Friday, April 29, 2016

Meet and Greet With Drivers - Talladega Edition

Friday April 29th, 2016

Paul Menard is scheduled to appear at the Team Chevy stage at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 29 at 12:00 PM.

Brendan Gaughan is scheduled to appear at the Legends Hospitality Village at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 29 at 2:30 PM.

Brandon Jones is scheduled to appear at the Team Chevy stage at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 29 at 4:25 PM.

Brian Scott is scheduled to appear at Walmart in Oxford, AL on Friday, April 29 at 7:00 PM. It is located at 92 Plaza Lane.

Saturday April 30th, 2016

Ray Black Jr. is scheduled to appear at the Team Chevy stage at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 30 at 12:00 PM.

Blake Koch is scheduled to appear at the Team Chevy stage at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 30 at 12:15 PM.


Sunday May 1st, 2016

Michael McDowell is scheduled to appear at the Team Chevy stage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 1 at 8:15 AM.

Danica Patrick is scheduled to appear at the Team Chevy stage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 1 at 8:35 AM.

Casey Mears is scheduled to appear at the Geico display at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 1 at 9:00 AM.

Aric Almirola is scheduled to appear at the Ford display at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 1 at 9:30 AM.

Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick, Trevor Bayne & Regan Smith are scheduled to take part in Talladega Superspeedway's Pre-Race Fan Question & Answer Session at the Start/Finish Line prior to the start of the GEICO 500 on Sunday, May 1. Race fans will get to ask questions in advance of one of the most anticipated races of the season. Fans that purchase Talladega's Pit Pass Upgrade can have access to this special session, which is tentatively scheduled from 8:40-9:45 AM (CDT). Not only can fans get an up-close look at some of NASCAR's finest with the Pit Pass Upgrade, but they can also take in all the festive activities at the pre-race stage, including Driver Introductions for the GEICO 500. Additional drivers/personalities that will be part of the fan Q&A line-up will be announced in the near future. In addition to the Driver Q&A, pre-race festivities at the Driver Introduction stage will include introductions of special guests and VIPs, as well as the Honorary Starter and Grand Marshal of the GEICO 500, which is set for a 12:00 p.m. (CDT) start. The Pit Pass Upgrade is $75, but also includes more opportunities for up-close access on race day. More info at talladegasuperspeedway.com.
*Driver availability is subject to change and without notice. Neither NASCAR nor any of its affiliates are responsible for this event*

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Are You Feeling "Really" Lucky? - Talladega Edition

When it comes to picking a winner at Talladega you can have your guesses but if you guess the right winner you might want to go buy a powerball ticket. Luck would certainly be needed to make picks and we hope the luck is on our side. No one predicted Brad Keselowski in 2009. No one predicted David Ragan in 2013 so we hope we can predict that cinderella story of 2016. Talladega is a place that has many wild cards who do better at Dega' than anywhere else on the earth, We have the pick 4 challenge in both series this weekend as the Superspeedway Challenge emerges in the Xfinity Series for the first time. Are you feeling lucky? No I mean are you feeling really lucky?

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pick 4

Danica Patrick 

Yes I am going there. Danica Patrick is a very good restrictor plate driver despite her finishes. Which should you be surprised. She is doing speeds like she was doing back with her IndyCar deals and she was a pretty good wheel girl in Indycar. Patrick has led laps here and has become a pretty popular driver in Talladega. Like I remember one year when fans all around us were Jr fans and they began cheering for Danica because Jr wrecked. I think with JR Nation support Danica could wheel her way to victory lane for her first career victory and break another barrier in the Sports World!

Michael McDowell

McDowell has been the dark horse pick for many years now and well he has a reason to be. He's pretty good at tracks like these. In 2014, at Daytona, he finished a career best 7th. In 2013, McDowell finished 15th here, the same place he finished in this years Daytona 500. McDowell in the #95 Thrivent Financial Chevrolet SS is certainly on many others lists of picks and it comes to no surprise. McDowell will be driving a Richard Childress Racing affiliated Chevrolet and Richard Childress Racing has had success in the past.

Ryan Blaney

The New Kid on the block did very well here in the May of 2015 and it really didn't surprise anyone. Not making much noise here recently could be a ticking time bomb just waiting for his first career win and the first win for the Wood Brothers since the 2011 Daytona 500. Blaney could take the lead in the Rookie Of The Year battle and lock the Wood Brothers into the Chase. Blaney could become the first Wood Brothers champion in a very long time and remember. Most of those guys who win championships for the Wood Brothers are now Hall of Famers.

Matt DiBenedetto

Cinderella needs two shoes so does Matt DiBenedetto. DiBenedetto of course was the Cinderella of Bristol and he is missing a shoe. I feel Talladega could be where DiBenedetto finds that other Glass Slipper and land BK Racing in the Chase for the First time in their history. In fact in Victory lane for the first time. Matt has the tallent to do it and certainly now has the star power and fan support needed to tame the beast called Talladega. DiBenedetto also has teammate David Ragan who won at Talladega in 2013 for advice and help.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Pick 4 Superspeedway Challenge

Ryan Ellis

Ryan Ellis will be entered in the #97 Obaika Racing Entry and has the talent at Superspeedways to do so. Ellis also has the nice guy approach that the everyday fan can pull for. Ryan Ellis, who just made his second start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been getting a lot of track time here recently and I think that will pay off this weekend at Talladega. Imagine what a race win would do for Ryan? I think Ryan has the talent and the charisma to be successful on Saturday.

Derrike Cope

Superspeedway Experience, A hard working team behind him, and luck will be the three keys to success for Derrike Cope and Derrike Cope Racing. After missing Daytona due to circumstances out of their control, They continued fighting and That's what I think you will need to win Saturday in the Xfintiy Series. If Derrike can avoid the wrecks and be in the right place at the right time. I think he will add another Superspeedway trophy to the case. As he did in 1990 Derrike needs to be in the right place at the right time and capitalize on someone else's misfortune.     

Darrell Wallace Jr.

I was one of the few people in the campgrounds in 2014 when Darrell drove for Joe Gibbs Racing who stood up for the Alabama native. He has the speed to land that #6 car in victory lane and what better place for Darrell to win then at his home track. I have been very impressed by Bubba and can see a victory in his very near future if not Saturday afternoon. I think that the Tennessee Volunteer fan can strive in Alabama Crimson Tide country and sing Rocky Top in victory lane. Seriously Bubba if you win Sing that song than get security to escort you out.  

Joey Gase

After a fifth place finish last year, Joey Gase could land in a little better situation at Talladega this year. With Sparks Energy on board, Joey Gase can show fans who he is and that he means business. If you ask me I think Joey is as ready as anybody for a first win and would seriously send smiles for miles and in every seat in the grandstands. Joey has that shot to land a chase spot which makes this race even more important for them.  

JD Motorsports Talladega Preview

Chastain Fast at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Ross Chastain has run only three NASCAR races at Talladega Superspeedway, but he has an interesting history at the track.
       Chastain finished third in a Camping World Truck Series race at NASCAR’s biggest track in 2013, showing that he quickly picked up the intricacies of running well in Talladega’s big drafting lines.
       That knowledge will be of good use to Chastain Saturday as he drives in the Sparks Energy 300 Xfinity Series race at the fast 2.66-mile track.
       “Racing at Talladega is a whole different kind of animal,” Chastain said. “It takes a lot of patience and is really stressful mentally. But if you can hang with the front group there, you have a real chance to do something big.”
       Chastain will drive the Flex Seal Chevrolet for JD Motorsports with Gary Keller in Saturday’s race.
       Practice sessions are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3 p.m.

Preece Set For Talladega

 TALLADEGA, Ala. – Rookie Ryan Preece, riding along 17th in Xfinity Series driver points at this early stage of the season, gets a big new test Saturday.
       Preece will race for the first time at super-fast Talladega Superspeedway in Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 Xfinity race.
       Typically, cars circle the 2.66-mile track in giant drafting packs, an art and a science that rewards experience and patience.
       “I’m looking forward to getting there and getting adjusted to it all,” Preece said. “The big drafts will take some getting used to, I’m sure. It helps that I’ll have a couple of teammates (Ross Chastain and Garrett Smithley) out there, too.”
       Preece will be in the G&K Services Chevy in Saturday’s 113-lap event.
       Practice is scheduled at Talladega at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (ET) Friday. Qualifying is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3 p.m.

Smithley Set For Talladega

 TALLADEGA, Ala. – Garrett Smithley will run his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday, but he won’t start the event with zero experience.
       Smithley raced in an Automobile Racing Club of America event in 2014 at the giant 2.66-mile track. He finished 18th.
       “At least I know my way around the place well,” Smithley said. “It’s all about getting together with the right drafting partners and being in the right place at the right time. I’m ready for the challenge.”
       Smithley finished 20th last week at Richmond in his best run of the season. He jumped two places to 18th in the Xfinity standings.
       Smithley, in the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet, will be sponsored by Instalco this weekend.
Practice is set for 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Talladega. Qualifying is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the race to follow at 3 p.m.

David Starr and TriStar Motorsports Split Ways

It was announced late last night that David Starr was released from TriStar Motorsports and that JJ Yeley will take over the #44 Toyota Camry starting at Talladega. Yeley raced the #44 last weekend in Richmond to a season best finish of 12th as David Starr was feeling ill. Starr's best finish in the #44 so far in 2016 was a 17th at Bristol. Starr joined the team full-time in 2015.  "We have made significant changes in an effort to improve our overall program," said team owner Mark Smith. "With our commitment to our sponsor, we felt that an immediate change was necessary. We have every confidence in the team we have assembled and we will continue to pursue our competitive goals. We wish David all the best in his career and we will announce further plans as they are confirmed." David Starr is the third driver in 2 years to be released from the team, as halfway through the 2015 Season Cale Conley was released from the team. At the end of 2015 Blake Koch revealed he would be leaving TriStar Motorsports to drive for Kaulig Racing. All of these moves are in effort to increase the competitive level of TriStar Motorsports (Koelle,2016)

Just Another Ordinary Day In Paradise - Talladega Edition

When it comes to Talladega there are those who have perfected it and there are those who can't stand to come here because they can't find that one setup that clicks or they always seem to find a way to be collected in the big one. Talladega has it's drivers it doesn't like just like me and you and it always seems to be Ryan Newman who commonly is involved in an accident here. If your last name is Earnhardt something says you will be good here as both of the Earnhardt's make up the most wins here at the track. Here is Just Another Ordinary Day in Paradise.

Driver Averages at Talladega (Since 2014)

  1. Kevin Harvick - 9.75
  2. Ryan Newman - 10.50
  3. Clint Bowyer - 11.00
  4. Paul Menard - 12.75
  5. Martin Truex Jr. - 14.00
  6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - 15.00
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 15.00
  8. Kurt Busch - 15.50
  9. Brad Keselowski - 16.25
  10. Denny Hamlin - 16.25
  11. Jimmie Johnson - 16.75
  12. Cole Whitt - 17.75
  13. Kasey Kahne - 18.25
  14. Joey Logano - 19.25
  15. Austin Dillon - 19.25
  16. AJ Allmendinger - 20.25
  17. Casey Mears - 20.75
  18. Aric Almirola - 20.75
  19. Greg Biffle - 21.00
  20. Kyle Busch - 21.00 
  21. Josh Wise - 21.75
  22. Carl Edwards - 22.00
  23. Landon Cassill - 22.00
  24. Danica Patrick - 22.25
  25. Matt Kenseth - 22.50
  26. Michael Waltrip - 22.50
  27. Kyle Larson - 23.00
  28. Ryan Blaney - 23.00
  29. Chris Buescher - 24.00
  30. Bobby Labonte - 25.00
  31. Michael Annett - 27.33
  32. Jamie McMurray - 28.50
  33. Matt DiBenedetto - 29.00
  34. David Gilliland - 30.25
  35. Tony Stewart - 30.25
  36. David Ragan - 33.25
  37. Trevor Bayne - 33.75
  38. Michael McDowell - 35.00
  39. Brian Scott - 42.50

Making First Talladega Start (Either First Ever or In A While)

  1. Chase Elliott
  2. Regan Smith

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Returns with "Amelia" at Talladega

On February 21st the world thought that "Amelia" was done. Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun on his own into the inside wall at Daytona during the Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s run for 3 Daytona 500 wins would be ended early. Amelia earned three wins, a Duel at Daytona International Speedway, the May race at Talladega Superspeedway and the July race at Daytona - in addition to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500 and a second-place result in the second Talladega race. Earnhardt's average finish of 1.75 while driving Amelia in the four superspeedway points races last season led all competitors. Last month, Earnhardt hinted that it was possible Amelia could make a comeback for Talladega Superspeedway, but it was up to #88 crew chief Greg Ives and the team whether the car would be the backup or the primary. Ives answered that question Monday morning. That answer was the answer Jr fans were wanting to hear and will look forward to seeing Amelia at Talladega this weekend! (Koelle,2016)

McDowell Looks to Continue Improvement at Talladega

A track that the Glendale, AZ native finds slight success in is at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Alabama. McDowell holds his best qualifying effort when he qualified 6th in the October of 2014. McDowell has raced well here and worked with some of NASCAR's most popular drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr,, Brad Keselowski, along with a few others who would eventually take the victory or come really close.
McDowell strives at Superspeedways in fact McDowell finished his career best at Daytona in 2014 where he finished 7th, Earlier this season McDowell raced the #59 Chevrolet SS to a 15th place finish in the 58th Daytona 500. McDowell does not have to worry about past experiences happening again as McDowell missed the 2015 Geico 500 after not qualifying fast. McDowell would then return in October and qualify his way into the Race.
His first race at the Talladega Superspeedway driving a Chevrolet could be the one that strikes a victory. McDowell of course is driving for Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing. The Circle Sport part of the equation has had success at Talladega with Brian Scott gaining his first career pole in the May of 2014. A threat for the victory is surely McDowell and he could shock the world. I believe he can. (Koelle,2016)

Kennedy Joins GMS Racing

Team officials announced that Ben Kennedy will join the GMS Racing stable for a multi-race deal with 10 races already confirmed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, beginning May 6 at Kansas Speedway. Kennedy will pilot the #33 Chevy Silverado alongside teammates Johnny Sauter and Spencer Gallagher. Kennedy has 53 NCWTS starts under his belt and looks to claim his first victory in the series with GMS Racing. Jacob Companies, a first-year partner of Kennedy, plans to continue their support under the GMS Racing banner.  With Kennedy taking over the #33, Grant Enfinger, who earned the 2015 ARCA championship for the team and began the season with a pole in the #33 entry, posted on his Facebook page that he would remain with the team for multiple truck starts."A lot of people have been asking about my racing plans lately so I am going to give an update as best I can. The only confirmed truck races that I will be in the seat of a GMS Racing truck as of now are Kentucky, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Talladega. There is still hope to add to that schedule, and everyone here at GMS Racing is working hard for that. I am still working here at GMS Racing everyday and the relationship continues to be great. I can't wait to get back in the truck, but when I'm not I will continue to help all of my teammates here at GMS Racing. I am proud of what we have accomplished to this point, and I'm grateful for the past, present, and future at GMS Racing." (GMS Racing)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Derrike Cope Racing Announce Talladega Partners

DCR with JP Motorsports is ready to do battle at the Talladega Superspeedway for the Sparks Energy 300, and we are excited to announce our partners for the upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
Returning to the #70 once again as a co-primary sponsor is Buddy’s Home Furnishings®. Buddy's Home Furnishings offers a huge selection of name brand, quality furniture, appliances, electronics, computers and much more. They are constantly updating our inventory with the newest styles and technology, so you will always have the best they have to offer. They offer an exceptional “Rent to Own” program, which allows you a unique way of paying for your home furnishings. With over 200 locations nationwide, you can find a location near you at http://www.buddyrents.com/.
Ice-Aid - formerly known as Beer Frost™ - an environmentally safe, all natural, mineral based product that turns your cooler of ice into a freezer - will continue its support of DCR and will be featured as a co-primary sponsor at the Sparks Energy 300 on the #70 Camaro. Delivering a frosty cold beverage covered in ice crystals, it will also make the ice in your cooler last two to three times longer! For more information, visit www.ice-aid.com or pick up a free sample at the DCR hauler!
E-hydrate, a unique line of natural, hydrating, and nutritious drink mixes, will be displayed prominently on the #70 Camaro as an associate sponsor for the Sparks Energy 300. Available at every Target store nationwide, you too can get the hydration, energy, protein, & more essential elements of life that you need. Visit ehydrateracing.com for a special package, just for race fans!
Also on board the #70 will be Honeybaked Ham Cafe. Offering premium eats, DCR will be sure to enjoy the great foods available from Honeybaked Ham Cafe.
We are excited to head to the high banks, with hopes of a great run with our #70 Chevrolet. (Koelle,2016)

GasBuddy partners with MAKE Motorsports in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

SHELBY, N.C. (April 26, 2016) – GasBuddy, the world’s leading gas mobile app, joins MAKE Motorsports as the primary sponsor of the No. 50 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Travis Kvapil for multiple races in the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, beginning with Kansas Speedway on Friday, May 6.

“NASCAR, MAKE Motorsports and GasBuddy share many key characteristics: driving, teamwork and fueling up efficiently,” said Mike Schneider, chief marketing officer for GasBuddy. “Millions of people turn to GasBuddy to save money at the pumps and we look forward to revving up our exposure in this exciting market.”

With more than 56 million downloads and 15 million monthly active users, GasBuddy is home to the world’s largest network of people working together daily to save money at the pump.

“GasBuddy is a great sponsor for our team and I am very happy to have their support as we move into the rest of the season.” stated Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 50 GasBuddy Chevrolet. “This partnership is a huge deal for a small team like ours. We have been working hard to improve weekly and GasBuddy will help us make those improvements.”

Corvetteparts.net, Wix Filters, ZAK Products, Beaver Bail Bonds, Laird Plastics, and Markanda Social Strategies will continue to serve as major associate sponsors of the No. 50 Chevrolet Silverado.

The Toyota Tundra 250 can be seen live on Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. Additional race coverage can be heard live on MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. (MAKE Motorsports)

NASCAR Revives Lug Nut Rule

NASCAR teams hoping to shave time off pit stops by replacing only four lug nuts on wheels will now face penalties from the sanctioning body, according to a memo sent to organizations Monday.

The memo states that all tires, wheels and all five lug nuts "must be installed in a safe and secure manner at all times during the event."

Failure to comply can result in penalties ranging from a written warning for pre-race violations (wheels not having five lug nuts glued in place) to a minimum $20,000 fine, one-race suspension and probation for the responsible crew chief if a post-race inspection turns up a car that does not have five lug nuts in place on each wheel.

If found during pre-race, the infraction is considered an unapproved adjustment, and the violator will be required to correct the issue and drop to the rear of the field before the start of the event.

Multiple offenses for infractions will result in escalating penalties.

NASCAR stopped policing how many lug nuts teams were installing during pit stops after the 2014 season. In 2015, the sanctioning body debuted its Pit Road Officiating (PRO) system that utilizes cameras to regulate pit road.

According to Monday's memo, updated methods for officiating the new rules will be introduced at a later date. "That process will continue to evolve over time and we will provide further updates as that model progresses."

By tightening, or in some cases installing, only four lug nuts on each wheel, teams have often gained an advantage during pit stops. But the practice has led to a rise in the number of loose wheels this season, often sending a driver back to pit road to correct the problem.

While at least one NASCAR crew chief has noted that there have been occasions when a car would end the race with fewer than five lug nuts in place, NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France said Monday that the inspection process would be no different than it has been for other areas of the vehicles that are examined each week.

"When things are altered we have to deal with that," France said during an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "There's no difference in that. ... Really what you're hearing is just how close and tight competition is across the board. And that's why the crew chiefs, and rightfully so, are worried about every millisecond; they don't want to get one of these ... penalties and understandably so. They're trying to get it right and we're trying to get it right.

"And by the way, we will. We have for 60 years and we will always sort it out, especially when it comes to safety. We will get to the right place as fast as we can. That's Job 1 for us."

Last week, three-time premier series champion Tony Stewart expressed concerns that the safety of competitors was being overlooked by not mandating all five lug nuts be properly installed on wheels. A day later, when Stewart announced he would return to competition after missing the season's first eight races, NASCAR announced it had fined the co-owner/driver $35,000.

"It wasn't (a case of) saying they're not doing their job," Stewart told FOX Sports during Sunday's pre-race show. "I just felt like this is one thing they dropped the ball on. So, they're doing a good job. They're looking at it. They're going to address it and make it right, and down the road we won't have to worry about this again, hopefully."

France said Stewart is "very aware of how we approach criticism ... of the sport and the product of the racing itself, and safety is paramount of that. Tony is very aware of how we look at that. We allow them to criticize and give their point of view way more than any other sport. ... We're thick-skinned; we get it.

"It's when you go into the area of denigrating the racing product. That's all we have in NASCAR, the highest quality of competition. When you start working against that in any way, we're going to have to deal with that. And everybody understands that."(NASCAR.com)

Austin Cindric Joins Martin-McClure Racing

Abingdon, VA, April 26, 2016 – Just one week after achieving victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, Martin-McClure Racing owners, Hal Martin and Eric McClure, announced today the addition of Austin Cindric to the team’s driver roster. Cindric will pilot Martin-McClure Racing’s No. 39 entry for a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series events beginning with this weekend’s Biscuitville 125 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA. Cindric will also compete in the NKNPSE event at Watkins Glen International Raceway later this year.

At just 17 years of age, Cindric has already built a diverse, and impressive, racing resume including four Global Rally Cross victories, as well as one International Motorsports Association victory in the 2015 season alone. Cindric also achieved numerous other podium finishes across three different series during his 2015 race season.

“We are so pleased to have Austin Cindric compete for us this season. His resume, particularly at his age, is impressive and he comes from a tremendous racing pedigree. He’s a quality young man as well, and we are looking forward to giving him the best chance for success at VIR,” said team co-owner Eric McClure.

Hal Martin, also co-owner of Martin-McClure Racing agreed, “We are proud to add another talented driver to our driver roster for 2016. We are ready to build off of our success at Bristol and we think Austin is a great fit for our team. We look forward to giving him an opportunity to showcase his abilities behind the wheel.”

In preparation for his first road course start in a NASCAR-style car, Cindric attended a test session at the historic Virginia course with the MMR racing team.

“I am really excited to get to race at VIR. I had never driven a stock car on a road course until our test, and I had a blast! The cars are a handful with the high horsepower and heavy weight, but they are quite enjoyable to drive. I am very grateful of the opportunity to compete for Martin-McClure Racing, especially after their recent success. I look forward to what the weekend brings,” said the 17-year-old driver. (Martin-McClure Racing)

Patrick Carpentier joins Go Fas Racing

Go Fas Racing is pleased to announce that Patrick Carpentier will pilot the No.32 Can-Am Ford Fusion at Sonoma Raceway in June, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Carpentier has 40 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 2007-2011. The Ville LaSalle, Quebec native has 2 NSCS starts at Sonoma with a best finish of 11th in 2009, and one start at Indianapolis where he finished 18th.

"Even if I say that I’m retired, I could not miss the opportunity to drive in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, especially on circuits as interesting as those of Sonoma and Indianapolis," said Patrick Carpentier. "I'm really happy to wear the colors of Can-Am, Kappa, and Cyclops Gear because I love to use their products."

"We are very happy with the choice of drivers made by our partner, Archie St.Hilaire of Go FAS Racing," said José Boisjoli President and CEO of BRP. "The decision to entrust the wheel of the Can-Am/Kappa/Cyclops Gear Ford Fusion No.32 to Patrick Carpentier for the races in Sonoma and Indianapolis, pleases us very much. Patrick is a very talented driver and he is an avid fan of our products."

"We look forward to working with Patrick at Sonoma and Indianapolis" said Go Fas Racing team owner Archie St.Hilaire. "The last time he ran at Sonoma he finished 11th, and we plan on giving him a car that can give him a top-10 this June." (Go Fas Racing)

Talladega adds "Talla-Mento Dogwich" to GEICO 500 Weekend Menu

Fans will be sinking their teeth into Talladega Superspeedway's new signature hot dog - the Talla-Mento Dogwich -during the track's upcoming GEICO 500 race weekend, April 29-May 31. The Talla-Mento Dogwich is a grilled, all beef hot dog, split in two and placed on top of melted Yancey's Fancy buffalo cheddar cheese, topped with a generous helping of Pimiento Cheese, then placed between two slices of golden brown, grilled Texas toast and cut down the middle. Talladega is cutting no corners on this dish, using Yancey's Fancy New York's Artisan signature spicy buffalo cheese and cheddar cheese to drive home the flavor. Yancey's Fancy has specialized in hand crafted cheeses for more than 60 years, with a reputation for producing high quality products. The Talla-Mento Dogwich ($5) will be sold in the O.V. Hill North and South Grandstands as well as the Tri-Oval Tower and all Infield Locations. The Big One Meatball ($13) will be sold at concession stands in the Gadsden and O.V. Hill South Grandstands, along with the Tri-Oval Tower along the frontstretch.(Talladega Superspeedway)

Schluter-Systems to Sponsor David Ragan at Talladega

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 25, 2016) - BK Racing announced that Schluter-Systems will be the primary sponsor of David Ragan's No. 23 Toyota Camry at Talladega Superspeedway. In addition, Schluter-Systems also joins BK Racing as an associate sponsor for the remainder of the 2016 season.

"I'm excited to have Schluter-Systems on board our No.23 car this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway," said Ragan. "We've got a sharp looking car for a track that I really enjoy."

"We're thrilled about this partnership with Schluter-Systems," said BK Racing Chief Marketing Officer Doug Fritz. "The Schluter team has been fantastic to work with and we look forward to connecting them with our loyal NASCAR fans."

"This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us at Schluter-Systems," said Marco Ludwig, President and CEO of Schluter-Systems North America. "We've come to get to know David Ragan and the whole team at BK Racing, and our relationship evolved to where sponsorship was the next natural step for us. It began where many Schluter relationships begin-- talking tile-- and today, we are very proud to stand behind No. 23 at the Talladega race. We'll be cheering for David, and wishing him a safe race." (BK Racing)

Germain Racing Departs Richmond with 29th Place Finish

Richmond, VA (April 24, 2016) - Casey Mears and the Germain Racing team arrived in Richmond, VA, fresh off of two solid runs and a new sponsor announcement that saw Duracell climb aboard their No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS for the 2016 season. While they looked to turn in another strong performance, Richmond International Raceway would put up resistance and send the team home with a 29th place finish.

"We struggled all day and just couldn't get the car where we needed it to be," Mears said. "It's been a tough year so far, but not from a lack of effort. We're hoping we can get it turned around next week at Talladega, where we've always been strong. It's also the GEICO 500, so everyone's excited to get there and get the No. 13 GEICO Chevy on-track."

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hit the track on Friday, but so did Mother Nature, causing the cancellation of qualifying after heavy rain blanketed the ¾-mile oval. Mears and his GEICO Chevy would be forced to start from the 25th position when the ninth race of the 2016 season went green on Sunday afternoon.

When the racing action got underway on Sunday, Mears quickly encountered a handling issue that would plague him for most of the afternoon. After going a lap down to the leaders, he would hustle throughout the day and work his way back onto the lead lap by lap 364. After a long day of racing, Mears and Germain Racing would be credited with a 29th place finish.

Mears and Germain Racing will now head to Talladega Superspeedway where they will take part in their sponsor's namesake race, the GEICO 500.

Casey Mears and the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS will hit the track at Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, April 29th, at 2:30 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday, April 30th, at 12:30 PM (ET).
                                                   
The GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is on Sunday, May 1st, and it will be televised live on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. (Germain Racing)

Monday, April 25, 2016

General Tire 200 at Talladega Entry List

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to Talladega for the General Tire 200. At 5:00 pm/CDT The green flag will fall for the 4th race of the 2016 Season. Blake Jones is the defending race winner here at Talladega. Many drivers will look at their success from Daytona and hope it carries over to the Talladega. Drivers like Willie Mullins, Sean Corr, along with many other drivers who always do well at Superspeedways! The NASCAR News Source will be live at the Talladega Superspeedway covering their 3rd ARCA Race of the 2016 Season!

Entry List

02    Andy Seuss
2      Brad Smith
4      Bobby Hamilton Jr.
05    John Wes Townley
5      Bobby Gerhart
06    Tim Viens
6      Josh Williams
9      Thomas Praytor
10    Ed Pompa
12    Tyler Audie
13    George Cushman
14    Dustin Knowles
15    Brett Hudson
22    Brady Boswell
23    Bret Holmes
25    Tom Hessert
30    Terry Jones
32    Shane Lee
34    Willie Mullins
36    Brandon Lynn
38    Sheldon Creed
42    Bo LeMastus
48    Sean Corr 
52    Matt Kurzejewski 
55    Dalton Sargeant
57    Bryan Dauzat 
58    Kyle Weatherman
59    Korbin Forrister
66    Mark Thompson 
71    Gene Paul
75    Benny Chastain
77    Chase Briscoe 
83    Derrick Lancaster
98    Gus Dean

Ray Black Jr. Earns 3rd Consecutive Top-25 Finish

RICHMOND, Va.  (April 24, 2016) – Rainy weather may have limited track time for NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) regular Ray Black Jr. as he got ready to make his debut start at Richmond International Raceway, but the driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet was resilient during the ToyotaCare 250 and extended his Top-25 streak to three races when he placed 24th on Saturday.

After having all NXS on-track activity rained out on Friday, Black and his SS Green Light Racing team prepared for a single 55-minute long practice Saturday morning. The two heat races of the weekend followed practice, with lineups being set by the rule book in lieu of a qualifying session.

“It is what it is on weekends like this,” explained Black. “There’s nothing anyone can do about the weather so we prepared the car the best we could and went from there. We had a new car at the track this weekend, so it wasn’t an ideal situation but we kept working hard and it paid off.”

As Black completed his heat race, he reported a serious vibration whenever he used the brake. With limited time to fix the issue between heat races and the main, the team realized it would be an issue they would have to work with throughout the race. The vibration would turn out to not cause any major problems and Black was able to compete as he normally would.

As the majority of the main was completed under green, Black dealt with the handling of his car to the best of his ability and raced mostly around his starting position of 29th. With just under 20 laps remaining a wreck brought out the first yellow of the race and took out 10 competitors. Black expertly avoided the wreck and capitalized on some additional spots during the final restart to bring the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet home 24th.

“That was a tough one,” said Black. “The brake vibration didn’t turn out to be a major problem, but I did have to drive a little differently with it. It was once again a great team effort this weekend! We fought hard the entire time and were able to keep up our streak of solid finishes.”

Next up for Black and his team will be the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Fans can keep up with Ray Black Jr. by following him and his sponsor, ScubaLife, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RayBlackJr and @TeamScubaRacing. Learn more about Ray Black Jr. and Team Scuba by visiting www.rayblackjr.com and www.teamscuba.com. (SS Green Light Racing)

The Road To Talladega - Part I

As the Sun Rose on Talladega Superspeedway this morning it is officially race week. Many teams return to their shops in Charlotte and prepare the car they will send to the Talladega Superspeedway. For 1 team in each series that is racing at Talladega that car will be the winning car. Rather it be a high money team with a big name behind the wheel or a underfunded team who has a never heard of behind the wheel who, by the end of the weekend will be heard of. Drivers look to Talladega for success. Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks forward to
returning to Talladega because of the fact that each year he's always the fan favorite. But what if one year someone pointed out teams who work twice as hard with twice as little as Dale Earnhardt Jr, who shouldn't be overlooked. Drivers like Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, Michael Waltrip, Joey Gase, Ryan Sieg, and one person in particular that we will be with this weekend. Derrike Cope. Derrike Cope of course won the Daytona 500 in 1990. It's the underfunded teams who make us have the underdogs to cheer for. In many cases Talladega and Daytona are their only chance of taking a victory and that is what The NASCAR News Source will highlight these teams and their pursuit to Happiness and for 3 drivers, the ultimate prize of a win! (Koelle,2016)
       

The Best Seat In The House - Talladega Superspeedway (Talladega, AL)

Are you planning on going to the Talladega Superspeedway this weekend? With this 2nd edition of The Best Seat In The House we will highlight the Talladega Superspeedway and give you all the fans the point of view that I have had over the years. I have been to Talladega Superspeedway 4 years for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This weekend will be my first ARCA Race at the Talladega Superspeedway. I have sat in a few places over the years but mainly I have been sitting in the Talladega Grandstand. I'll give a little more insight on why below.

Lower Grandstands (Talladega - Gadsden Grandstands)

I have sat in seats from Talladega Grandstand all the way down to the Gadsden Grandstands and by far Talladega Grandstands are the best out of the two. It's just past the start finish line and is where you can see the most in reality from this level. You can get close to the action for just 50$ (Now 60$) You get two days of racing for under 90$ which is something that not many tracks can say. It is one of the best races of the year also has free camping to offer but we will get to that in the next article. If you want cheap racing where you can see the Sprint Cup Series without breaking the bank. Talladega is where to go!

Tower Seating (Talladega - Gadsden Tower)

If you want a phenomenal sight line not just on the track but in the background then tower is certainly the place to go. You can see all of the action without having to watch a hair of it on TV. If you are affraid of heights though I would not suggest the tower because it can get pretty high. It is also near the spotters stand so you have a pretty good view of what the spotters can see. If you sit this high I suggest grabbing some binoculars so you can see a little closer to your favorite driver and hopefully your driver doesn't get caught in the big one like mine has in the past. 

McDowell Fights For Finish at Richmond

This weekend at Richmond, Michael McDowell drove the #95 WRL General Contractors/MastiClean Chevrolet SS to a 31st place finish. His best finish at the short track in Richmond Virginia in 11 tries. Driver Michael McDowell qualified 32nd for the event, and raced between the 29th and 35th positions for the majority of the 300-mile race.  McDowell reported loose conditions with the car and the need for “more drive off” as crew chief Dave Winston and the No. 95 team made changes throughout the day. “The team fought hard, but the adjustments just didn’t help enough to secure a Top-25 finish for our team,” said Jeremy Lange, Vice President of Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing. “It was a disappointing week for our team as we are expecting more out of ourselves. We are not content with finishing where we have been these last two weeks and we will be working harder to improve.” Read the next article about McDowell and Talladega coming soon! (Koelle,2016)

Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Entry List

The NASCAR Xfinity Series takes a break from Heat Racing for a few weeks and will now race at The Talladega Superspeedway. Talladega is a place where we could see a driver steal a spot in the Chase. Drivers like Joey Gase, Ryan Sieg, Derrike Cope, John Wes Townley will look to win at Talladega. This has been a wreck fest in the past few years so I can say teams will need to buy Barebond in Bulk. It can be a race that makes dreams but can also break them.

Entry List

1 0 Garrett Smithley
2 01 Ryan Preece
3 1 Elliott Sadler
4 2 Austin Dillon
5 3 Ty Dillon
6 4 Ross Chastain
7 05 John Wes Townley
8 6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
9 07 Ray Black Jr.
10 7 Justin Allgaier
11 10 Jeff Green
12 11 Blake Koch
13 13 John Jackson
14 14 Benny Gordon
15 15 Travis Kvapil
16 16 Ryan Reed
17 18 Matt Tifft
18 19 Daniel Suarez
19 20 Erik Jones
20 22 Joey Logano
21 24 Brandon McReynolds
22 25 Chris Cockrum
23 28 Dakoda Armstrong
24 33 Brandon Jones
25 39 Ryan Sieg
26 40 Carl Long
27 42 Justin Marks
28 43 Jeb Burton
29 44 David Starr
30 48 Brennan Poole
31 51 Jeremy Clements
32 52 Joey Gase
33 62 Brendan Gaughan
34 70 Derrike Cope
35 74 Mike Harmon
36 78 B J McLeod
37 85 Bobby Gerhart
38 88 Chase Elliott
39 89 Morgan Shepherd
40 90 Mario Gosselin
41 93 Josh Wise
42 97 TBA
43 98 Aric Almirola

Yellow Highlighted Not in Top 30 in Owners Points (Must Qualify In)

Geico 500 at Talladega Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Talladega for the Geico 500 this weekend! There are a lot of former Talladega Winners who are winless so far in 2016 or just winless since that last Talladega Win. Drivers like Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch can practically take the weekend off as they already have at least 1 win. It will be a race where we could see an underfunded team take a chase spot away from a high money team and take a victory to surprise everyone!

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 Tony Stewart
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 Bobby Labonte
34 Chris Buescher
35 David Gilliland
38 Landon Cassill
41 Kurt Busch
42 Kyle Larson
43 Aric Almirola
44 Brian Scott
46 Michael Annett
47 AJ Allmendinger
48 Jimmie Johnson
55 Michael Waltrip
78 Martin Truex Jr.
83 Matt DiBenedetto
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Michael McDowell
98 Cole Whitt

Yellow Highlighted Drivers Are Non Chartered and Must Qualify for 1 of 4 Open Spots

Sweet Debut for Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

If you saw a green car on television yesterday, fighting for the lucky dog position and fighting for a great finish you were probably seeing the #23 Sweet Frog Toyota Camry, driven by David Ragan. This weekend in Richmond, Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt jumped on board for its first race as a primary sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. David Ragan sure made a sweet case for their return in the future with a 23rd place finish. BK Racing is growing to become one of the top underfunded teams in NASCAR. Last weekend in Bristol, David Ragan's teammate Matt DiBenedetto finished a career best 6th place. Improvement is showing in the BK Racing camp and with supporters and sponsors like Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, BK Racing can grow to a powerhouse team with Joe Gibbs Racing. This weekend, NASCAR returns to the scene of David Ragan's last win and where before Bristol, DiBenedetto got his best finish, Talladega. (Koelle,2016)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Stats Are Just Numbers - Talladega Edition

Talladega. Do I have to say more? It's one of the most known tracks in the NASCAR Circuit and is also one of the most unpredictable tracks on the circuit. Talladega brings new meaning to Stats are Just Numbers because when you try to pick a winner it'll jump out and bite you or NASCAR will do it for you. Joey Logano was not on the ballet to win in October but survived to take the Victory. NASCAR's favorite son won here last May and will look to do it again this Sunday. Here is some unuseful numbers in this weekends Stats are Just Numbers!

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats at Talladega

Races - 45 Races
First Winner - Pete Hamilton
Defending Winner - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
G.W.C Finishes - 5 (2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2013)
Postponed Races - 3 (1991,1997, and 2006)
Shortened Races - 2 (1974 and 1987)
Most Wins - 4 (Jeff Gordon)
Most Wins by a Team - 7 (Hendrick Motorsports)
Most Manufacturer Wins - 19 (Chevrolet)
Interesting Fact - In 2015 The Hendrick Motorsports teams dominated the race, leading more than two-thirds of the laps. After the last restart, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took the checkered flag in first place, breaking a 10-year winless streak at Talladega in his first win with new crew chief Greg Ives.

NASCAR Xfinity Series at Talladega

Races - 23 Races
First Winner - Ernie Irvin
Defending Winner - Joey Logano
G.W.C Finishes - 7 (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013)
Postponed Races - 1 (2010)
Shortened Races - 1 (2013)
Most Wins - 3 (Martin Truex Jr.)
Most Wins by a Team - TIE, 5 (Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Joe Gibbs Racing)
Most Manufacturer Wins - 13 (Chevrolet)
Interesting Fact - For 2014 NASCAR announced it would ban any form of push-drafting in the corners of restrictor plate races. The lead changed 27 times as Elliott Sadler, in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, led 40 laps; Chris Buescher edged ahead of him at the white flag but Sadler drafted to the win on the final lap, his first in the Nationwide Series since 2012 and first with JGR. Daytona winner, Regan Smith, led 20 laps en route to a close third.

ARCA Racing Series pres. by Menards at Talladega

Races - 35 Races
First Winner - Jim Vandiver
Defending Winner - Blake Jones
G.W.C Finishes - 2 (2009 and 2015)
Postponed Races - 1 (2011)
Shortened Races - 3 (1991, 2006, and 2013)