Monday, April 25, 2016

General Tire 200 at Talladega Entry List

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to Talladega for the General Tire 200. At 5:00 pm/CDT The green flag will fall for the 4th race of the 2016 Season. Blake Jones is the defending race winner here at Talladega. Many drivers will look at their success from Daytona and hope it carries over to the Talladega. Drivers like Willie Mullins, Sean Corr, along with many other drivers who always do well at Superspeedways! The NASCAR News Source will be live at the Talladega Superspeedway covering their 3rd ARCA Race of the 2016 Season!

Entry List

02    Andy Seuss
2      Brad Smith
4      Bobby Hamilton Jr.
05    John Wes Townley
5      Bobby Gerhart
06    Tim Viens
6      Josh Williams
9      Thomas Praytor
10    Ed Pompa
12    Tyler Audie
13    George Cushman
14    Dustin Knowles
15    Brett Hudson
22    Brady Boswell
23    Bret Holmes
25    Tom Hessert
30    Terry Jones
32    Shane Lee
34    Willie Mullins
36    Brandon Lynn
38    Sheldon Creed
42    Bo LeMastus
48    Sean Corr 
52    Matt Kurzejewski 
55    Dalton Sargeant
57    Bryan Dauzat 
58    Kyle Weatherman
59    Korbin Forrister
66    Mark Thompson 
71    Gene Paul
75    Benny Chastain
77    Chase Briscoe 
83    Derrick Lancaster
98    Gus Dean

Ray Black Jr. Earns 3rd Consecutive Top-25 Finish

RICHMOND, Va.  (April 24, 2016) – Rainy weather may have limited track time for NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) regular Ray Black Jr. as he got ready to make his debut start at Richmond International Raceway, but the driver of the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet was resilient during the ToyotaCare 250 and extended his Top-25 streak to three races when he placed 24th on Saturday.

After having all NXS on-track activity rained out on Friday, Black and his SS Green Light Racing team prepared for a single 55-minute long practice Saturday morning. The two heat races of the weekend followed practice, with lineups being set by the rule book in lieu of a qualifying session.

“It is what it is on weekends like this,” explained Black. “There’s nothing anyone can do about the weather so we prepared the car the best we could and went from there. We had a new car at the track this weekend, so it wasn’t an ideal situation but we kept working hard and it paid off.”

As Black completed his heat race, he reported a serious vibration whenever he used the brake. With limited time to fix the issue between heat races and the main, the team realized it would be an issue they would have to work with throughout the race. The vibration would turn out to not cause any major problems and Black was able to compete as he normally would.

As the majority of the main was completed under green, Black dealt with the handling of his car to the best of his ability and raced mostly around his starting position of 29th. With just under 20 laps remaining a wreck brought out the first yellow of the race and took out 10 competitors. Black expertly avoided the wreck and capitalized on some additional spots during the final restart to bring the No. 07 ScubaLife.com Chevrolet home 24th.

“That was a tough one,” said Black. “The brake vibration didn’t turn out to be a major problem, but I did have to drive a little differently with it. It was once again a great team effort this weekend! We fought hard the entire time and were able to keep up our streak of solid finishes.”

Next up for Black and his team will be the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Fans can keep up with Ray Black Jr. by following him and his sponsor, ScubaLife, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @RayBlackJr and @TeamScubaRacing. Learn more about Ray Black Jr. and Team Scuba by visiting www.rayblackjr.com and www.teamscuba.com. (SS Green Light Racing)

The Road To Talladega - Part I

As the Sun Rose on Talladega Superspeedway this morning it is officially race week. Many teams return to their shops in Charlotte and prepare the car they will send to the Talladega Superspeedway. For 1 team in each series that is racing at Talladega that car will be the winning car. Rather it be a high money team with a big name behind the wheel or a underfunded team who has a never heard of behind the wheel who, by the end of the weekend will be heard of. Drivers look to Talladega for success. Dale Earnhardt Jr. looks forward to
returning to Talladega because of the fact that each year he's always the fan favorite. But what if one year someone pointed out teams who work twice as hard with twice as little as Dale Earnhardt Jr, who shouldn't be overlooked. Drivers like Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, Michael Waltrip, Joey Gase, Ryan Sieg, and one person in particular that we will be with this weekend. Derrike Cope. Derrike Cope of course won the Daytona 500 in 1990. It's the underfunded teams who make us have the underdogs to cheer for. In many cases Talladega and Daytona are their only chance of taking a victory and that is what The NASCAR News Source will highlight these teams and their pursuit to Happiness and for 3 drivers, the ultimate prize of a win! (Koelle,2016)
       

The Best Seat In The House - Talladega Superspeedway (Talladega, AL)

Are you planning on going to the Talladega Superspeedway this weekend? With this 2nd edition of The Best Seat In The House we will highlight the Talladega Superspeedway and give you all the fans the point of view that I have had over the years. I have been to Talladega Superspeedway 4 years for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This weekend will be my first ARCA Race at the Talladega Superspeedway. I have sat in a few places over the years but mainly I have been sitting in the Talladega Grandstand. I'll give a little more insight on why below.

Lower Grandstands (Talladega - Gadsden Grandstands)

I have sat in seats from Talladega Grandstand all the way down to the Gadsden Grandstands and by far Talladega Grandstands are the best out of the two. It's just past the start finish line and is where you can see the most in reality from this level. You can get close to the action for just 50$ (Now 60$) You get two days of racing for under 90$ which is something that not many tracks can say. It is one of the best races of the year also has free camping to offer but we will get to that in the next article. If you want cheap racing where you can see the Sprint Cup Series without breaking the bank. Talladega is where to go!

Tower Seating (Talladega - Gadsden Tower)

If you want a phenomenal sight line not just on the track but in the background then tower is certainly the place to go. You can see all of the action without having to watch a hair of it on TV. If you are affraid of heights though I would not suggest the tower because it can get pretty high. It is also near the spotters stand so you have a pretty good view of what the spotters can see. If you sit this high I suggest grabbing some binoculars so you can see a little closer to your favorite driver and hopefully your driver doesn't get caught in the big one like mine has in the past. 

McDowell Fights For Finish at Richmond

This weekend at Richmond, Michael McDowell drove the #95 WRL General Contractors/MastiClean Chevrolet SS to a 31st place finish. His best finish at the short track in Richmond Virginia in 11 tries. Driver Michael McDowell qualified 32nd for the event, and raced between the 29th and 35th positions for the majority of the 300-mile race.  McDowell reported loose conditions with the car and the need for “more drive off” as crew chief Dave Winston and the No. 95 team made changes throughout the day. “The team fought hard, but the adjustments just didn’t help enough to secure a Top-25 finish for our team,” said Jeremy Lange, Vice President of Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing. “It was a disappointing week for our team as we are expecting more out of ourselves. We are not content with finishing where we have been these last two weeks and we will be working harder to improve.” Read the next article about McDowell and Talladega coming soon! (Koelle,2016)

Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Entry List

The NASCAR Xfinity Series takes a break from Heat Racing for a few weeks and will now race at The Talladega Superspeedway. Talladega is a place where we could see a driver steal a spot in the Chase. Drivers like Joey Gase, Ryan Sieg, Derrike Cope, John Wes Townley will look to win at Talladega. This has been a wreck fest in the past few years so I can say teams will need to buy Barebond in Bulk. It can be a race that makes dreams but can also break them.

Entry List

1 0 Garrett Smithley
2 01 Ryan Preece
3 1 Elliott Sadler
4 2 Austin Dillon
5 3 Ty Dillon
6 4 Ross Chastain
7 05 John Wes Townley
8 6 Darrell Wallace Jr.
9 07 Ray Black Jr.
10 7 Justin Allgaier
11 10 Jeff Green
12 11 Blake Koch
13 13 John Jackson
14 14 Benny Gordon
15 15 Travis Kvapil
16 16 Ryan Reed
17 18 Matt Tifft
18 19 Daniel Suarez
19 20 Erik Jones
20 22 Joey Logano
21 24 Brandon McReynolds
22 25 Chris Cockrum
23 28 Dakoda Armstrong
24 33 Brandon Jones
25 39 Ryan Sieg
26 40 Carl Long
27 42 Justin Marks
28 43 Jeb Burton
29 44 David Starr
30 48 Brennan Poole
31 51 Jeremy Clements
32 52 Joey Gase
33 62 Brendan Gaughan
34 70 Derrike Cope
35 74 Mike Harmon
36 78 B J McLeod
37 85 Bobby Gerhart
38 88 Chase Elliott
39 89 Morgan Shepherd
40 90 Mario Gosselin
41 93 Josh Wise
42 97 TBA
43 98 Aric Almirola

Yellow Highlighted Not in Top 30 in Owners Points (Must Qualify In)

Geico 500 at Talladega Entry List

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Talladega for the Geico 500 this weekend! There are a lot of former Talladega Winners who are winless so far in 2016 or just winless since that last Talladega Win. Drivers like Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch can practically take the weekend off as they already have at least 1 win. It will be a race where we could see an underfunded team take a chase spot away from a high money team and take a victory to surprise everyone!

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 Tony Stewart
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 Bobby Labonte
34 Chris Buescher
35 David Gilliland
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 Michael Waltrip
78 Martin Truex Jr.
83 Matt DiBenedetto
88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Michael McDowell
98 Cole Whitt

Yellow Highlighted Drivers Are Non Chartered and Must Qualify for 1 of 4 Open Spots

Sweet Debut for Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

If you saw a green car on television yesterday, fighting for the lucky dog position and fighting for a great finish you were probably seeing the #23 Sweet Frog Toyota Camry, driven by David Ragan. This weekend in Richmond, Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt jumped on board for its first race as a primary sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. David Ragan sure made a sweet case for their return in the future with a 23rd place finish. BK Racing is growing to become one of the top underfunded teams in NASCAR. Last weekend in Bristol, David Ragan's teammate Matt DiBenedetto finished a career best 6th place. Improvement is showing in the BK Racing camp and with supporters and sponsors like Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt, BK Racing can grow to a powerhouse team with Joe Gibbs Racing. This weekend, NASCAR returns to the scene of David Ragan's last win and where before Bristol, DiBenedetto got his best finish, Talladega. (Koelle,2016)