Stock Car Gazette e-zine for Thursday, 4/30/09
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Stock Car Gazette Columnists Speak Out!
Drivers Shrug Off Pressure When Heading Home
by: Mike Irwin
This weekend, Denny Hamlin will try to break an 0-for-6 streak at Richmond International Raceway. A win at RIR is one the native of nearby Chesterfield, Va. wants more than any other – and he has come very close in the past.
Hometown success is a statistical phenomenon in NASCAR. For the most part – and for whatever reason – drivers excel when the pressure is on to perform in front of the home crowd. Read the rest at motorsportsnews.net/archives/3559
For more from Mike, visit motorsportsnews.net/archives/category/mikes-musings
Richmond – Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
by: Mike Wells
Richmond produced a wild finish this time last year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was on a 71 race drought and within just 3 laps of a victory when he slammed into the wall in turn 3 after Kyle Busch slid up the track into his No. 88 as they both battled for the lead on lap 398. Kyle was showered with beer cans over the catch fence as the cars circled the track under caution before the green white checkered. Read more at motorsportsnews.net/archives/3568
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Edwards Speaks Out Following Wreck
By Liz Clarke
The footage was replayed on TV all day, horrifying images of a 3,500-pound racecar taking flight, hurtling toward a packed grandstand before getting snared by a fence and slammed back onto Talladega Speedway in a mangled, flaming heap.
NASCAR officials consider tougher rules on aggressive driving
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To capitalize on “The Big One” at Talladega involving 14 cars, Lowe’s Motor Speedway offered 1,000 tickets combined to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on May 16 and the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24 for only $14 each.
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David Poole, dean of NASCAR press corps, dies of a heart attack
al.com – Birmingham,AL,USA
Poole had just returned from last week’s race at Talledega, Ala. He was at his Stanfield home when the heart attack occurred. His daughter called 911. …
Racing and Race: The Wendell Scott Legacy
ASU The Appalachian Online – Boone,NC,USA
He was the first black driver to break the color barrier in Southern stock car racing. Even today, he’s the only black driver to ever win a race on NASCAR’s …
Poole’s Best: Petty still true blue
ThatsRacin.com – USA
He had even attended the first Strictly Stock series race – Cup’s forerunner – in Charlotte in 1949, having to thumb a ride home after Lee wrecked the car …
Poole’s Best: NASCAR lost one of its best drivers in Fireball …
ThatsRacin.com – USA
His boss told him to go cover a stock car race in Spartanburg. “I told him I’d rather cover a dog show,” Muhleman says. “I didn’t know a thing about it. …
NASCAR writer, former Gastonia resident dies at age 50
Gaston Gazette – Gastonia,NC,USA
Even in his last moments, Poole was passionate about his profession – as he died in his Stanfield home moments after doing his nationally syndicated NASCAR …
Observer motorsports writer dies at 50 | www.thatsracin.com
Over thousands of backstretches and checkered flags, David Poole made himself into more than one of the nation’s leading authorities on NASCAR. He became a part of the sport he loved.
The Infield: NASCAR Has Lost A Great Voice
By Bob Henry
NASCAR Has Lost A Great Voice. By Mark Young. I am deeply saddened this afternoon to have heard about David Poole’s passing today. Mr. Poole is the reason I came to TR.com every day to read up on racing so I guess you can say he is …
NASCAR stars aren’t rolling in to Twitter
USA Today – USA
NASCAR’s emphasis on fan access makes Twitter growth likely, says Larry Weintraub, CEO of Fanscape, a Los Angeles agency that spreads awareness for athletes …
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David Poole Dies
Motorsports Writer Dead at 50
Over thousands of backstretches and checkered flags, David Poole made himself into more than one of the nation’s leading authorities on NASCAR. He became a part of the sport he loved. “David Poole was as much a fixture in this sport as the actual cars themselves,” driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said Tuesday. “He was a one-of-a-kind individual and an extremely talented writer.” Poole, who covered racing for the Observer, died of a heart attack Tuesday. He was 50. Poole was at his Stanly County home after returning from the race at Talledega. His daughter called 911. An ambulance rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. A Gastonia, N.C., native, Poole became the Observer’s NASCAR writer in 1997. He became a familiar figure at tracks across the country and built a national following through ThatsRacin.com and a daily program he hosted on Sirius NASCAR Radio.
The National Motorsports Press Association four times recognized Poole as its writer of the year. “David’s stature and influence put him atop his profession, and his talent and colorful personality will be greatly missed not only at Daytona but other race tracks across the country,” said Robin Braig, president of Daytona International Speedway. To honor Poole, Sirius plans to broadcast a tribute this morning. Lowe’s Motor Speedway canceled a scheduled news conference. “He was truly one of the nation’s best and he always wrote what he believed,” said Bruton Smith, chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “Whether you agreed with him or not, he made us all think, and that’s what the best writers do. “He cared about what he did and had a passion for his work. It came through in what he wrote every day.”
Larry McClure Sentenced
As he was about to be sentenced Monday for federal income tax fraud, those in the courtroom stood up for Larry McClure. Supporters of the motorsports icon filled the courtroom, which was too small to hold them. Family members, friends, giants of the stock car racing world – around 50 people– spilled into the hallway, sat on benches and stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with McClure and his family. Junior Johnson, the fabled moonshiner-turned-dirt track racer and NASCAR team owner, turned out. Joy Stata, a Florida native, was there to support the man who put her hometown of Bartow on the racing map. Jeff Byrd, president of Bristol Motor Speedway, stood outside, having arrived too late to get a seat. “How long do these things last?” Byrd wanted to know. He had never been to a federal court hearing. Inside the courtroom of Judge James P. Jones, McClure made his last public mea culpa. “I’d like to apologize to you, the court,” he told Jones, chief judge for the Western District of Virginia. “To the opposing counsel, to my family, my God. His will be done, whatever you decide.”
Speed Rookie of Race
Scott Speed was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the April 26 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega (Ala) Superspeedway. Speed scored a fifth-place finish, his best in 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. He claimed Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors for the third time this season. Joey Logano grabbed a ninth-place finish at Talladega, his best effort in 12 Sprint Cup Series starts and his first top-10. Max Papis (18th) also scored his best finish in five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Logano leads Speed by eight points (98-90) in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the May 2 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Regan Smith was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the 2008 Crown Royal 400, posting a 23rd-place finish
NASCAR To Analyze Talladega Fencing
NASCAR has pledged to analyze the fencing and the circumstances surrounding Carl Edwards’ accident Sunday in which seven Talladega Superspeedway spectators were hit by debris from either the car or the catch fence when Edwards got airborne coming toward the finish line. After getting tapped while he was trying to block Phoenix Racing’s Brad Keselowski, Edwards’ Roush Fenway entry came slightly off the ground and then was smashed into by Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman, vaulting Edwards into the fence. The car landed back on the track. One woman remained hospitalized Tuesday morning in fair condition after suffering a possible broken jaw, according to a hospital spokesman and track doctor. …More
$13.5 Million Renovation at Kentucky Speedway
Speedway Motorsports Inc. says it is continuing to progress through an opening wave of approximately $13.5 million in enhancements at Kentucky Speedway that will expand parking, establish infield camping, augment track access roads and create new entrance areas along with a new restroom/ bathhouse facility. “Kentucky Speedway is great, and we’re making a lot of improvements for the fans,” SMI Chairman Bruton Smith said. “One area in which we’ll see growth is infield camping. You’ll also see better parking and access roads.
99¢ Meals at Lowe’s
Lowe’s Motor Speedway says it will offer a new 99-cent Value Menu that will debut in May during its NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race weekend. Through a partnership with Levy Restaurants, five concession stands will carry the reduced-priced menu, which consists of a hot dog, hamburger slider, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, potato chips and popcorn. In addition, the menu will include two offers of 12 hot dogs for $10 and 10 hamburgers for $8.
No. 88 Team Wins Pit Award
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 pit crew won the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday’s (April 26) NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. It was the fourth pit road win in the last five races for a Hendrick Motorsports team. The other recent Hendrick winning teams were: Jimmie Johnson’s crew (at Bristol) and Jeff Gordon’s crew (at Martinsville and Texas). The quick work on pit road by the No. 88 crew in Talladega helped Earnhardt Jr. to a second-place finish at the 2.66-mile oval. The team’s Chevrolet Impala SS spent the least amount of time on pit road – 255.440 seconds.
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David Poole Services: Visitation and Funeral Service Information for David Poole
Service on Thursday (April 30) at 1:00pm/et
Parkwood Baptist Church
1729 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28054
Burial Immediately Following Service Gaston Memorial Park
1200 S New Hope Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
Poole to be honored on special Sirius Radio Show: On Wednesday, April 29th, Davod Poole’s memory will be honored with a very special tribute show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, NASCAR Channel 128 from 7:00am tp 11:00am/et. Some folks expected to be on the show include: Current & Former “TMD – The Morning Drive” with Mike Bagley, Marty Snider, Greg Biffle, Mike Helton, Cal Wells, Kurt Busch, Jeff Burton, Shannon Spake, Bruton Smith, David Stremme, Steve Letarte, Kelley Earnhardt Elledge, Jim Hunter, Brian France, Jim Utter, Monte Dutton, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Max Seigel and Juanita Miller (mother of Wessa Miller)(4-29-2009)
… in other news from Jayski …
NEXT RACE: Richmond Race Info/Rundown Page
The Entry List for the Crown Royal Presents The Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway is posted, 45 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of 2009 owners points (which now count after race five):
#06-Trevor Boys (58/1)
#09-Brad Keselowski (Past Race Winner)(40/9)
#36-Scott Riggs (42/9)
#37-Tony Raines (50/4)
#41-Jeremy Mayfield (44/9)
#64-Todd Bodine (46/8)
#66-Dave Blaney (43/9)
#71-David Gilliland (37/9)
#82-Scott Speed (36/9)
#87-Joe Nemechek (41/9)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #’s 09,82,71,87,36,66,41,64
missing the race would be : #’s 37,06
See the full entry list at my Jayski’s Richmond Entry List
Richmond Pivotal Track For Chase Hopefuls: Richmond International Raceway — the site of Race 10 on the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule — has proven to be pivotal to the hopes of potential Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders. Nearly 80% of the drivers who have been Chase eligible coming out of the spring Richmond race have gone on to qualify for the Chase, with the championship field set following the second Richmond race. The breakdown is as follows: 2004 (8-10); 2005 (6-10); 2006 (8-10); 2007 (11-12); and 2008 (10-12).(NASCAR)(4-30-2009)
Interesting Stat – only one Birthday winner EVER: Cale Yarborough is the only Sprint Cup driver to ever win a points paying race on his birthday, which is March 27. In 1977 at North Wilksboro Speedway AND 1983 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NOTE, since much email was first recieved with guess’s, a few items were covered and checked: Richard Petty never won on his birthday [July 2nd] [in Cup] and neither did Jeff Gordon [August 4th]. In fact, the Brickyard 400 was only been held on Gordon’s birthday once, in 2002, when Bill Elliott won. Gordon’s first Brickyard 400 came on August 6, 1994. Why do I bring this up? #18-Kyle Busch will celerbate his 24th birthday on Saturday, May 2nd [the same as Uncle Bud] amd could be the 2nd driver ever to win on his birthday.(4-30-2009)
After rain leaves, drivers test tires at Indy: Rain again disrupted a Goodyear test today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but once the track dried shortly after noon, four NASCAR teams were able to get in nearly six hours of tire testing. The purpose of the one-day session, which was a continuation of last week’s rain-plagued test, was to settle on the tire compound Goodyear will bring to a final test June 15-16. That session will involve about a dozen teams as Goodyear works to avoid the embarrassing problems that marred last year’s Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. This year’s race is scheduled July 26. #39-Ryan Newman (Chevy), #17-Matt Kenseth (Ford), #83-Brian Vickers (Toyota) and #9-Kasey Kahne (Dodge) were the participating drivers Wednesday.(Indianapolis Star)(4-30-2009)
Primary Sponsorship for Prilosec OTC on Two RCR Cars in 2009: Prilosec OTC, the No. 1 doctor and pharmacist recommended over-the-counter acid reducer, will be the primary sponsor of two of Richard Childress Racing teams for three races during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Prilosec OTC will be the primary sponsor of the #31 Prilosec OTC-Walmart Chevy driven by Jeff Burton at Richmond International Raceway in May and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. Primary sponsorship will then be featured on the #33 Prilosec OTC-Walmart Chevy driven by Clint Bowyer at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., in October. Prilosec OTC has been an associate sponsor of RCR’s #31 team since 2006. “Over the last four seasons, we’ve engaged millions of race fans, educating them on how Prilosec OTC can treat their frequent heartburn and get them back to enjoying NASCAR to the fullest,” said Robert Cleveland, Prilosec OTC Brand Manager. “Our partnerships with RCR and NASCAR play an important role in showcasing Prilosec OTC’s product benefits and its ability to treat frequent heartburn all day and all night with one pill a day.” Throughout the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Prilosec OTC has been featured on the rear quarter panel of the #31 Caterpillar Chevy as well as the uniforms and firesuits of Burton and the entire #31 team. In addition to the RCR team partnership, Prilosec OTC will sponsor the “Prilosec OTC BBQ Shootout Series” throughout the 2009 Sprint Cup Series race season. The mobile tour will travel to six NASCAR cities during the spring and summer months showcasing the country’s best BBQ Pit Masters [Texas a few weeks ago, Richmond in May, Charlotte in May, Indy in July, Bristol in August and Atlanta in Sept.](RCR PR), see an image of the #31 car on my #31 Team Schemes page.(4-30-2009)
PVA scheme for A.J. at Richmond: #44-A.J. Allmendinger takes his vote campaign to Richmond International Raceway for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series race on the three-quarter mile, D-shaped oval. Last weekend in Talladega, Allmendinger gave away about 250 pizzas to fans while his wife Lynne, and their Labrador Misty, one of the puppies featured in the movie Marley and Me, sported shirts seeking votes to gain entrance in the All-Star race in Charlotte. The top two finishers from the Sprint All-Star Challenge transfer into the All-Star race while the third is voted in by the race fans. The 27-year-old Californian has pledged to “do anything” to earn the fan vote if he doesn’t race his way into the field. At Richmond, Allmendinger’s Dodge will carry a paint scheme promoting the “King’s Cup Karting for a Cause” race on May 19 in Mooresville, N.C. The event will feature a four-hour endurance go-kart race, along with appearances by ‘The King’ Richard Petty and other Richard Petty Motorsports drivers, entertainment and a silent auction. Money raised goes to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.(RPM PR)(4-30-2009)
Smallsponsor.com joins up with Mayfield: Mayfield Motorsports is welcoming Small Sponsor.com to the #41 Toyota. Small Sponsor is providing businesses throughout the country with the opportunity to be part of the NASCAR sponsorship community. Small Sponsor.com has created a NASCAR Marketing phenomenon that provides small businesses with a way to benefit from 70 million people each week seeing the Small Sponsor logo which is an online portal linking directly to their businesses. “We are fortunate at Mayfield Motorsports to have Small Sponsor.com as a partner. We believe that this will give us the ability to step up our program and allow us to give Small Sponsor.com the marketing presence that they are looking for” says Jeremy Mayfield. Starting today [April 29th] and for the next 30 days, Small Sponsor will be recruiting thousands of people across the country to start a new and rewarding career in sports marketing advertising. Small Sponsor will be using its own unique business model to provide an opportunity for people to work in their local area and realistically earn $40,000 per year, while, at the same time, creating a whole new segment of official NASCAR sponsors. More info at SmallSponsor.com.(Mayfield Motorsports PR)(4-30-2009)
Special National Guard scheme for Dale Jr at RIR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a special #88 National Guard “Drive the Guard”/AMP Energy Chevy at Richmond International Raceway. Get paid, get trained and get moving in the right direction with the National Guard. The “Drive the Guard” program was developed to assist National Guard applicants in obtaining full-time employment by assisting them in completing truck driving training at an approved school. Graduates will be guaranteed employment with a motor carrier related to the Commercial Vehicle Driver Training Foundation Inc. Qualified applicants will receive a pre-hire commitment at the time of application to the commercial driver training program (CDTFI). Participants can get their commercial driver’s license, a monthly paycheck and a full-time job with a reputable trucking company while serving part-time in the National Guard, without the need to relocate. Visit www.cdtfi.org for more information. See images of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page. www.jayski.com/schemes/2009/88cup.htm
May will be busy for the paint bay in the #5/88 shop as the #88 team prepares to run three special paint schemes in a row this month. After the Drive the Guard car this weekend at Richmond, Earnhardt plans to race a Mountain Dew scheme at Darlington Raceway. Finally, Earnhardt’s Dale Jr. Foundation will take the hood during the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway with a special design created by the 34-year-old driver. This is the final week that AMP Energy is giving fans a chance to win unique Earnhardt merchandise and VIP trips to the AMP Energy 500, which will be held in October at Talladega Superspeedway. To play, fans should enter the code found on the bottom of their AMP Energy beverage can.(HMS PR)(4-29-2009)
New crew chief for Sadler? this was rumored late in 2008 but didn’t happen, and am hearing it again: Todd Parrott could be heading to Richard Petty Motorsports as #19-Elliott Sadler’s crew chief. Parrott was #96=Bobby Laobite’s crew chief until last week, when he was replaced by Ben Leslie and Parrot moved back into management. Parrott was Sadler’s crew chief when he ran the #38 at Yates Racing.(4-29-2009)
Special scheme for Waltrip; to appear on ‘My Name is Earl: The #55 Toyota Camry of Michael Waltrip will boast a new paint scheme at Richmond and Darlington. NAPA Adaptive One Brake Pads will be on the car. Adaptive One Brake Pads are designed to reduce noise and brake dust without sacrificing the ‘stop-on-a-dime’ braking power. During the month of May, NAPA is offering a great rebate on a four-wheel brake job using NAPA’s Adaptive One Brake Pads. For details, go to AdaptiveOne.com for all the rebate details. ALSO: Waltrip will make his acting debut on the first of a two-part episode of the NBC sitcom, My Name is Earl [Jayski Fave]. “Inside Probe Part 1” will air Thursday night at 8:00pm/et.(MWR PR)(4-29-2009)
Centennial Era Balloon Festival at Indy: The famed Energizer Bunny “Hot Hare” Balloon – the world’s tallest hot air balloon – will be among the many colorful participants in the Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages on May 1-3 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The “Hot Hare” likeness of the Energizer Bunny, which has been the star of entertaining Energizer Battery commercials since October 1989, stands at 175 feet when fully inflated – 25 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. The balloon, along with many other colorful hot air balloons, will participate in a full weekend of activities as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway kicks off its Centennial Era celebration, honoring the founding and construction of the iconic Speedway in 1909. The Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T Real Yellow Pages will feature balloon “glows” open to the public Friday night, May 1 and Saturday night, May 2, plus balloon races Saturday morning, May 2 and Sunday morning, May 3. It’s an appropriate start to the Centennial Era, as a balloon event on June 5, 1909 was the first competitive event to take place at IMS.
Tickets for the three events in 2009 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Indianapolis 500, Allstate 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP – can be purchased online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time.(IMS PR)(4-28-2009)
Courtesy of Racin’ Today
Minter: They’re Going 200 mph Again At Talladega
By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
In his final column, David Poole called for changes to the race track at Talladega Superspeedway to prevent a disaster from happening in light of the Carl Edwards crash at …
Woody: Bud Moore Was The Genuine American Hero
Woody: On Sunday, The Beast Struck Again – www.racintoday.com/archives/2818
Minter: Talladega Scene Won’t Be Forgotten – www.racintoday.com/archives/2794
Edwards, Other Drivers, Blast Rules After Keselowski’s Win – www.racintoday.com/archives/2728
Woody: David Poole Was Good Man, Journalist – www.racintoday.com/archives/2874
Minter: Auto Racing Loses A Great One – www.racintoday.com/archives/2870
Journalist David Poole Dies At 50 – www.racintoday.com/archives/2862
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Observer motorsports writer dies at 50 – www.thatsracin.com/140/story/7989.html
Talladega crash a scary echo of Allison’s in 1987 race – www.thatsracin.com/140/story/7957.html
Yes, He REALLY Said That
Mark Martin, on Dale Earnhardt Jr. “Junior is good at dealing with pressure because he walks around with the weight of NASCAR on his shoulders every day. I really admire Junior for the enormous load that he carries gracefully all the time.”
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Meet the Driver … Clint Bowyer will participate in the 8th Annual “Kroger Night with the Drivers” on Thursday, April 30, 2009 at Amphitheater at the Richmond Raceway Complex from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are available at local Kroger stores in the Richmond area and at Ticketmaster for $25. Proceeds from ticket sales go to Victory Junction Gang Camp.
Home Sweet Home – Hamlin Racing for Charity at Southside: Hamlin will relish racing at not one, but two home tracks this weekend. On Thursday night, the Denny Hamlin Foundation hosts its second annual Short Track Showdown at Southside Speedway in Midlothian (Va.). Hamlin will be joined by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, as well as two-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart – and they’re all racing in the name of charity. Last year’s race raised over $50,000 for the Denny Hamlin foundation which works to raise awareness and funding for Cystic Fibrosis research and treatment, as well as support other not for profit corporations that focus on helping children with debilitating illnesses. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.DennyHamlinFoundation.com
Kenseth’s multi-flip accident last weekend in the Nationwide race was the first time Kenseth has flipped a race car in his NASCAR career. In fact it was the first time since his early days of late model racing. The flip was also the first for a Jack Roush car in 4,002 NASCAR starts. Ironically, the second came via Carl Edwards in the Cup race on Sunday.
Minter and Bruce Join Team at Race 2 Win Radio
April 30th Episode to Feature Jamie McMurray, Scott Speed and Tayler Malsam as Special Guests
TAYLORS, SC (April 29, 2009) – Rick Minter, senior writer for RacinToday.com, and Kenny Bruce, assistant managing editor of NASCAR Scene and scenedaily.com, will join the crew at Race 2 Win Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win) beginning with the April 30th episode.
Minter and Bruce will be featured in “The Writer’s Block,” a new weekly segment used to discuss the stories that they are writing as well as the top news in the sport of NASCAR.
Rick Minter joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1991, where he covered motorsports as well as serving as a bureau chief. From 2000-2008 he focused on racing exclusively, traveling the NASCAR circuit as the paper’s motorsports writer and winning awards from several organizations including the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association and the City of Atlanta.
Kenny Bruce has been covering NASCAR and other forms of auto racing for the past 27 years. He is a three time winner of the George Cunningham Award, presented annually by the National Motorsports Press Association. Bruce joined NASCAR Scene in 2001 and currently serves as Assistant Managing Editor of NASCAR Scene.
“It is unbelievable to be able to secure the kind of talent that we have been able to assemble here at Race 2 Win Radio,” said host Jeff Holtzclaw. “To add Minter and Bruce, two of the top writers in the business, to our roster provides a tremendous boost to an already championship-caliber team.”
The April 30th edition of Race 2 Win Radio features a trio of drivers as special guests. Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford, will be on hand to discuss Saturday night’s Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond and Crown Royal’s efforts to support our soldiers.
Fresh off of his top-five finish in Talladega, Scott Speed, driver of the No. 82 Red Bull Toyota, will call in and talk about his great finish last Sunday and his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series.
Serving as a special guest co-host will be the leading rookie in the Camping World Truck Series, Tayler Malsam, driver of the No. 81 One Eighty Toyota for Randy Moss Motorsports. In addition to his co-hosting duties, Malsam will chat about his teammate, Mike Skinner, and the first win for the Moss organization.
Mike Calinoff, spotter for Matt Kenseth, will check in with his “Keys to Winning” segment for Richmond, as well as give a first-hand account of the lap eight ‘big one’ at Talladega.
Tune in to Race 2 Win Radio every Thursday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET at www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win or listen to the archive and download the podcast at your convenience.
Listeners are always welcome to join in on the show. If you would like to comment on any topic or if you have a question for any of our guests, you can contact us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime or by calling (646) 200-4485 during the live broadcast.
On Friday, May 1, prior to practice and qualifying rounds at Richmond International Raceway, Bobby Labonte will give two deserving fifth graders a ride to school and present Cold Harbor Elementary in Mechanicsville, Va. a $10,000 computer donation on behalf of Ask.com and the Safe Search Schools program. The program – a partnership between Ask.com, Web Wise Kids and NASCAR – promotes and rewards safe Internet searching among elementary school students. Greater Richmond-area teachers, parents and students submitted nominations for their school to be recognized as a Safe Search School by visiting www.safesearchschools.com. The school was selected by a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts.
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NEXT RACE: Lipton Tea 250, 7:30pm/et, Friday, May 1, 2009 at Richmond International Raceway
ABA to sponsor #01: The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that it has entered into a sponsorship agreement with JD Motorsports, Inc., owners of the #01 Chevy in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driven by Danny O’ Quinn.(Hufco Promotion / Johnny Davis Motorsports PR)(4-29-2009)
Keselowski can stay at JR Motorsports next year if he wants: Brad Keselowski may not have anything signed for next season, but team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. says that he’d like to have him back in his NASCAR Nationwide Series ride if that’s what Keselowski would like. During a national teleconference Tuesday, Earnhardt Jr. was asked about Keselowski’s future. “I’d like Brad to drive my Nationwide car again if he wants to,” he said. “But as far as like what he does in his Cup stuff, that’s with [Hendrick Motorsports team owner] Rick [Hendrick]. It’s my understanding that that’s particularly not any of my business up until they’re ready to share that information. Whatever Rick wants to do with Brad, it’s up to him on the Cup side I’m in the business of trying to help guys win races in the Nationwide Series and trying to help them become better race-car drivers.(Scene Daily)(4-29-2009)
Kittleson in the #31 at Richmond: Travis Kittleson is primed and ready for Richmond. The former World of Asphalt Champion will be making his debut with Rick Ware Racing in the #31 Circle K/Thristbuster/Bob Steele Chevy on Friday night.(Rick Ware Racing PR)(4-29-2009)
Loanmax sponsoring Gaughan at Richmond: Rusty Wallace Racing welcomes Loanmax Title Loans to its family of sponsors. This weekend’s event marks the first of two 2009 events in which Loanmax or an affiliated company will serve as primary sponsor of Gaughan and the #62 team.(RWI PR)(4-29-2009)
Martin in the #5 at Richmond: This weekend is Mark Martin’s first and only race of the season driving the #5 Lipton Chevy for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series. In 2008, Martin had five starts in the #5 and earned one win (Las Vegas). In three of those races he finished inside the top five. His most recent start came at Texas Motor Speedway last fall.(JR Motorsports PR)(4-29-2009)
Bires running ASA race: Two central Wisconsin drivers will be coming home to compete in the Joe Shear Classic this Sunday at Madison International Speedway. Mauston’s Kelly Bires and Necedah’s Johnny Sauter will join an elite field of Super Late Models drivers to compete in the American Speed Association Kwik Trip Midwest Tour presented by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment season opening event.(KellyBires.com)(4-29-2009)
Strange’s Florist on the #89: Strange’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Centers, an icon in the Richmond area for more than 70 years, will join Faith Motorsports as an associate sponsor for Friday night’s Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway. The florist, which boasts five locations across the Richmond area, ranks in the Top 25 in volume of more than 20,000 FTD retailers in the U.S. Strange’s is one of Virginia’s largest greenhouse growers and offers one of the largest retail garden centers in the country.(Faith Motorsport PR)(4-29-2009)
Michael Waltrip donates portion of race winnings to Tennessee tornado victims: #99-Michael Waltrip took half of his winnings from the Easter weekend NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway and used it to donate cash and sponsor Best Western provided rooms to victims of the tornadoes in the Nashville area that occurred on the Friday before the April 11 race. Waltrip’s earnings in the race were $14,925, so he gave $7,500 to the local United Way.(Scene Daily)(4-28-2009)
Two Great Clips cars again: Two Great Clips Camrys will take to the track at Richmond International Raceway in this weekend’s Nationwide Series race. In addition to Leffler’s black #38 Camry, Braun Racing’s #10 Toyota will be driven by Brian Scott and will feature a reverse Great Clips paint scheme.(Braun Racing PR)(4-28-2009)
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Skinner wins rain-shortened Kansas race: With 35 laps remaining, rain brought out the red-flag to halt the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway. The trucks were not able to get back on track and race leader #5-Mike Skinner was declared the winner; his 26th series win, the first for Randy Moss Motorsports. The last time a NCWTS race was rain-shortened was 2001 at Darlington. Rounding out the top ten were; #1-Johnny Benson, #16-Brian Scott, #33-Ron Hornaday Jr., #51-Brian Ickler, #6-Colin Braun, #88-Matt Crafton, #07-Chad McCumbee, #13-Johnny Sauter, #23-Jason White. There were 7 lead changes among four drivers; 10 caution flags for 51 laps. Complete race results are posted on the Kansas Race Page.(Official)(4-28-2009)
Skinner takes over points lead: #5-Mike Skinner on top in the driver point standings with 801, 25 points ahead of second place #33-Ron Hornaday Jr. Rounding out the top ten are; #30-Todd Bodine, #88-Matt Crafton, #1-Johnny Benson, #51-Kyle Busch, #16-Brian Scott, #07-Chad McCumbee, #25-Terry Cook, #60-Stacy Compton. Complete driver point standings are posted on the Kansas Race Page.(Official)(4-28-2009)
Owner point standings: following the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway are posted on the Kansas Race Page.(Official)(4-28-2009)
Scott returns to NNS series at Richmond: Brian Scott will be returning to the driver’s seat of the #10 Toyota for Friday night’s Lipton Tea 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Braun Racing’s #10 Toyota will feature a reverse Great Clips paint scheme. This will be Scott’s third race of a minimum four-race commitment to the #10 this season.(Braun Racing PR)(4-30-2009)
Skinner claims first victory for RMM: After tornadoes, heavy amounts of rainfall, and two attempts to complete the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Mike Skinner claimed the first victory for co-owner Randy Moss and Randy Moss Motorsports on Monday afternoon at Kansas Speedway during a rain-delayed and rain-shortened race. Skinner, driving the #5 Bad Boy Mowers Toyota Tundra, captured the checkered flag to win his 26th NCWTS race and his 10th win with Toyota Motorsports. In addition, the 1995 Truck Series Champion has taken over the lead in the NCWTS championship point standings.(Randy Moss Motorsports)(4-28-2009)
Added a few images: A few images added from Kansas – #07-TheGPSstore.com/Garmin Chevy, #08-SS Greenlight Racing Chevy, #76-JandRSupply.com Ford; from Martinsville – #4-Oakley Chevy, #88-Menards/Energizer Chevy. Images are posted on the 2009 Paint Scheme Page.(4-28-2009) www.jayski.com/schemes/2009trucks.htm
Rookie Ickler picks up 5th place finish; next up Texas: Brian Ickler, who was filling in for [Kyle] Busch in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 that concluded on Monday at Kansas Speedway, finished in fifth place. Not bad for Ickler, a 23-year-old rookie who was driving in his first truck race. Ickler’s talent also had something to do with the fifth-place finish. He’s been a rising star in the NASCAR ranks, as he’s picked up seven career victories in both the Camping World East and West series. Owner Billy Ballew will be relying on Ickler more this season. A San Diego native, Ickler is already scheduled to drive the truck [#51 Toyota] again on June 5 at Texas Motor Speedway.(Kansas City Star)(4-28-2009)
Carmichael featured in ESPN/Disney film: Motocross champion. Truck racer. And now, movie star. Ricky Carmichael is one of the featured athletes in the ESPN/Disney film, X Games in 3D. Carmichael is a two-time gold medal winner in the X Games, and will be featured alongside other extreme athletes Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Danny Way and Bob Burnquist. The full-length film is the first sports-themed 3D movie. Carmichael is scheduled to race the Monster Energy / KHI All-Star Silverado again Friday, June 5 at Texas Motor Speedway.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(4-28-2009)
A R C A (Automobile Racing Club of America)
Courtesy of ARCA
Jesse Smith Tops Open Testers at KY Speedway
SPARTA KY (4-29-09) – Wildwood, Missouri driver Jesse Smith, in the no. 25 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet, posted the top speed in ARCA RE/MAX Series open testing Wednesday afternoon at Kentucky Speedway.
Smith, among 24 drivers who tested, circled the 1.5-mile Sparta, Kentucky speedplant in 30.752 seconds, for an average speed of 175.598 mph.
The open test served in preparation for the next event on tour – the Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 Saturday, May 9th.
[Read More] – www.arcaracing.com/news.cfm?contentid=7906
U S A R (United Speed Alliance Racing)
Courtesy of USAR
USARacing Pro Cup Series Point Standings (as of 4/25/09)
USARacing Media Relations
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 12:43:00 PM
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN POINTS BEHIND
1 22 s Drew Herring Benson, NC 305
2 56 s Brandon Ward Winston Salem, NC 290 -15
3 22 n Derek Kale Winfield, WV 275 -30
4 75 s Caleb Holman Abingdon, VA 266 -39
5 28 s Billy Bigley Jr. Naples, FL 262 -43
6 23 s J. P. Morgan Ether, NC 232 -73
7 06 s Bobby Gill Concord, NC 230 -75
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JOEY HANSSEN TURNS FIRST LAPS ON TRACK IN PRIME CHAMP DODGE
Inside Track Motorsport News – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The challenge of becoming a competitor in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series began this past week for 18 year old Joey Hanssen of the Netherlands as he …
TEAM MOPAR ON TRACK TO PREPARE FOR THE 2009 SEASON
Inside Track Motorsport News – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Next up will be an open test for NASCAR Canadian Tire series teams on Saturday May 2nd … The 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series racing season opens at the …
Inside Track Breaking News Blog: KENNINGTON PRACTICES AT A …
By Mike G
It was like returning home for former track champion DJ Kennington as he took to the friendly confines of the Delaware Speedway ½ mile oval to begin preparations for the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season at the annual Mopar team …
C O L U M N S / C O M M E N T A R I E S
Insider Racing News
Michael Waltrip – Just Not Getting It Done
by Allen Madding
Will Kesolowski be One and Done? Making the Grade – Dega 1 by Dennis Michelsen
Who’s Hot / Who’s Not In Sprint Cup : Talladega Edition
by Doug Turnbull
The Nascar Insiders
The Weekend’s Forgotten Storylines
There were some great stories this weekend. Unfortunately they were hard to hear over Carl Edward’s spectacular last lap wreck and the ensuing chaos.
Insider Racing News
What To Do With Talladega?
by Chuck Abrams
Insider Racing News
Respect: What Is It And Who Should Give It?
by Nick Blake
The Nascar Insiders
The End of an Era
The passing of David Poole Tuesday marked the end of an era. I honestly don’t know what this means for the future of the motorsports press.
Monte Dutton’s emotional tribute to David Poole
Insider Racing News
Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines
by Brian Watkins
Insider Racing News
A Glimpse Into the Future, 2010: The Aaron’s 499 at Talladega
by Doug Demmons
The Nascar Insiders
Ask The Insiders Wednesday #21
It has certainly been a strange week leading up to edition #21. We saw Brad Keselowski triumph in a Cup race, Mike Skinner win a rain shortened race on a Monday, and we lost a pillar of the sport in David Poole.
T V * L I S T I N G S
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, MAY 1
12:00 N-1:30 P SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Crown Royal presents the Russell Friedman 400, Richmond, VA, HD, L
2:00 P-3:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Crown Royal presents the Russell Friedman 400, Richmond, VA, HD, L
4:00 P-5:30 SPEED NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Lipton Tea 250, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA, HD, L
5:30 P-7:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Crown Royal presents the Russell Friedman 400, Richmond, VA, HD, L
7:00 P-7:30 ESPN 2/TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Lipton Tea 250, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA, HD, L
7:30 P-10:00 ESPN 2/TSN2 NASCAR Nationwide Series Lipton Tea 250, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA, HD, L
SATURDAY, MAY 2
10:00 A-11:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
5:00 P-7:00 SPEED NASCAR Race Day. Preview of today’s Crown Royal presents the Russell Friedman 400, Richmond International Raceway, HD, L
7:00 P-7:30 FOX/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup PRE-RACE, Crown Royal presents the Russell Friedman 400, Richmond, VA, HD, L
7:30 P-11:00 FOX/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Crown Royal presents the Russell Friedman 400, Richmond, VA, HD, L
SUNDAY, MAY 3
9:00P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
We do not list all the programming offered by SPEED; for complete listings go to their website, www.speedtv.com/schedule/
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