Wednesday, July 27, 2016

VA Military Hero Receives VIP
#NASCAR Experience

History made by both Kyle Busch and Jason Redman at Indy

Kyle Busch became the first NASCAR driver at any track to win both qualifying sessions, the Xfinity Series heat race and Sunday’s Sprint Cup win — the thirty-eighth victory of his career. What an amazing display of talent which will most likely not be repeated nor topped for quite a while.

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason RedmanHowever, that is not the only history recorded this past weekend. Virginia Military Hero and Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman received a VIP NASCAR experience at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he was honored as the winner of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” program which renames the Brickyard 400 race after a deserving hero. After finding out he was the winner through his 100th skydive jump, Redman made his own history by insisting that the race be named after his foundation, the Combat Wounded Coalition, instead of himself.

Redman arrived in Indianapolis last Thursday for a full weekend of at-track activities including: leading the hauler parade, having July 22nd proclaimed “Jason Redman Day”, dyeing the downtown Indianapolis canal purple in his honor, waving the green flag for qualifying, riding in the pace car that splits the field and handing the trophy to Kyle Busch, the race winner in Victory Lane.

As you can see from the photos below Redman’s first venture with “big-time NASCAR racing” was spectacular. 

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

Jason Redman – Retired Navy SEAL and Founder of Combat Wounded Coalition

Jason Redman, 40, of Chesapeake, Va. is a retired Navy SEAL, motivational speaker, author of The Trident and founder of Combat Wounded Coalition. Redman enlisted in the Navy following high school and served ten years as an enlisted SEAL before enrolling at Old Dominion University. After graduation, Redman was commissioned as a Naval SEAL Officer.

Over his career he served five deployments total including two combat deployments. In 2007, while on an operation in Iraq to capture an Al Qaeda High Value Individual, Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun fire and he was wounded with shots to the face and left arm. While recovering from his 37 surgeries at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman wrote and hung a sign on his door which became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.

The original sign on the door now hangs in the Wounded Ward at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. Redman was honored with the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medals and two Combat Action Ribbons.

Following his recovery, Redman founded the non-profit Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear to help combat wounded warriors overcome the wounds of war. In 2013, Redman founded his speaking company, SOF Spoken sharing his message of leadership, teamwork, and overcoming adversity to many organizations including the Marriott Corporation, McDonalds, the NFL Cincinnati Bengals, the San Diego Padres and the US Men’s 2010 Olympic Hockey team. Although the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 will be his first NASCAR race, Redman had the privilege of speaking at a NASCAR conference in 2013.
VA Military Hero Receives VIP #NASCAR Experience - Jason Redman

#NASCAR K&N Pro Series East / West Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway

Todd Gilliland - #NASCAR K&N Pro Series East / West Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East / West Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College duke it out on Friday, July 29. This is the first trip to Iowa Speedway for this year’s breakout star of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series -- Todd Gilliland. The 15-year-old son of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, David Gilliland, will test his skill against a host of rising stars as he faces talent from both the K&N Pro Series East and West.

TV: FOX Sports 1   Distance: 150 Laps  

Thursday Schedule:
12:00 p.m. Campgrounds Open – RV Hill and General Camping
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Horsepower Hour (Newton Club)
6:00 p.m. Hauler Parade through City of Newton   

Friday Schedule:
11:00 a.m.   Parking Lots Open
11:30 a.m.  Spectator Gates Open
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. NASCAR K&N Pro Series Practice
1:00 – 8:00 p.m.    Rival Screen Printing (Concourse)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  NASCAR K&N Pro Series Final Practice
2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Concourse Activities – Crash Course 2.0, Caricatures, Air Brush Tattoos, Transformers, Racing Simulator, Lazer Tag 
2:00 – 10:00 p.m. Mechanical Bull (Concourse)
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. NASCAR K&N Pro Series Autograph Session (Casey’s General Stores Fan Walk)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Season Ticket Holder Tailgate (Turn 4 Hospitality)             
5:00 p.m.    NASCAR K&N Pro Series Qualifying
6:00 – 7:20 p.m.   NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice
7:30 p.m.  NASCAR K&N Pro Series Drivers Introductions
8:00 p.m.   NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College

Post-Race Concert   NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series – Snake Oil (Located at the Pork Party Pavilion)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Merch Madness: Top-20 Drivers Released For Superstore One-Year Anniversary (#nascar)

Chase Elliott Becomes Youngest Sprint Cup Driver To Crack Top-5 In Trackside Sales Lionel’s 1:64 Scale Die-Casts Up 77 Percent Year-Over-Year 

This race weekend at Pocono Raceway marks the first anniversary of the Fanatics Trackside Superstore – the re-imagined and improved at-track shopping experience. The Trackside Superstore offers fans a one-stop-shop every race weekend with the largest selection of in-store NASCAR merchandise in the world – bar none.

Merch Madness: Top-20 Drivers Released For Superstore One-Year Anniversary (#nascar)Halfway through 2016, photo finishes, side-by-side racing and record passing as the Chase spots are clinched has driven interest in the telecast and engagement on digital and social as well as in driver merchandise sales. NASCAR fans take pride in flying the colors of their favorite drivers and the first-half merchandise sales results are officially tallied. The top three drivers are no surprise with Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading the rankings, followed by six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and defending champion Kyle Busch.

With rising stars like Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, there are currently five drivers in the top-20 list who are 26 years of age or younger.

With six top-five finishes and two poles this season, Elliott continues to be one of the top three drivers in sales increases each race weekend and ranks fourth overall in full-time driver sales. Elliott’s sales have nearly quadrupled in his rookie year, making him the youngest driver in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to rank among the top-five in trackside merchandise sales. Also up from last season is Blaney, who is now a top-20 selling full-time driver and has more demand than ever racing in the iconic No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Fusion.

#NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Ryan Blaney
"I see more fans wearing No. 21 gear than ever before and it’s cool to see them cheering on our team,” said Blaney, driver of the No. 21 Ford Fusion.

“There is nothing like seeing someone wearing your shirt or your hat and knowing they bought that because they are a fan. And the Trackside Superstore makes it an easy, one-stop shop for everyone to find your gear. It’s been a great addition to our sport.”

With its flexible footprint, Fanatics has capitalized on defining moments from Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Tony Stewart – all with positive sales trends in 2016. Kyle Busch also experienced substantial gains of nearly 80 percent in sales since his comeback last summer and subsequent championship run.

The most popular products available at the Trackside Superstore include apparel, headwear and novelty items. Lionel’s 1:64 scale die-casts are up 77 percent year-over-year, one of the largest growth trends across all categories at the Trackside Superstore.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will hit the track this weekend at Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania 400 on Sunday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio and MRN.

NASCAR Race Mom can tell you that her collection of NASCAR Jackets, hats, and shirts take up a complete room in her home.  NRM even has a signed Richard Petty Driving Suit. 

Jeff Gordon, Interim #NASCAR Driver, No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS Has Plenty to Say.

Notes after the Crown Royal Presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.

Jeff Gordon, Interim #NASCAR Driver, No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS Has Plenty to Say.

“If I could scroll through my phone, and look at the texts I have gotten from Rick that said ‘Call Me’, I can tell you that you sit down when you call him in those instances. It hasn’t happened a lot, but the times that it has it is usually pretty big. I was in the South of France at that time...Ingrid and I had planned a vacation to go over there. I get that text, and I looked at her and said ‘Oh boy..."

Jeff Gordon, Interim Driver
No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS
Started 21st / Finished 13th

A Year Ago When You Raced Here At The Brickyard, We All Thought That Was Your Last Hurrah Here. Today Probably Was. What Was It Like To Say Goodbye To This Facility?

“It was better than last year. It didn’t go very well and it was a fight. Wow. The challenges to be out there against the best, especially on those restarts; I got my butt kicked on those restarts. It was embarrassing. While I will fill-in for Dale Jr., and I hope he’s doing good, I needed a fill-in on those restarts. It was pretty bad. Other than that, I thought it went really well. I really liked working with Greg (Ives, crew chief) and this whole No. 88 team. It took us a little while to get the balance right and the adjustments came to us, he made an awesome pit call to come in early one time. And he called it right as I was going into Turn 4 and that made up a lot of spots for us because we had a fast race car. We just couldn’t get the track position. It was pretty tough to pass. And I didn’t want to see those cautions there at the end. But, I’m going to need some practice on restarts for Pocono anyway. We finally actually there on that last one, got the car where it was decent on the outside. It was so loose on the outside before that and made up a bunch of spots off of Turn 4. On one-hand I’m relieved that this is over and on the other hand I would have liked it to have gone a little bit better. I’m looking forward to going to Pocono. Thank you to Tony Stewart. What a class act he is. It meant a lot to me that he invited me to come and make that last lap with him. It was a special moment.”

What Was That Like?

“Well, Tony and I have gone through a lot over the years. But, he and I have become really good friends. I was with him when he got hurt this year. And to see what he’s done and how tough he is as a competitor; I’ve always known what a great guy and what a great race car driver he is, and now I know more about who Tony Stewart really is. I’m just so proud that I was able to be here and race with him in his final race. Maybe, I don’t know! I thought last year was going to be my final race. You never know with Tony Stewart. But it meant a lot to me to be able to stand in front at the driver’s meeting and recognize him and then do that pace lap here at the end.”

Is Next Week Your Final Race?

“Whew! If it’s this hot, I hope so! My thing is that I can’t wait to talk to Dale Jr. and debrief him on how today went and see how he’s doing. I want him in the car as soon as possible. I’m too old to be doing this stuff. But to come here and do this race and finish a decent 13th, I think I can do better next week for him and then we’ll just go from there.

“Oh, and I was glad I was in the Axalta Chevrolet; that was a lot of fun, and thank Rick (Hendrick) for calling me in France (laughs).”

Did You Enjoy Today?

“I enjoyed moments. When we were up in 12th and Greg (Ives, crew chief) made an excellent call to come in a little early. We got the car much better. I was having fun at that point. This is a challenging, challenging race track. Really hard to get all four corners. There were moments of fun. I didn’t want to see those restarts. I’m horrible on restarts. So those didn’t help us any, but I got a few back on that last one.”

How Did You Work With The Team?

“I thought that went really well. Their communication; their information they gave me to prepare for this race. I think there were many times when I was letting them down with some runs we made in practice, in qualifying, on the restarts today. But they never let me down. They did an excellent job. We had a little work to do in the beginning to get the car better. Greg made an awesome call to come in early that one time and that put us up there in 12th. We had a car that was capable of being up there. I just wish I was better on those restarts.”

On The Last Restart:

“It got hairy on a bunch of them. Seeing them wreck right in front of them, next to me, behind me. You have to understand part of it-the goal here today was not just to get a good finish, but to get points. Those are important. When you see all that chaos going on around you, you are trying to balance being aggressive, and being cautious. That last restart, my car felt pretty good and I was actually able to make a couple of moves. Then they started wrecking in turn three and I passed about four cars so that felt pretty good.”


“Nobody wants to miss a race, especially the Brickyard 400. He is friends with Tony. I’m sure he would have liked to have been here for Tony’s last race as well. Most of all, I think he should be very proud of his race team. He has an amazing race team. They can’t wait to have him back when he is ready. And, we are all going to work together to do our best to continue to keep that excitement and momentum in the team there for when he is ready to come back, so he comes back and doesn’t miss a beat and can win some races.”

Jeff Gordon, Interim #NASCAR Driver, No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS Has Plenty to Say.

Enter The Thrivent Racing Motor to Miami Sweepstakes (#nascar)

Win A VIP Trip to Miami, FL for A Race and A Meet & Greet with Michael McDowell

 Enter The Thrivent Racing Motor to Miami Sweepstakes (#nascar)
Yes, people really do win these ‘once in a lifetime’ unbelievable NASCAR experiences provided by sweepstakes. But obviously, you cannot win unless you enter.

‘The Thrivent Racing Motor to Miami Sweepstakes’ is a good NASCAR Sweepstakes to get you started.

“The team at Thrivent Racing and driver Michael McDowell want to know what inspires their fans and how you inspire others. All you have to do is register on this site and upload a video, photo or story that describes your inspiration.”

This is a great sweepstakes because it is easy to enter and they offer lots of prizes:

 Enter The Thrivent Racing Motor to Miami Sweepstakes (#nascar)
  • One Grand Prize will be awarded. The Grand Prize consists of a four- day, three - night trip for two to the November 20, 2016 Race in Miami, FL (“Race”), and includes the following: round-trip coach air transportation; accommodations in a Motorcoach home, which will be in an adjacent location to Michael McDowell’s Motorcoach. You will interaction with Michael McDowell at various times during the weekend including attending a Driver Meeting and Motor Racing Outreach Services; Pit Box seating for Race; Tour of Racing Hauler; $200 Spending Money; Racing Team dinner and/or lunch at Michael McDowell’s Motorcoach or winner’s Motorcoach. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of Grand Prize is $8,000!
  • One Hundred First Prizes will be awarded. Each First Prize consists of one (1) Replica Thrivent Racing Team Uniform Shirt. ARV is $100 each.
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That is two hundred and one winners!

You can enter daily until 09/26/2016

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 Be sure to check out other submissions to get ideas about how you can be an inspiration to others.



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Meet Tricky - Pocono Raceway's Mascot (#nascar)

Meet Tricky - Pocono Raceway's Mascot (#nascar)

Meet Tricky
Meet Tricky - Pocono Raceway's Mascot (#nascar)

  • Name: Tricky
  • Birthday: May 10th
  • Height: 6’5″ to the ears!
  • Weight: 186 lbs
  • Birthplace: Long Pond, PA
  • Hobbies: Dancing, Skateboarding, Racing & Recycling
  • Current Residence: Tricky’s Kit Kamp
  • Relationship Status: Single & Ready to Mingle
  • Role Models: Dr. Joe & Dr. Rose Mattioli
History: The Mattioli Doctors took in Tricky when he was only a little kit. When Dr. Joe found him, Tricky was suffering from a terrible toothache. Being a dentist, Dr. Joe brought Tricky home and took care of his tiny little teeth. After getting his teeth fixed, Tricky told Dr. Rose the tale of how he lost his home. The Doctors, taken back by Tricky’s story, told him that he could live at the race track, and they would help him to reclaim the Poconos from trash through reducing, reusing, and recycling! Tricky now tries to teach race fans how to go green, because he knows “it’s not that tricky.”


  • Movies: The Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Fox & the Hound
  • Food: Green Jalapeño Hot Dogs
  • Color: Green
  • Actor: Michael J. Fox
  • Songs: “It’s Tricky” – Run D.M.C.
  • Place to Hang Out: Tricky’s Kit Kamp, Kid’s Zone, Victory Lane, Kid’s Day

NASCAR Race Mom just put a 'Green Jalapeño Hot Dog' on her bucket list!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Iowa Speedweeks (#nascar)

Iowa Speedweeks (#nascar)

Following in the tradition of other iconic centers of racing, Iowa Speedway and Knoxville Raceway are proud to claim the time around Iowa Speedway’s NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 on July 30, and Knoxville Raceway’s 56th Annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores on August 10-13 as Iowa Speedweeks!

Separated by just 30 miles, Knoxville Raceway and Iowa Speedway share many of the same characteristics that make central Iowa home to some of the best racing in the world. It is often said that Iowa is home to more race tracks per capita than any other state, which fans here proudly wear as a badge of honor. 

Connecting to a tradition that dates back to the earliest days of the automobile, the two tracks are thrilled to jointly promote amazing racing and a culture that reflects the fabric of America, including a loyal and passionate fan base.

Motorsports fans in Iowa arrive early, stay late and know the competitors like the backs of their hands!

Fans are encouraged to attend events throughout Iowa Speedweeks, which include the NASCAR XFINITY Series “Hauler Parade” through Newton on July 28, a drive-in movie at Valle Theater in Newton on July 31, the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation/Kick-It Go-Kart Spectacular at Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville on August 11, and the Tony Stewart Kick-It Cup Kickball Game at Youngs Park in Knoxville on August 12.

Stay tuned to Iowa Speedway and Knoxville Raceway’s respective social media handles and websites for details on the events surrounding the 13 races that make-up Iowa Speedweeks. 

We also encourage fans to use the hashtag #IowaSpeedweeks to show their support for racing at “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” and “The Sprint Car Capital of the World!”

Iowa Speedweeks (#nascar)

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