Sunday, January 31, 2016

Josh White Racing Announces Formation, Debut Race Announced

After being released from Jent Authentics Motorsports before the 2016 season, Josh White took a break to rebrand himself and to work on something new. That new thing is Josh White Racing, an owner driver team out of Charleston,WV. Josh White will be behind the wheel of a To Be Determined make of car starting April 24th at Salem. The team looks to be developing in 2016 running a few races here and there and then in 2017 will be back full time running in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Josh White finished 12th in ARCA Racing Series points last season with Hixson Motorsports and will look to improve on that points finish in 2016 and 2017. Be sure to stay tuned to The NASCAR News Source for all of the latest news about Josh White Racing! (Koelle,2016)

Mark Thompson to Run Daytona with MBM in the Xfinity Series

Photo From Carl Long Motorsports Facebook Page
MBM  announced today that Mark Thompson will run the #13 Toyota Camry in the 2016 Powershares QQQ 300 at the Daytona International Speedway with sponsor Phoenix Air. MBM is owned by NASCAR Xfinity Series Veterans Derek White and Carl Long. Mark Thompson last ran for MBM at Talladega last season where he finished 27th. We wish Mark the best of Luck in Daytona! (Koelle,2016)

NASCAR Close to Charter Agreement

NASCAR officials and Sprint Cup car owners have been meeting this week, moving closer to resolution on a new charter system intended to guarantee financial stability and security to teams. A source who was present for a meeting Friday said that no deal had been signed, but that the sides were "close." The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the talks. Adam Stern of the Sports Business Journal tweeted that the system was likely to be unveiled in two weeks, which would point to an announcement during Speedweeks. NASCAR teams will arrive Feb. 11 at the Daytona International Speedway garage in preparation for
the Feb. 21 season-opening Daytona 500. Stern also tweeted the charter system deal would be for five years with a four-year option. Asked for comment, NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said in a release: "NASCAR and NASCAR Sprint Cup team owners have continued to make progress in our discussions. There still is work to be done, but we remain very optimistic that we'll have agreements completed prior to the start of the 2016 season." Rob Kauffman, chairman of the Race Team Alliance consortium that has been brokering the deal on behalf of the owners, also tweeted he felt positive about negotiations. (NBC Sports)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What is the Fan's Opinion? - What is the Most Memorable Daytona 500?

When we asked the fans What is the Most Memorable Daytona 500 one of the ones that was on there I was really expecting to win and well it did.
After 20 years of trying and 20 years of frustration Dale Earnhardt Sr. would finally win the Daytona 500. A race that had been elusive to the Man in Black just continued to be the downfall of him. 7 Championships, Numerous Awards, Numerous other Wins at Daytona but never winning the Daytona 500. In 1998 He won that race and the Fans, Teams, and Other drivers all knew what it meant to him on winning the Daytona 500. If this does not show what winning the Daytona 500 means to a Driver I don't know what will.

  • 2011 Daytona 500 - Trevor Bayne Triumphs in Daytona - 2 votes - 22%
  • 2004 Daytona 500 - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins First 500 - 1 vote - 11%
  • 2001 Daytona 500 - Michael Waltrip Finally Wins - 0 votes - 0%
  • 1998 Daytona 500 - Dale Earnhardt Sr. Finally Wins - 5 votes - 55%
  • 1997 Daytona 500 - Jeff Gordon Wins Daytona 500 - 1 vote - 11%

New Poll

We want to know what you think the theme to the Daytona 500 should be! This will be the 2nd to last poll before the Daytona 500 and we will have a post up later today giving you the options for what the theme should be. The winning theme will be announced on Valentines Day on the same day as Daytona 500 qualifying! Please vote on this poll and let us know out of these 11 songs what should be the theme to the Daytona 500!

  • Paradise by Coldplay
  • Written In The Stars by Tinie Tempah feat. Eric Turner
  • B.I.G by X Ambassadors
  • Land Of Hope and Dreams by Bruce Springsteen
  • Lift Your Head Weary Sinner by Crowder
  • Centuries by Fall Out Boy
  • Day One by Matthew West
  • Ladies and Gentlemen by Saliva
  • Heavy is The Head by Zac Brown Band feat. Chris Cornell
  • Eye On It by TobyMac
  • I Dare You by Shinedown 


The NASCAR News Source Playlist - Theme to the Daytona 500

When it comes to the Daytona 500 it's one of the biggest races in Motorsports. Each sport has it's own race that is like the Daytona 500. Indycar has the Indianapolis 500, F1 has Monoco, The 24 Hours of Le Mans is Sports Cars version of the Daytona 500. But no series starts it's season with their biggest race. The Daytona 500 is the one that every driver wants to win. The Race that every NASCAR Fan and Non NASCAR Fan wants to attend. I got the opportunity to attend it as a fan in 2015 and I am hoping to attend it as a Media Member in 2016. I always see commercials with songs as the background signifying the Daytona 500 and It makes me wonder what the Theme song for the Daytona 500 should be. #DaytonaDay commercial is a neat concept but It kinda lacks enthusiasm of how important this race is. Here are Ten Songs I think fit as the Theme Song as the Daytona 500 and then I will have it on the Poll to the left for the Fans to Vote for their Favorite Song on the list.

Paradise by Coldplay

This is one of those songs that has been used in the past with the Daytona 500 even being on the Fox Commercial in 2013. This song comes into my playlists for Daytona very often and it really comes to no surprise as this song fits Daytona because it is truly paradise. It has that sound for the Daytona 500 too. The Daytona 500 is one race that many drivers want to win and consider Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona as a Paradise. This song is certainly one that I hope Coldplay play's next weekend in the 50th Super Bowl Halftime Concert!  This is personally my vote as the Daytona 500 theme song and I think it could be the theme for many years to come!



When she was just a girl she 
expected the world
But it flew away from her reach
So she ran away in her sleep and dreamed of
Para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise, para-para-paradise
Every time she closed her eyes

Written in the Stars by Tinie Tempah feat.Eric Turner

Used as the Wrestlemania 27 Theme and The background music for the 2011 MLB Postseason on TBS This song would be one to talk about the struggles of winning the Daytona 500. For some this race is one of the hardest for a driver to win and for others they just land in the right place at the right time kinda like Derrike Cope did in 1990. This song fits big events and The Daytona 500 is just one of those big events. Wrestlemania 27 in Atlanta Georgia was the one big event that had this song as the theme song and It fits. It's just one of those songs that make you think of something big. Speaking of Big check the next song!
Seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I'm on my way

B.I.G by X Ambassadors

 This song was used in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase For The Sprint Cup at the final race in the Challenger Round and well it seems fitting to carry over into the Daytona 500. It is a Big Race, It has Big Stars, We're just Going Big! This is one of the best songs out there in my opinion and it really fits the Daytona 500. I think seeing Victory Lane Celebrations in a commercial with this song in the background would be just Awesome. If you haven't noticed Victory Lane Celebrations are normally bigger in Daytona for the 500!
I'm gonna go big 
I feel bigger than ever before
I'm gonna go big
Yeah, I'm going bigger than I was before
And you can tell your friends and all their friends
I want the whole wide world to know
I'm gonna go big
B.I.G., bigger than I was before

Land Of Hope and Dreams by Bruce Springsteen

 When it comes to Daytona many consider it the Land of Hope and Dreams. Every driver dreams of racing at Daytona and Every Driver who races on Daytona's Surface hopes to one day land in Victory Lane. This song was used in the 2012 MLB Postseason Commercials for TBS and It fits the Daytona 500 also, With the best lines being below of how the Daytona 500 fits with this song.
 This train...
Carries saints and sinners
This train...
Carries losers and winners
I said this train...
Dreams will not be thwarted
This train...
Faith will be rewarded

Lift Your Head Weary Sinner by Crowder


The Southern Twang of this Christian Music hit by David Crowder on his Debut Solo Album fits Daytona and the Daytona 500. It tells you no matter how much you want to give up faith will be rewarded so keep pushing until you land in Victory Lane with the Harley J. Earle Trophy.  This song has a rugged sound to it with kind of a touch of Pump Up sound to it. I could see this song being used with a commercial that shows the progression of how big the Daytona 500 has gotten. From The Sands of Daytona Beach to the High Banks of the Daytona International Speedway.


Lift your head weary sinner, the river's just ahead
Down the path of forgiveness, salvation's waiting there
You built a mighty fortress 10,000 burdens high
Love is here to lift you up, here to lift you high

Centuries by Fall Out Boy

 A song seen normally with playoffs or with big events like High School Football Playoffs, Superbowl, MLB Playoffs, among many others like that. It fits the Daytona 500 because of if you win The Daytona 500 you are remembered for Centuries and those who lose coninue to seek out that feeling of getting remembered for Centuries. Legends Win the Daytona 500. This track is where Legends are separated from the Ordinary Drivers. Some drivers may say that it's nothing special to win at Daytona but those who say that have not done it yet. You will truly remember this win for Centuries.
Some legends are told
Some turn to dust or to gold
But you will remember me
Remember me for centuries
And just one mistake
Is all it will take
We'll go down in history

Day One by Matthew West

I used this song as my mental theme song when I went to Bristol last year as a Media person. I enjoy this song because everyday Is Day One of the Rest of Your Life. That day I walked into Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time was the first day of the rest of my life. It's where I began my career as a Writer/Journalist for NASCAR. What song fits the Daytona 500 more than this one. It's the first day of our season and it's the first race of the season. It has a poppy sound to it which would fit the new #DaytonaDay Commercial.
It's day one of the rest of my life
It's day one of the best of my life
I'm marching on to the beat of a brand new drum
Yeah, here I come
The future has begun
Day one

Ladies and Gentlemen by Saliva

 Ladies and Gentlemen you are about to witness Greatness, History, A Legacy among other things. Imagine this song being used for the Daytona 500. Truly has that arena sound to it as you prepare for what you are about to see. Daytona is truly Jaw Dropping and with the new Daytona Rising it will be even more impressive. I have heard this song on the pace laps at Talladega and Bristol because it hypes you up for what you are about to witness. This song was also the theme to Wrestlemania 23 from Detroit Michigan.
Like nothing you've ever seen before
Watch closely as I open this door
Your jaws will be on the floor
After this you'll be begging for more

Heavy Is The Head by Zac Brown Band feat. Chris Cornell

 Heavy is the Head who has never won the Daytona 500. You have that weight on your shoulders and that weight is heavy. For 20 years Dale Earnhardt Sr. held that weight and you can see how much happiness was with Dale once he finally won that race. True drivers like Earnhardt Jr., Logano, Harvick, among others didn't wait as long to win the 500 but the weight is off their chest to win it now and they can focus on adding to that Hall Of Fame Career! This song was also used in the 2015 MLB Postseason Commercial.
It's a lifelong expedition
Second-guessing your decisions
Trying to find out what's been missing
And the pages keep on filling

Eye On It by TobyMac 

Every driver has their Eye on It going into Daytona. That one trophy, That one Win, That one added name to the history book. Each driver has his eye on the prize and many drivers continue to have their eye on it long after they won one because you want another, Drivers like Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, among other one time Daytona 500 champion's.  Every driver has there Eye on it and will continue to until they retire. Even then some drivers continue to have their eye on it if they didn't win the 500 at least once on their career. Like Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin.  
I got my eye on the prize, I got my eye on it
I got my eye on it, and I will not quit

 I Dare You by Shinedown

A song that has a sound to it that just sounds like a big deal to it. Shinedown really did well with this song, as they do with many others. This song was used for Wrestlemania 22 and it sounded like a song that helped hype up the event. This song could be one of my favorites of theirs and I could honestly see this commercial highlighting every winner of the Daytona 500. From Petty to Logano, Earnhardt Sr. to Earnhardt Jr., among the other winners of the Daytona 500. 

Hello, let me introduce you to
The characters in the show
One says yes, one says no
Decide - which voice in your head you can keep alive
Even in madness, I know you still believe
Paint me on canvas so I become
What you could never be

Friday, January 29, 2016

Flashback Friday - 2013 Daytona 500

Every Friday from now until the Friday before the 58th Annual Daytona 500 we will recap every race leading up to the 58th Daytona 500 ending on February 21st with the Recap of the 58th Annual Daytona 500.
On February 24, 2013 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opened two new chapters in the Record Books. One record was the New Generation Six Cars that would lead NASCAR into a newer generation with bodies on the cars that look more like the actual production car. The Other Ground Breaking feat that was set on this Daytona 500 was the pole winner. Danica Patrick paced the field in that Saturday's practice before the Daytona 500 Qualifying and then That Sunday she did it again winning the pole for the 55th Daytona 500. Becoming the First Female to win the Pole in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The day before the 55th Annual Daytona 500 Happened the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive4COPD 300 had a horrific crash as Kyle Larson would fly into the catchfence and land back onto the track. A total of  left 33 spectators were injured but none died from their injuries. On the final lap of the Nationwide Series race, Regan Smith got turned into the wall while trying to block Brad Keselowski, causing a chain reaction, in which Kyle Larson's car few into the catch fencing. The impact ripped out its engine on the pathway in between the fence and first row of the grandstands. A tire and some other debris flew over the fence and landed half way up the
stands. Local officials reported that 19 people were taken to the hospital, including two in critical condition, while others were treated at the on-site infield care center. The incident raised questions about safety at Daytona International Speedway and many new safety initiatives would go into place before the next one would happen last season with Austin Dillon at the Coke Zero 400. NASCAR chose to repair the catch fencing overnight and have the Daytona 500 go on as scheduled.
There were 28 lead changes among 14 different drivers. Pole Sitter Danica Patrick stayed in the limelight, running in the Top 10 all afternoon while several pre-race favorites struggled. There were two major wrecks that occurred during the race: The first one was on lap 33. This began when Kyle Busch, heading into turn 1, turned Kasey Kahne into the infield. As the field checked up, a total of 6 more cars were collected: Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Brad Keselowski. Later, on lap 136,
as cars checked up in front of them in turn 2, Keselowski got turned sideways by Trevor Bayne, who then got sideways himself, came up the track, and collected 7 more cars (totaling nine in all): Austin Dillon, Carl Edwards; Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.; David Ragan, David Gilliland, Josh Wise, and Terry Labonte.Jimmie Johnson, racing in his 400th career Sprint Cup start, was back in the field for most of the race. He emerged from the pack with 16 laps to go and seized control with 10 to go, racing past Keselowski on the final restart. A caution with six laps to go for debris bunched up the Field, but Johnson held on staving off a last lap charge by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Mark Martin.

Top 15 Finishers

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Mark Martin
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Greg Biffle
  7. Regan Smith
  8. Danica Patrick
  9. Michael McDowell
  10. JJ Yeley
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  13. Aric Almirola
  14. Denny Hamlin 
  15. Bobby Labonte

Harrison Rhodes to Race for Obaika Racing in 2016

After JD Motorsports announced their Driver lineup two names were missing from the lineup that was with the team in 2015. Landon Cassill moves to Ford and Front Row Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but that other driver is Harrison Rhodes. Harrison raced for JD Motorsports in 2015 but will have a new home in 2016. That new home is Obaika Racing and the #97 Chevrolet. With the new Chase Format in the Xfinity Series you will see teams with two bullets in the gun in hopes to land at least one of those bullets in the Bullseye aka The Inaugural Chase for The Xfinity Series Championship. The Obaika Racing team will return in 2016 with one vision and that vision is to land their driver and car in the Chase and with focusing on one driver it makes it just a hair more possible than with going each week with different drivers. Obaika Racing fielded the #97 car successfully in its debut 2015 season, giving opportunities to various drivers and finishing top 30 in owner points. The Team is in the process of rolling out two teams in the 2016 Xfinity Series and is pleased to announce that Harrison Rhodes has been signed on as a team driver as a step in its duo-team efforts. Rhodes had a great season driving the #0 car for JD Motorsports in the 2015 Xfinity season with 10 top '25's and finished 24th in driver points through 29 races. (Koelle, 2016)

News From the Derrike Cope Racing Team!

Derrike Cope Racing and E-hydrate® team up for NASCAR 2016

For the second year in a row E-hydrate announces its sponsorship of Derrike Cope Racing #70 Xfinity Series NASCAR. E-hydrate will be prominently featured as an associate at the biggest race of the year, Daytona on February 20th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Powershares QQQ 300 Race on #70 Camaro. They will follow Daytona with sponsorship of NASCAR's West Coast Swing as co-primary at Las Vegas and Phoenix and full primary at Auto Club Speedway in
Fontana, California.
E-hydrate is the world’s first line of premium natural nutritional products that offer essential electrolytes, hydration and Protein On-the-Go for optimum physical performance. Veteran NASCAR driver and team owner Derrike Cope relies on E-hydrate for race day. "Being a professional race car driver, we see temperatures inside the car of over 130 degrees and hydration is a key element in being able to perform at a high level for an extended period of time. E-hydrate has a unique and great tasting way to deliver healthy hydration. We are extremely pleased to have them on board.”
E-hydrate offers a complete range of natural products for athletes and the entire healthconscious family, which are available at Target and target.com. "It's common for drivers to be treated for dehydration right off the track” says Peter Evans, Chief Marketing Officer for Ehydrate, “bringing E-hydrate to the demanding world of high-performance auto racing makes so much sense. We’re Excited to once again support the Derrike Cope team.” (Derrike Cope Racing)

DCR and MMIA Team Up to Honor Wounded Soldiers at the Powershares QQQ 300

Derrike Cope Racing is extremely pleased to welcome Military Missions in Action (MMIA) aboard our #70 Chevrolet Camaro for the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona. Founded by Mike
Dorman, a veteran himself, MMIA has devoted their efforts to help veterans with disabilities achieve independent living, as well as supporting our service men and women serving in combat areas and their families. With programs such as “Operation Building Hope,” where MMIA modifies disabled veterans homes to suit their needs, they do everything for the wellbeing of every individual. Unlike many large charities, MMIA takes only 7% of the funds from every
dollar for administrative costs, meaning 93% of the funds are used to assist our service men and women, who need it greatly. With many events, including their annual “Tee ­Off For The Troops” golf tournament, there are many ways for the community to get involved in Military Missions in Action. To learn more, or to volunteer or donate, visit militarymissionsinaction.org. (Derrike Cope Racing)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

1990 Daytona 500 Winner has Primary Sponsor For Xfinity Race


ICE-AID™ - formerly known as Beer Frost™
- an environmentally safe, all natural, mineral based product that turns your cooler of ice into a freezer - today announced its 2016 partnership with Derrike Cope Racing (DCR), acting as primary sponsor of the No. 70 car during February’s Xfinity Series Poweshares QQQ 300 race. ICE-AID™ will also continue its support
of DCR with a notable presence throughout the 2016 NASCAR season.
Derrike Cope, the “1990 Daytona 500 Winner,” and the No. 70 Chevrolet Camaro car has been a stable figure in NASCAR, competing in all Series of NASCAR for over 30 years. Heading into 2016, Cope will have a combined Xfinity and Cup Series career total of over 665 races, three wins, 40 top 10’s, two poles and the coveted title of Rookie of the Year. Cope was also inducted into the West
Coast NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2013.
“We are proud to serve as a sponsor of Derrike Cope Racing (DCR) and Derrike Cope, who is such an iconic Daytona 500 champion.” said Dave Chism, Co- founder and CEO of ICE-AID™. “As a small, American family business, it is important
for us to partner with a team that shares in our vision and values, which Derrike Cope and his team do with our mutual mission of quality, creativity and enjoyment. DCR is the perfect companion to share in the love of racing and create the best entertainment experience possible.”
“Elyshia, myself, and DCR as a team are proud to represent ICE-AID™ (formerly Beer Frost) at Daytona this year as our Primary and as an associate throughout the 2016 race season! This is truly a One-of-a-kind product that will have longevity in this sport I am certain. Daytona of course is one of my favorites, and we hope to have a very impressive presentation in the garage as well as a good effort on the track.” Cope comments.
Following its presence at the Xfinity Series Power Shares QQQ 300 race, ICEAID™
will support DCR throughout the 2016 NASCAR season and allow NASCAR fans
to sample and experience the benefits of ICE-AID™ during coveted race weekends
and beyond. Fans who will not be on-site during the 2016 season can purchase
and experience ICE-AID™ online at www.ice-aid.com and www.tryice-aid.com.
About ICE-AID™
ICE-AID™ is an environmentally safe, all natural, mineral based product that turns your cooler into a freezer by reducing the temperature of ice to as low as -10°F. ICE-AID™ delivers a frosty cold beverage covered in ice crystals that,
until now, you could only get by turning the refrigerator temperature to the lowest setting or using the freezer. ICE-AID™ will also make your ice last two to three times longer. It’s not cold until it’s ICE-AID™ cold. For more information, please visit www.ice-aid.com. (ICE-AID™)

Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing Names Crew Chief and VP of Operations

With the announcement of Circle Sport Racing and Leavine Family Racing merging and then Last week with the announcement of Michael McDowell and Ty Dillon sharing the ride nothing but good things are coming and going into speedweeks which is where the merged team will make it's debut twice. McDowell and Ty Dillon will both enter the 58th Annual Daytona 500. Last season both drivers raced their way into the Daytona 500 and I expect nothing less in this year's Can Am Duels. Today the team announced the new crew chief for the Merged team. The man who will be calling the shots for both McDowell and Ty Dillon will be Dave Winston. Veteran Crew Chief who has been with a list of very successful drivers that includes Greg Biffle, Brian Vickers, Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray. Winston has been an Engineer at Roush Fenway Racing and Will Join the CSLFR Team in 2016. "Dave is a perfect fit for our team having worked at both large and small organizations," said Bob
Leavine, Partner in CSLFR. "He understands the budget constraints of a small team but knows what is required to make the team more competitive. I really like his engineering background as that is a key factor in our alliance with RCR. Understanding and being able to incorporate setup changes from simulation data is an important part of the crew chief's responsibility. Dave is very organized and has already gained the respect of our staff in a short period of time. I'm really proud to have him on our team." Also announced today was the Vice President of Circle Sport-Leavine Family and his name is Jeremy Lange. Jeremy is an excellent fit for the job in my opinion and is a good friend of mine! Jeremy Lange joined Leavine Family Racing in 2013 bringing more than 15 years of experience in advertising, marketing and sales to the team. He has worked in NASCAR for more than ten years, first joining the sport after securing his MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. "Over the past two and a
half years Jeremy had taken on more responsibility than just his marketing role," said Leavine. "On a small team it's all about having a 'whatever it takes attitude' and Jeremy is the first one to volunteer for extra work. A perfect combination of desire, experience and education makes Jeremy a valuable officer of our growing organization." We wish this team the best of luck in 2016! We surely can guarantee you will hear from them more in 2016! (Koelle,2016)

Rick Ware Racing Celebrating 25 Years The Right Way!

For 25 years now Rick Ware Racing has been around. The team has an impressive 350 Starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series along with 240 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A common name in the NASCAR Garage will celebrate 25 Years with 2 full time entries in the NASCAR Xfinity Series along with one Part-Time Entry. The 2 full time entries numbers will be the #25 and #15 along with the part time number being the #17. Along with running in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rick Ware Racing will field entries in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The list of races the team will run truck races are both Martinsville Speedways events, Bristol Motor Speedway, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Texas Motor Speedway. Driver, crew chief and marketing partnership placement will be announced in the next few weeks! (Koelle,2016)

Mullins Racing Teams Up With Belmont and Basham For Daytona Effort

Fredericksburg, Virginia (January 26, 2016) – After a disappointing 36th place finish in last season’s
Lucas Oil 200 at the Daytona International Speedway, team owner and driver Willie Mullins went back to the drawing board to help take the team’s performance to the next level. Therefore, he enlisted the help of two long-time ARCA Racing Series owners, Andy Belmont and Darrell Basham.
“Andy (Belmont) has been a long-time friend and mentor in my racing career,” Mullins said. “I bought parts from him when I built my first ARCA car, and it has just built from there. I can't imagine trusting anyone more than him, to call the race for me."
Andy Belmont has been a staple in the ARCA Racing Series for many years, as a driver and as a car owner. The Pennsylvania native made his first ARCA start on the high banks of the Michigan International Speedway in 1994. He started 25th, working his way up to 4th as he took the checkered flag. He continued that momentum for his other two starts, posting another Top-5 months later.
Entering the 1998 ARCA Racing Series season, he had made a combined nine starts in four years.
But that did not stop him, as he dove head first into the series, competing full-time through 2005.
As 2006 began to unfold, Belmont decided to take the reins as a car owner in the series, driving his
own car, before handing over the steering wheel in 2007.
Over his driving career, he made 184 starts, recording an impressive streak of four straight years of
finishing inside the Top-10 in Championship Points.
As a car owner, he saw success immediately, visiting victory lane with Chad McCumbee and his No.
1 ModSpace Ford three times, in addition to winning the 2011 Bill France Four Crown title.
The next season, Belmont decided to scale back racing, only making a few starts, before choose to
sell the team to focus on his family’s business.
Since 2012, he has been absent from the ARCA Racing Series garage, until Mullins Racing asked
him to assist the team with their Daytona effort. He will play an important role in the team’s
performance this season. The other help came from none other than Darrell Basham Racing, who have been a long-time competitor in the ARCA Racing Series. Team owner Darrell Basham has been part of the series since 1994, making 282 starts, scoring a career-best 5th place finish at the Kansas Speedway in 2005.
Darrell only makes up half of his team’s success, as his wife Sandy have made them an excellent
husband, wife combination in the garage area. Throughout the years, they are always willing to lend a
helping hand to any team who may need it. That has been their true trademark in the series.
In early January, Mullins Racing contacted the Basham’s about using their number to attempt the
2016 running of the Lucas Oil 200 at the Daytona International Speedway. By using their number, it
would give Mullins a chance at being locked into the 40-car field. The Basham's generously gave
them the opportunity to use their No. 34.
“When it was brought up about running the No. 34, I was pretty excited,” Mullins commented. “I
remember watching ARCA on TV with my dad when I was younger, and seeing Darrell race. I have
always been a fan, and this is an honor to have the No. 34 on the side of my car."
With the No. 34 on the roof and doors, the team will return to the Daytona International Speedway in
February with the experience of former competitor and team owner, Andy Belmont, in addition to
Darrel and Sandy Basham and their years of experience in the series.
As for Mullins, he is no stranger to ARCA Racing Series competition, making four starts with the
series from 2008 to 2012. His best finish came at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2012, finishing
15th.
Outside of ARCA competition, the Virginia native is a “Road Course Ringer”, running the Sports Car
Club of America (SCCA) in the V-8 Stock Car division.
In his first year as a member of SCCA, he was awarded Rookie of the Year honors, in addition to
being name the V8 Grand National Champion, coming in 2006.
From there, he has torn through the ranks of road course racing, recording victories at some of the
most prestigious racing venues in North America, which include Sebring, Daytona, Road Atlanta, and
the Virginia International Raceway.
He also lays claim to the 2014 MARRS SPO Championship, after finishing as the division’s runner-up in 2013.
In preparation for February, Mullins and crew participated in this month’s testing sessions at the
Daytona International Speedway. During the test, he recorded a fast lap of 48.450 seconds, with an
average speed of 185.759mph.
Willie Mullins will look to make February 13th’s Lucas Oil 200 in the No. 34 Bugsy’s Auto Repair-Crow Wing Recycling Ford. (Mullins Racing)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Brandon Brown Gains Encouragement from Sports Legends

As all of the hype surrounds Brandon Brown I began to wonder what made this NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver so famous among the celebrities. You have seen Dick Vitale show his support and well he is a pretty big name among Sports Personalities. For those who don't know who Dick Vitale is he is well known as a college basketball broadcaster along with a former Coach. Dick has one of those signature voices that If you were to hear it you would know exactly who he is. Well now that the deal with Dick Vitale has broadened out, another big name sports personality has made his case into the Brandon Brown Support. His name is Lou Holtz and He has a support video just like Dick has done. You can view that video at the link at the bottom of the page. Holtz was a former Football player, coach,
and analyst. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary, North Carolina State University , the University of Arkansas, The University of Minnesota, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of South Carolina , compiling a career record of 249–132–7. Holtz's 1988 Notre Dame team went 12–0 with a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion. Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Holtz also coached the New York Jets of the NFL during the 1976 season. Lou is the most recent person to show his support for Brandon Brown and this made me wonder How does a guy with only eight starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series become so popular? So I seeked out Brandon Brown's new sponsor NCASEIT for answers!

We began the Question and Answer with the #1 Question I have been asking myself over the past few weeks and that was  What Is making Brandon Brown so Popular with these Celebrities? and the answer from Ryan Linde was the fact that "The Company NCASEIT has confidence in Brandon and the Supporters of the NCASEIT Company (Dick and Lou) have confidence in Brandon!" I personally like to see the things like this because it gives the driver a little better name and it helps some of the Everyday College Basketball fans and Everyday Football fans can recognize that the company has support in a NASCAR Driver and that helps those people find someone to cheer for! The next question I asked was how the deal with Brandon Brown and NCASEIT came together and "It was basically a phone call deal and that I had confidence in Brandon and his ability behind the wheel of a race car" The third question I had was What made you join on with Brandon and his race team. "If I do sponsor within NASCAR I will sponsor Brandon because I honestly think Brandon is doing everything he needs to do and we want to be along for the Journey." I feel that Brand Loyalty is something you don't see very often anymore in NASCAR. The fact that NCASEIT seems loyal and ready to follow Brandon is certainly one thing that would help me recommend this group to my friends among co-workers. Our final question we asked was what they expected from
Brandon and after doing this Q and A  I am not surprised in the least of the answer! "I expect him to drive his butt off and give us his 100% effort. If Brandon does everything he needs to do than I think we have a pretty good shot at winning Daytona or at least putting on a good showing!"

This Question and Answer session has really opened my eyes on why these people are showing their support for Brandon and I honestly can say that I am sure that Brandon will not only gain fans due to these celebrities giving Brandon verbal support but will also gain that extra sence of pep in his step and I am really looking forward to Brandon Brown racing in the Next Era Energy 250! I really appreciate Ryan Linde of NCASEIT taking his time to help me see these situations a little more clearly and I will certainly use NCASEIT anytime I need Cases for my NASCAR Die casts! (Koelle,2016)

Here are the links to both encouraging videos!

Lou Holtz Encouraging
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn9nisnzxJ4

Dick Vitale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-nDwLMVHz0