is led by a veteran group of personnel with over 50 years of combined racing experience. Driven by several core principals including Value, Integrity, Flexibility, Opportunity, Access and Experience, the organization is focused on improved performance through measured and sustainable growth. Become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @LeavineFamily95.

The Locals - The Local History Of NASCAR

Today in this edition Of The Local History Of NASCAR I will highlight some of the local NASCAR drivers here from Chattanooga, TN and the surrounding area.

Grant Adcox


Grant Adcox was from Chattanooga, TN. His father was a car dealership owner called Herb Adcox Chevrolet which was the sponsor on his car for many years. Grant made 60 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 1 top 5, and 6 top 10's. Grant made 1 start in the Xfinity Series but made most of his fame in the ARCA Racing Series where he had 9 wins, 24 top 5's and 32 top 10's along with 4 poles!
Grant's life would be tragically taken away during a crash at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the Atlanta Journal 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race.

Byron Defoor

Though never racing in any NASCAR's Top 3 series Byron Defoor from Ooltewah, TN has raced in numerous sports car races including four Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway. Byron is one person I did not know was from my Home Town.

Harold Fryar


Though Harold Fryar only raced one NASCAR race in his career he is still a known guy from Chattanooga, TN. Harold raced dirt cars for years and even competed in one of the 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races here at Boyd's Speedway.

Jerry Smith

Jerry Smith raced in 3 NASCAR races in his career at 3 different tracks. Martinsville, Weaverville, and Boyds Speedway here in his hometown of Chattanooga, TN.