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Jeff Foxworthy, comedian and host of television’s The American Bible Challenge and Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader appears at a dinner Friday, March 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway to benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
Foxworthy is the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, a best-selling author and TV star.
His name also just happens to be the headliner on the marquee of the March 16 Nationwide Series race – the Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 -- at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The dinner takes place at 7 p.m. in the third-floor banquet room at the Bruton Smith Building at BMS.
All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, a non-profit organization which has raised in excess of $7 million for children’s agencies in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia over the last 15 years.
The 2013 edition of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway has a throwback feel as the Generation-6 cars that will make their competitive debut this week, once again closely resemble those found in dealer showrooms, bringing back the old “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” approach to Motorsports Marketing.
NASCAR’s qualifying rules have been changed back to an earlier format, one that puts more emphasis on performance during qualifying rather than rewarding teams for past performances.
It’s a perfect environment for the Wood Brothers and Motorcraft/Quick Lane to roll out their 2013 Ford Fusion. This Fusion, while carrying the shapes and style of the street-legal Fusions, is decked out in the same colors as the 1963 Ford Galaxie that Tiny Lund drove to victory in the Daytona 500 for the Woods on Feb. 24, 1963, 50 years ago to the day from this year’s 500.
The Rangoon Red-and-Corinthian White paint scheme is part of the effort of the current generation of Wood racers to honor the team’s long-time chief mechanic and crew chief Leonard Wood, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame last week.
“It’s a real honor to be able to do something like this for our uncle,” said Eddie Wood, one of the co-owners of the team.
Wood also is anxious to get back on the track with a Ford Fusion that, like the ’63 Ford Galaxie back in the day, has the kind of appeal that sends race fans to the local dealership after their favorite race car wins in NASCAR.
“I’ve have at least a dozen people come up to me recently and say they went out and bought a 1963 Galaxie after Tiny Lund won the Daytona 500,” Wood said, adding that a true-to-life replica of Lund’s winning Ford will be on display in the Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks.
The real emphasis for the Woods and their current driver Trevor Bayne will be in the garage and on the track as they compete in the 55th running of the Daytona 500.
Even after 63 years of NASCAR racing and a Hall of Fame induction, Leonard Wood, who still works with the team, is looking out his windshield instead of his rear-view mirror as he heads to Speedweeks, where his team has five wins in NASCAR’s showcase race.
During his Hall of Fame induction, he talked about how happy he was to see his nephews, Eddie and Len, and his niece Kim, along with crew chief Donnie Wingo, win the 2011 Daytona 500. He also laid out his hopes for this year.
“I want to see them do it again this year,” he said.
He believes they’ve got the driver to do it in a new car and with a new style of racing, now that the two-car tandem that Bayne used so skillfully in 2011 appears to have become a thing of the past with the change to the 2013 cars.
“He seems to me he's matured enough that I think he's got what it takes to win the Daytona 500,” Wood said.
Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time. The 150-mile Budweiser Duels qualifying races are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., and the 55th annual Daytona 500 should get the green flag just after 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.
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A jam-packed Speedweeks featuring racing for everything NASCAR kicks off the 2013 season this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
Ten days of high-speed activity begin Friday with practice for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited, a non-points race for 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole winners in which the new Gen-6 car will debut. All competition leads up to the year’s signature event, the 55th Annual Daytona 500 at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 24.
The “Great American Race,” won in 2012 for a second time by Matt Kenseth, will be broadcast live by FOX with additional coverage by MRN Radio and SIRIUSXM NASCAR Radio.
This year’s Speedweeks marks the first time competitors from every NASCAR division – domestic and international – will have a place to race at the World Center of Racing. The inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach – three races on a 0.4-mile oval for NASCAR’s grassroots and touring drivers – joins the festivities in 2013.
The Sprint Unlimited begins at 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday and will be broadcast live by FOX. FOX also will cover Daytona 500 qualifying at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, during which the Daytona 500’s front row starters will be determined. The UNOH Battle at the Beach takes place Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18-19, with feature races beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET live on SPEED.
The Duel at Daytona – twin 60-lap, 150-mile qualifying races to set the Daytona 500 starting grid – takes place Thursday, Feb. 21. (2 p.m. ET live, SPEED). Championship points racing begins Friday, Feb. 22 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 (7:30 p.m. ET on SPEED). The NASCAR Nationwide Series takes the spotlight Saturday, Feb. 23 in the DRIVE4COPD 300 (1:15 p.m. ET live, ESPN).
Thursday’s NASCAR Media Day officially opens Speedweeks as more than 50 drivers from NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide, NASCAR Camping World Truck and other series will lay out their 2013 plans for more than 300 print, broadcast and Internet media members. This year’s event is being held at the Daytona 500 Club in the speedway’s infield.
ESPN, SPEED, SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio and NASCAR.com will broadcast live throughout the day. Thursday’s two sessions are 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. ET.
Gen-6 Car Debuts in Sprint Unlimited … This year’s traditional opening event is more than just a preview of the Daytona 500. The Sprint Unlimited marks the racing debut of the much-anticipated Gen-6 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car – Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry.
The renamed The Sprint Unlimited returns to its original, 1979 concept – a non-points race for drivers who won a Coors Light Pole last season along with previous event winners who participated in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2012.
The 187.5-mile/75-lap race will be run in three segments. How those segments break down will be determined by fans’ voting on three choices: 40 laps, 20 laps and 15 laps; 35 laps, 30 laps and 10 laps; and 30 laps, 25 laps and 20 laps. Balloting is open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
There are two additional fan votes. The first vote continues through the drop of The Sprint Unlimited’s green flag and determines whether a pit stop will be required after the first segment and if so, whether teams will execute two or four tire changes. Finally, fans have through the drop of the green flag on the race’s second segment to vote on the number of cars to be eliminated after the race’s second segment: zero, two, four or six.
Fans may vote at www.nascar.com/Sprint or via the NASCAR Mobile ’13 app on any wireless device. Mobile ’13 votes will count twice.
A total of 19 drivers are entered in The Sprint Unlimited: Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and Martin Truex Jr.
Starting positions will be determined by a vote of fans in attendance on race day. They’ll have three choices: Number of career wins (most to least); 2012 final NASCAR Sprint Cup driver point standings and order in which drivers won their first Coors Light Pole last season, beginning with last year’s Daytona 500.
Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the Sprint Unlimited. Other former winners in this year’s field are Kurt Busch, Harvick, Earnhardt, Stewart, Hamlin, Johnson, Martin, Gordon, Schrader, Elliott and Labonte.
Almirola is the only driver making his Sprint Unlimited debut. He drives the Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. Montoya already has one 2013 Speedweeks victory in last month’s GRAND-AM Sports Car Series Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Qualifying sets only Daytona 500 front row … Sunday’s Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole qualifying is unique in that only the top two positions will be guaranteed. Remaining qualifiers are seeded by qualifying speed into Thursday’s Budweiser Duel, two 150-mile races from which the majority of the final starting grid for the Daytona 500 is set.
The front-row qualifiers and the highest 15 finishers in each Duel – excluding the front row from qualifying – will earn a spot in the Daytona 500. The next four fastest Coors Light Pole qualifiers will make up positions 33-36. Six provisional starting positions (37 through 42) will be awarded to the highest eligible car owners in final 2012 standings not otherwise qualified for the race. The 43rd position will be filled by the most recent past champion participating in a 2012 event. Should no past champion be eligible, the final position goes to the next highest owner in 2012 points.
The most recent Daytona 500 pole winner to win the race was Dale Jarrett in 2000, one of two drivers (Bill Elliott is the other) to sweep The Sprint Unlimited, pole and race in the same season.
UNOH Battle At The Beach opens new Speedweeks chapter … In recent seasons, Speedweeks went dark on the Monday and Tuesday following Coors Light Pole qualifying. No longer.
This year’s Speedweeks’ welcomes the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach, staged on a 0.4-mile oval fronting the track’s Superstretch grandstand. The event’s three races offer competition opportunities for drivers from all of NASCAR’s weekly and touring series.
The 150-lap, 60-mile race for NASCAR Whelen All-American drivers will be held at 7 p.m. ET Monday following qualifying races. Two races of similar length for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and NASCAR K&N Pro Series begin at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday with lineups also set via qualifying races. SPEED, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio will broadcast all three feature events live with supplemental coverage provided at www.nascarhometracks.com.
Winners and champions from the 2012 season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours have earned locked-in spots in their respective features. NASCAR Whelen All-American Series top 10 finishers in the 2012 national standings also own guaranteed starting spots in the Late Model race; and the champions of NASCAR’s three international series: NASCAR Toyota, NASCAR Canadian Tire presented by Mobil 1 and Euro-Racecar Series, have secured spots in whichever race they choose to enter.
What: 35th Annual Sprint Unlimited
Where: Daytona International Speedway
Track Layout: 2.5-mile tri-oval
When: Saturday, Feb. 16
Time: 8:10 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 8 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN; SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio, Channel 90
Distance: 75 laps/187.5 miles (run in three segments, lengths to be determined by fan vote)
2012 Winner: Kyle Busch
he off-season may seem like an eternity for race fans, especially for those hungry for big-time stock car racing. And for race fans that just can't wait to tune in, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is strategically positioned as the annual kick-off for Speedweeks at Daytona Int'l Speedway each season.
The 50th annual Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real is live on SPEED Saturday, February 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET. It's the first stock car race of the season on a major-league superspeedway, and a very effective show-opener for NASCAR's Sprint Unlimited, which follows as the main attraction that night.
The annual ARCA event at Daytona marks the 199th all-time SPEED broadcast of an ARCA Racing Series event, and has always been the highest rated ARCA race of the season on SPEED.
ARCA's relations with SPEED reaches back to April 20, 1997, when the network (then called Speedvision) covered the ARCA Racing Series event at Salem Speedway. Since, SPEED has aired 198 ARCA Racing Series events, including the final race of the 2012 season at Kansas Speedway.
The two companies signed an extension of its multi-year contract with an announcement last October. Last year's Daytona race drew a 1.4 rating, meaning 1.4 million homes were tuned in to SPEED to watch Bobby Gerhart claim his record eighth Daytona victory in a wild finish.
ARCA has a long history at Daytona. The series came to Daytona in 1964 at the suggestion of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and has returned every year since. Kyle Petty helped get the event on the map when the third generation driver won the Daytona ARCA 200 in his first-ever stock car start in 1979. Over the years, ARCA wins at Daytona have proven to be effective in launching careers of NASCAR stars like Benny Parsons, Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch, all of whom are ARCA winners at Daytona.
SPEED will broadcast the Lucas Oil 200 live, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The race will re-air at 1 a.m. that night and at noon on Monday, February 18.
Five of the first eight ARCA Racing Series events will be on SPEED this year. The 2013 TV events include races at Daytona, Talladega, Toledo, both races at Pocono, Michigan, Chicagoland, Iowa, Kentucky and the season finale at Kansas. Each ARCA event aired on SPEED in 2013 will be live.
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NASCAR, truck series driver Ross Chastain will be piloting the #19 for Brad Keslowski Racing during the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season beginning at Daytona International Speedway for the NextEra-Energy-Resources 250. Chastain made a name for himself during the 2012 NCWTS season driving for his sponsor, the National Watermelon Association in the “Watermelon Truck” and had the Watermelon Queens passing out Watermelon in the garage area throughout the season. Former Daytona 500 Winner, and SPEED commentator Michael Waltrip also took notice of his talent and gave him well deserved props during the truck series racesas well.
During the 2012 season, Ross was fortunate enough to have caught the eye of Sprint Cup Series Champion Brad Keslowski, who saw more than just a kid who was struggling to drive with an under funded budget during his first season in NASCAR. Although Chastain was plagued with seven DNF’s from mechanical and motor issues, Keslowski took note of the 3rd place finish Chastain captured at Bristol and the seven Top-15 place finishes Chastain brought home in his first NASCAR season. For the small town Alva, Florida kid it proved to be enough to land him a ride driving the #19 National Watermelon Association Ford for Brad Keslowski Racing alongside teammate Ryan Blaney for the 2013 season.
“I am pretty excited and feel extremely fortunate to race this season and I love racing in Daytona since Florida is still my home and I will have my family and friends here”. Said Chastain. “My little brother Chad just won the Championship at Punta Gorda Speedway in the Rookie Trucks Series, so I am looking forward to him being able to be here in Daytona with me. This Daytona Race weekend is also the 100th Anniversary Weekend of the Watermelon Association so I hope to bring them home a Top-5 finish next weekend.”
Chastain will once again have the National Watermelon Association Promotion Board as sponsor for at least 5 races this 2013 NASCAR season, and will be sporting their decals in Daytona. Chastain will also share his seat in the #19 during seven races with his team owner Keslowski during the 2013 season.
Chastain and his younger brother Chad are following in the footsteps of their father Ralph Chastain who once upon a time raced Super Trucks in South Florida, but Ross is the first to make it to the “Big Leagues” in NASCAR, with his brother on the road not far behind.
Ross will be the Special Guest and Associate Grand Marshall at the Edison Festival of Lights Parade this Saturday in Ft. Myers, Florida.
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Leavine Family Racing (LFR) will arrive at the Daytona 500 with a higher level of energy with the help of TeaZa™.
The revolutionary product will be an associate sponsor on the No. 95 Ford Fusion with driver Scott Speed for selected NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this year, including the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 24 at the Daytona International Speedway.
TeaZa™ comes in a small pouch that is placed between the lip and gum; the energy packed ingredients are then released and swallowed. TeaZa™ uses advanced pouching materials so the ingredients are released over several hours giving you longer lasting energy. This formula contains a Dr. formulated balance of vitamins, herbs, and natural caffeine, coupled with an amazing long-lasting flavor. Each pouch stimulates the taste buds, adding to the energy boost.
“We are excited to be associated with TeaZa™ because it offers a healthy alternative to tobacco while providing all-natural energy,” team owner Bob Leavine said. “This is an important step for our race team. I think we can provide a huge platform for TeaZa™. I think this will be a partnership that will benefit both of us.”
TeaZa ™ pouches can be used for more than an hour without any breakdown all while maintaining its delicious flavor. With current health issues surrounding the use of tobacco based products, TeaZa™ aims to reduce this use socially, as well as within all levels of athletic competition. TeaZa™ has already been successfully tested as an excellent replacement for tobacco.
Leavine Family Racing will start its preparation this Saturday for the Daytona 500. The team will qualify on Sunday, and return Feb. 21 for one of the two 150-mile Budweiser Shootout races that sets the field for the Daytona 500.
And when the team needs a burst of energy it will turn to TeaZa.™
When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers pull into the garage Thursday at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, they will be carrying a newly designed racecar. NASCAR’s sixth-generation racer (Gen 6) features a look that will seem familiar to many race fans. It’s a look that takes the sport back to its roots, when the Chevrolet that sat on the showroom floor had the same characteristics as the Chevrolet on the race track, albeit with a little less horsepower.
It’s been a labor of love for the sport but one that has been embraced by drivers, sponsors, manufacturers and fans alike. A few highlights of the new design include a chassis that is 150 pounds lighter, a nose that is two inches longer, a carbon fiber hood, three extra bars added to the roll cage, and drivers’ names displayed across the top of the windshield in addition to the traditional signature above the door.
Race teams and manufacturers have spent countless hours working with NASCAR to fine tune the Gen 6 car. “Speeds are up, down force is there. You’re going to be using the throttle a lot,” said Johnson. Excitement is evident as the season gears up for the sport’s biggest race and one thing fans and the whole sport can be proud of is the fact that “we built something together” that is sure to provide plenty to talk about this year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
High fashion is making it's way into the NASCAR grandstands. Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) and jewelry artist Stephanie Calinoff have announced a line of custom TBR themed jewelry that will be available for online order on the Stephanie Calinoff Jewelry facebook page and coming soon to TBR's website.
These beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces are all carefully handmade by Calinoff out of glass and crafted into pendants and earrings that will perfectly compliment every race fan, male or female. The jewelry will be available in many different styles that will include the TBR logo, the No. 7 of Dave Blaney, the No. 36 of JJ Yeley, and the throwback No. 7 NY logo. Both the pendants and earrings will be sold in various styles, sizes and colors, all being available as matching sets.
"I have known the Baldwins since I was a kid and we were all growing up in Long Island. Now being given the opportunity to design jewelry for Tommy and his Sprint Cup team, that is a huge honor," Stephanie Calinoff said. "The 7NY piece has a lot of meaning to me, I have a lot of love and respect for Tom Sr. and know the meaning behind that number."
A portion of the sales will go towards supporting Calinoff's charity of choice, Bryson's FUEL.
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Dakoda Armstrong will drive the No. 60 Turn One Racing Chevrolet Silverado for the entire 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and will have WinField along as a sponsor at the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.
In addition to his experience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the 21-year-old Armstrong has an extensive history in USAC Sprint Cars and Midgets and the ARCA series, proving that he is truly one of NASCAR’s next top drivers. He was the 2010 ARCA Series Rookie-of-the-Year and has recorded two top-10 and one top-five finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 22 starts. His 15 starts in 2012 included a third-place finish in the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway in August, after starting the race 20th.
Long before the New Castle, Ind. driver was a rising star on the NASCAR scene he was working in the family business as a fourth-generation farmer, learning the business of corn and soybeans from his father, just as he had learned from his father before him.
His role as both a NASCAR driver and an active participant in America’s agriculture business makes Armstrong an authentic ambassador for WinField’s products and services. WinField, a Land O’Lakes company, offers top-performing seed and crop protection products. With unmatched agricultural expertise and performance as core company values, WinField brands match leading seed and crop protection products to help growers, dealers and other industry partners achieve high levels of success.
WinField brands include CROPLAN® seed, crop protection products, plant nutrients and other proprietary products. Backed with unrivaled technical services and knowledge, WinField™ products deliver outstanding solutions and value for the agricultural industry.
In addition to being able to converse with WinField growers and dealers about the benefits of WinField’s products and services, the 21-year-old Armstrong has a strong on-track record to discuss which includes three wins in the ARCA Racing Series – Winchester Speedway (2011), Salem Speedway (2011) and Talladega Superspeedway (2011) –an extensive background in USAC Sprints and Midgets, having recorded more than 200 feature wins while competing in midgets, non-wing sprints, Go-Karts, Quarter Midgets, Bandoleros, Micro/Mini Sprints and Kenyon Midgets. In 2004, at 13, he became the youngest driver ever to win a USAC National Championship title.
Turn One Racing was founded by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran driver Stacy Compton in 2006 and is focused on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and developing young drivers such as Armstrong into tomorrow’s NASCAR champions. NASCAR industry veteran John Story has joined Compton in Turn One Racing’s ownership group to strengthen an already successful team.
In a driving career spanning 17 years, Compton has made 89 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, 173 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts and 158 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts including two wins.
“Going into the season knowing we are going to compete for a championship and race wins gives me a lot of motivation,” Armstrong said. “Turn One Racing has always been a top-10 team and with its commitment to work closely with Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines it has made itself that much stronger. The desire is there with every person in the organization and we will show up every race with a goal and an opportunity to win.”
“Having a young talent like Dakoda as well as the resources we have gathered makes me as excited as I have ever been starting a season as an owner,” said Compton. “We led the points well into the season just a couple of years ago and with the resources and people we have now I see no reason why we can’t perform at that level again, this time the entire season.”
Richard Childress Racing and AdvancePierre Foods have reached agreement on a partnership program that will see multiple brands from the Cincinnati-based company serving as primary sponsors of multiple race teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Advance Pierre's Fast Fixin' brand will be the primary sponsor for Brian Scott and the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team for two races (July 21 at Chicagoland Speedway and Oct. 5 at Kansas Speedway) and one with Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 team (Oct. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway). Steak-EZE will sponsor Harvick and the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro team Sept. 28 at Dover International Speedway.
"We are excited and proud to partner with Richard Childress Racing for another year. The RCR team matches everything that Fast Fixin' and Steak-EZE stand for...quality, pride, fun and family. We wish Kevin Harvick and Brian Scott great luck this season," stated Trey Taylor, vice president of marketing, brands division for AdvancePierre Foods.
AdvancePierre Foods is a leading supplier of family favorite foods like chicken nuggets, Philly cheese steaks, hamburgers, chicken fried steak and sandwiches to major grocery retailers as well as to foodservice, school, vending and convenience store channels. AdvancePierre uses high quality ingredients that provide unparalleled taste, convenience and value to both operators and their patrons. Headquartered in Cincinnati, AdvancePierre employs more than 4,000 people and provides consistent product quality across our 10 different manufacturing/baking facilities in Oklahoma, Ohio, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina.
"RCR is proud that we can announce our partnership with AdvancePierre Foods," said Richard Childress, chief executive officer of Richard Childress Racing. "The addition of Brian Scott to the No. 2 team and the already established program of Kevin Harvick and the No. 33 creates a strong program for both the Fast Fixin' and Steak-EZE brands. We appreciate their confidence in our racing program and look forward to doing all we can for them to realize the best return on their investment with us."
For additional information on today's announcement, and all that's happening at RCR, please visit www.rcrracing.com.