Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Premium Motorsports Acquires Hillman Racing Team and Equipment

In 2016 a new team will arise as Premium Motorsports has purchased assets from Hillman Racing which was the #40 team in 2015 with Landon Cassill behind the wheel. Premium will have Mike Hillman running the show as the Head of the team, while Mark Hillman will become the newest crew chief for Premium Motorsports. Along with most of the staff from the #40 team that competed in the 2015 season will join the Premium Motorsports in 2016. Jay Robinson plans to field one full-time Cup car, and one part-time Cup car next year. In 2015 Premium Motorsports ran two cars at the beginning of the season and in the later part acquired Phil Parsons Racing. They ran the 62 and 98 full time in 2015 despite having the 62 car miss some races due to rain outs or not being fast enough to make the Top 35 in points. Reed Sorenson, Timmy Hill, Ryan Preece, and Josh Wise all made starts for Premium Motorsports in 2015. Premium also had a truck full time in the NCWTS with drivers Wendell
Chavous and Timmy Hill. The team Premium is taking is Hillman Racing. In 2015 Landon Cassill drove the car. With support from Snap Fitness and CRC Break Cleaners. We are unaware at this moment on if Landon will be the driver of the one full time ride for Premium or if he will run for JD Motorsports full time in 2016 like he did in 2015. We do know that Premium will have one charter which will save Hillman Motorsports in the long run or if the Charter System gets erased from History. (Koelle, 2016)

What the 2015 Points Would Have Looked With Old Format - Statistics Tuesday

1) #4-Kevin Harvick
2) #22-Joey Logano
3) #2-Brad Keselowski
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5) #78-Martin Truex Jr.
6) #48-Jimmie Johnson
7) #11-Denny Hamlin
8) #24-Jeff Gordon
9) #41-Kurt Busch
10) #19-Carl Edwards
11) #1-Jamie McMurray
12) #31-Ryan Newman
13) #20-Matt Kenseth
14) #27-Paul Menard
15) #43-Aric Almirola
16) #5-Kasey Kahne
17) #15-Clint Bowyer
18) #42-Kyle Larson
19) #16-Greg Biffle
20) #18-Kyle Busch
21) #3-Austin Dillon
22) #47-AJ Allmendinger
23) #13-Casey Mears
24) #10-Danica Patrick
25) #9-Sam Hornish Jr.

Jordan Anderson Planning 2016 return after hard-fought 2015 season

 If Jordan Anderson wanted to write a book on his rookie season in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, he wouldn't be short of stories. From driving cross country to Las Vegas, scrambling to find a passport for a race in Canada and several late nights preparing his truck to go to the track, the A.C. Flora grad experienced just about everything in his first year in one of NASCAR's top series. Despite the challenges of being a single-truck team, Anderson found enough sponsorship to drive in 17-of-23 races this season. His best finish was
13th at Michigan, which he called "like a victory" for the team. He finished 19th in the series points and made his debut in the Xfinity Series on Aug. 21 at Bristol Motor Speedway on a weekend in which he failed to qualify for the truck race. "This year almost been like a movie, all the things we experienced and been through. Being the underdog on a team and against guys that have like 20 or 30 crew members working on a truck," Anderson said. "So, for us to be at the race track every week has been an honor. The plan for us was to run Daytona and anything was a bonus, so running almost a full schedule was a dream. There were a lot of cool moments and looking back, you get caught in moment sometimes during the
season and don't appreciate it. But it definitely was a year I will remember." Anderson said he has spent some of his time off reflecting on the season, which was his first full year on any level since 2011. After spending some time with friends and family for the holidays, he is in the process of lining up everything for the upcoming season and hopes to have things wrapped later this month in time for the season opener in Daytona next month. Unlike drivers in bigger organization, Anderson's responsibility is more than just driving on the weekends. Anderson, who earned a business degree at Belmont Abbey, is involved in drumming up sponsorship anyway he can throughout the season. He is his own public relation person, helped designed paint schemes, and worked on his truck before getting it to the track and when he got there. For last year's opening race at Daytona, Anderson and his crew finished at 2 a.m. in Charlotte, before he and his father, who spotted for him during some races, drove to Florida to be at the track at 10 a.m. that day. Anderson's full-time crew each week consisted just of him, crew chief Dan Kolanda and one other person. Anderson had just one truck to make it through the year, so it was important he learned to take care of his equipment during his schedule. If he would wreck, that might mean Anderson's season might be in jeopardy. And just getting to the track wasn't an easy task. Anderson drove the team's hauler to the track on most weekends and had plenty of adventures on the road to tell. He ended up staying in Iowa for nearly a month when his hauler broke down twice after back-to-back racing weekends in St. Louis and Iowa. That was just one of many instances like that during the season. In August, Anderson had to scramble for a passport when he found out he would be driving in the truck series race in Canada. He drove to Atlanta on a Tuesday to get the passport. The next day, he drove his hauler by himself 17 hours to Canada. "Hopefully, this offseason, we can get things built up, have a few more trucks we can use and keep this thing going in the right direction." (The State)

Kentucky Speedway to Repave, Add Banking

When News was revealed late Tuesday Afternoon that the rough Kentucky Speedway would be getting a repave before the Series Race in July many drivers and fans expressed their displeasure with the track on the project. One of the oldest surfaces in the NASCAR Circut will be getting a revamp. And as I said many fans and drivers are very unhappy with this move because the bumpy surface gave the track character and without that character many fans are afraid that the track will turn into another cookie cutter race track owned by
NASCAR Hall Of Famer Bruton Smith. If you are looking for someone to bad mouth the repave or look at it negatively I am not that person. I honestly think that the track will get better with the repave and the adding of banking will almost make it like a combination of Michigan and Richmond. This combination will certainly add to the excitement and you will see speeds at almost 200 mph if not past that mark. Racing at Kentucky will be better and it will take time to learn again. Trust me Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch are probably the two most unhappy about this move as both have won more than one race at the track. With this repave it leaves Atlanta Motor Speedway with the oldest surface and I expect it to stay that way for many more years to come. (Koelle, 2016)