Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Improvement Evident in Brandon Brown

This is about the Little Guy. That one that entered Daytona without anyone really knowing who he was and how he was getting so many endorsements in the sports world. Brandon Brown is just the little guy everyone want's to cheer for and that's just what people have been doing. Before 2016 Brandon had made just 8 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 2016, The 22 year old from Woodbridge, VA is looking to make an impact and he is doing just
that each and every weekend. Making gains off and on the track, Brandon is just the underdog everyone wants to cheer for and support. Brandon Brown shocked the NASCAR World and made his name at Daytona where he survived many big accidents to be in the running for the victory at the end. As Christopher Bell rolled, Brown rolled by and took the checkered flag in the 4th place. Best finish in his career and placing himself in a pretty good spot in the points. Daytona can be an instance of right place at the right time so many expected the following weekend in Atlanta, Brandon would filter out into the back fillers. That was not what happened and Brandon brought home a Top 20 finish leaving him 7th in the points! Brandon continued through the off weeks and prepared for Martinsville. Despite having a penalty, Brandon still managed to finish in the Top 15, improving from the previous race in Atlanta. Brandon will roll onto Kansas in a few weeks and I am sure he will roll in like a Tornado with tons of new fans. Brandon has surely shown me why he is worth all of the hype and with sponsors like N-CASEIT and Coastal Carolina University he will surely catch the eye of more sponsors and more fans along with maybe some XFINITY series owners. Brandon has surely stated he belongs in NASCAR, and a win is only a step away for sure! (Koelle,2016) *Photo Credit to Daylon Barr (Martinsville Photos)*  

Fire Alarm Services Ignites Tommy Baldwin Racing Partnership

This weekend at Texas a familiar sponsor will adorn the #7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet SS. Fire Alarm Services will sponsor the #7 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the Duck Commander 500. FAS will also sponsor Regan Smith's #7 Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway on October 16th. Headquartered in Arvada, Colo., Fire Alarm Services, Inc. provides superior Fire Life Safety and Security services and products for protecting client's real estate investment. Fire Alarm Services, Inc. brings a fresh and innovative
approach to the Fire Life Safety industry with an emphasis on developing lasting client relationships, and as always, unmatched customer service. Regan Smith's best finish of the 2016 Season so far has been an 8th in the Daytona 500. Regan's last win in the Xfinity Series was at Dover in the Fall last season with Fire Alarm Services on the Car. Regan of course was driving for JR Motorsports.(Koelle,2016)

Sprint Fan Vote Open For Buisness

The annual NASCAR Sprint Fan Vote is back again and It will certainly be a year of entertainment. Drivers like Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Michael McDowell, Danica Patrick, and many more will be needing your vote! The Sprint Showdown again will be the night before the All Star Race and the same night as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race. The drivers listed below are looking for your vote! You can go vote once a day for your favorite driver at www.nascar.com/SprintFanVote#votingframe

Drivers Looking For Your Support

  1. AJ Allmendinger (2015 Runner Up in the Showdown)
  2. Aric Almirola
  3. Michael Annett
  4. Trevor Bayne
  5. Greg Biffle (Winner of the 2015 Sprint Showdown)
  6. Ryan Blaney
  7. Clint Bowyer
  8. Chris Buescher
  9. Landon Cassill
  10. Matt DiBenedetto
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Chase Elliott
  13. Kyle Larson
  14. Michael McDowell
  15. Casey Mears
  16. Paul Menard
  17. Danica Patrick (2015 Fan Vote Winner)
  18. David Ragan
  19. Brian Scott
  20. Regan Smith
  21. Reed Sorenson
  22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
  23. Brian Vickers
  24. Cole Whitt
  25. Josh Wise (2014 Fan Vote Winner)     

McDowell Continues to Improve in 2016

At the begining of the season many people said that time would tell for Michael McDowell and his Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing team. Time has told people that McDowell is improving in his Chevrolet, and with the support of K-Love, Thrivent Financial, and WRL Contractors he has improved over his last season marks. At Daytona in 2015, McDowell finished 31st, in 2016 McDowell finished 15th. The following weekends were moderate but slow improvement as McDowell clocked a 33rd, 29th, 26th, and 31st. As time rolled to the place where you can win a clock, Time was on McDowell's side the whole weekend as he practiced some of the best speeds he had done all year. It showed improvement as the team qualified a season best 27th. As the race started McDowell stayed a consistent 24th through the whole race as he fell at the most 2 laps down. McDowell survived numerous incidents that occured in the back and pit only a few times while taking the wave around a few times hoping to make improvements in positions. McDowell elected to take the wave around during the last
caution period which landed the #95 in the 24th position in the final run to the finish. McDowell would hold his own on old tires and manage to come home in the 24th position, the second best finish for McDowell. Ty Dillon takes over the #95 this weekend in Texas but the improvement team of McDowell will return at one of his best tracks. Bristol. McDowell has stayed consistent at the Worlds Fastest Half Mile, Also Richmond, Then the #95 team comes to Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL. It's looking like McDowell will make his case for a full time ride in 2017 and is certainly showing what he has to bring to the table! (Koelle,2016)

Duck Commander 500 Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend and with so many drivers having momentum leaving Martinsville this weekends race should be very competitive as the rest of the season has been so far. It will be the last mile and a half track until we get to Kansas in May. Bristol, Richmond then the Beast of Talladega comes around. It's certainly one of the more interesting swings of racing and I could see the racing getting better as the season continues. 40 cars entered again this weekend so everyone makes the race.

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
55    Reed Sorenson
78    Martin Truex Jr.
83    Matt DiBenedetto
88    Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95    Ty Dillon   
98    Cole Whitt

   

O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Entry List

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. After the complete Dominance by Kyle Busch was ended by Austin Dillon in California, Kyle will look for redemption in the Lonestar State and capture two more six shooters. Texas has been known to produce first time winners in fact the last two winners at the Texas Motor Speedway were first time winners, Chase Elliott in 2014 and Erik Jones in 2015. Will another first time winner show his face and lock himself into the chase?

Entry List 

0 Garrett Smithley
01 Ryan Preece
1 Elliott Sadler
2 Austin Dillon
3 Ty Dillon
4 Ross Chastain
5 Chase Elliott
6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
7 Justin Allgaier
07 Ray Black Jr.
10 Jeff Green
11 Blake Koch
13 Carl Long
14 J.J. Yeley
15 Cody Ware
16 Ryan Reed
18 Kyle Busch
19 Daniel Suarez
20 Erik Jones
22 Brad Keselowski
24 Matt Tifft
28 Dakoda Armstrong
33 Brandon Jones
39 Ryan Sieg
40 Matt DiBenedetto
42 Kyle Larson
43 Jeb Burton
44 David Starr
48 Brennan Poole
51 Jeremy Clements
52 Joey Gase
62 Brendan Gaughan
70 Derrike Cope
74 Mike Harmon
78 B J McLeod
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
90 Martin Roy
93 Josh Wise
97 Ryan Ellis
98 Aric Almirola

Ray Black Jr. Excited For First Night Race at Texas

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla.  (April 6, 2016) – After two off-weekends for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS), Ray Black Jr. is ready to revisit to the location of his NXS debut – Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet has four career starts at the 1.5-mile track, three of which are Top-20 finishes.

“I’m really looking forward to racing at Texas again,” said Black. “I think going to any track where I have a lot of past experience will be beneficial to me. Plus, it’s the first night race of the season for us, which always brings an extra level of excitement for both the drivers and fans! Most of us grew up racing Friday and Saturday nights, so it’s nice to be able to return to that.”

Black, who made his debut NXS start at Texas Motor Speedway last November, has found the transition from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to XFINITY Series to be a challenging one, but has ultimately enjoyed the learning process.

“I knew coming into this year that it was going to be hard,” explained Black. “The team and I have really learned a lot over the first five races. With limited experience with these set-ups and packages that NASCAR gives the XFINITY teams, we’ve had to learn a lot in a little bit of time. It’s not easy, but I’m enjoying the challenge!”

“When you’re driving a truck, you are wide open and in the gas a lot,” he continued. “The XFINITY cars slip and slide more on the track than I expected them to. Figuring out their limits and continuing to get a feel for their handling in the next few weeks will be a huge help to me.”

As Black is set to return to Texas this weekend, he looks to utilize his past experience in both the NXS and NCWTS to secure a great finish for his team.

“Last year we had a good car with a decent set-up,” said Black. “With that experience, we can experiment and try out a new set-up to see what is and isn’t working for the team and compare it to last year’s car. That’s not something we’ve really had the opportunity to do yet, so I’m looking forward to seeing how that helps the team this weekend.”

The O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway will take place on Friday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 or can be heard via the Performance Racing Network (PRN).

Fans can keep up with Ray Black Jr.’s return to the “Lone Star State” by following him and his sponsor, ScubaLife, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @TeamScubaRacing and @RayBlackJr. Learn more about Ray Black Jr. and Team Scuba by visiting www.rayblackjr.com and www.teamscuba.com. (SS Greenlight Racing)

Ty Dillon to Make First Cup Start at TMS in No. 95 Nexium® 24HR Chevrolet SS

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 6, 2016) – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series switches gears this week, leaving short track racing behind in favor of the 1.5-mile tri-oval of Texas Motor Speedway. Ty Dillon will return to the No. 95 for his second race of the season with Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing.

The CSLFR team is excited to have Dillon back in the car and look for a strong finish this weekend as they continue to build on their 1.5-mile program.

Dillon will pilot the No. 95 Nexium® 24HR Chevrolet SS in his Sprint Cup debut at Texas, but is no stranger to racing at Texas. The 24-year-old has never finished outside the top-15 in his 10 Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series starts at Texas, which includes a truck win in 2013.

“The thing I like about Texas Motor Speedway the most is the challenge it presents with long green-flag stretches,” said Dillon. “CSLFR, with help from RCR, has really focused on its 1.5-mile program this season and I hope I can add to their success they have had so far. I’m going to need all the practice time I can get with this new low downforce package. I’ve been able to win a race here before and have some success in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, but I am still relatively inexperienced in the Cup car. Todd (Parrott, crew chief) knows his way around TMS, so I’ll lean on him for advice and support.”

Texas will always be a special race for CSLFR partners Bob and Sharon Leavine, who moved to the state in 1985.  Dillon shares the Leavines’ enthusiasm for the Lone Star State.

“Texas Motor Speedway is not only one of my favorite race tracks on the NASCAR circuit, but also one of my favorite areas to visit,” said Dillon. “I love the fans, Big Hoss TV, Babe’s chicken and, of course, the competitive style of racing. One of the first times I have driven a Sprint Cup car came in 2014 at TMS when I was testing the No. 78 car – I think it was the fastest I’ve ever gone; definitely over 200 miles per hour. I love visiting Texas and everything the track and area have to offer.”

The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30pm ET. Follow the race team on Twitter for updates @CSLFR95. (Circle Sport Leavine Family Racing)

The Motorsports Group Net Texas Sponsor

The Motorsports Group officials announced that Crawfest New Braunfels and the City of New Braunfels, TX will join the team this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway. After strings of good luck the team finally netted a sponsor for the hood! The logos of the festival and city it is held in will adorn the #30 Crawfest New Braunfels Chevrolet piloted by Josh Wise for the running of the Duck Commander 500 on Saturday Night at the 1.5-mile Texas track. Crawfest New Braunfels 2016 will be held on April 29-30 at the Comal County Fairground in New Braunfels, Texas. Ben Jones, organizer of Crawfest New Braunfels, had been having a crawfish fest at his home for 14 years. After his wife said "no" to the loads of tour buses pulling up to her front door, Jones moved the increasingly popular event to the Comal County Fairgrounds. Now the event features three stages of live music, rides for the kiddos, the "Battle of the Roux" Gumbo Championships, a 5K Crawdaddy Dash, an art/craft market, and 10,000 lbs. of the best tasting mudbugs this side of the Louisiana border. TMG will also adorn the Radison of Fort Worth Logo on the quarter panels as it will be the official hotel of the #30 Team this weekend! We here at the NASCAR News Source are proud supporters of TMG and wish them the best this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway! (Koelle,2016)

Music City 200 Entry List

After a very competitive Daytona in February The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns after 3 weeks off. John Wes Townley, who won Daytona is entered in the #05 car for this weekend's race as he will be for a majority of the 2016 season. Brian Keselowski will also make his return to ARCA driving the #5 for Keselowski-Gerhart Racing. Many drivers will hold onto the favorite but You'll need to tighten your Guitar Strings in order to prepare for this battle in the Music City! The NASCAR News Source will also be attending the race this weekend so If you will be there shoot us an email and we will see if we can meet up!

Music City 200 Entry List (Per ARCA)

1.   0     Mike Senica
2.   05   John Wes Townley
3.   06   Alx Danielsson
4.   1     TBA      
5.   2     Brad Smith
8.   5     Brian Keselowski
9.   6     Josh Williams
10. 9     Thomas Praytor
11. 10   Rick Clifton
12. 11   Ed Pompa
13. 14   Dustin Knowles
14. 22   Kevin Thomas Jr.
15. 23   Bret Holmes
16. 25   Tom Hessert
17. 27   A,J, Fike
18. 32   Shane Lee
19. 34   Mike Basham
20, 36   Brandon Lynn
21. 38   Sheldon Creed
22. 42   Bo LeMastus
23. 48   Dylan Martin
24. 52   Matt Kurzejewski
25. 55   Cole Williams
26. 58   Kyle Weatherman
27. 59   Travis Swaim
28. 63   Ray Ciccarelli
29. 64   Eric Caudell
30. 66   Christian Eckes
31. 68   Barry Layne
32. 69   Brian Finney
33. 70   Billy Alger
34. 77   Chase Briscoe
35. 80   Scott Reeves
35. 86   Barry Layne
36. 93   Clayton Weatherman
37. 98   Brady Boswell