Thursday, March 31, 2016

Are You Feeling Lucky? - Martinsville Edition

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville Speedway and it's certainly has it's dominators like many of the other tracks. If you want a first time winner, in the past I would tell you you were insane. Now with the new rule package I almost think you may be pointing out a high possibility especially with the drivers who have not won once in their career. It will certainly be one to watch as it is the first short track of the 2016 Season and I think it could be the best of the season so far.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pick Four!

Joey Logano

After a certain confrontation in 2015 Logano has really rebounded. So far this season Logano has not made friends on his way making an enemy out of Martin Truex Jr. two weeks ago in California. Still without a win Logano continues to gain after his loss in 2015. Logano has been really good at Martinsville just no win to show for it. If the confrontation did not happen last season I think Logano would have went on to win the race and probably the Championship. Joey is one of my picks for the victory this weekend in Martinsville!

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

With already one win at Martinsville, Dale Earnhardt Jr. certainly has to be a favorite to win this weekend's race. Which to Jr Nation he's the favorite every weekend. Jr. has been on a roller coaster as of late but I think his time is coming. I think Jr, could win his second Martinsville Race this weekend and I think it's highly possible that it could be the first of many in 2016. If Jr won it could also help rise ratings and attendance because that's what it always does. If Jr. wins this weekend it's best for Business.

Ryan Newman

When it comes to tracks like Martinsville and New Hampshire there is no one better than Ryan Newman. Newman has always had one of those Modified Style driving styles and well short tracks are where the Modifieds race. Ryan has a win at Martinsville but was with Stewart Haas at the time. Ryan Newman has been on a run really since he joined Richard Childress Racing and I think that Ryan could return the 31 to victory lane on Sunday and land the #31 Car also in the Chase. 

Ryan Blaney

A Driver who has never raced at the Martinsville Speedway in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car may surprise you being on this list. Blaney has impressed me this season which is no surprise but I think Blaney's first race at Martinsville in the cup series could be a first win. Look how well he runs at Bristol in the Trucks and Xfinity Series. I think we could see Blaney in victory lane in the Wood Brothers return home!

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pick Four!

Daniel Hemric

I have a feeling Daniel Hemric move to Brad Keselowski Racing could pay off this weekend in Martinsville. Daniel Hemric has done very well in the last 2 NASCAR Camping World Truck Races at Daytona and Atlanta and I could see the series getting it's third Chase Lock in with Hemric. Hemric has really impressed me over the last seasons and when he runs those neon colors it's like he shines brighter than ever. I think Hemric could deliver the win to BKR and help his teammate Reddick get one soon! 

Ryan Truex

At first the Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota Tundra was not on the entry list and it worried many people. Especially considering how well Truex has ran so far in 2016. Almost winning the season opener at Daytona in February and running well at Atlanta the guy sits 6th place in points. Ryan Truex has raced at Martinsville just not in the Truck Series. This team could be in the final four at least that is what I am predicting and I think Martinsville could be where Truex could steal his first Career win. Be sure to keep an eye on Truex.  

Parker Kligerman

Parker has been the surprise story of 2016 and well he sits as the points leader heading into this weekends race. Kligerman surely has shown he deserves to be behind the wheel and is building back a empire he had before Swan Racing fell through. Kligerman could be the one who takes Ford to victory lane for the first time this season and fans would love to see him win his first career race and I could see him do very well in the chase and could very well make it to the final four at Homestead.

Rico Abreu

Rico has the dirt track background to be good at Martinsville and I think Rico could do amazing behind the wheel at Martinsville. Despite never having made a start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville I feel Rico may rise above the challenge and surprise not only the fans but other drivers. The real question is, Can Rico do any of those Wheelie Donuts in a Truck?

The Move Is Paying Off - Blake Koch

When Blake Koch moved to Kaulig Racing things seemed to be going in the right direction. When the formation of Kaulig Racing was announced along with the Affiliation with Richard Childress Racing fans knew the Leaf Filter team would not be one to mess with. In 5 races a Kaulig Blake has done better than he has his whole career, clocking his first career Top 10 at Daytona and staying consistent ever since. A 20th at Atlanta, 26th at Las Vegas, 16th at Phoenix, and most recently a 12th in Fontana. As it sits right now Blake and his team are in the Xfinity
Series Chase. When you look at his stats so far this season many could speculate his first win is coming very soon and with this new chase format it could land him in the chase or even in the Championship four at Homestead. When you look at it you surely think that the move is really paying off. As the team heads to Texas they will try to run just as well as they have in the past 5 weeks! (Koelle,2016)

Custer to Xfinity Series for Select Races

Cole Custer, who drives the #00 Haas Automation Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for JR Motorsports, will compete in five NASCAR Xfinity Series events this season. Haas Automation will sponsor Custer in four of the five races with Cessna receiving primary branding at Kentucky Speedway. The 18-year-old will make his debut in the #5 Chevrolet next month at Richmond International Raceway on April 23rd in a fourth entry for Jr Motorsports. Custer will then move to the #88 Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28th and Kentucky Speedway on July 8the. He'll return to the seat of the #5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 7th and Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19th. Custer spent 2015 competing part-time in the NCWTS with Jr Motorsports Custer embarked on his first full-time season in 2016. Custer has 2 wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series! (Koelle,2016)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Big & Rich Headline Saturday Night Concert at Talladega

As a tradition at Talladega there is a concert on the Saturday night after either the Xfinity or Truck Series race. A concert that ticket holders for Sunday's race can attend has had artists like Thomas Rhett, Pat Green, Chris Young, along with a few other star studded artists. In 2016 Big & Rich will take the stage along with Cowboy Troy to get the Talladega infield popping even more than it does. With hits like  "Save a Horse", "Big Time",  "Comin' to Your City" , and most recently "Run Away with You" and "Look at You" you will be sure not to miss this concert! "Loud" and "Radio" were featured in the Soundtrack for NASCAR 08'. The NASCAR Video game EA Sports brought out in 2007. To purchase your tickets go to www.TalladegaSuperspeedway.com  or call 877-Go2-DEGA! As of now we will be at Talladega for all 3 races! I for one am really looking forward to seeing Big & Rich!(Koelle,2016)

American Sports Network to broadcast 9 ARCA Races, 5 Live

Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that they have entered into a multi-year agreement with American Sports Network (ASN) to broadcast the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events, beginning in 2016. ASN’s coverage of the ARCA Racing Series will kick off with the April 9 race from Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. In all, ASN will broadcast nine ARCA events in 2016, including five live broadcasts.

ASN is the sports division of Sinclair Networks Group, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI). Sinclair is the largest television station operator in the United States, owning or operating a 171 television stations in 81 markets. Through relationships with over the air broadcasters and other regional sports networks, ASN looks to expand the reach and exposure of the ARCA Racing Series.

“We are excited to once again bring racing to our viewers through ASN,” said Doron Gorshein, COO of Sinclair Networks Group.  “ASN’s coverage will include some of the series’ best short track races, designed to showcase ARCA Racing Series action from the tour’s “bullrings,” including both one-mile dirt events at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Illinois State Fairgrounds.”

ASN is scheduled to air five ARCA Racing Series events live, beginning with the May 22 Menards 200 from Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. ASN will also televise live races from Madison (Wis.) International Speedway on June 19; Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday June 26; Berlin Raceway (just west of Grand Rapids, Mich.) on August 6; and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on August 21.

In addition, the ASN network is in the planning stages to air a series of motorsports events in a consistent mid-week prime-time slot. Plans call for the five live ARCA events to be re-aired during this motorsports block, plus additional delayed coverage of events from Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, and both Salem (Ind.) Speedway events.

“We are pleased to provide additional exposure of the ARCA Racing Series on American Sports Network,” said Mark Gundrum, ARCA Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. “This is a great opportunity for the teams, sponsors and fans of the series.

“The ARCA short track race events are some of the best each year, and we’re excited to bring the side-by-side action to the American Sports Network's viewers,” Gundrum added.(ARCA Racing Series Presented By Menards)

Just An Ordinary Day In Paradise - Drivers' Average Finish At Martinsville

Martinsville. What more can I say? It's the paperclip and one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR Circuit. It wears on brakes and tensions can commonly flare out. It's the first short track of the 2016 Season and as we look to the first 5 races of the season this one is bound to be one of the best Martinsville Races in a very long time. The new rules package could be very interesting to see on this track and who knows by the time they take the checkered flag, we could not only have a different winner, we could also get a first time winner also. This is just an ordinary day in paradise!

Average Finishes (Since 2014)

Jeff Gordon Has the #1 Average Finish at Martinsville
But he retired in 2015 So Denny Hamlin takes his place
2 Denny Hamlin
3 Kyle Busch
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5 Joey Logano
7 Matt Kenseth
8 Kevin Harvick
10 Ryan Newman
11 Aric Almirola
12 Paul Menard
13 Carl Edwards
14 Regan Smith
15 David Ragan
16 Jamie McMurray
17 Martin Truex Jr.
18 Clint Bowyer
19 A.J. Allmendinger
20 Greg Biffle
2013 Winner Jimmie Johnson has a surprising Avg Finish here.
21st overall since 2014.
21 Jimmie Johnson
22 Kasey Kahne
23 Kurt Busch
24 Austin Dillon
25 Brian Vickers
26 Landon Cassill
27 Cole Whitt
28 Casey Mears
30 Chris Buescher
32 Trevor Bayne
33 Kyle Larson
34 Brad Keselowski
37 Danica Patrick
38 Michael Annett
39 Josh Wise
42 Matt DiBenedetto
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
49 Reed Sorenson
52 Michael McDowell
53 Chase Elliott

Notable First Timers or Returns

Returns and Last Race Here

Brian Vickers - 2014
Reed Sorenson - 2014
Michael McDowell - 2014

Debut Race at Martinsville

Ryan Blaney
Joey Gase
Brian Scott

Home Field Advantage - Wood Brothers Return Home

This weekend the Wood Brothers return home for the first time since 2011. This time with a young rookie named Ryan Blaney. Though recently the Rookie word hasn't really been used much when it comes to Ryan Blaney as he has done better than some veterans in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Wood Brothers, out of Stewart Virginia, has not raced at Martinsville in awhile due to the fact of only running a partial schedule. This season the Wood Brothers are running the full season for the first time since 2008. Blaney has
improved at every track he has been to since Daytona. Blaney though enters yet another track he has not raced a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car at but you know good and well he isn't going to let that slow him down. Despite his fellow Rookie Of The Year competitor Chase Elliott has raced here. he didn't do so well here in 2015. Elliott got involved in numerous incidents and then knocked the radiator out. Blaney currently sits tied with Chase Elliott for the 16th spot in points. Blaney has 2 Top 10's and is still seeking his first Top 5 of the season along with his first career win. Tradition Returns this weekend not only for the Wood Brothers but for NASCAR. Look for Ryan Blaney to take this #21 to the front! (Koelle,2016)

 

K-LOVE Returns to McDowell at Martinsville

K-LOVE and Michael McDowell have been a well known combination over McDowell's career. The combination has been about as well as STP and Richard Petty. K-Love is a Christian Music radio station broadcasted to over 12 million listeners each week in cities including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, and Seattle. K-LOVE is also the sixth-most online-streamed station in the world. At The Daytona 500 in 2012. K-LOVE Sponsored McDowell's Cup ride for the first time, Having sponsored McDowell numerous times in what is now known as the Xfinity Series. Since that race in 2012 McDowell has had at least one race sponsored by K-LOVE Radio. McDowell's best finish with K-LOVE on board was in 2013 when Michael finished 9th in the 2013 Daytona 500. In Michael's first attempt in the 2014 Season at Daytona, K-LOVE was on board but the team missed the Daytona 500. A
total of 14 Races, K-LOVE has been seen on the #95 Ford Fusion and coming this weekend at Martinsville will adorn the #95 Chevrolet SS. McDowell has raced at the Martinsville Speedway 10 times over his career with a best finish of 26th twice. Once in 2008 and another in 2013. In fact McDowell made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut here in 2008 driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. McDowell and his Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing Team will look to continue momentum so far built up from the first 5 races of the season. McDowell currently sits 32nd in points and will look to gain spots. McDowell will have an off weekend next weekend in Texas as Ty Dillon will take over the #95 unless he takes over the #14 for Tony Stewart. McDowell could fill in for Smoke. It is unknown at this time on when Tony will return. (Koelle,2016)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Allmendinger Adds Hot Sponsor!

HARRISBURG, N.C. – official team release –

JTG Daugherty Racing officials have added sponsor support from The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce to A.J. Allmendinger’s No. 47 Chevrolet for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series campaign.

The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce comes to the team through an expanded relationship with Southeastern Mills, as part of efforts to promote the brand along with Better than Bouillon, Shore Lunch Premium Soup Mixes and Southeastern Mills Gravy Mixes at select events this season.

“Southeastern Mills’ business philosophy is in line with ours and we are fortunate to continue to represent a sophisticated food company like theirs and we are pleased to announce the addition of their Original Louisiana Hot Sauce,” JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Tad Geschickter said. “Similar to JTG Daugherty Racing, Southeastern Mills’ started with ‘a vision, entrepreneurial spirit and determination’ and they are certainly a great fit for our racing organization and business model.”

Allmendinger, who has one victory, four pole awards, seven top-five and 39 career top-10 finishes, also welcomed The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce brand to the family.

“Just like The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce, quality and perfection is vitally important to JTG Daugherty Racing as we build fast race cars,” said Allmendinger, who finished eighth in the most recent event at Auto Club Speedway. “It’s been a good start to the season for us and the timing couldn’t be better for The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce to come on board. I really like what I see happening with our race team and how we keep getting stronger each week. The brands within Southeastern Mills (The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce, Better than Bouillon, Shore Lunch and Southeastern Mills) have been great additions to the team and we’re happy to have The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce on our car beginning this week at Martinsville Speedway as part of our program.”

“We are very excited about continuing and expanding our association with the JTG Daugherty Racing family,” Southeastern Mills’ Vice President of Sales Ralph Byers said. “They are a top-notch organization whose culture and values mirror those of our own company. NASCAR and the JTG Daugherty Racing platform provides an excellent means for us to reach and connect with our own consumers and provide exciting in-store sales building opportunities for our retail partners.” (JTG-Daugherty Racing)

Ryan Ellis To Race for BK Racing Beginning at Richmond

Ryan Ellis will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begining at at Richmond in late April. Ryan Ellis, a few months after his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut, will return to the wheel of a Sprint Cup car for select races in 2016.
"Four or five years ago, I met Ron Devine and I told him one day I would drive for him. It seemed very far-fetched at the time, but this year it finally came to fruition," Ellis said about his deal with Devine's BK Racing team. It's an amazing opportunity for me and I'm so happy to bring ScienceLogic with me to the BK Racing program," Ellis continued. "I've gotten to know the ScienceLogic employees and brand a lot in the last year, and really feel like part of their family."
"Ryan is a driver that we've been watching for quite some time as he raced in the Trucks and Xfinity," said team owner Ron Devine. "We're proud to bring him to BK Racing this season and welcome ScienceLogic to our family."
"We see a lot of similarities between ScienceLogic and our driver Ryan Ellis - both in our passion for what we do every day and the speed at which we are advancing and growing in our respective professions. ScienceLogic is proud to continue our participation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series by sponsoring Ryan Ellis and BK Racing this season," said Yama Habibzai, Chief Marketing Officer at ScienceLogic.
Ellis made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut last season at Phoenix driving the #33 for Circle Sport Racing. The #93 was last ran by Matt DiBenedetto at Daytona where he made the Daytona 500. The #93 is a Non-Chartered Car so Ryan will have to race his way in if there are more that 40 cars entered.
The Science Logic paint scheme you see on the #93 was created by Todd Casteel of Todd Casteel Designs! Amazing work as usual and that car will sure look great going around the Richmond International Speedway! The more sponsorship Ryan gets, The more Ryan races!
We here at The NASCAR News Source are happy to See Ryan back behind the Wheel of in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series! (Koelle,2016)

STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is done hunting easter eggs and will look to roll into Martinsville Hot. After 5 of the Most Competitive Races in NASCAR over the last 6 weeks NASCAR fans are highly expecting Martinsville to be a race for the centuries. After last years revenge move, fans seek to see more bumper to bumper races Sunday in Martinsville. This weekend is also something we haven't seen much of recently and that is a full field of 40 Drivers. Premium Motorsports has entered a second car for Reed Sorenson so now the field is full.

Entry List

1 Jamie McMurray
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Austin Dillon
4 Kevin Harvick
5 Kasey Kahne
6 Trevor Bayne
7 Regan Smith
10 Danica Patrick
11 Denny Hamlin
13 Casey Mears
14 Brian Vickers
15 Clint Bowyer
16 Greg Biffle
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18 Kyle Busch
19 Carl Edwards
20 Matt Kenseth
21 Ryan Blaney
22 Joey Logano
23 David Ragan
24 Chase Elliott
27 Paul Menard
30 Josh Wise
31 Ryan Newman
32 Joey Gase
34 Chris Buescher
38 Landon Cassill
41 Kurt Busch
42 Kyle Larson
43 Aric Almirola
44 Brian Scott
46 Michael Annett
47 AJ Allmendinger
48 Jimmie Johnson
49 Reed Sorenson
78 Martin Truex Jr.
83 Matt DiBenedetto
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Michael McDowell
98 Cole Whitt

Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway Entry List

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns after a 3 week break this weekend in Martinsville for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250. A race that has been one of the favorites of the weekend for NASCAR fans and Drivers. Martinsville can be where feuds could pick up but I don't see any feuds as we head into Martinsville but some could come out of it. The defending race winner of this race is Joey Logano who is not entered. Matt Crafton is the most recent winner of this race that is entered. This will also be the first weekend of the season where Cup Regulars are entered in the race.

Entry List 

1      Bryce Napier 
00 Cole Custer
02 Tyler Young
4 Christopher Bell
05 John Wes Townley
6 Norm Benning
07    Shane Lee
8 John Hunter Nemechek
9 William Byron
10     Claire Decker 
11 Ben Kennedy
13 Cameron Hayley
14     Natalie Decker
17 Timothy Peters
18 Kyle Busch
19 Daniel Hemric
21 Johnny Sauter
22 Austin Wayne Self
23 Spencer Gallagher
24 Kyle Larson
29 Tyler Reddick
32 JJ Haley
33 Kaz Grala
41 Ben Rhodes
44 Tommy Joe Martins
49 Timmy Hill
50 Travis Kvapil
51 Daniel Suarez
62     Donnie Levister
63 Spencer Boyd
66 Jordan Anderson
71     Mike Bliss
74     Paige Decker
78 Chris Fontaine
81     Ryan Truex
86 Brandon Brown
88     Matt Crafton
92     Parker Kligerman
98     Rico Abreu

Notes Within the Entry List

  • 36 Trucks are on the Entry List. 5 Trucks Will Miss Race 
  • Bryce Napier will attempt to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • The Decker Sisters Will look to make their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut! 
  • Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson are the only cup regulars in the field. First 2 of the 2016 Season.
  • JJ Haley and Braun Motorsports return to NCWTS Competition
  • Kaz Grala will race #33 in place of Grant Enfinger
  • Spencer Boyd will also attempt to make his NCWTS Debut
  • Points Leader Parker Kligerman is also entered
  • Shane Lee moves to the #07 with SS Green Light Racing

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Saskatoon Inks Naming Rights Agreement

 Wyant Group Raceway will be the new operating name for one of North America’s finest oval tracks, situated in the RM of Corman Park, just 2 miles north of Saskatoon between Highway #11 and #12.

The SSCRA originated from the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Club, formed in 1954, operating out of the 8th Street racing oval called the Motordrome. In 1968, as a result of the City of Saskatoon’s impending growth, the Club was forced to find new land; as of 1970 it operated for a few years at the current Prairieland Park Grandstand area, then upon accessing 23 acres from Bill Kusch for $1.00 down and a ten year payment plan, the Club started Bridge City Speedway just north of Sutherland.  In 1999 the City, once again, advised of its intention to annex that area for future development, forcing the non-profit member-owned club to source new property.  In 2004 the membership pursued a 35 acre parcel north of the City and in 2006 the .333 mi. new Speedway was born; to this date it remains Canada’s only member-owned and volunteer-run race track.

Aside from regular racing action featuring Super Late Models, Pro-Trucks, Sportsman, Street Stocks,
Mini Stocks and the recently formed Bandolero Youth Division, for several years now the SSCRA has also consistently secured one of only two annual Western Canadian stops of the NASCAR Canadian Tour.  In an effort to  advance the utilization of the facility into being more than just a race venue, in 2011 it became the first oval race track in the world to ever host an Air Show, followed with repeat events in 2012, 2013 and 2015.  Saskatoon’s first outdoor Monster Truck Show in over 25 years was also held at the race track in the 2015.

While there will not be an Air Show in 2016, the WYANT GROUP RACEWAY promises the development of other events to enhance the community’s tourism and entertainment landscape.

Jason Gervais, President of the Saskatoon Stock Car Racing Association, says, “For the past ten years, the Savoie family stepped up and helped this organization through some very challenging years.  Now, as we move forward into the next growth phase, the SSCRA Executive and its Members are extremely pleased to be working with the Wyant Group”.  Gervais continues, “Vaughn, Michael, Phillip and their entire employee base, will be exceptional partners as we continue to promote the sport and provide incredible racing entertainment for this community” … “their personal and business-related reputations have garnered a level of respect that this organization does not take lightly … we look forward to a strong partnership that will most certainly benefit this community as we grow together”.

When asked about the future of the Wyant Group Raceway, Gervais adds, “Our Executive and Membership recognizes the need to diversify and attract new faces to new events as we move towards the next ten years of operation; we are anxious to expand that direction and build upon what has already been accomplished with NASCAR, the Air Show, the new Monster Truck Show and soon to follow in 2016, a new Tractor Pull event” … “other programming ideas are also being pursued that will be announced and implemented as both scheduling and the business climate allows, but most definitely the Wyant Group Raceway will generate a significant and positive impact on local tourism and the overall mix of entertainment options in the City”.

Michael Wyant, COO, adds … “When presented with this opportunity, it was something that was easy to get excited about. With a proven record of performance, a great executive committee, and ambitious growth plans for the track in the future, we saw it as a perfect fit for the Wyant Group.  Not only can we now associate our family and automotive group with the fun and excitement of the raceway, we can also showcase and demonstrate some great products to the fans along the way, enhancing the race day experience.  We couldn’t be happier to be the new naming rights sponsor of the raceway!” (NASCAR Home Tracks)

Stats are Just Numbers - Martinsville Speedway Edition

The Paper Clip tucked in the Virgina Mountains is where we head this weekend and this is commonly a track that can be where battle royals and brawls happen, take a look at last year for example with Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. Maybe Danica Patrick vs. David Gilliland? Well this is the first short track we visit in the 2016 Season and this is where I feel that new rules package could shine bright! Below are the stats at this track but of course. Stats are Just Numbers.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville

Races - 65 Races
First Winner - Curtis Turner
Last Winner - Denny Hamlin
G.W.C Finishes - 2 (2010 and 2012)
Postponed Races - 1 (2010)
Most Wins - 9 (Richard Petty)
Most Wins by a Team - 12 (Petty Enterprises)
Most Manufacturer Wins - 26 (Chevrolet)
Interesting Fact - In 2014 Kurt Busch posted his first win with Stewart-Haas Racing after passing Jimmie Johnson with eleven laps to go. The win was Busch's first in two seasons following his firing from Penske Racing and numerous confrontations with media. The race lead changed 33 times, a track record, breaking the 31 set in Kevin Harvick's 2011 win.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Martinsville

Races - 20
First Winner - Joe Ruttman 
Last Winner - Joey Logano
G.W.C Finishes - 8 (1996, 1997, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015)
Postponed Races - 2 (2009 and 2014)
Most Wins - Tie, 3 (Kevin Harvick and Dennis Setzer) 
Most Wins by a Team - Tie, 3 (Richard Childress Racing, Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, and ThorSport Racing) 
Most Manufacturer Wins - 10 (Chevrolet)
Interesting Fact - In 2008 it was the Last win for Dodge before becoming RAM Trucks. Also last Truck win for Dodge before departing NASCAR's top 3 series after the 2012 season. 

Krause Set to Go Tour Racing

Looking to take his racing career to the next level, Andrew Krause will join the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and compete for the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award.

Krause, of Holmdel, New Jersey, comes to the Whelen Modified Tour following a rising racing career at Wall Stadium. In 2016 he and the No. 24 Supreme Manufacturing Chevrolet team will take to the road for the first time.

“I think it will be an awesome experience to go see some new tracks and have some new experiences,” Krause said. “I thought this was where we needed to go.”

The 25-year-old originally got his start in racing in entry-level modifieds at the venerable New Jersey oval. After running some small block and big block dirt modifieds, he’s competed in the Wall/SK modified division in recent years.

“It’s the natural progression of things,” Krause said. “We’ve got pretty comfortable running our car at Wall. We started there in the entry level and moved up, and now we’re ready to progress to the tour level.”

Krause’s father, Cliff, owns the No. 24 Chevrolet and veteran Whelen Modified Tour team owner Ralph Solhem will serve as the crew chief. The team has one of Buzz Chew Racing’s former cars with a Troyer TA-2 chassis and spec engine.

“I’m excited for the experience,” Krause said. “We have all of the right stuff going for us. We have a proven car, we have Ralph with all of his experience and we have good and dedicated crew. I think all of the elements are there for us to put together some good performances.”

Krause is the third driver to-date to declare intentions to run for Sunoco Rookie of the Year along with Craig Lutz and Matt Swanson.

“We kind of have our sights on it,” Krause said. “We’ll have that in the back of our minds. We really don’t have experience at any of these tracks so we’ll just be trying to put down some solid finishes and gain as much experience as we can.”

Krause will get his first laps at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in the No. 24 this Saturday during the track’s open test session.

The 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will commence with the Icebreaker 150 on Sunday, April 10 at Thompson. For 42nd Annual Icebreaker weekend event and ticket information, please visit www.thompsonspeedway.com. (NASCAR Home Tracks)

Happy Easter From The NASCAR News Source

We here at The NASCAR News Source wants to wish everyone of our viewers and their families a very Happy Easter! I am grateful for every single one of you and I hope you have enjoyed your visit(s) to the NASCAR News Source! If we can do anything to help make your experience better don't hesitate to let us know! We will begin coverage of this weekend's racing in Martinsville than we will be attending Nashville the next weekend! Lot's of great things are coming! (Koelle,2016)

Justin Haley Wins First Career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Race

The 16-year-old from Winamac, Indiana, cleared the dominant car of Kyle Benjamin with seven laps to go and sailed to his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory. It was Haley's 23rd career NASCAR K&N Pro Series start. He nearly picked up the win in Phoenix last fall in the K&N Pro West, but late contact while leading cut a tire and ended his night six laps short of the win. Benjamin settled for second, followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr., championship points leader Spencer Davis and Dillon Bassett. Benjamin, from nearby Easley, South Carolina, was fastest in practice and winner of the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Company. He led a race-high 122 laps but failed to lead the lap that mattered.

Results from Greenville

1 2 5 Justin Haley
2 1 40 Kyle Benjamin
3 3 4 Ronnie Bassett, Jr.
4 5 41 Spencer Davis
5 6 44 Dillon Bassett
6 10 66 Reid Wilson
7 11 55 Noah Gragson
8 7 38 Tyler Dippel
9 4 3 Kaz Grala
10 19 13 Hunter Baize
11 8 2 Collin Cabre
12 9 42 J.A. Junior Avila
13 18 2 Sarah Cornett-Ching
14 17 1 Austin Theriault
15 15 12 Harrison Burton
16 12 30 Dominique Van Wieringen
17 13 49 John Holleman, IV
18 16 4 Ali Kern
19 14 6 Ruben Garcia Jr.
20 20 14 Trey Hutchens
21 21 9 Christian Celaya

Next Race

The next race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be the world's fastest Half Mile in Bristol, TN. Last year Chaos and carnage reigned inside the Last Great Colosseum in Saturday's PittLite 125 as the K&N East Series warriors battled for Bristol victory. In an event that saw six cautions and a green-white-checker finish, it was Massachusetts-native Eddie MacDonald who prevailed after contact between he and pole sitter Ben Rhodes relegated the day's dominant car to a third place finish. Spencer Davis has a 3 point lead over Kyle Benjamin in the points standings. What Gladiator will rise above and win in Thunder Valley?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

New Manufacturers? - Top 3 That Fit in NASCAR

In 2008 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Kyle Busch would win at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in a Toyota for the first time. The begining of what is now an empire with a Championship and a Daytona 500 under its belt. With Brian France saying that numerous manufacturers are interested in joining NASCAR and it made me think what manufacturers would I personally would like to see in NASCAR and I honestly narrowed it down to 3 with one of them I would like to see return! Here are the Top 3 in my opinion I would like to see join the ranks in the NASCAR's Top 3 series!

Volkswagen

Many people do not want companies like this to come to NASCAR because it's an american sport and we want american vehicles in the sport. Well technically Chattanooga, TN proves that Volkswagen can be American Made as they make the Passat in my backyard. I think the Passat would be a neat car to add to the NASCAR lineup. I think that if Volkswagen joined the NASCAR lineup then we could add a more diverse fan base including with the Germans, who already read this blog a ton. Imagine seeing some of NASCAR's top teams fielding VW's instead of Toyota or another car make.

Dodge

In 2012 it was revealed about the new Generation 6 cars that would look a ton like the production car. That season Dodge won it's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship since Richard Petty won it in 1975. Brad Keselowski would win his first title of his career but the Team Penske stable would announce a rebranding of Penske Racing along with the announcement of joining the Ford Stable. With no powerhouses grabbing Dodge it left the sport. I think it could return in the age of the charter with a driver like Robby Gordon or someone who has raced dodge's in the past. 

Audi 

According to recent comments from Matthew Dillner of NASCAR.com, Audi could be looking to joint Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota. Dillner believes the German manufacturer is preparing to enter NASCAR after hearing rumblings about such a move for a couple of years now. This would be a move that would surprise many as you expect such luxurious cars to join makes like Formula 1 and E along with Indycar and many others. If Audi was to join it would make it interesting and certainly give something for the sports car fans to cheer for.

What Has Been Said in the Front Office

Brian France was on SiriusXM Speedway with Dave Moody to talk about a variety of NASCAR topics. One of the things that came up was whether or not we would see a new manufacturer in NASCAR anytime in the near future. France seemed to be cautiously optimistic about the interest from outsiders in joining and the possibility of it happening in the “right” situation.
"There is some interest, and by a couple of different manufacturers and we would be open to that in the right conditions. I think a lot of the car companies are understandably looking at the terrific job that Toyota has done by partnering with NASCAR and the success and all the things that comes along with that. They’ve been an incredible success story for a car manufacturer looking to come into a sport that’s very difficult to come in, compete and win every weekend. But there’s an interest. And this is obviously the biggest opportunity in auto racing in North America."

Shane Lee to Run Partial Schedule in NCWTS

Shane Lee will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway in the Alpha Energy 250 on April 2nd driving the #07 LeeBoy Toyota Tundra for Bobby Dotter and SS Green Light Racing formerly piloted by JJ Yeley at Atlanta and Michel
Disdier at Daytona. Shane Lee made his ARCA Racing Series debut last month in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway and continues to compete on local short tracks across North Carolina. Lee has competed full time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American series for the past four seasons at tracks across the southeast picking up 18 wins along the way including two limited late model track championships at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2012 and 2013 along with the North Carolina rookie of the year in NASCAR Whelen All-American series in 2013. Veteran crew chief Jamie Jones will oversee the SS Green Light Racing entry for Shane Lee. Jones, Lee, and the SS Green Light Racing team will kick off their 2016 NCWTS racing season at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, followed by Gateway Motorsports Park on June 25, and Michigan International Raceway on August 27. (SS Green Light Racing)