Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Kobalt 400 Entry List

After 3 wild weekends down south NASCAR Heads to the West Coast for the annual West Coast Swing! Kevin Harvick dominated the West Coast Swing last season winning 2 of the 3 races including Las Vegas. NASCAR Heads back to Sin City this weekend for the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas. Last season we saw the battle of the better Chevy's from 2015 which contested Martin Truex Jr. against Kevin Harvick. Another weekend of only 39 cars entered which puzzles fans and owners alike and could make for the Charter Systems early demise. If 2 or more drivers enter onto the 39 car field then the drivers who would have to race in would be the #21 of Ryan Blaney, #30 of Josh Wise, and the #98 of Cole Whitt. Read one of the next articles to hear my opinion on the smaller field sizes.

Entry List

1 Jamie McMurray
2 Brad Keselowski
3 Austin Dillon
4 Kevin Harvick
5 Kasey Kahne
6 Trevor Bayne
7 Regan Smith
10 Danica Patrick
11 Denny Hamlin
13 Casey Mears
14 Brian Vickers
15 Clint Bowyer
16 Greg Biffle
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18 Kyle Busch
19 Carl Edwards
20 Matt Kenseth
21 Ryan Blaney
22 Joey Logano
23 David Ragan
24 Chase Elliott
27 Paul Menard
30 Josh Wise
31 Ryan Newman
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt
34 Chris Buescher
38 Landon Cassill
41 Kurt Busch
42 Kyle Larson
43 Aric Almirola
44 Brian Scott
46 Michael Annett
47 AJ Allmendinger
48 Jimmie Johnson
78 Martin Truex Jr.
83 Matt DiBenedetto
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Michael McDowell
98 Cole Whitt

Derrike Cope Racing Announce Las Vegas Partners

Derrike Cope Racing is extremely proud to announce our partners for the upcoming
Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, including
E­hydrate, ICE­AID, and Poppa Napps BBQ.
E­hydrate®, the world’s first line of premium natural nutritional products, will be
prominently featured as a co­-primary sponsor for the race, following their sponsorship at
Daytona. E­hydrate offers a complete range of natural products for athletes and the entire
health ­conscious family, which are available at Target and target.com. “It’s common for drivers
to be treated for dehydration right off the track” says Peter Evans, Chief Marketing Officer for
E­hydrate, “bringing E­hydrate to the demanding world of high­performance auto racing makes
so much sense. We’re excited to once again support the Derrike Cope team.”
ICE­AID™ ­ formerly known as Beer Frost™ ­ an environmentally safe, all natural,
mineral based product that turns your cooler of ice into a freezer ­ will continue its support of
DCR and will be featured as a co-­primary sponsor at the Boyd Gaming 300 on the #70 Camaro.
Delivering a frosty cold beverage covered in ice crystals, it will also make the ice in your cooler
last two to three times longer! For more information, visit www.ice­aid.com or pick up a free
sample at the DCR hauler!
Also on board the #70 for the Las Vegas event is Poppa Napps BBQ. Offering premium
barbecue to the Las Vegas area, you can find them at http://www.poppanapsbbq.com/ or give
them a call at (619)­757­4562.
We are excited to head to “The City of Lights” with hopes of a great run with our #70
Chevrolet in the Boyd Gaming 300. (Derrike Cope Racing Press Release)

McCallister Precision Marketing Adds 15-Year-Old Brooke Schimmel to Team

McCallister Precision Marketing has boosted its already talented driver roster.

Brooke Schimmel, who is a 15-year-old from Washington State, has signed a deal to be represented by the marketing company.

“We are very excited to have Brooke as part of our team,” McCallister Precision Marketing Founder Tonya McCallister said. “I flew out to meet Brooke and her family and I could see immediately that Brooke was very committed and hard working in anything she does. She will be a perfect fit for MPM.”

Schimmel began racing in 2008 and she spent six seasons competing in quarter midgets. She claimed multiple championships including, States Race Champions (in Washington, California and Oregon) and three Winter Nationals championships in three different divisions. The final States Race Championship and Winter Nationals Championship were in 2013 in her final season in quarter midgets.

Schimmel moved into legends race cars in 2014 when she placed fifth in the points standings and garnered the Rookie of the Year Award at her local track. She recorded multiple division wins prior to branching out last season, when Schimmel competed in Oregon, Idaho and Nevada as well as her home state. She also ranked in the top 10 in road course national points in her division last year.

“I’m looking forward to working with Tonya and McCallister Precision Marketing,” she said. “I’m very focused heading into the 2016 season and determined to continue to grow as a driver. It will be very beneficial to have MPM in our corner and I can’t wait to see where it leads us.”(Inside Line Promotions)

From The Pit Box - 12 Questions with Go Fas Racing Crew Chief Wally Rogers


Q - Tell the Fans A little bit about who you are and where me and you met?
A - Wally Rogers Crew Chief Go Fas Racing, From Port Monmouth NJ, I have worked in NASCAR since 1995. Christian and I met at Camp 95 last year.
Q - What is the best thing about being a crew chief for a Driver?
A -The Pressure and excitement of making the call at the most pivotal time of the race. Sitting behind a desk would be boring
Q - Who is one Driver you have never had the opportunity to be the crew chief for? Past or Present.
A - I'd probably say Tim Richmond, the guy was like a Rockstar both on and off the track. I bet it would have been fun.
Q - If you could return to one driver from the past who would you want to be back with? Past or Present.
A - Ron Hornaday hands down . When Ron drove you knew he was getting all he could out of what you were giving him. We had such good chemistry and knew how to get the best out of one another every week.
Q - What other positions on the team have you done? What's your favorite?
A - In more that 20 years in NASCAR I've done all most all of them. I like being a crew chief for sure but I also like Fabrication, the ability to turn nothing into something is really cool.
Q - Fuel Mileage Races or Overtime Races? Which is harder to call and which is your prefered one to call?
A - They both have their negatives for sure but I would have to say fuel mileage
Q - What is your favorite track?
A - Bristol is my favorite for sure. It reminds me of a track back home called Wall Stadium where my Father was a champion in the 70's. Just good old fashioned short track racing
Q - What is one track from the past you would like to see make a return to NASCAR?
A - I'd probably say North Wilksboro, it was tough on Tires , took a lot of strategy on when to pit, physically demanding for the drivers because the tires fell off so fast.So basically it was tough on the crew the driver and the crew chief
Q - Overtime or Green White Checker (3 Attempts)?
A - I'd say overtime, the fans paid their money to see a race so they should get to see us race to the finish
Q - What other motorsport would you like to try to crew chief with?
A - NHRA Pro Stock . I've always been fascinated with the way all the guys/gals in the NHRA get the cars to go from a dead stop to 200+ mph
Q - Do you think NASCAR should add penalties and flags to the new Digital Dashboard?
A - I think it would be a good idea not only from the information standpoint but for safety reasons
Now for the fun of it Ask a question for the Next Crew Chief?

Q -Do you think NASCAR should continue to take more downforce away?

Now answer that question you just asked for yourself!

A - Yes I do think they should take more downforce away. It separates the men from the boys.