Thursday, December 10, 2015

What Daytona Rising Means for NASCAR?

Daytona is certainly rising into a new era going into 2016 and with much anticipation fans attending the 2016 Daytona 500 will be able to see the new Daytona Rising when it's complete! Daytona is rising but what else is happening to NASCAR's track and what could happen at other tracks in the NASCAR Schedule.
As the green flag falls on the 58th annual Daytona 500 many fans will have already been aquainted with the new Daytona Rising project scheduled to be complete sometime before the Rolex 24 Hours. This is one of the most impressive transitions in a long time. and I really think the fans will like the changes Daytona has made. I went to the Daytona 500 in February this year and am planning on going next year to see how much it has changed. I was impressed in February and am sure to be impressed in 2016. When it comes to Daytona many fans look at it as the Wrigley Field, Churchill Downs, Lambeau of NASCAR and any
driver or fan wants to go to. Its hollowed grounds for NASCAR and always will be.
What this means for NASCAR is that one the stands are looking to be packed for the 2016 Daytona 500 and that's a great way to start NASCAR's 68th Season. This is also helping other tracks make renovations and planning to make renovations. Like Bristol Motor Speedway who is hosting the Biggest Football Game Ever in 2016 will be removing the center scoring pylon and replacing it with a suspended one. As me and Joey Gase have said on social media is that we really have no interest in going under it. Phoenix is also in talks of numerous changes including moving the start finish line to the chicane on the backstretch and doing some updates to the track. This is where a lot of the tracks are taking Daytona's renovations as a way to encourage them to remodel. (Koelle, 2015)

AM Racing Tabs Austin Wayne Self to Pilot No. 22 Toyota Tundra

MOORESVILLE, NC (December 10, 2015) – AM Racing is proud to announce it has tabbed 19-year old Austin Wayne Self as the driver of the fivnewly formed team’s No. 22 Toyota Tundra.   Self will compete in all 23 races on the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule and compete for the Rookie of the Year honor.
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Austin.  “I grew up dreaming about competing at the highest levels of NASCAR and now I get to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  I am very appreciative of this opportunity and look forward to working hard on and
off the track so I can do the best job possible. I will have a lot to learn and will turn
to our manufacturer and fellow veteran drivers for some key guidance.”
Self is coming off competing the last two seasons in the ARCA Racing Series where he earned one win (Winchester 2015), finished second in the championship points in the 2015 season, won the S&S Volvo Most Laps Completed Award Winner and was the 2014 ARCA Scott Rookie of the Year.  He also collected 13 Top-Five’s and 30 Top-10 finishes in his 45 career starts in the ARCA Racing Series. The Austin, Texas native will lean on these past experiences as he goes through the 2016 season and navigates some of the rookie hurdles such as visiting some tracks for the first time.
The AM Racing team recently announced its newly formed NASCAR operation with its debut coming at Daytona International Speedway in February.  The team has joined forces with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) which is a critical element of their growth.  The team will utilize a Triad Racing Technologies engine program for the season and is in the process of building a new stable of Toyota trucks featuring KBM chassis and suspension components
“The ability to partner with Toyota, TRD and Triad engines will allow us to put a top level truck on the track each week,” added Self.  “The team is building brand new Toyota trucks which raises my excitement level even higher.  A tremendous amount of work has been put into this AM Racing program and I can’t wait to get to Daytona.  I am very focused on putting my best foot forward on and off the track for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and beyond.  Finally, as a native of the great state of Texas it is an honor to represent the only brand of pickup truck that is manufactured in Texas and the largest selling truck in the state – just like me the Toyota Tundra is “Born In Texas and Built by Texans”.”
AM Racing and Austin Wayne Self will make their NASCAR debut together on February 19, 2016 at Daytona International Speedway in the running of the NextEra Energy Resources 250.  To learn more information on Austin Wayne Self and AM Racing please visit awsracing.com. (Austin Wayne Self Racing)

Chris Buescher To Run Full Time Schedule in 2016 for Front Row Motorsports

Today Roush Fenway Racing announced they would have a new technical alliance with Front Row Motorsports in 2016. That move will be capped off with having Chris Buescher driving the #34. Front Row Motorsports, who have had 3 cars in years past, will downsize to 2 cars in 2016. Also with this announcement of this addition means someone will be leaving FRM in 2016 and possibly left without a ride. Reports are saying that driver will be long time FRM driver David Gilliand. Cole Whitt is  on the questionable list for 2016 joining teammates David Gilliand and Brett Moffitt along with David Ragan and Regan Smith. Chris Buescher drove for Front Row Motorsports in 2015 five times with a best finish of 20th at Fontana. Many fans are questioning Chris's moves for 2016 and beyond by staying with Roush but look at the list of drivers who don't have rides and look at the available rides. And with that new franchising deal the available rides will be very questionable. We wish Chris the best of Luck in 2016! (Koelle, 2015)