Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Returns with "Amelia" at Talladega

On February 21st the world thought that "Amelia" was done. Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun on his own into the inside wall at Daytona during the Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s run for 3 Daytona 500 wins would be ended early. Amelia earned three wins, a Duel at Daytona International Speedway, the May race at Talladega Superspeedway and the July race at Daytona - in addition to a third-place finish in the Daytona 500 and a second-place result in the second Talladega race. Earnhardt's average finish of 1.75 while driving Amelia in the four superspeedway points races last season led all competitors. Last month, Earnhardt hinted that it was possible Amelia could make a comeback for Talladega Superspeedway, but it was up to #88 crew chief Greg Ives and the team whether the car would be the backup or the primary. Ives answered that question Monday morning. That answer was the answer Jr fans were wanting to hear and will look forward to seeing Amelia at Talladega this weekend! (Koelle,2016)

McDowell Looks to Continue Improvement at Talladega

A track that the Glendale, AZ native finds slight success in is at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega Alabama. McDowell holds his best qualifying effort when he qualified 6th in the October of 2014. McDowell has raced well here and worked with some of NASCAR's most popular drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr,, Brad Keselowski, along with a few others who would eventually take the victory or come really close.
McDowell strives at Superspeedways in fact McDowell finished his career best at Daytona in 2014 where he finished 7th, Earlier this season McDowell raced the #59 Chevrolet SS to a 15th place finish in the 58th Daytona 500. McDowell does not have to worry about past experiences happening again as McDowell missed the 2015 Geico 500 after not qualifying fast. McDowell would then return in October and qualify his way into the Race.
His first race at the Talladega Superspeedway driving a Chevrolet could be the one that strikes a victory. McDowell of course is driving for Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing. The Circle Sport part of the equation has had success at Talladega with Brian Scott gaining his first career pole in the May of 2014. A threat for the victory is surely McDowell and he could shock the world. I believe he can. (Koelle,2016)

Kennedy Joins GMS Racing

Team officials announced that Ben Kennedy will join the GMS Racing stable for a multi-race deal with 10 races already confirmed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, beginning May 6 at Kansas Speedway. Kennedy will pilot the #33 Chevy Silverado alongside teammates Johnny Sauter and Spencer Gallagher. Kennedy has 53 NCWTS starts under his belt and looks to claim his first victory in the series with GMS Racing. Jacob Companies, a first-year partner of Kennedy, plans to continue their support under the GMS Racing banner.  With Kennedy taking over the #33, Grant Enfinger, who earned the 2015 ARCA championship for the team and began the season with a pole in the #33 entry, posted on his Facebook page that he would remain with the team for multiple truck starts."A lot of people have been asking about my racing plans lately so I am going to give an update as best I can. The only confirmed truck races that I will be in the seat of a GMS Racing truck as of now are Kentucky, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Talladega. There is still hope to add to that schedule, and everyone here at GMS Racing is working hard for that. I am still working here at GMS Racing everyday and the relationship continues to be great. I can't wait to get back in the truck, but when I'm not I will continue to help all of my teammates here at GMS Racing. I am proud of what we have accomplished to this point, and I'm grateful for the past, present, and future at GMS Racing." (GMS Racing)