Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tennessee Connections in Greatest Day Of Motorsports

When it comes to Sunday, the memorial day triple play is named the Greatest Day Of Motorsports. Formula 1 has the Monaco Grand Prix in Monaco in most places in the United States enjoy breakfast with the Monaco Grand Prix. Then we head to Indianapolis for Lunch with the Indianapolis 500 and this year is especially one of the most special ones for a few reasons. It's the 100th Running, It's Sold Out, and The Local Blackout in Indianapolis has been lifted for the first time since 1950. After a driver kisses the bricks in Indy, we head to Charlotte for Dinner with the Coca-Cola 600. This day of Racing has a local touch to me in to of the races this weekend and that is one competitor in the Indianapolis 500 and one competitor in the Coca-Cola 600 are from Tennessee.
When it comes to the Indianapolis 500, The driver of the #21 for Ed Carpenter Racing, Josef Newgarden is from Hendersonville Tennessee. Josef is a heavy favorite to win Sunday's Indianapolis 500 and is my pick for the win on Sunday. Newgarden has raced in the Indianapolis 500 4 times where his best finish of 9th came last season. Newgarden currently sits 12th in points and a win in Sunday's Indianapolis 500 could push Newgarden's run for the Championship. Over his career Newgarden has 2 wins all last season. Newgarden is surely one of the favorites for the Indianapolis 500 after qualifying 2nd to James Hinchcliffe. I will certainly keep my eye on the Tennessean this Sunday as should most of you!
On Sunday Night the 57th Running of the Coca-Cola 600 will happen and with one entry from Knoxville Tennessee. The 2011 Daytona 500 Champion Trevor Bayne will drive the #6 For Roush Fenway Racing. So far in 2016 a rebuild of Roush Fenway Racing has been seen and with more work Roush could become the powerhouse they once were. Trevor Bayne made some pretty unusual moves, for Trevor, last weekend in the Sprint Showdown and then again in the All Star Race where he finished 7th. Trevor will represent the State of Tennessee in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday where the Tennessee native could pick up his second career victory in the 2nd biggest race on the Circuit. I would keep my eye on the man from Knoxville,TN as he rolls into Charlotte for the 600! Bayne will make start #107 on Sunday and the kid from Knoxville has a string of Top 10's from Bristol, Talladega, and Dover along with winning segment 1 of the Sprint Showdown last Saturday Afternoon. Trevor will need to use that aggressive driving style he used last weekend for 600 miles on Sunday to win his second career victory and punch his ticket into the Chase. (Koelle,2016)

JD Motorsports Charlotte Preview

Smithley Headed for Charlotte


       CONCORD, N.C. -- After several strong races in a row, Garrett Smithley returns to the cockpit of the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 0 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
       Smithley will be sponsored by Instalco and Hero Box in Saturday’s 300-miler, the 11th race of the Xfinity season.
       In the past three Xfinity races, Smithley has finished 20th, 12th and 24th. It’s his rookie season in the series.
       “We’ve had really good cars lately, and we’ve put together some good runs,” Smithley said. “I’m looking forward to Charlotte, a track I like a lot, and seeing what we can do there.”
       Smithley has raced in the Camping World Truck Series at CMS.
Practice is scheduled at CMS at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Teams have Friday off before returning to the track for qualifying at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, to be followed by the race at 2:30 p.m.

Preece Ready For Charlotte Debut

CONCORD, N.C. – Ryan Preece is ready for his first shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
       “Charlotte is a track I’ve heard and read about my whole life,” Preece said. “I’m really anxious to get there and get on the track and see what it’s like in a fast car.”
       Preece will drive the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 01 Flex Seal Chevrolet in Saturday’s Hisense 4K TV 300 at CMS.
       The race will be Preece’s first on the 1.5-mile course.
       Preece, in his Xfinity rookie season, is 18th in series points entering Saturday’s event.
Practice is scheduled at CMS at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Teams have Friday off before returning to the track for qualifying at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, to be followed by the race at 2:30 p.m.

Chastain Ready For Charlotte

  CONCORD, N.C. – After a weekend off, the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns this weekend with one of its biggest races of the season.
       The Hisense 4K TV 300 is scheduled Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and Ross Chastain will be challenging the track in the JD Motorsports with Gary Keller No. 4 Dream Water Chevrolet.
       “Every Xfinity race at Charlotte is a big deal because the track is so close to us and everybody wants to win there,” Chastain said. “I’ve raced there enough to where I feel like I have a really good grip on where I should be when, so I’m looking forward to giving the Dream Water Chevrolet a good ride this weekend.”
       Chastain is 15th in Xfinity points entering the race. He has raced six times at CMS, a record that includes a ninth-place finish in a Camping World Truck Series race in 2013.
       Practice is scheduled at CMS at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Teams have Friday off before returning to the track for qualifying at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, to be followed by the race at 2:30 p.m.

Ware adds Charlotte sponsor

Set to make his fifth NASCAR XFINITY Series start of the season, Cody Ware will carry a new marketing partner for Saturday's Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Entering into their first foray into NASCAR, Fort Mill, South Carolina-based JJ Aim Right Gun Shop will back the 20-year-old in the #15 Ford Mustang at his hometown track. JJ Aim Right Gun Shop is based in a small, hometown store based in the heart of Fort Mill off Massey Street. Founded by owners Thom Nalley and James DeBus, the company is utilizing Saturday's XFINITY Series race to not only bring additional exposure to their growing business, but also continue to educate the public on gun safety. (Rick Ware Racing)