Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Note from the Writer! - 2016

With the 2016 Season fast approaching we would like to update fans on some things that are in the works in the coming weeks along with what the NASCAR News Source's Schedule is looking like!
2015 was a phenomenal year and looking at 2016 It looks to be just a bit better than 2016 on a couple of levels. We look to attend new tracks and rechristen some of the older ones. NASCAR is Growing and So is The NASCAR  News Source. A rumor is circulating that a new website could be on the horizon also. As one of the Newest NASCAR Media Members The NASCAR News Source's 2016 is looking very promising!

2016 NASCAR News Source Schedule

ARCA Racing Series at Daytona - February 13th
Sprint Unlimited - February 13th
Can Am Duels - February 18th
Next Era Energy 250 - February 19th
Power Shares QQQ 300 - February 20th
The 58th Daytona 500 - February 21st
Heads Up Georgia 250 - February 27th
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta - February 27th
Folds Of Honor 500 at Atlanta - February 28th
Alpha Energy Solutions 250 -  April 2nd
ARCA Racing Series at Nashville - April 9th 
NASCAR Xfinity Series at Bristol - April 16th
Pitt Lite 150 at Bristol (K&N Series) - April 16th
Food City 500 - April 17th
ARCA Racing Series at Talladega - April 29th
NASCAR Xfinity Series at Talladega - April 30th
Geico 500 at Talladega - May 1st
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Iowa - June 18th
NASCAR Xfinity Series at Iowa - June 19th
NASCAR Whelen Modifieds at Bristol - August 17th
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Bristol - August 17th
Food City Race Night - August 18th
Food City 300 at Bristol - August 19th
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol - August 20th

Chase Races TBA on Attending
Yellow Highlighted Races Means Locked In for 2016
Green Highlighted Means Could Be A Lock with more Information
Blue Highlighted Means Still in The Feeling out process or Waiting to Hear From Track 
White Lettered Race means Maybe In Attendance For Return to Atlanta for the First Time Since 2012

Cody Coughlin Will Race Daytona for KBM

Kyle Busch Motorsports is looking to be going into Daytona Strong as to no surprise but despite having some new faces KBM is still one of the Truck Series Favorites along with Brad Keselowski Racing, GMS Racing, and Thor-Sport. KBM announced another one of their four drivers who will compete in the NextEra Energy 250 at Daytona. Along with William Byron, Christopher Bell, and Daniel Suarez, Cody Coughlin joins the mix for Daytona Greatness with Sponsor Jegs. Cody has raced 2 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series including one at Michigan for KBM where he finished 20th. Cody should be and as I have heard will be splitting the ride with Daniel Suarez in the 51. (Koelle,2016)

Jeremy Clements Racing announces Return

Jeremy Clements Racing announced that Owner/Driver Jeremy Clements will return to the #51 Chevrolet Camaro in 2016. Clements has raced in the NASCAR Xfinity Series now for 10 years, as 2016 will be #11. Next month at Daytona will be Jeremy's 201st NASCAR Xfinity Series Start and I feel that Year #11 could be the year we first see Jeremy Clements in Victory Lane. Jeremy's best finish over those 10 years was a 6th at Road America in 2014. Jeremy Clements and his race team continues to #1 make gains on the race track each and every week with the little funded equipment he races and #2 Continues to wow NASCAR Fans and NASCAR Media members. You saw Jeremy on TV more last year along with Ryan Sieg and that is what I like to see! Many of these drivers gain fans and sponsors with that type of exposure! (Koelle,2016)

Chevrolet On The Road to Success for 2016

After a moderate 2015 Chevrolet is coming back in 2016 with a vengeance. New Faces in different places, Rookies, along with Fast cars could be the recipe for success for the Bowtie car make.
2015 was filled with ups and downs for the Car make from Sweeping the Duels in Daytona to finishing second to Kyle Busch for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. We saw the rise of Dale Earnhardt Jr. as we said goodbye to a Legend behind the #24 Car. 2015 was a good year but with some additions we could see Chevrolet back in the winners circle come Homestead. In 2 times of the new NASCAR Chase at least one Chevrolet has been represented in the Final Four and I don't see that coming to an end.
A new face is now in a familiar car as Chase Elliott will make his debut in the famed #24 for team owner Rick Hendrick  as Jeff Gordon starts his retirement from the Car. Jimmie Johnson will look to rebound from 2 mechanical failures in the Chase in a row and go for his Record Tying 7th Championship. The you have Dale Earnhardt Jr stronger than ever in my opinion and he is bringing his favorite Car to Daytona next month so certainly look for Jr to be in contention for his 3rd Daytona 500 Trophy! Kasey Kahne has added many new sponsors and we certainly hope to see him come off of his off season and land the #5 team back into Victory Lane.
Tommy Baldwin Racing had a rough break up with former Driver Alex Bowman and they added Regan Smith who will drive the #7 Chevrolet SS. Regan Smith is back in the Cup series after spending time in the Xfinity Series. Look for the #7 Shark to be up in the Top 10 in a few weeks come the Daytona 500.
Smoke's last season highlights Stewart Haas Racing as the champion turns his final laps behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car. Kevin (Busch Beers), Danica (Nature's Harvest), and Kurt Busch (Monster Energy) all three bring new sponsors along with a fleet of Awesome looking paint schemes for 2016. Yes ladies Pumpkin Spice is coming to NASCAR I would think sometime in October on the #10 Chevrolet SS. Also Kurt Busch has expressed interest in running the 100th Indianapolis 500 like he did in 2014. Lets hope he does it again!
New faces in Chevrolet? Michael McDowell and Leavine Family Racing are now running Chevrolet's after merging with Circle Sport Racing (#33) McDowell who brings tons of talent and experience will team with Ty Dillon. Both will share the car but Both will Race in the 2016 Daytona 500. Both drivers raced their way into the Daytona 500 in 2015. McDowell and LFR had previously been Affiliated with Team Penske but will now race Chevrolets affiliated with Richard Childress Racing. McDowell says he thinks this is the best opportunity he has had in his career and trust me I am hoping so! Speaking of Richard Childress Racing the team is looking great! With the addition of Brandon Jones in the Xfinity Series not much else will change! Ryan Newman and Paul Menard both made the chase in 2015 while Austin Dillon almost made the chase but continued to make gains in his sophomore
season! I expect the #3 Car to return to Victory Lane in 2016 and could see Paul Menard and Ryan Newman go back to back in the Chase with Adding Austin to the Chase too! Speaking of Xfinity Michael McDowell is now a part of the Richard Childress Racing Group and we know he's good in the Xfinity Series so could we possibly see McDowell back in the Xfintiy Series sometime in 2016? McDowell could share the newly formed #2 Car with Austin Dillon and Paul Menard maybe at Iowa and Mid Ohio, two tracks McDowell is very good at. Rather you see McDowell joining Chevy as a good or bad thing only time will tell and if McDowell says it's his best shot he probably sees something.
Not much came out of the Chip Ganassi Racing camp other than the fact that Rob Kaufman now has a ownership stake at the team but both McMurray and Larson will return with the team in 2016. Both Drivers looked to have positive endings of 2015 with Kyle Larson winning the Xfinity Race at Homestead. I could see Larson finally getting that elusive victory in his Junior year in the Sprint Cup Series.
AJ Allmendinger and Casey Mears both are staying relatively the same. Allmendinger signed an extension with JTG Daugherty while Casey signed one with Germain Racing. I feel both of these along with Michael McDowell and Ty Dillon could be the underdogs of Chevrolet. There is a chance we could see all 4 drivers in victory lane at some point in some series sometime in 2016. Be sure to add these four guys to your Fantasy team!
Clint Bowyer will return from Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota to the Chevrolet brand. Clint last raced in Chevrolet in 2011 with Richard Childress Racing in the #33 car. Bowyer will join HScott Motorsports for one season before replacing Tony Stewart behind the wheel of the #14. Bowyer will drive the #15 Car with teammate Michael Annett who has been with HScott since last season. Bowyer will also bring a Hendrick/Stewart Haas Affiliation with him and that should help both Bowyer and Annett become successful!
Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the last win for Chevrolet at the rain shortened race in Phoenix last November. Look for the Bowtie brand to come out and finish strong in 2016 maybe even winning the championship! (Koelle,2016)

Daytona - Where It All Began

As you drive down South Atlantic Boulevard in Daytona you can see numerous things. Hotels that line the beach, Restaurants, and different kinds of shops including a NASCAR Store. One thing that certainly sticks out to a NASCAR Fan is the famous Streamline Hotel. It is the one place that is synonymous with NASCAR fans because of its rich history. This was the place where Bill France Sr. along with numerous drivers, officials, and promoters gathered in the Ebony Club's rooftop hotel bar on December 14, 1947. The meeting concerned various issues such as drivers failing to get paid due to promoters leaving races with the gate receipts before they ended, along with the lack of consistent rules. After 69 days of conversations and ideas, the meeting adjourned on February 21, 1948 with the formation of the National Stock Car Racing Association, but was later renamed to NASCAR after it turned out that there was another
sanctioning body by that name. In that building was where the sport we know and love today was
formated and built. Just 6 miles away from the Streamline Hotel is the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway. If you walk across the street and onto the famous Daytona Beach Board Walk there are plaques that state different moments that happened on that Beach with the 3.1 to 4.2 mile track where drivers like Red Byron, Marshall Teague (Fabulous Hudson Hornet), Herb Thomas, Lee Petty, among many other Hall Of Fame Bound drivers made their name. When you step on these sands you feel as if you are walking on hallowed ground. The sand is still compact where the cars went around after almost 58 years later. You see the people all around soaking up the sun or enjoying the beach and most of them don't understand why this beach is so special. You can tell the people like me who understand all of the things that make it special and you act as if you are walking on hallowed ground. Then you look and think back to the days The Fabulous Hudson Hornet raced on these sands. You think of the history but the number one thing that you think is...... This, This is where it All Began.(Koelle,2016)