Friday, October 30, 2015

Multiple Things In NASCAR Showing Economy Getting Better

New Sponsorship's Debuting In NASCAR

With the additive of sponsors like Natures Bakery and Tax Slayer(Sprint Cup Debut) joining drivers Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2 of NASCAR's most popular Drivers will have new colors with new sponsors. Nature's Bakery is joining Tax ACT at Stewart Haas Racing to be the primary sponsorship on Danica Patrick's #10 Chevrolet. Nature's Bakery, who makes Fig Bars and other health foods, will be joining NASCAR in 2016 is one of the examples of the United States Economy is getting better and more products are beginning to notice that joining NASCAR is a very good financial opportunity. Sponsor's like Tax Slayer are joining the upper ranks after being the primary sponsorship of Jr's Xfinity Series Entries for the past few years certainly showing that sponsorship movement is nothing special. Let's just say when that red and white #88 car goes around the track fans will begin to wonder what sponsor that is that has such an awesome looking paint scheme then after that they will go purchase the designated product and as of late it is showing that Americans have the money to buy the products so more and more products are making their way onto the NASCAR circuit in the Cup, Xfinity, or Truck Series. 

More Loyal Sponsors In NASCAR

When you watch a race on TV or in person and you have been for many years you will begin to notice more and more sponsors are getting more and more loyal. Sponsors like K-Love Radio, Kroger, Lowes, Dr. Pepper, etc. have been with drivers for a long time. Michael McDowell, who drives the #95 Ford Fusion for Leavine Family Racing is certainly one example of a driver having a loyal sponsor. K-Love Radio has been with McDowell for many years, Through the good and through the bad times K-Love has been loyal to one driver and a fan really notices that and will certainly be more likely to listen to K-Love Radio. I am more likely to go to Lowes now days because they have been loyal to Jimmie Johnson for more that 10 years. 

More Fans Attending Races

I attended the Daytona 500 this season and the stands were packed. Despite Daytona Rising entering the homestretch what was open was packed and I am proud to be a NASCAR fan especially at this time. When the racing is worth the 50 to 60 dollars a ticket is now more fans will go attend the races and that especially was proved in Daytona in July. Majority of the stands were in construction but still fans continued to file into the Daytona International Speedway and I don't see that changing anytime soon including the fact that Daytona Rising Construction will be complete come 2016. Also more tracks are making better ways for fans and their families to attend the races affordable. Talladega Superspeedway has a 2 day ticket package in both May and October that gives you 2 days of action for as low as 50$ and that is well worth it now days especially the October Race that has all of the Drama of The End Of The Contender Round. In May at Talladega the 2 day ticket includes the ARCA Racing Series along with the Cup Series and The Xfinity Series both in which have been very competitive as of late. 

More People Buying Merchandise

More and more people are coming to the track and getting their favorite drivers gear or diecast and that's more revenue that NASCAR will be making. True more people are saying they dislike the new tent system that NASCAR has but give it time and they will be just as awesome as the Haulers were and they will have more to offer. My favorite thing about the NASCAR Fanatics tents is the fact that I can go to a race track now and buy Underfunded teams gear and I personally really like that. It helps get these teams exposure and helps gain them more fans. 
With this it is certainly showing that more fans have money to buy these items and that shows that the economy is rising to a better place. Within the next 5 years look for NASCAR To be back to the popularity it was before. 

Joey Logano Continues Dominance Onto Martinsville Pole

Joey Logano will begin The Eliminator where he left off in the Contender Round and that is up front. Fellow Eliminator Competitor Martin Truex Jr will start on the outside pole. Logano, with a speed of 98.548 mph for his 6th pole of 2015, 2nd at Martinsville and 14th of his career. Logano has won 2 races from the pole out of 13 previous poles. Will Logano make his way downtown to his fourth straight win and 6th win of 2015? This could be his biggest win in his carrer and this could lock him into the Championship Four a place he was in in 2014.

Starting Lineup

Joey Logano will lead em to green in Martinsville
1 22 Joey Logano  
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. 
3 47 A.J. Allmendinger 
4 1 Jamie McMurray 
5 24 Jeff Gordon  
6 18 Kyle Busch  
7 31 Ryan Newman 
8 43 Aric Almirola 
9 42 Kyle Larson
10 11 Denny Hamlin  
11 2 Brad Keselowski  
12 4 Kevin Harvick  
13 14 Tony Stewart  
14 19 Carl Edwards  
15 41 Kurt Busch  
16 10 Danica Patrick  
17 15 Clint Bowyer  
The Begining of the 3rd Round. Will There Be any early 3rd Round
Knockouts?
18 20 Matt Kenseth  
19 13 Casey Mears  
20 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 
21 48 Jimmie Johnson  
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.  
23 51 Justin Allgaier  
24 5 Kasey Kahne 
25 16 Greg Biffle  
26 27 Paul Menard  
27 40 Landon Cassill 
28 55 David Ragan  
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
30 3 Austin Dillon  
31 35 Cole Whitt  
32 6 Trevor Bayne  
33 38 David Gilliland  
34 34 Brett Moffitt  
35 23 Jeb Burton  
36 83 Matt Dibenedetto  
37  98 Ryan Preece  
38  46 Michael Annett 
39   26 J.J. Yeley 
40  32 Kyle Flower  
41  7 Alex Bowman 
42  62 Timmy Hill 
43  33 Alex Kennedy

Atlanta - The Beginning Of Ten Years

On October 30th, 2005 I attended my first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race from the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Bass Pro Shops 500. I would have never expected almost 50 races later I would be sitting here writing a world wide blog and know so many people in NASCAR. At the time in 2005 I was 9 years old and had experience with NASCAR just not at the track.
In Atlanta in 2005 The Bass Pro Shops 500 would be my first race or debut as you could say as a spectator. It would be the first race I had ever attended and I went with My Dad. I left the race early becaise I was getting a headache from the loud engines that I had never heard in person. Carl Edwards would go on to win that race as you can see from the right as he was preparing to do his signature back flip. Since that October Afternoon I have only seen Carl Edwards win once more in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and That was at Bristol in 2014. This is the Race that really influenced this article series. Its an very Important race to me because of the fact that my dad was the person who took me to this race and he is one of the biggest supporters of this blog.
In 2008 I would return to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since 2005 and I would also see my first Truck Series Race and Xfinity Series race. That race my mom won tickets from a radio network and It gave me and my dad an opportunity to go to another race. In this race I witness history as Toyota would win their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with Kyle Busch who I had seen win two times before at Bristol in 2006 and in 2007. During this weekend I met Chad Knaus and Reed Sorenson. It is very cool that over the 10 years I can say I have seen all but Dodge win a race in person.
I would not return to the Atlanta Motor Speedway until 2010 on the Five Year Anniversary in which is the sole time I would see Tony Stewart win a Sprint Cup Series Race. Tony would win in his #14 Self owned team. We would also go to the Great Clips 300 that weekend where Jamie McMurry won for JR Motorsports.
In 2012 This would be where I would absolutely learn that I loved NASCAR and that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It would be the final time me and my dad would go to the Atlanta Motor Speedway and lets just say thats one way to end a reign. I would win Pit Passes from the Chattanooga Lookouts and would get the opportunity to tag along with NASCAR Xfinty Team MacDonald Motorsports with driver Jason Bowles. Out of this deal I would make a friend in Dell Hamilton Jr. This would also be my first time ever in the garage, very cool experience. Ricky Stenhouse Jr would go on to win that race and our driver Jason Bowles would finish 18th. Very interesting experience and what a way to end a reign of going to races.
That would be the last time I would go to the Atlanta Motor Speedway and I surely hope that wasn't the last time I had gone to Atlanta Motor Speedway. A few days ago I was declined of a Hot Pass for the February Race in 2016 for my blog. This is the second to final article in the Ten Years In The Making Series with the final one coming later today. I hope people with Atlanta Motor Speedway reads this and All I have to say Is see you in the future.(Koelle, 2015)