Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sarah Cornett-Ching Announces 2016 Racing Plans, Focuses On NASCAR

DENVER, NC (Dec. 8, 2015) - Popular Canadian welder-turned-racer Sarah Cornett-Ching
announced her 2016 racing plans today. As many anticipated, she will continue to race with Tony Blanchard and RACE 101 during 2016, focusing primarily on chasing the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year title while sprinkling in some ARCA Racing Series and CARS Super Late Model Tour events along the way.

After setting a female rookie record in the ARCA Racing Series, Sarah Cornett-Ching will pursue the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year title in 2016.
"I'm really energized about running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series," said the 24-year old driver from Summerland, British Columbia. "We raced a handful of events with them last year, I really liked how the races were organized, the parity of the rules package and what it offered me as a driver. As my career continues to advance, I'll be racing on some of the same tracks and with a lot of the same drivers and teams. Combine that with the added value that the NASCAR brand can bring to me and my partners, it was really a no-brainer."

Though 2016 will see her competing primarily under the NASCAR K&N Pro Series banner, Cornett-
Ching will start her major-event schedule at the same place her career began, the Daytona International Speedway. Once again, she will compete in the ARCA Racing Series event at the 2.5-mile tri-oval as a precursor to the NASCAR Sprint Unlimited. Other ARCA starts are tentatively planned at larger tracks where her career path will take her in the future. Immediately following that contest, she will drive over to New Smyrna Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East season opener the next day.

"The K&N Series has a great mix of tracks and is a really good place to build my skill-set and improve my confidence as a driver, but ARCA still offers valuable opportunities for big-track and radial tire experience ," she explained. "Seat time is seat time, no matter what I'm driving. So to have laps around places like Chicago, Talladega or Kansas is extremely valuable, especially when I have an opportunity to move up to Xfinity or the Truck Series in the future."

In addition to full-sized stock car events with NASCAR and ARCA, Cornett-Ching plans to race in the CARS Super Late Model Tour and similar races. After notching a top-ten finish in her first super late model start over Thanksgiving weekend, she found those cars a fun and competitive alternative to sitting dormant during off-weekends.

"I loved racing the super late model at Kenly (Southern National Motorsports Park)," she said. "There
are a lot of chances to race on K&N or ARCA off-weekends and it's always a good thing to stay fresh. So many drivers came through those cars on the way to K&N success, and ultimately the top three tiers of NASCAR - Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and so many more. There's a pattern there. And to have a prestigious super late model tour in our backyard, we'd be crazy not to run a few events with them as time permits."

Sarah's first NASCAR K&N Series start of 2016 will be at New Smyrna Speedway as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing on Sunday night, February 14. As a warm up and chance to learn the racetrack, she will also be running a super late model in the Redeye 100 at New Smyrna after the first of the year.

For the second consecutive season, Sarah will also be teamed up with two key charities - the Tim Horton Children's Foundation and Pit Stops for Hope. In addition, the RACE 101 team is actively welcoming new business relationships of all types for 2016 and beyond as Cornett-Ching's career continues to evolve and more partnership announcements are expected in the near future.

Fans are encouraged to follow Sarah's career on her website at www.sccracing.com. She also has an active presence on Facebook (facebook.com/sccracing) and Twitter (@SCornettChing) where followers can find relevant news and information on Canada's favorite racing daughter, plus the latest updates on race weekends in addition to contests and giveaways during the racing season. (sccracing.com)

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to perform flyover for 58th and 59th Daytona 500!

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will perform the flyover for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21. It will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener after the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that will transform Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world. The Thunderbirds will also commence the 2017 season with a flyover before the 59th annual DAYTONA 500. These performances will mark seven straight years, and eight total, that "America's Ambassadors in Blue" - officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron - will exhibit their world-class talent and precise choreography flying their signature "Delta" formation over the "World Center of Racing" at the end of the national anthem for "The Great American Race." The Thunderbirds feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Air Force's premier multi-role fighter aircraft. Assigned to Air Combat Command, the squadron is composed of 12 officers and more than 120 enlisted personnel serving in nearly 30 Air Force job specialties. They have a rigorous schedule, performing hour-long demonstrations across the United States nearly 40 weekends between February and November. Since the unit's inception in 1953, more than 350 million people in all 50 states and more than 60 countries have witnessed the distinctive red, white and blue jets in thousands of official aerial demonstrations. (www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com)

History Of The NASCAR Diecast

Photo by Billy Kingsley
Fans enjoy having a diecast of their favorite drivers. Like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Martin Truex Jr, among many others. Have you ever wondered about the history about Die casts? Well here ya go!
NASCAR diecast toys were first produced in the early 80's by Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and Racing Champions. They were a crowd favorite at racetracks at their souvenir trailers among many other p;aces. By the 2000s the majority of teams had a die-cast produced for their driver. Near 2005 there were four total brands: Action/Winners Circle, Racing Champions, Hot Wheels, and Team Caliber. In 2006, Racing Champions and Hot Wheels ceased production of NASCAR-licensed replicas. In the same year, Action Performance Companies and Team Caliber merged to form Motorsports Authentics, Inc. Team Caliber's product lines fully merged with Action in early 2007. In 2010, Action discontinued its Winners Circle retail brand at the end of the year. The licences were assumed by Lionel, LLC in 2011 which became the sole die-cast producer under the NASCAR Licensing Trust. In 2010, Hot Wheels made three promotional 1:64 scale die-cast cars of Danica Patrick; the first Hot Wheels-branded NASCAR products since 2006, albeit utilizing tooling from the newly-defunct Winners Circle line. These diecast cars were sold at the NASCAR.com Superstore. The diecast are sold through retail, wholesale and the RCCA ELITE Diecast Club.
Diecasts come in many different sizes and colors/ finishes. The most popular diecasts among kids are the 1/64 scale cars. They aren't badly priced and they are small enough that a Kid can have mini races anywhere they go. I remember when I was a kid I would go to the track and buy these types of cars for that exact reason. I still collect the program cars that come with the souvenir programs. Popular among adults are the 1/24 scales as these are a little larger for people to display and not really for playing with.
You can buy these diecasts at places like your local trackside store, at PlanBSales.com among other stores that carry these. Ebay has a ton of these also. (Koelle, 2015)

Daytona - NASCAR Track Spotlight

When it comes to Daytona many fans want to attend the Daytona 500. I was one of those fans and in 2015 I had the oppurtunity to go to The 57th Annual Daytona 500 where Joey Logano won. My favorite race of the weekend had to be the Budweiser Duel's. Those Duels had always been the most entertaining races of the years and in the past. Back when the Duels were in the afternoon My mom would get me out of school to get to listen to the duels on the radio. Finally in 2015 I got to attend the Duels at Daytona which was even more important to me. My friend Michael McDowell was attempting to make the Daytona 500 with the Leavine Family Racing team. As the field entered the final
turn Michael was out. As the field passed the checkred flag I had though Michael had missed the Daytona 500 but Michael made up positions and landed himself in the 12th place after the checker. Those are just one of the moments that make Daytona so special. It was the candles on the cake that celebrated my 10 years of attending races. Thank You Daytona for the Memories as a spectator now I hope to build off the ones as a writer! (Koelle, 2015)

Have I Attended - Yes
How Many Races - 5 Races
What Years - 2015
Winners - Joey Logano, Ryan Reed, Tyler Reddick, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Will I attend in 2016? - Possible

Darrell Waltrip - NASCAR Hall Of Fame Spotlight

When it comes to rowdy Drivers you think of Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and even Matt Kenesth. The original rowdy driver had to be Darrell Waltrip. Darrell was the one driver who some fans liked and others hated. You surely respected Darrell Waltrip and many of the drivers respected him. Darrell had rivals in Dale Earnhardt Sr. among others but later became friends with him. On track Darrell had 84 wins in NASCAR's highest division. Darrell went 17 years without winning the Daytona 500 but in 1989 Darrell finally won the Daytona 500. His celebration is really what is remembered where he did the famous ickey shuffle and asked Mike Joy if this was the Daytona 500 repeatedly.
In his later years Darrell had limited success but had the chance to return the favor to his friend Dale Earnhardt Sr. after Dale's driver Steve Park was injured in a crash at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Darrell drove the #1 for DEI starting at Bristol. His last win came in 1992. After 2000 Darrell Waltrip retired from racing and would move up to the new Fox Sports Booth starting at the 2001 Daytona 500. In that race Darrell called his brother to his first win of his NASCAR Winston Cup Series Career. Sadly in that race Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last lap crash. Ever since that day Darrell has been joined by Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds. Starting in 2016 Jeff Gordon will be replacing Larry Mac in the Booth while Larry goes and focuses on his sons racing career.
Darrell Waltrip was nothing less than a legend to the sport. He is one of the few legends that I haven't met over my life. I certainly hope over the years I get the chance to speak with him in the next few years. Look for the next NASCAR Hall Of Fame Spotlight featuring Rusty Wallace, a former rival of Darrell Waltrip. (Koelle, 2015)

Tuesday Statistics - 2015 Wins

Joey Logano           6 Wins
Kyle Busch             5 Wins
Jimmie Johnson      5 Wins
Matt Kenseth          5 Wins
Kevin Harvick        3 Wins
Dale Earnhardt Jr.  3 Wins
Carl Edwards          2 Wins
Kurt Busch              2 Wins
Denny Hamlin         2 Wins
Jeff Gordon             1 Win
Martin Truex Jr.      1 Win
Brad Keselowski     1 Win
Ryan Newman         0 Wins
Jamie McMurray     0 Wins
Paul Menard            0 Wins
Clint Bowyer           0 Wins
Aric Almirola      
Kasey Kahne
Kyle Larson
Greg Biffle
Austin Dillon
A.J. Allmendinger
Casey Mears
Danica Patrick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr.
David Ragan
Tony Stewart
Trevor Bayne
Justin Allgaier
Cole Whitt
David Gilliland
Alex Bowman
Brett Moffitt
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael Annett
Josh Wise
Jeb Burton
Michael McDowell
Alex Kennedy
Reed Sorenson
Bobby Labonte
Michael Waltrip