Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Big & Rich Headline Saturday Night Concert at Talladega

As a tradition at Talladega there is a concert on the Saturday night after either the Xfinity or Truck Series race. A concert that ticket holders for Sunday's race can attend has had artists like Thomas Rhett, Pat Green, Chris Young, along with a few other star studded artists. In 2016 Big & Rich will take the stage along with Cowboy Troy to get the Talladega infield popping even more than it does. With hits like  "Save a Horse", "Big Time",  "Comin' to Your City" , and most recently "Run Away with You" and "Look at You" you will be sure not to miss this concert! "Loud" and "Radio" were featured in the Soundtrack for NASCAR 08'. The NASCAR Video game EA Sports brought out in 2007. To purchase your tickets go to  or call 877-Go2-DEGA! As of now we will be at Talladega for all 3 races! I for one am really looking forward to seeing Big & Rich!(Koelle,2016)

American Sports Network to broadcast 9 ARCA Races, 5 Live

Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that they have entered into a multi-year agreement with American Sports Network (ASN) to broadcast the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events, beginning in 2016. ASN’s coverage of the ARCA Racing Series will kick off with the April 9 race from Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. In all, ASN will broadcast nine ARCA events in 2016, including five live broadcasts.

ASN is the sports division of Sinclair Networks Group, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI). Sinclair is the largest television station operator in the United States, owning or operating a 171 television stations in 81 markets. Through relationships with over the air broadcasters and other regional sports networks, ASN looks to expand the reach and exposure of the ARCA Racing Series.

“We are excited to once again bring racing to our viewers through ASN,” said Doron Gorshein, COO of Sinclair Networks Group.  “ASN’s coverage will include some of the series’ best short track races, designed to showcase ARCA Racing Series action from the tour’s “bullrings,” including both one-mile dirt events at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Illinois State Fairgrounds.”

ASN is scheduled to air five ARCA Racing Series events live, beginning with the May 22 Menards 200 from Toledo (Ohio) Speedway. ASN will also televise live races from Madison (Wis.) International Speedway on June 19; Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday June 26; Berlin Raceway (just west of Grand Rapids, Mich.) on August 6; and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on August 21.

In addition, the ASN network is in the planning stages to air a series of motorsports events in a consistent mid-week prime-time slot. Plans call for the five live ARCA events to be re-aired during this motorsports block, plus additional delayed coverage of events from Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, and both Salem (Ind.) Speedway events.

“We are pleased to provide additional exposure of the ARCA Racing Series on American Sports Network,” said Mark Gundrum, ARCA Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. “This is a great opportunity for the teams, sponsors and fans of the series.

“The ARCA short track race events are some of the best each year, and we’re excited to bring the side-by-side action to the American Sports Network's viewers,” Gundrum added.(ARCA Racing Series Presented By Menards)

Just An Ordinary Day In Paradise - Drivers' Average Finish At Martinsville

Martinsville. What more can I say? It's the paperclip and one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR Circuit. It wears on brakes and tensions can commonly flare out. It's the first short track of the 2016 Season and as we look to the first 5 races of the season this one is bound to be one of the best Martinsville Races in a very long time. The new rules package could be very interesting to see on this track and who knows by the time they take the checkered flag, we could not only have a different winner, we could also get a first time winner also. This is just an ordinary day in paradise!

Average Finishes (Since 2014)

Jeff Gordon Has the #1 Average Finish at Martinsville
But he retired in 2015 So Denny Hamlin takes his place
2 Denny Hamlin
3 Kyle Busch
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5 Joey Logano
7 Matt Kenseth
8 Kevin Harvick
10 Ryan Newman
11 Aric Almirola
12 Paul Menard
13 Carl Edwards
14 Regan Smith
15 David Ragan
16 Jamie McMurray
17 Martin Truex Jr.
18 Clint Bowyer
19 A.J. Allmendinger
20 Greg Biffle
2013 Winner Jimmie Johnson has a surprising Avg Finish here.
21st overall since 2014.
21 Jimmie Johnson
22 Kasey Kahne
23 Kurt Busch
24 Austin Dillon
25 Brian Vickers
26 Landon Cassill
27 Cole Whitt
28 Casey Mears
30 Chris Buescher
32 Trevor Bayne
33 Kyle Larson
34 Brad Keselowski
37 Danica Patrick
38 Michael Annett
39 Josh Wise
42 Matt DiBenedetto
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
49 Reed Sorenson
52 Michael McDowell
53 Chase Elliott

Notable First Timers or Returns

Returns and Last Race Here

Brian Vickers - 2014
Reed Sorenson - 2014
Michael McDowell - 2014

Debut Race at Martinsville

Ryan Blaney
Joey Gase
Brian Scott

Home Field Advantage - Wood Brothers Return Home

This weekend the Wood Brothers return home for the first time since 2011. This time with a young rookie named Ryan Blaney. Though recently the Rookie word hasn't really been used much when it comes to Ryan Blaney as he has done better than some veterans in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Wood Brothers, out of Stewart Virginia, has not raced at Martinsville in awhile due to the fact of only running a partial schedule. This season the Wood Brothers are running the full season for the first time since 2008. Blaney has
improved at every track he has been to since Daytona. Blaney though enters yet another track he has not raced a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car at but you know good and well he isn't going to let that slow him down. Despite his fellow Rookie Of The Year competitor Chase Elliott has raced here. he didn't do so well here in 2015. Elliott got involved in numerous incidents and then knocked the radiator out. Blaney currently sits tied with Chase Elliott for the 16th spot in points. Blaney has 2 Top 10's and is still seeking his first Top 5 of the season along with his first career win. Tradition Returns this weekend not only for the Wood Brothers but for NASCAR. Look for Ryan Blaney to take this #21 to the front! (Koelle,2016)


K-LOVE Returns to McDowell at Martinsville

K-LOVE and Michael McDowell have been a well known combination over McDowell's career. The combination has been about as well as STP and Richard Petty. K-Love is a Christian Music radio station broadcasted to over 12 million listeners each week in cities including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, and Seattle. K-LOVE is also the sixth-most online-streamed station in the world. At The Daytona 500 in 2012. K-LOVE Sponsored McDowell's Cup ride for the first time, Having sponsored McDowell numerous times in what is now known as the Xfinity Series. Since that race in 2012 McDowell has had at least one race sponsored by K-LOVE Radio. McDowell's best finish with K-LOVE on board was in 2013 when Michael finished 9th in the 2013 Daytona 500. In Michael's first attempt in the 2014 Season at Daytona, K-LOVE was on board but the team missed the Daytona 500. A
total of 14 Races, K-LOVE has been seen on the #95 Ford Fusion and coming this weekend at Martinsville will adorn the #95 Chevrolet SS. McDowell has raced at the Martinsville Speedway 10 times over his career with a best finish of 26th twice. Once in 2008 and another in 2013. In fact McDowell made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Debut here in 2008 driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. McDowell and his Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing Team will look to continue momentum so far built up from the first 5 races of the season. McDowell currently sits 32nd in points and will look to gain spots. McDowell will have an off weekend next weekend in Texas as Ty Dillon will take over the #95 unless he takes over the #14 for Tony Stewart. McDowell could fill in for Smoke. It is unknown at this time on when Tony will return. (Koelle,2016)