Friday, May 27, 2016

Dale Jr. Lends Support To Brother Kerry (#nascar)

NASCAR Most Popular Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Supports Older Brother Kerry

Dale Jr., Dale Sr., and Kerry

 “Obviously, I’m in support of my brother,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. “This is a business venture that he’s put a lot of effort and heart and soul in that I think he deserves. So in this particular case, I side with my brother and his belief to be able to use the name as is. . .”

Kerry Earnhardt with wife Rene


Kerry Earnhardt, who is Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s oldest child, and from his first wife, had plans to call the homes “The Earnhardt Collection.”

"Rene and I have worked extremely hard to develop the Earnhardt Collection brand and make it uniquely ours," Kerry Earnhardt said in a statement to ESPN.com "I chose to leave a successful career in racing and could not be happier with what we've been able to achieve in the five years we've been building our home lifestyle brand inspired by our love of the outdoors."

Unfortunately, Dale Sr.’s third wife and widow, Teresa Earnhardt, doesn’t want that name used because she believes it could be confused as an endorsement or sponsorship by the estate of her late husband.

Even more unfortunate, this legal fight has dragged on for several years. A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling denied Teresa Earnhardt’s challenge to the “Earnhardt Collection” trademark. Lamentably, she has filed an appeal in federal court.

Kerry took the last name of his stepfather (Key) at the age of three. However, in testimony to the Trademark and Trial Appeal Board, Kerry reported that his father helped him get the Earnhardt name back after they restarted their relationship when he was sixteen.


What do you think . . . Should Kerry be allowed to use his last name unencumbered?


#NASCAR 'Drive for Diversity'
to Host First National Pit Crew Combine (#NASCARD4D)


Following a national talent search, 18 multicultural and female athletes earned invitations to compete in the first-ever national NASCAR Drive For Diversity® (D4D) Crew Member Development Combine today in Concord, North Carolina.

Former college football, basketball, softball and track and field athletes will be evaluated based on a series of fitness, agility and pit crew drills at the NASCAR Research & Development Center.


The 10 top-performing participants will be invited to join the NASCAR D4D Crew Member Development Program, operated by Rev Racing, and receive expert training as tire changers, carriers and jackmen, with the goal of gaining full-time employment with NASCAR national series race teams. 

“As NASCAR Drive for Diversity continues to grow and benefit from national exposure, we’re seeing more and more athletes want to be involved,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "This is a great way to introduce top competitors to NASCAR and provide the opportunity to one day shine in our sport's biggest events."

Earlier this year, NASCAR and Rev Racing hosted tryouts at six universities spanning coast to coast – from Norfolk State University to San Diego State University – as part of a revamped crew member scouting process.

Twelve men and six women hailing from 12 states and one U.S. territory are now one step closer to a career in NASCAR and will look to impress during today’s four-hour skills competition.

“We are extremely excited about the continued growth and evolution of the Crew Member Development Program,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “Our expanded college recruitment and outreach efforts have attracted some of the most talented and promising athletes our program has seen yet.”

Most D4D participants begin with no motorsports background and learn to apply athletic prowess from their primary sport to the skills required on NASCAR’s pit road. Joshua Tate, an All-American football player at Clark Atlanta University, recently tried out for the Chicago Bears and is now hoping to go professional in motorsports.

Former Norfolk State point guard Brehanna Daniels could follow in the footsteps of Emily Cox, a D4D alum who now pits regularly in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Jeremy Kimbrough, a former Washington Redskins linebacker, will attempt to join fellow NFL veteran Andre Neblett in the D4D crew member program, which has a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. Neblett played for the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots and was accepted to D4D as part of the program’s ongoing open enrollment.

There are 35 current and former D4D crew members working in NASCAR, including 23 graduates in the sport’s top series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In November, Roush Fenway Racing team members Mike Russell and Raphael Diaz became the first D4D graduates to win a national series championship when No. 60 driver Chris Buescher clinched the NASCAR XFINITY Series title.


NASCAR D4D pit crew member combine participants include: 


First Last Hometown Primary Sport
Robert Clay Nashville, Tenn. Football
Kasuela Cooper  Charleston, Mo. Basketball
Paris Cotman  Richmond, Va. Track & Field 
Brehanna Daniels  Norfolk, Va. Basketball
Mykael Dixon    Baltimore, Md. Track & Field
Branden Dozier  Topeka, Kan.  Football
Kapil Fletcher Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Football
Quinta Funderburk  Chesapeake, Va. Football
Jemond Hazely Corona, Calif. Football
Tedarian Johnson Jackson, Miss. Football
Jeremy Kimbrough  Decatur, Ga. Football
Corey King Boca Raton, Fla. Football
Toto'a Leilua  Leloaloa, AS Football
Lamar Neal          Virginia Beach, Va. Football
Breanna O’Leary  Amarillo, Texas Softball
Jorden Paige Buffalo, N.Y. Football
Diedra Smith  Aurora, Colo. Basketball
Joshua Tate Memphis, Tenn. Football

Following today’s event, the D4D combine participants will attend the Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 28 (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

NASCAR D4D also offers a driver development program, operated by Rev Racing, and each year fields six drivers in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Successful graduates now competing in a national series include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers Darrell Wallace Jr. and Daniel Suรกrez.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600 will be broadcast live from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 29 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Additional live coverage can be found on NASCAR.com.


About Rev Racing


Headquartered in Concord, NC, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter @RevRacin.

About NASCAR


The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. 

For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’). 

NASCAR Release

Dignitaries Join #NASCAR
Coca-Cola 600 Festivities

Retired General George W. Casey, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, 82nd Airborne Division Color Guard Among Coca-Cola 600 Week Dignitaries


From decorated military veterans to award-winning musicians, pre-race festivities during the 57th annual Coca-Cola 600 week at Charlotte Motor Speedway will include a wide range of dignitaries. Below is a list of dignitaries and their respective roles:

Friday, May 27

  • Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown
  • Presentation of Colors: Waynesville, North Carolina, Police Department Honor Guard
  • Invocation: Tom Kipp, Motor Racing Outreach
  • National Anthem: Trulah Mikaela Maloy

Saturday, May 28

  • Hisense 4K TV 300
  • Honorary Starter: Maurice Rouleau, Senior Vice President, Hisense North America
  • Grand Marshals: Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County
  • Presentation of Colors: UNC Charlotte Air Force ROTC Detachment Color Guard
  • Invocation: Billy Mauldin, Motor Racing Outreach
  • National Anthem: Colby Bell

Sunday, May 29

  • Coca-Cola 600 Honorary Starter: Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky
  • Grand Marshals: George W. Casey, Retired General, U.S. Army; 75 USO members
  • Presentation of Colors: 82nd Airborne Division Color Guard, Fort Bragg
  • Invocation: Frank Harrison, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
  • National Anthem: 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus

KEEP TRACK:

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600 Miles of Remembrance:
Drivers Honor Fallen Military

Remember their names.

 Below are the third ten of forty fallen to be honored:


No. 24 car: Gunnery Sgt. Justin Martone, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Date of birth: Aug. 21, 1974.
  • Hometown: Bedford, Va.
  • Date of death: March 7, 2006, Iraq
  • Note: Martone was a member of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force based in Okinawa, Japan.



*****

No. 27 car: Spc. Zachary Lee Shannon, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: Oct. 28, 1991
  • Hometown: Dunedin, Fla.
  • Date of death: March 11, 2013, Afghanistan
  • Note: Shannon deployed twice, once to South Korea and once to Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" for Valor and the Purple Heart. He is the half brother of RCR engineer Keith Lindgren’s nephew Taylor Mirrione, who is currently deployed aboard the USS Dallas.



*****

No. 30 car: Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: Sept. 22, 1979
  • Hometown: Hamilton, Ohio
  • Date of death: June 24, 2012, Afghanistan
  • Note: Massarelli's awards include four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals and three Army Good Conduct Medals. He is the cousin to the daughter-in-law of No. 30 crew chief Dave Fuge.



*****

No. 31 car: Staff Sgt. Jason C. Ramseyer, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Date of birth: Oct. 21,1977
  • Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Date of death: April 20, 2006, Iraq
  • Note: Ramseyer was deployed to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He was chosen to be featured on the No. 31 car by the Hope 4 The Warriors (H4W) group, an organization that Ryan Newman has been long affiliated with.



*****

No. 32 car: Capt. Christopher Cash, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: Oct. 2, 1967
  • Hometown: Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Date of death: June 24, 2014, Iraq
  • Note: Cash served as an active duty soldier before joining the North Carolina National Guard and led three platoons as a Company Commander.



*****

No. 34 car: Staff Sgt. Eric A. McIntosh, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Date of birth: March 9, 1977
  • Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Date of death: April 2, 2006, Iraq
  • Note: McIntosh was killed during his second tour in Iraq and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
 
 
*****

No. 38 car: Pvt. Earl Platt, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: January 19, 1893
  • Hometown: Vestaburg, Mich.
  • Date of death: November 2, 1926



*****

No. 41 car: Sgt. Nicholas Ray Gibbs, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: Aug. 9, 1981
  • Hometown: Stokesdale, N.C.
  • Date of death: Dec. 6, 2006
  • Note: Among his many awards, Gibbs was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Army Good Conduct Medal.



*****

No. 42 car: Denis Christian Miranda (SEAL), U.S. Navy

  • Date of birth: Dec. 6, 1985
  • Hometown: Toms River, N.J.
  • Date of death: Sept. 21, 2010, Afghanistan
  • Note: Miranda was a squad mate of No. 42 jackman Graham Molatch, a former Navy SEAL.



*****

No. 43 car: Staff Sgt. Forest Sibley, U.S. Air Force

  • Date of birth: 1983
  • Hometown: Pensacola, Fla.
  • Date of death: Aug. 26, 2015, Afghanistan
  • Note: Sibley -- a four-time Bronze Medal recipient, once with Valor -- was selected to be featured on the No. 43 car by team partner United States Air Force. He deployed four times in his nearly seven-year military career.



Rowdy Going For It All - Again

Rowdy’s (Kyle Busch) win on May 7th at Kansas Speedway allowed him to check off another track on his all-time list of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series conquests. Now only Charlotte Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway remain as unchecked tracks on the list. 


Rowdy Going For It All - Again


Excitingly, Busch still visits each facility twice this season, starting at Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29th. Unbelievably, he has his most starts at Charlotte (24), then any other of the twenty-three active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tracks.

Kyle finished second at Charlotte on October 15, 2011, May 21, 2011, and October 16, 2010. Unfortunately, at the two points races last year, he only managed eleventh and twentieth place finishes. 

 A “Rowdy” win in the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 would leave just one track for the reigning Champion to master.

Below is a list of Busch's starts and wins at every active track on the Sprint Cup circuit.


Kyle Busch Wins By Track
Track Starts Wins
Atlanta 18 2
Auto Club 18 3
Bristol 22 5
Charlotte 24 0
Chicagoland 11 1
Darlington 11 1
Daytona 22 1
Dover 22 2
Homestead 11 1
Indianapolis 11 1
Kansas 17 1
Kentucky 5 2
Las Vegas 12 1
Martinsville 22 1
Michigan 22 1
New Hampshire 22 2
Phoenix 22 1
Pocono 22 0
Richmond 22 4
Sonoma 11 2
Talladega 22 1
Texas 21 2
Watkins Glen 11 2


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gabriel Iglesias' #NASCAR Season Finale

Gabriel Iglesias' #NASCAR Season Finale


NASCAR Race Mom loves comedian Gabriel Iglesias,  aka @fluffyguy. Of Course NRM love her NASCAR . . . Therefore, nothing can beat, @fluffyguy at the NASCAR Races!!!

Iglesias’ season's finale tonight features the sights and sounds of Daytona 500 tailgating, as well as a grueling pit crew workout.



Gabriel Iglesias' #NASCAR Season Finale


Don't miss the Fluffy gang in Florida this Thursday at 10/9c on Fuse!







600 Miles of Remembrance:
Drivers Honor Fallen Military

Below are the second ten of forty fallen to be honored:

No. 14 car: Master Sgt. Paul D. Karpowich, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: July 31, 1974
  • Hometown: Freeland, Pa.
  • Date of death: Dec. 21, 2004, Iraq
  • Note: A graduate of the Army Sniper School, Karpowich is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal among many others. He was also a family friend of No. 14 crewchief Mike Bugarewicz.



*****

No. 15 car: Master Sgt. Tara Brown, U.S. Air Force

  • Date of birth: July 21, 1977
  • Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
  • Date of death: April 27, 2011, Afghanistan
  • Note: Brown was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal among others.



*****

No. 16 car: Spc. Joel A. Taylor, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: Dec. 24, 1987.
  • Hometown: Pinetown, N.C.
  • Date of death: June 25, 2008, Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Note: Taylor was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.


*****

No. 17 car: SP 4 James H. Woolard, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: April 23, 1949
  • Hometown: Manchester, Ohio
  • Date of death: Nov. 3, 1969, Vietnam
  • Note: Woolard was childhood friends with team owner Jack Roush.



*****

No. 18 car: Pfc. Robert Stephan Underwood, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: Sept. 25, 1949
  • Hometown: O'Fallon, Mo.
  • Date of death: Aug. 23,1968, Vietnam
  • Note: Underwood was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster with "V" for Valor, and the Air Service Medal among several others.



*****

No. 19 car: Capt. Edmond Jablonsky Jr., U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: 1942
  • Hometown: Pasadena, Texas
  • Date of death: May 3, 1968, Vietnam
  • Note: Jablonsky served with Carl Edwards' best friends' father.



*****

No. 20 car: Pfc. Christopher Neal White, U.S. Marine Corps

  • Date of birth: N/A
  • Hometown: Elizabethtown, Ky.
  • Date of death: June 20, 2006, Iraq



*****

No. 21 car: Signalman Seaman Cherone L. Gunn, U.S. Navy

  • Date of birth: Feb. 14, 1978
  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Date of death: Oct. 12, 2000, U.S.S. Cole
  • Note: Gunn was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.



*****

No. 22 car: Spc. Cindy Beaudoin, U.S. Army

  • Date of birth: July 20, 1971
  • Hometown: Plainfield, Conn.
  • Date of death: Feb. 28, 1991, Operation Desert Storm
  • Note: Beaudoin served in the 142nd Medical Company of the Connecticut National Guard



*****

No. 23 car: Lt. Col. Paul Keith Mikeal, U.S. Air Force

  • Date of birth: July 15, 1969
  • Hometown: Mooresville, N.C.
  • Date of death: July 1, 2012, South Dakota
  • Note: Mikeal served on active duty for 10 years before joining the Air National Guard, making five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Achievement Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal.