Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Road to Daytona - Part V

Sleepless nights, Stressful moments are just what The Road to Daytona is for some people. That basically explains what's happening as we reach the final stretch of the Road To Daytona. Scheduling Accommodations, Rental Car, and praying that the Hot Pass comes through.
One thing I have learned in this sport and even in our daily lives Faith is a big part of it. Whether you prepare to take a big jump moving to Charlotte or Just praying that everything stays solid through all of speedweeks. One bible verse I tend to fall back on is Philippians 4:13. Which is basically one that continues to push me to be the best writer I can be or at least try my hardest to. I don't want to go one day knowing I did not try my hardest or try for that one thing I want to do. I know if he has it planned for me to be at Daytona he will have me there.
Daytona is one of those places that is important to anyone involved in racing rather it be the writer, the driver, or the fan. It's the one place everyone wants to be come speedweeks, It's the one race week that if you miss it sits in the back of your mind the whole season no matter what more you do that year and that is exactly why I am so nervous about having the risk of sitting at home watching it on Fox. I never really understood all of the emotion that drivers felt when they missed the Daytona 500 after the duels but as I have grown older I have noticed what it means.
As we end this fifth part of the Road To Daytona the final one should be out sometime next week if we are in Daytona and If we aren't than we will end it on the Monday after the Daytona 500. Thank you everyone for your continued support and prayers it is greatly appreciated! (Koelle,2016)

Josh White Racing and A2 Motorsports Combining

A formal Agreement has been reached between Josh White Racing and A2 Motorsports for the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Season.
Josh White will make his season debut at Salem Speedway on  April 24th in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 piloting the JWR/A2/Rifle Caddy #84 Ford Fusion. Plans for running the remaining schedule is very promising as the team is gaining sponsorship, resources and media exposure through multiple sources.
"We are very pleased to have reached such an agreement and have our sponsors in place as well as equipment readily available to be prepped and put into race trim so quickly." states Allen Milton. Josh had a stellar season in 2015 finishing 12th in the points standings and looks to carry that momentum with him starting at Salem. One of the teams goals is to not only be a title contender but really emphasize the Super Speedway program. Daytona is our Super Bowl and what better way to set the tone for the season and potential sponsors than to have a great finish at the World Center of Speed on national TV. Aside from the ARCA Series schedule, the team will also continue to offer the A2 Driver Development program as well as the Josh White Racing Experience.
We want both our fans and aspiring racers to be able to interact with us on a teammate level at all times. The teams race shop will be based out of Charleston, WV with driver development  based out of Sylvania, Ga. Sponsorship opportunities, fan interaction, team apparel and driver inquiries are available at Josh White Racing's Website, We are excited for both organizations on the plans thus far and look forward to our future plans in both ARCA and NASCAR with Josh and the talent he brings. Fans can follow along via the teams website as well as Facebook and Twitter. A second entry for the team is expected to be announced very soon. As a crowd favorite, the excitement is expected to grow around Josh and the success that the team is highly anticipating.  You can contact Josh White or Allen Milton directly via the phone numbers listed on the teams website. We encourage you to join the excitement with Josh White Racing in 2016 and beyond. (Josh White Racing with A2 Motorsports)

NASCAR Implements Charter Agreement (Simplified)

As I told many people in the past that when the Charter Agreement was released I would give out a more simplified version of what is happening so that you the fans can understand the Charter a lot better and not be left confused. So here you go!
On Tuesday NASCAR CEO Brian France announced that the Race Team Alliance (RTA) and NASCAR have reached an agreement to begin the Charter System in 2016. Below are the details simplified so everyone will understand it more along with a list of drivers who will be locked into the 40-Car Field.

Charter Explanation 

  • Starting in 2016 the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field will be reduced from 43 cars to 40 cars. 36 Cars will be locked into the field, These teams have a Charter which means the car either purchased or merged with a team that has been full time for a designated amount of time. 4 Cars will make the race on speeds while the rest will go home. 
  • The reason this is a good thing is for teams like Leavine Family Racing, Premium Motorsports, HScott Motorsports, BK Racing among a few others will have a little easier way to sell sponsorship because the sponsor is guaranteed to make the race each week.
  • Along with that it also adds a little more Job Stability for team members. If something like Michael Waltrip Racing happens again, a team owner like Kevin Lane or Bobby Hamilton Jr. can purchase that teams Charter and continue the corporation instead of it falling apart, leaving only the owner points for sale. 
  • Drivers who have been on the outside looking in as of late have a guaranteed spot in the Show each week. Teams like Leavine Family Racing, Premium Motorsports, HScott Motorsports, BK Racing will have a spot in the show. You will see these drivers more often in the future!

Charter Listing

43 43 Richard Petty Motorsports     Aric Almirola
9 44 Richard Petty Motorsports     Brian Scott
3 3 Richard Childress Racing      Austin Dillon   
27 27 Richard Childress Racing      Paul Menard
31 31 Richard Childress Racing      Ryan Newman
2 2 Team Penske                          Brad Keselowski 
22 22 Team Penske                          Joey Logano
5 5 Hendrick Motorsports            Kasey Kahne
24 24 Hendrick Motorsports            Chase Elliott
48 48 Hendrick Motorsports            Jimmie Johnson
88 88 Hendrick Motorsports            Dale Earnhardt Jr.
6 6 Roush Fenway Racing           Trevor Bayne
16 16 Roush Fenway Racing           Greg Biffle
17 17 Roush Fenway Racing           Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
1 1 Chip Ganassi Racing              Jamie McMurray
42 42 Chip Ganassi Racing              Kyle Larson
11 11 Joe Gibbs Racing                    Denny Hamlin 
18 18 Joe Gibbs Racing                    Kyle Busch
20 20 Joe Gibbs Racing                    Matt Kenseth
15 TBD Michael Waltrip Racing    READ BELOW
55 TBD Michael Waltrip Racing    READ BELOW 
4 4 Stewart-Haas Racing               Kevin Harvick
10 10 Stewart-Haas Racing               Danica Patrick
14 14 Stewart-Haas Racing               Tony Stewart   
78 78 Furniture Row Racing             Martin Truex Jr. 
35 34 Front Row Motorsports           Chris Buescher
38 38 Front Row Motorsports           Landon Cassill 
47 47 JTG Daugherty Racing            AJ Allmendinger
7 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing          Regan Smith
13 13 Germain Racing                       Casey Mears
32 32 Go Fas Racing                          Bobby Labonte/Jeffrey Earnhardt
23 23 BK Racing                                David Ragan
83 83 BK Racing                                Matt DiBenedetto
62 98 Premium Motorsports               Cole Whitt 
33 95 Circle Sport Racing                  Michael McDowell/Ty Dillon 
51 15 HScott Motorsports                  Clint Bowyer

Drivers Who Are Out Of Charter

When it comes to this list 3 big names could enter the Daytona 500 and have their Destiny Wrote in the 2016 Can-Am Duels those drivers include a Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. 2 of these teams could purchase Michael Waltrip Racing's Owner Points 

Drivers Without a Charter

  • Kurt Busch - #41 Chevrolet SS - Stewart Haas Racing
  • Carl Edwards - #19 Toyota Camry - Joe Gibbs Racing
  • Ryan Blaney - #21 Ford Fusion - Wood Brothers Racing 
  • Michael Anett - #46 Chevrolet SS - HScott Motorsports
  • Robert Richardson Jr. - #26 Toyota Camry - BK Racing
  • Matt DiBenedetto (D500) - #93 Toyota Camry - BK Racing *After the Daytona 500 He will move back to the #83*
  • Erik Jones - #81? Toyota Camry - Joe Gibbs Racing *Joe Gibbs specified that Erik Jones will race in some Sprint Cup Series Races in 2016 It's unknown on if with the new charter if that will happen. 
  • Rick Hendrick - #25 Chevrolet SS - Hendrick Motorsports *Ran Some 2015 with Chase Elliott*
  • John Cohen - #44 Chevrolet SS - Team Xtreme *Ran Beginning of 2016*
  • Curtis Key Sr. - #30 Chevrolet SS - The Motorsports Group *Ran Off and On In 2015*
  • Robby Benton - #29 Toyota Camry - RAB Motorsports *Opened the Season with Justin Marks*