Friday, January 29, 2016

Flashback Friday - 2013 Daytona 500

Every Friday from now until the Friday before the 58th Annual Daytona 500 we will recap every race leading up to the 58th Daytona 500 ending on February 21st with the Recap of the 58th Annual Daytona 500.
On February 24, 2013 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opened two new chapters in the Record Books. One record was the New Generation Six Cars that would lead NASCAR into a newer generation with bodies on the cars that look more like the actual production car. The Other Ground Breaking feat that was set on this Daytona 500 was the pole winner. Danica Patrick paced the field in that Saturday's practice before the Daytona 500 Qualifying and then That Sunday she did it again winning the pole for the 55th Daytona 500. Becoming the First Female to win the Pole in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The day before the 55th Annual Daytona 500 Happened the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive4COPD 300 had a horrific crash as Kyle Larson would fly into the catchfence and land back onto the track. A total of  left 33 spectators were injured but none died from their injuries. On the final lap of the Nationwide Series race, Regan Smith got turned into the wall while trying to block Brad Keselowski, causing a chain reaction, in which Kyle Larson's car few into the catch fencing. The impact ripped out its engine on the pathway in between the fence and first row of the grandstands. A tire and some other debris flew over the fence and landed half way up the
stands. Local officials reported that 19 people were taken to the hospital, including two in critical condition, while others were treated at the on-site infield care center. The incident raised questions about safety at Daytona International Speedway and many new safety initiatives would go into place before the next one would happen last season with Austin Dillon at the Coke Zero 400. NASCAR chose to repair the catch fencing overnight and have the Daytona 500 go on as scheduled.
There were 28 lead changes among 14 different drivers. Pole Sitter Danica Patrick stayed in the limelight, running in the Top 10 all afternoon while several pre-race favorites struggled. There were two major wrecks that occurred during the race: The first one was on lap 33. This began when Kyle Busch, heading into turn 1, turned Kasey Kahne into the infield. As the field checked up, a total of 6 more cars were collected: Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Brad Keselowski. Later, on lap 136,
as cars checked up in front of them in turn 2, Keselowski got turned sideways by Trevor Bayne, who then got sideways himself, came up the track, and collected 7 more cars (totaling nine in all): Austin Dillon, Carl Edwards; Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.; David Ragan, David Gilliland, Josh Wise, and Terry Labonte.Jimmie Johnson, racing in his 400th career Sprint Cup start, was back in the field for most of the race. He emerged from the pack with 16 laps to go and seized control with 10 to go, racing past Keselowski on the final restart. A caution with six laps to go for debris bunched up the Field, but Johnson held on staving off a last lap charge by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Mark Martin.

Top 15 Finishers

  1. Jimmie Johnson
  2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  3. Mark Martin
  4. Brad Keselowski
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Greg Biffle
  7. Regan Smith
  8. Danica Patrick
  9. Michael McDowell
  10. JJ Yeley
  11. Clint Bowyer
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  13. Aric Almirola
  14. Denny Hamlin 
  15. Bobby Labonte

Harrison Rhodes to Race for Obaika Racing in 2016

After JD Motorsports announced their Driver lineup two names were missing from the lineup that was with the team in 2015. Landon Cassill moves to Ford and Front Row Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but that other driver is Harrison Rhodes. Harrison raced for JD Motorsports in 2015 but will have a new home in 2016. That new home is Obaika Racing and the #97 Chevrolet. With the new Chase Format in the Xfinity Series you will see teams with two bullets in the gun in hopes to land at least one of those bullets in the Bullseye aka The Inaugural Chase for The Xfinity Series Championship. The Obaika Racing team will return in 2016 with one vision and that vision is to land their driver and car in the Chase and with focusing on one driver it makes it just a hair more possible than with going each week with different drivers. Obaika Racing fielded the #97 car successfully in its debut 2015 season, giving opportunities to various drivers and finishing top 30 in owner points. The Team is in the process of rolling out two teams in the 2016 Xfinity Series and is pleased to announce that Harrison Rhodes has been signed on as a team driver as a step in its duo-team efforts. Rhodes had a great season driving the #0 car for JD Motorsports in the 2015 Xfinity season with 10 top '25's and finished 24th in driver points through 29 races. (Koelle, 2016)

News From the Derrike Cope Racing Team!

Derrike Cope Racing and E-hydrate® team up for NASCAR 2016

For the second year in a row E-hydrate announces its sponsorship of Derrike Cope Racing #70 Xfinity Series NASCAR. E-hydrate will be prominently featured as an associate at the biggest race of the year, Daytona on February 20th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Powershares QQQ 300 Race on #70 Camaro. They will follow Daytona with sponsorship of NASCAR's West Coast Swing as co-primary at Las Vegas and Phoenix and full primary at Auto Club Speedway in
Fontana, California.
E-hydrate is the world’s first line of premium natural nutritional products that offer essential electrolytes, hydration and Protein On-the-Go for optimum physical performance. Veteran NASCAR driver and team owner Derrike Cope relies on E-hydrate for race day. "Being a professional race car driver, we see temperatures inside the car of over 130 degrees and hydration is a key element in being able to perform at a high level for an extended period of time. E-hydrate has a unique and great tasting way to deliver healthy hydration. We are extremely pleased to have them on board.”
E-hydrate offers a complete range of natural products for athletes and the entire healthconscious family, which are available at Target and "It's common for drivers to be treated for dehydration right off the track” says Peter Evans, Chief Marketing Officer for Ehydrate, “bringing E-hydrate to the demanding world of high-performance auto racing makes so much sense. We’re Excited to once again support the Derrike Cope team.” (Derrike Cope Racing)

DCR and MMIA Team Up to Honor Wounded Soldiers at the Powershares QQQ 300

Derrike Cope Racing is extremely pleased to welcome Military Missions in Action (MMIA) aboard our #70 Chevrolet Camaro for the Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona. Founded by Mike
Dorman, a veteran himself, MMIA has devoted their efforts to help veterans with disabilities achieve independent living, as well as supporting our service men and women serving in combat areas and their families. With programs such as “Operation Building Hope,” where MMIA modifies disabled veterans homes to suit their needs, they do everything for the wellbeing of every individual. Unlike many large charities, MMIA takes only 7% of the funds from every
dollar for administrative costs, meaning 93% of the funds are used to assist our service men and women, who need it greatly. With many events, including their annual “Tee ­Off For The Troops” golf tournament, there are many ways for the community to get involved in Military Missions in Action. To learn more, or to volunteer or donate, visit (Derrike Cope Racing)