Saturday, December 26, 2015

Woodruff Motorsports announces Partnership with Someone Special To Meet

Winter Garden, FL – Woodruff Motorsports Driver Kyle Lockrow enjoys helping others and is taking this to the next level.  Lockrow and his WMS Race Team have partnered with Someone Special Books to help raise awareness regarding reading for Children with Special Needs.

"We are thrilled to be partnered with Kyle and Woodruff Motorsports. Their commitment to family values, raising awareness for special needs, and their drive and determination in everything they do makes them a great team to work with," said Authors Heather McCarthy and Kate Ryan.

“To see what Kate and Heather have done with the organization in such a short amount of time is
amazing.  Since my involvement with Special Needs Individuals almost six years ago, I have been witness to that reading anxiety struggle on multiple occasions and Someone Special Books is the answer those parents and guardians have been searching for,” said Lockrow.

The organization will be receiving placement on all WMS cars and media outlets.  Also, arrangements will be made for Kyle to read to the children in different schools and centers for the duration of the 2016 Racing Season to help Kate and Heather continue the growth.

About Someone Special Books
Kate and Heather are moms, teachers, and aspiring authors. Someone Special Uniquely Personalized
Books came about when it was time for Heather's daughter, Maya, to go off to preschool. Maya was born with a rare metabolic condition called Propionic Acidemia, and Heather was concerned about her teacher and classmates understanding the condition and accepting that Maya is no different than anyone else. Heather created a personalized book for Maya that she was able to take to school with her and have the teacher read to the class. Kate thought if this could help ease Heather's anxiety, and make Maya so happy, then it could do the same for millions of other parents and children out there. Heather and Kate are now on a mission to help all kids everywhere, to teach kindness, acceptance, confidence, and respect.

For more information, visit www.someonespecialbooks.com.

About Woodruff Motorsports
Founded in 2010 by Team Owner, Darryl Woodruff, Woodruff Motorsports (WMS) is South Carolina’s latest upstart NASCAR racing team. WMS has worked their way up through the ranks of the INEX and Bandelero’s Series, and acquired new team driver Kyle Lockrow in 2013. WMS reached their most recent accomplishment of the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series certifications at Daytona International Speedway in December 2014.

For more information, visit www.woodruffmotorsports.com.

Build It and They Will Come - What Joe Gibbs Racing Can Become

Two Championships, 31 Wins, and a ton of talent in 2015 is what made Joe Gibbs Racing one of the Top Teams if not the Top Team in NASCAR. Their Cup team consists of Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, and 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch. Their Xfinity Series team in 2015 consisted of many different talented drivers which also had Kenny Wallace in the #20 for his final NASCAR Start. Joe Gibbs Racing is also affiliated with Kyle Busch Motorsports which had Erik Jones win his first career championship win!
When it comes to Joe Gibbs Racing they are not running out of talent. They are one team that the future of the team is looking very promising. The issue that is with JGR is that they are running out of seats for new talent. With Erik Jones possibly ready by 2017 or 18' to move up to Cup, someone in the cup series will need to retire in the near future, Matt Kenseth is the oldest out there and well it's been kind of a trend recently with the older drivers. Now with Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth both being former Roush Fenway Racing Teammates, could Joe Gibbs Racing take some tips from Roush in getting a team to run its rookies in like RFR is doing with Chris Buescher and FRM? With Furniture Row Racing joining Joe Gibbs Racing with affiliated support could we see Erik Jones and Martin Truex Jr. being teammates in as early as 2017? Only time will tell. That would be a very unbeatable team and the support system will be
about like Wood Brothers and Leavine Family Racing's affiliation with Team Penske. (Koelle, 2015)


Wood Brothers Racing - Team Spotlight

When it comes to the Wood Brothers you can't help but think of the past of NASCAR and then think that this team will be around in the future. With Ryan Blaney behind the wheel many could see this team becoming the power house it once was with drivers like David Pearson among many others and becoming a Championship caliber team along with winning Rookie of the Year in 2016. With support from Team Penske the last 2 years you can certainly see it in the finishes during the weeks they do run. Though rain really hurt them in 2015. Being a Technical teammate with Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Michael McDowell really will help Ryan develope even more and who knows could land him in Victory Lane and in The Chase in his Rookie Season. Having those drivers as technical teammates can really help when it comes to races like Daytona and Talladega where you know you
can kind of trust them. Ryan has certainly proved he belongs in the sport and certainly brings a new meaning to when you hear the name Blaney. In 2011 Trevor Bayne won his first career race along with his first career Daytona 500 win, That win was really what put Wood Brothers back on the map and that's what gave Trevor Bayne his jumpstart to his career. Ryan Blaney, over the past 2 years of running part time schedules, has really put the Wood Brothers back to that level where everyone believes they can and they will win.
We are unaware on if Blaney will run any Truck or Xfinity Races in 2016 but if he does we will probably see him back in victory lane again. Now if McDowell stays as part time I could see him filling in for Blaney as the driver of the #22 for Team Penske in the Xfinity Series. Now the #1 question for Blaney is not if he will win but when will he win?
Be sure to tune into our next Team Spotlight where we will place the Spotlight on Hillman Racing and the #40 team! Also be sure to tune into the next New Kid on the Block at the beginning of February! (Koelle, 2015)

Where Are They Now? - Part I - Drivers We Would Like to Hear From

In this new article series we will highlight drivers who have raced in NASCAR but we have not seen
or heard from them in a while. We hope to have some of the drivers reach out to us and maybe we can help them get back on track to a NASCAR Championship Career! If you see your name please email me at christiank9540@gmail.com! I am sure my readers would enjoy hearing where and what you are doing now!

Brian Ickler 

We last saw Brian last year at Las Vegas where he finished 5th. Since we have not seen Brian in any sort of NASCAR Race Car or Truck. Brian had tons of potential just the fact that sponsorship was not there. He has raced for Kyle Busch Motorsports and Red Horse Racing in the Truck Series and made a few starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Roush Fenway Racing and Robby Gordon Motorsports. We would enjoy having Brian Ickler on a additon of From The Cockpit to maybe help get him a ride or some sponsorship!

Jason Bowles

The 2009 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Series Champion was last seen in 2013 driving for the Motorsports Group and driving in the Mudsummer Classic for Wauters Motorsports. I got the oppurtunity to meet Jason at Atlanta in 2012, that was the first race I had pit passes. I got to sit on his pit box during that race also thanks to my friend Dell Hamilton Jr.. I would love to see Jason back in the NASCAR Xfinity Series or even in the Trucks! 

Scott Wimmer

Like the track he won at 2008 Scott Wimmer has not been seen around in NASCAR since 2011. Scott Wimmer was last seen in NASCAR driving in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series where he drove for Robby Gordon Motorsports. He also drove for Key Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2011. Since that year we have not seen Scott on TV nor behind the wheel of a NASCAR Stock Car. He was one of the few of these drivers who had multiple wins in his career that was extinguished a little to soon. 

Drew Herring

Ok I know Drew Herring has raced this season but he is certainly one of those drivers who you wonder where he is now because he is barely in a race car. Drew is one of those drivers who could really impress someone by what he can do behind the wheel of a Race Car. He practiced and qualified the car for Erik Jones a few times in 2015 but he has not started a race since Homestead in 2013. He has just the same amount of potential that Erik Jones has he's just not there or has the opportunity to show it. He is certainly one of the top drivers who I would like to speak with in the near future! Maybe I can help him out in some way shape or form.

Chad Hackenbracht

Chad Hacken-something has not been seen in NASCAR since 2013 where he ran 7 races for Tri-Star Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and he also drove 4 races for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013. Chad has one of those names that would make him fit in NASCAR and he also has the Talent to go with the name. He has one of those personalities in the garage that makes him a stick for sponsors it is just the sponsors have not gotten the opportunity to show them who he is.


Tayler Malsam

Ok so you may remember Tayler from just a simple color. Most of his career he was always in a Green car sponsored by G-Oil. Tayler was last seen in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2012 where he drove the #19 for Tri-Star Motorsports where his best finish of 6th came at Daytona in February of 2012. Most recently we saw Tayler drive the #32 for the late Turner Scott Motorsports in 2013. Tayler's best finish came at Talladega where he finished 2nd in a wild finish. Since that season Tayler has not been seen in NASCAR for now almost two years. We would enjoy seeing him back behind the wheel and I am sure he would enjoy being back behind the wheel starting off where he ended.