Friday, August 7, 2015

Boyds Speedway - The Local History Of NASCAR


Boyd's Speedway is one of my local dirt tracks just over the Tennessee/Georgia border in Ringgold, GA. It was opened in 1952 by E.A. Boyd. From 1952 to 1961 the track was a clay oval. In 1962 it turned into an asphalt oval.

On August 3rd, 1962 the Grand National Series (Now Sprint Cup Series) competed on the oval. A field full of NASCAR Hall Of Famers Richard Petty, Joe Weatherly, Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Wendell Scott, and Buddy Baker competed with 14 other drivers in the Confederate 200. The King Richard Petty would start on the pole with Ned Jarrett on the outside. Richard Petty would lead the most laps at 172 but Joe Weatherly would take the checkered flag leading only 19 laps. Joe made 1000 dollars after racing on Boyd's Speedway.


In 1964 NASCAR returned to the Boyd's Speedway for the second and final time. The 1964 Confederate 300 would be competed on June 19th. Richard Petty would start from the pole once again and with fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson on the outside pole. Petty would lead 60 laps but ended the race in 2nd place. David Pearson would become the star of the show leading 240 of the races 300 laps.

In 1977 the track was converted back into a dirt track.


Since then Boyd's hasn't hosted a NASCAR race but has had drivers like Ty and Austin Dillon compete on it. On July 28th, 2015 Austin Dillon beat the track record with a lap of 12.980 on the 1/3 mile Clay Surface. NASCAR hasn't forgot its roots and neither has the track forgot about it's NASCAR roots. In 2014 Dirt Legend Dale McDowell and Racer David Duplissey purchased Boyd's Speedway.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series runs at Eldora which is a dirt track in Ohio owned by Tony Stewart. Just imagine if NASCAR returned to Boyd's? Anything Is Possible!

NASCAR Racing in Rainy Conditions?

NASCAR won't have to worry about rain now at Road Courses!
NASCAR has come to Watkins Glen well prepared for Rain. Should the water fall from the sky we won't have the same issue we have had numerous times this season. A dreaded rain delay. Atlanta, Kansas, Michigan, Bristol, Richmond and Daytona have had the recent issues with that pesky mother nature. Come Sunday NASCAR has back up and no its not those air titans though they will still have those if ABSOLUTELY necessary.
NASCAR used this tire most recently at Road America in the Xfinity Series
NASCAR has Rain Tires as its secret weapon against mother nature. Also the cars will have windsheald wipers and a red light on the back left corner of the window that helps cars behind them see the car in front.
The Tire that will be used this week next to NASCAR's new Rain Tire

NASCAR Xfinity Series Watkins Glen Practice in Review

1st Practice

Joey Logano had the fastest time in first practice at 72.028. Bubba Wallace Jr was the only driver who turned more than 10 circuits around The Glen.

1 12 Joey Logano
2 22 Brad Keselowski
3 62 Brendan Gaughan
4 33 Paul Menard
5 42 Kyle Larson
6 60 Chris Buescher
7 2 Brian Scott
8 7 Regan Smith
9 54 Boris Said
10 9 Chase Elliott
11 3 Ty Dillon
12 88 Ben Rhodes
13 1 Elliott Sadler
14 18 Daniel Suarez          WILL GO TO BACKUP CAR
15 20 Kenny Habul
16 51 Jeremy Clements
17 6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
18 28 JJ Yeley
19 55 Brandon Gdovic
20 01 Landon Cassill
21 39 Ryan Sieg
22 16 Ryan Reed
23 43 Dakoda Armstrong
24 4 Ross Chastain
25 24 Eric McClure
26 90 Todd Bodine
27 25 John Wes Townley
28 8 Blake Koch
29 44 David Starr
30 0 Michael Self
31 26 Tomy Drissi
32 14 Cale Conley
33 52 Joey Gase
34 70 Derrike Cope
35 74 Bobby Reuse
36 13 Kevin O'Connell

2nd Practice

Kyle Larson not only threw down the fastest lap in 2nd practice he also had the best 10 lap average along with Ryan Sieg.

1 42 Kyle Larson
2 12 Joey Logano
3 33 Paul Menard
4 3 Ty Dillon 
5 22 Brad Keselowski
6 60 Chris Buescher
7 2 Brian Scott 
8 7 Regan Smith 
9 62 Brendan Gaughan
10 1 Elliott Sadler 
11 18 Daniel Suarez
12 54 Boris Said 
13 88 Ben Rhodes 
14 20 Kenny Habul 
15 55 Brandon Gdovic 
16 51 Jeremy Clements
17 6 Darrell Wallace Jr. 
18 9 Chase Elliott
19 28 JJ Yeley 
20 39 Ryan Sieg 
21 16 Ryan Reed 
22 0 Michael Self 
23 14 Cale Conley 
24 4 Ross Chastain 
25 8 Blake Koch
26 43 Dakoda Armstrong
27 44 David Starr 
28 01 Landon Cassill
29 19 Jeff Green
30 24 Eric McClure 
31 25 John Wes Townley
32 97 Peyton Sellers 
33 90 Todd Bodine 
34 89 Morgan Shepherd 
35 26 Tomy Drissi 
36 15 Ryan Ellis
37 52 Joey Gase 
38 74 Bobby Reuse 
39 70 Derrike Cope 
40 40 Josh Reaume 
41 13 Kevin O'Connell 

Bristol - A Lifetime Of Memories Ten Years In The Making





I've been going to NASCAR races now for 10 years. I've seen superspeedways, intermediates and short tracks. In the next few weeks I will highlight the best of the tracks and my history there. In 2015 the oficial hashtag for the Bristol Weekend is #OneMoreTimeAtBMS.

Up first is Bristol Motor Speedway. This is the track where I have attended the most races it's also my personal favorate. If I became a driver this would definately be my home track, The view, the campings proximity to the track are just two things that make me love Bristol! My parents have been going since 1992 and I've been going since 2006. Believe it or not Bristol was actually my first race ever. In April of 1997, the year I was born, my mom was pregnant with me and she went to the 1997 Food City 500. Jeff Gordon did his famous bump and run on Rusty Wallace, who was my moms favorite driver, to take the victory. Since then I have attended 9 sprint cup races, 5 Xfinity Series Races, 2 Truck Series Races, and 2 Whelen Modified Series races. Which totals 18 races. Below I'll highlight who won and who my favorite driver was in that series at the time.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

       Race                                Winner                                           Favorite 
1997 Food City 500             Jeff Gordon                                   NOT BORN YET
2006 Food City 500             Kurt Busch                                    Jeff Gordon
2007 Food City 500             Kyle Busch                                   Kevin Harvick
        *2007 was the debut of the Car Of Tomorrow*
2008 Food City 500             Jeff Burton                                    Reed Sorenson
2009 Food City 500             Kyle Busch                                   Martin Truex Jr
2010 Food City 500             Jimmie Johnson                            Carl Edwards
2013 Irwin Tools Night Race   Matt Kennseth                         Michael McDowell
2014 Food City 500              Carl Edwards                               Michael McDowell
2014 Irwin Tools Night Race   Joey Logano                             Michael McDowell


NASCAR Xfinity Series

2008 Food City 300                    Brad Keselowski                     Burney Lamar
2013 Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 300   Kyle Busch                     Blake Koch
2013 Food City 250                             Kyle Busch                     Blake Koch
2014 Drive To Stop Diabetes 300       Kyle Busch                     Dylan Kwasniewski
2014 Food City 300                             Ryan Blaney                   Dylan Kwasniewski



NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

2013 UNOH 200                     Kyle Busch                                 Timothy Peters
2014 UNOH 200                     Brad Keselowski                        Timothy Peters


NASCAR Whelen Modified Series

2013 Titan Roofs 150              Mike Stefanik                              Todd Szegedy
2014 Bush's Baked Beans 150  Tommy Barrett Jr.                      Justin Bonsignore


I had pit passes in 2014 at Bristol. Best track to meet drivers. I met Dale Earnhardt Jr that year/


Before the Whelen Modified Series race in 2013

Hauler Parade! Always cool to see

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Watkins Glen Practice In Review

1st Practice

Clint Bowyer won first practice for the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen with a lap of 69.412 and with an average speed of 127 mph. No drivers ran more than 10 laps so there was no best 10 lap averages.

1    15     Clint Bowyer Maxwell House Toyota 
3    48     Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet
2    47     AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Bush's Beans Chevrolet 
4    9      Sam Hornish Jr. Medallion Bank Ford
5    13     Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 
6    27     Paul Menard Libman/Menards Chevrolet 
7    55     David Ragan Aaron's Dream Machine Online Version Toyota 
8    2       Brad Keselowski Miller Lite/Luke Bryan Ford
9    18     Kyle Busch M&M Crispy Toyota 
10  3       Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 
11  88     Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet 
12  22     Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 
13  41     Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 
14  14     Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 
15  24     Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevrolet 
16  11     Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 
17  4       Kevin Harvick Budweiser Jimmy John's Chevrolet 
18  78     Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Visser Precision Chevrolet 
19  19     Carl Edwards Stanley Toyota 
20  20     Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 
21  5       Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevrolet 
22  16     Greg Biffle Cheez-It Ford 
23  31     Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 
24  42     Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet
25  1       Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet
26  51     Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 
27  6       Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 
28  17     Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 
29  43     Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 
30  95     Michael McDowell K-Love Radio Ford 
31  10     Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 
32  83     Matt DiBenedetto # Burger King/Cosmo Motors Toyota 
33  38     David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 
34  34     Chris Buescher(i) Bully Hill Vineyards Ford 
35  35     Cole Whitt Tweaker Energy Shots Ford
36  32     Boris Said(i) Genesee Brewing Company Chevrolet
37  40     Landon Cassill(i) Hillman Automotive & Tire Chevrolet 
38  33     Alex Kennedy # Dream Factory Chevrolet 
39  46     Michael Annett Switch Hitch Chevrolet 
40  7       Alex Bowman TBR Chevrolet
41  23     JJ Yeley(i) Dr Pepper Toyota 
42  26     Jeb Burton # Maxim Toyota 
43  62     TJ Bell(i) Tuctite Hosters Chevrolet 
44  98     Timmy Hill(i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet

 (i) - Not Elgible for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 
 (#) - Rookie Of The Year Canidate
 Red Name - Must Qualify On Time, No Provisional Available


2nd Practice

Jeff Gordon won final practice with a lap of 69.267 and average speed of 127.33. Kevin Harvick had the best 10 Lap Average.

1     24 Jeff Gordon
2     42 Kyle Larson
3     16 Greg Biffle
4     18 Kyle Busch
5     22 Joey Logano
6     41 Kurt Busch
7     78 Martin Truex Jr.
8     9 Sam Hornish Jr.
9     4 Kevin Harvick
10   14 Tony Stewart
11   1 Jamie McMurray
12   3 Austin Dillon
13   19 Carl Edwards
14   51 Justin Allgaier
15   2 Brad Keselowski
16   20 Matt Kenseth
17   31 Ryan Newman
18   11 Denny Hamlin
19   5 Kasey Kahne
20   48 Jimmie Johnson
21   13 Casey Mears
22   43 Aric Almirola
23   27 Paul Menard
24   55 David Ragan
25   95 Michael McDowell
26   34 Chris Buescher
27   35 Cole Whitt
28   47 AJ Allmendinger
29   88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
30   10 Danica Patrick
31   83 Matt DiBenedetto
32   15 Clint Bowyer
33   33 Alex Kennedy
34   46 Michael Annett
35   17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
36   40 Landon Cassill
37   23 JJ Yeley
38   6 Trevor Bayne
39   38 David Gilliland
40   32 Boris Said
41   7 Alex Bowman
42   62 TJ Bell
43   26 Jeb Burton
44   98 Timmy Hill

Qualifying will be held tomorrow.

Precision Performance Motorsports to make debut at Watkins Glen

Brandon Gdovic will pilot the no. 55 Chevrolet camaro this Saturday in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen. Precision Performance Motorsports , formally Viva Motorsports, is owned by Rick Gdovic. The 55 will be lead by veteran crew chief Mark Setzer. The car will be sponsored by WindStax Wind Power Systems, which has been a longtime partner of The PPM #46 car in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and returning from Viva Motorsports Fronius USA. We Welcome Precision Performance Motorsports to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and wish them the best in competition! (Koelle, 2015)