Thursday, January 28, 2016

1990 Daytona 500 Winner has Primary Sponsor For Xfinity Race

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

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

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

Rick Ware Racing Celebrating 25 Years The Right Way!

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

Mullins Racing Teams Up With Belmont and Basham For Daytona Effort

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