Friday, May 6, 2016

The NASCAR News Source Returns to Philadelphia Airways!

Tonight somewhere around 7:30 pm/ET The NASCAR News Source returns to the airways with The Frat House Radio Network and The Race Trim Motorsports Hour! The NASCAR News Source's Head Writer Christian Koelle has called into the show now three times making it four times tonight.
"I always enjoy the writing side of things but sometimes I really enjoy getting to be on the radio! Tonight I will talk about my stance on Talladega and will certainly bring up The Underfunded Teams in NASCAR which has been a heavy subject over the last few days here on the NASCAR News Source! If you would like to tune in please visit The show actually starts at 7:00 pm/ET so go give these guys your support! He will be on to discuss a few things tonight in a series that has really turned into every 3 or 4 weeks!
"I have tons of fun and would love to do more radio shows! If you would like to have me on email me at or send me a message on Facebook at Christian Koelle!"(Koelle,2016)

New for 2016 - Pinty's Series joins the Lineup!

Starting in 2016 The NASCAR News Source will be adding the NASCAR Pinty's Series featuring News, Results, and original articles you can only get her at the NASCAR News Source. We are interested in bringing the Canadian Series and the United States together to help get Pinty's Series more exposure and attention here in the States!
"We are very excited to add the Pinty's Series to our lineup this year and if we are lucky we may get to attend the Pinty's Series/Camping World Truck Series Double hitter at the end of August at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park! It'll be the first time I have been to another country and I have an interest to meet our viewers up there in Canada!" stated Christian Koelle, the head writer of the NASCAR News Source.
We will also have our first Q and A with a NASCAR Pinty's Series Driver sometime before the opening race at CTMP with Simon Dion - Viens!
The NASCAR Pinty's Series season begins on May 22nd at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s Road Course! (Koelle,2016)

Bowyer driving for JR Motorsports at Chicago

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 5, 2016) – Clint Bowyer will make a return to NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) competition with JR Motorsports (JRM), the team announced today.  Bowyer, a veteran racer and 19-time NASCAR national series winner, will drive JRM’s No. 88 entry at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 17) with partnership from Morton Buildings.

Based in nearby Morton, Ill., Morton Buildings specializes in constructing high-quality, long-lasting structures ranging from farm shops, equestrian facilities, hobby buildings, garages, churches, municipal buildings, airplane hangars, custom homes, commercial structures and general storage buildings. The company is now in its third year of partnership with JRM.

“When Dale Jr. offers to let you drive his car, there’s only one answer and that’s ‘yes’,” said Bowyer. “JR Motorsports is certainly on a roll right now and I know those guys are working hard to make the boss happy by building fast cars.  It’s going to be a blast wheeling that No. 88 Morton Buildings Chevrolet around Chicagoland in the Xfinity race. It’s going to be even better when we can celebrate with the boss in Victory Lane.”

A native of Emporia, Kan., Bowyer earned a NXS championship in 2008 and tallied a total of eight career victories in the series.  His most recent NXS start came in 2012 at Daytona International Speedway.

“We’re excited to be partnering with JR Motorsports and Clint Bowyer for the upcoming Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway,” said Morton Buildings Marketing Manager Brian Haraf.  “We’re thrilled to be a part of the team and support a member of our extensive family of building owners.”

Bowyer, who currently races full-time for HScott Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, is named as the ninth driver to pilot JRM’s No. 88 “All-Star” Chevrolet in 2016.  He joins Josh Berry, Alex Bowman, Cole Custer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kenny Habul, Kevin Harvick and Regan Smith.  In nine starts this season, the team holds two wins (Daytona and Richmond), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. (JR Motorsports)

Iowa Fuels Up Entitlement Sponsor for June Race

Iowa is normally one of the best races of the Xfinity Series schedule in my opinion. Again this year in the middle of Corn Country American Ethanol returns to sponsor the race in Newton Iowa. American Ethanol will serve as the entitlement sponsor and Enogen as the presenting sponsor for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race during Wide Opening Weekend on June 18-19. The NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen on Sunday, American Ethanol, along with Enogen, join the Iowa Corn Growers Association in renewing their long standing relationships with the speedway in 2016. Representing a wide array of ethanol supporters, from farmers to bio-engineering firms, American Ethanol was established by Growth Energy in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association to increase awareness of the value of American-made ethanol. Ethanol represents the most commercially-viable alternative to 100% petroleum-based fuel that America currently holds, and corn ethanol reduces emissions by 59 percent. Also the winner of both races at Iowa get a unique Gas Pump trophy which is something you can get nowhere other than Iowa. As the question remains from Field Of Dreams. Is this Heaven? It's Iowa (Koelle,2016)

Brandonbilt Motorsports partners with Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation for the Camping World Truck Series Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Fredericksburg, VA (May, 2016) The #86 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Brandon Brown in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will don Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation logo during the May 20th race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the two partner in support of pediatric cancer awareness.

Pediatric cancer is the number one cause of death by disease for children in the U.S. The priorities of Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation are to support pediatric cancer research, provide equitable access to treatment and patient support programs.

Brandon Brown states that “I’m very excited to have partnered up with such a prestigious foundation. I really hope to give them a good showing on the track. I know it’s an amazing cause that they work for and having Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and Brandonbilt Motorsports partner up to raise awareness is something that I can really feel good about.”

Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation was established in 1999 and to-date has granted more than $16.5 million to support children battling cancer. In 2012, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation expanded its efforts globally.  Working in collaboration with Partners in Health, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Ministry of Health of Rwanda to establish the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in Rwanda, Africa.

“The goal of this partnership is to grow awareness for childhood cancer and the work of Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation,” said Amy Davis, Director of Development for Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. “Providing this sponsorship is a great way for us to continue our outreach within the NASCAR community.”

In 2014, Brown made his Camping World Truck Series debut at Iowa Speedway. In the 2016 season opener at Daytona International Speedway Brown finished a career-best fourth place. 22-year old Brown is a full-time student at Coastal Carolina University and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. (Brandonbilt Motorsports)

NASCAR Announces 2017 Schedule for 3 Major Series

The earliest schedule release in the history of NASCAR held very little differences from 2016 for the 2016 Season. As sprint is departing from the sport at the end of this season, many question what will replace the entitlement sponsor and that question has yet to be addressed by NASCAR officials. 2016 has been a very competitive year and hopefully we're just seeing the begining. With 2 photo finishes, wild endings,and just some of the best racing that's been seen in many years it may not be hard to find a replacement and with the NASCAR Schedules being released earlier it not only gives fans a chance to plan for 2017 it also gives NASCAR a little more focus on other issues in the sport. Some moves in the schedule needed to happen including Atlanta returning to the begining of March which is just because the start of the season has been pushed a week ahead. 2016 has been one of the best seasons in recent history and I feel 2017 has the opportunity to top 2016 and we haven't even made it to the halfway point of the season yet.

Notable Changes

  • Have you enjoyed seeing the drama of Talladega being an elimination race like it has been since the new chase format was introduced? Well that has changed and Talladega has been moved to the 2nd race of that round with Kansas Speedway becoming the new Elimination Race. This still can't comfort some drivers as Kansas is not a very good track for many of the sports drivers and going their in a must win situation will certainly be a sight to see. With Talladega being moved that just makes Charlotte even more important. 
  • Texas Motor Speedway’s spring Cup race shifts to Sunday (Apr. 9), a  move expected to produce great racing action like that seen after Richmond International Raceway switched to a Sunday race for the 2016 season. We are unaware on if the November race will remain a Transition Race (Day to Night).  
  • Dover International Speedway’s spring date move to June 4, a week after the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 28). Michigan International Speedway’s second race will return to its traditional early August slot, on Aug. 13. Both were changed for the 2016 Season but will change back next season. Bristol was moved to Michigan's spot this season to give BMS officials more time to set up for the Battle at Bristol football game. 
  • The Season begins one week later this year with the Daytona Exhibition Race (Sprint Unlimited) planned for Saturday February 18th. 
  • Off weekends drop from 3 in 2016 to 2 in 2017. Fans I am sure are glad to see that but many teams and media aren't. Also only 2 off weekends for the Xfinity Series next year. Xfinity will go 21 weekends without an off weekend. 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule for 2017 

2/18  Daytona International Speedway (Unlimited)
2/19  Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying)
2/23  Daytona International Speedway (Duel)
2/26  Daytona 500
3/5  Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/12  Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/19  Phoenix International Raceway

3/26  Auto Club Speedway
4/2  Martinsville Speedway
4/9  Texas Motor Speedway
4/23  Bristol Motor Speedway
4/30  Richmond International Raceway
5/7  Talladega Superspeedway
5/13  Kansas Speedway
5/20  Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR All-Star Race)
5/28  Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/4  Dover International Speedway
6/11  Pocono Raceway
6/18  Michigan International Speedway
6/25  Sonoma Raceway
7/1  Daytona International Speedway
7/8  Kentucky Speedway
7/16  New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/23  Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/30  Pocono Raceway
8/6  Watkins Glen International
8/13  Michigan International Speedway
8/19  Bristol Motor Speedway
9/3  Darlington Raceway

9/9  Richmond International Raceway
9/17  Chicagoland Speedway
9/24  New Hampshire Motor Speedway
10/1  Dover International Speedway
10/7  Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/15  Talladega Superspeedway
10/22  Kansas Speedway
10/29  Martinsville Speedway
11/5  Texas Motor Speedway
11/12  Phoenix International Raceway
11/19  Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Xfinity Series Schedule

2/25  Daytona International Speedway
3/4  Atlanta Motor Speedway
3/11  Las Vegas Motor Speedway
3/18  Phoenix International Raceway
3/25  Auto Club Speedway
4/8  Texas Motor Speedway
4/22  Bristol Motor Speedway
4/29  Richmond International Raceway
5/6  Talladega Superspeedway
5/27  Charlotte Motor Speedway
6/3  Dover International Speedway
6/10  Pocono Raceway
6/17  Michigan International Speedway
6/24  Iowa Speedway
6/30  Daytona International Speedway
7/7  Kentucky Speedway
7/15  New Hampshire Motor Speedway
7/22  Indianapolis Motor Speedway
7/29  Iowa Speedway
8/5  Watkins Glen International
8/12  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
8/18  Bristol Motor Speedway
8/26  Road America
9/2  Darlington Raceway
9/8  Richmond International Raceway
9/16  Chicagoland Speedway
9/23  Kentucky Speedway
9/30  Dover International Speedway
10/6  Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/21  Kansas Speedway
11/4  Texas Motor Speedway
11/11  Phoenix International Raceway
11/18  Homestead-Miami Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

2/24  Daytona International Speedway

3/4  Atlanta Motor Speedway

4/1  Martinsville Speedway

5/12  Kansas Speedway

5/19  Charlotte Motor Speedway

6/2  Dover International Speedway

6/9  Texas Motor Speedway

6/17  Gateway Motorsports Park

6/23  Iowa Speedway

7/6  Kentucky Speedway

7/19  Eldora Speedway

7/29  Pocono Raceway

8/12  Michigan International Speedway

8/16  Bristol Motor Speedway

8/27  Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

9/15  Chicagoland Speedway

9/23  New Hampshire Motor Speedway

9/30  Las Vegas Motor Speedway

10/14  Talladega Superspeedway

10/28  Martinsville Speedway

11/3  Texas Motor Speedway
11/10  Phoenix International Raceway
11/17  Homestead-Miami Speedway

JF Dumoulin Teams With Spectra Premium

LAVAL, Que. - Dumoulin Competition is pleased to announce a major sponsorship agreement between renowned racecar driver Jean-François Dumoulin and Spectra Premium Industries, a Canadian manufacturer and distributor of auto parts, for the 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s season. Jean-François’ raw talent, passion and perseverance were key to making this partnership a reality, allowing his participation in at least six events on the championship circuit in 2016 at the wheel of the Dodge # 04 Spectra Premium / Bernier Crépeau / Bellemare / MIA (refer to page 5 for race calendar details). Additionally, Spectra Premium engineers will closely with Dumoulin Competition crew members to develop a radiator for Jean-Francois Dumoulin’s car.

"In 2014, I had the chance to meet Jean-François for the first time at a social event where I discovered a gentleman who is a consummate professional and kind and compassionate human being. The entire Spectra Premium team is excited about being able to bring our passion and expertise to the table in the development of a new high performance product in collaboration with Dumoulin Competition. Jean-François was born behind the wheel of a racecar and his passion and enthusiasm makes him an ideal Spectra Premium brand representative," said Jason Best, Senior Vice-President, Aftermarket, Spectra Premium.

"This is a turning point for me and Dumoulin Competition. Several companies have been with us for many years now and I greatly appreciate their continued support. This is the first time in the NASCAR Pinty's series, however, that I have the privilege of welcoming a partner of this magnitude. This year I will proudly don my Spectra Premium racing attire, symbolizing their trusted, quality products, many of which are manufactured in Quebec," enthused Jean-François Dumoulin. (Dumoulin Competition)