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How has Harvick performed?
Why only 499 and not a full 500?
The name is derived from a sponsorship agreement with the Aaron’s chain of lease-to-own stores. The “499” advertised distance is designed to mimic the chain’s tendencies to offer rentals “For $99” per month. Despite the name, the race is slightly over 500 miles in length.
Construction began on what was then known as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968
The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on Sept. 14, 1969 - won by Richard Brickhouse
The name changed to Talladega Superspeedway in 1989
formerly known at Alabama International Motor Speedway
3366 Speedway Blvd.
Talladega, AL 35160
PO Box 777
Talladega, AL 35161
Ticket Office Phone: (256) 362-RACE (7223)
Department Phone: (256) 362-2261
Department Fax: (256) 761-4717
Ticket Office Phone: (256) 362-2261
Superspeedway: 2.66-mile trioval 48 feet wide (12-foot apron)
Turns: Banking: 33 degrees Length: 3,750 feet Radius: 1,100 feet
Trioval: Banking: 18 degrees
Frontstretch: Chute length: 2,150 feet (from turn to middle of trioval);
Total length: 4,300 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Backstretch: Length: 4,000 feet Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Seats: 78,000 [was 109,000 and before that, 143,231]
Length: 30 feet
Width: 17 feet
FOX moves Talladega qualifying to FOX:
NASCAR ramped up its pre-race excitement level for the 2014 season, making qualifying more relevant and much more entertaining by introducing a highly competitive “knockout” system, beginning with 43-plus race cars on the track at the same time at tracks 1.25 miles or longer. NASCAR on FOX, which covers the first 13 NASCAR Sprint Cups Series of the season, is showing its enthusiasm for the new system, moving the (Saturday) May 3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at unpredictable Talladega Superspeedway from FOX Sports 2 to FOX, marking the first time a non-Daytona qualifying session has aired on FOX. “This move is a direct result of the double-digit ratings gains NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying format is delivering every weekend,” said Bill Wanger, EVP of Programming, Research & Content Strategy. “We are thrilled to be able to highlight this new format on FOX, and what more exciting place to do that than Talladega Superspeedway.” The new qualifying system, which moves away from single-car qualifying and is supported by double-digit, year-to-year ratings growth, allows for all cars to qualify collectively for up to 25 minutes, with the top 24 based on fastest laps advancing for a subsequent 10-minute session. The top 12 from that group advance to the final, five-minute round. The 90-minute Talladega qualifying session begins on FOX on Saturday, May 3 at 1:30 pm/et(FOX).
NOTE so far FoxSports has aired qualifying time delayed, 5-10 minutes behind live. Results will be posted LIVE on Jayski.com, and Jayski’s Twitter & Facebook...so spoiler alert....(4-16-2014)
Tim Dugger to perform during Aaron’s Dream Weekend at Talladega:
Everyone knows NASCAR and country music go hand-in-hand, and no one personifies this combination more than singer-songwriter Tim Dugger, who will be performing as part of the free Saturday Night Infield Concert at Talladega Superspeedway during the Aaron’s Dream Weekend. The singer behind NASCAR anthem “You Know Who We Are” will be rocking the infamous Talladega infield on May 3, opening for country star Randy Houser. The Saturday Night Concert has become a tradition at Talladega Superspeedway with top music acts playing on a stage next to the rowdy and infamous Talladega Blvd. Fans with tickets to Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 receive free access to the concert. Headlining clubs along the NASCAR circuit for years, Dugger has amassed a loyal following of race fans, drivers, and crew chiefs. Songs of his like “Sunday Drive” and “You Know Who We Are” speak directly to the sport of NASCAR and the energy and excitement found on the track and in the stands each week. Houser will be hitting the stage after Dugger and giving race fans a taste of his powerhouse vocals, playing hit songs “Runnin’ Out of Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss.”(TSS)(4-24-2014)
T-28 Trojan Aircraft to perform flyover at Talladega:
Talladega Superspeedway will be celebrating the United States Military in a big way on May 4 for the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. At the end of the race, the previously-announced “Freedom Trophy” will be awarded to the race’s winner by the members of the military. But before the green flag waves, fans in the stands will receive a historic symbol of patriotism high above the track in the beautiful blue sky. Two combat veteran T-28 Trojan aircraft, accompanied by a C-45-Expeditor from the Hixson Museum of Flight, Chattanooga’s Aviation Museum (TN), will soar above Talladega Superspeedway near the conclusion of the National Anthem to the roar of thousands of fans at NASCAR’s Most Competitive Track.(TSS)(4-26-2014)
Graphic rendering of Freedom Trophy to be presented to the winner of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4.
Talladega names pre-race officials:
Two prominent individuals making a positive impact in the state of Alabama will serve in honorary capacities during Talladega Superspeedway’s Aaron’s Dream Weekend. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will be the Grand Marshal for this Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 Sprint Cup Series race and will give the most famous command in all of motorsports - “Drivers, Start Your Engines.” Auburn University Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn will serve as the race’s “Honorary Pace Car Driver,” leading the field of NASCAR’s best drivers during the pre-race pace laps. Since he was elected in 2010 as the 53rd Governor of the State of Alabama, Governor Bentley, who will give the drivers’ command from the start/finish line, has been committed to creating jobs for the people of Alabama. In January of 2001, the unemployment rate was 9.3% but had dropped to 6.3% in July of 2013. Malzahn will be driving Talladega Superspeedway’s official Ford Fusion pace car for the Aaron’s 499 around the 33-degree banked turns of the track’s 2.66-mile layout. He received national acclaim for overseeing one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history last year. Inheriting a team that didn’t win a game in the Southeastern Conference in 2012, Malzahn led the Tigers to the SEC title and a trip to the BCS Championship Game.(TSS)(4-28-2014)
Randy Houser to Perform Saturday Night Infield Concert at Talladega:
A big question from fans leading up to Talladega Superspeedway’s Aaron’s Dream Weekend (May 2-4) is, “Who is performing the Saturday Night Infield Concert?” NASCAR’s Most Competitive track is happy to announce today that it is none other than country music star Randy Houser. In what has become a Talladega Superspeedway tradition with top music acts, the Saturday Night Concert on May 3 will feature Houser, whose powerhouse voice fits perfectly with Talladega Superspeedway, the biggest and baddest race track on the planet. Houser’s songs like “Runnin’ Out of Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss” will have the intersection of Eastaboga and Talladega Boulevard rocking the party well into the night on Saturday, May 3. The best part about the concert is that admission is FREE with the purchase of a Sunday race ticket (to the Aaron’s 499). Saturday’s activities kick off at 10 am with the ARCA Racing Series International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200, followed by “Knockout” group qualifying for the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, and the start of the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series event. The day will end in the evening, but the party will just be getting started with Houser on stage. Tickets for the May races are available at www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or by calling 877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(4-29-2014)
Track Records & Stats
May 2013 Race Winner: #34-David Ragan, 148.729mph, started 19th
October 2013 Race Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 178.795mph, started 9th
Track Race Record: Mark Martin, May 1997, 188.354mph
Slowest Race Record: Jeff Gordon, April 25, 2004, 129.396mph
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Jeff Gordon, April 2000, started 36th
Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 52 years, 3 months, 26 days, May 1991
Youngest Race Winner: Bobby Hillin Jr., 22 years, 1 months, 22 days, July 1986
May 2013 Pole Winner: none, canceled due to rain
October 2013 Pole Winner: none, canceled due to rain
Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph
Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 9 months, 14 days, 10/22/2011
Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 26 years, 7 months, 4 days, 4/21/2002
Most Wins: 10 - Dale Earnhardt
Most Wins - Active Driver: 6 - Jeff Gordon; 5 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has five victories, including four in a row from October 2001 to April 2003. Earnhardt Jr. won the most recent restrictor-plate race, the Daytona 500, on Feb. 23.
Most Poles - All Time: 8 - Bill Elliott
Most Poles - Active Driver: 4 - Joe Nemechek; 3 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s - All Time: 23 - Dale Earnhardt
Most Top 5s - Active Driver : 15 - Jeff Gordon; 14 - Terry Labonte
Most Top 10s - All Time: 27 - Dale Earnhardt
Most Top 10s - Active Driver: 23 - Terry Labonte; 19 - Jeff Gordon
Most Lead Changes: 88 - 4/25/2010 & 4/27/2011
Fewest Lead Changes: 13 - 5/6/1973
Most Leaders: 29 - 4/25/2010
Fewest Leaders: 4 - 5/6/1973
Most Laps Led by a Leader: Pete Hamilton, August 1970, 153 laps
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 10/7/2007 and Brad Keselowski, 4/26/2009; 1 lap led
Most Cautions: 11, 4/25/2004
Most Caution Laps: 62, 5/7/1972
Fewest Cautions: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002
Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - three times, most recent 10/6/2002
Most on the Lead Lap: 31 - 10/31/2010
Fewest on the Lead Lap: 1 - two times, most recent 7/27/1986
Most Running at the Finish: 40 - 4/22/2001
Fewest Running at the Finish: 14 - 7/27/1986
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 39 - Chevy; 20 - Ford; 7 - Mercury; 6 - Buick; 6 - Oldsmobile; 4 - Dodge; 3 - Plymouth; 2 - Toyota; 2 - Pontiac
Races won from starting pos 1: 13 [of 89]
Races won from starting pos 2: 20
Races won from starting pos 3: 7
Races won from starting pos 4: 7
Races won from starting pos 5: 4
Races won from starting pos 6: 3
Races won from starting pos 7: 2
Races won from starting pos 8: 1
Races won from starting pos 9: 4
Races won from starting pos 10: 2
Races won from starting pos 11: 3
Races won from starting pos 12: 2
Races won from starting pos 13: 4
Races won from starting pos 14: 1
Races won from starting pos 15: 2
Races won from starting pos 16: 2
Races won from starting pos 17: 1
Races won from starting pos 18: 2
Races won from starting pos 19: 1
Races won from starting pos 20: 1
Races won from starting pos 22: 2
Races won from starting pos 24: 1
Races won from starting pos 27: 1
Races won from starting pos 34: 2
Races won from starting pos 36: 1
Races won from the top 5: 51 of 89
Races won from the top 10: 63 of 89
First time Sprint Cup winners at Talladega:
Ten NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers won their first Sprint Cup race at Talladega. Of those 10, only Davey Allison, Ken Schrader, Brad Keselowski and Brian Vickers ever won another Sprint Cup race.
driver, career wins
Davey Allison, 19
Brad Keselowski, 11*
Ken Schrader, 4
Brian Vickers, 3*
Ron Bouchard, 1
Richard Brickhouse, 1
Dick Brooks, 1
Bobby Hillin Jr., 1
Phil Parsons, 1
Lennie Pond, 1
(* = active)(4-12-2014)
A Record Fit for a King: Richard “The King” Petty won twice in 46 Talladega starts. But his two wins managed to set an unusual record. The first win came on August 11, 1974. The second came on May 1, 1983, setting the mark for longest stretch between wins at the 2.66-mile oval.(10-2-2004)
Slowest Cup race ever at Talladega 2004: A track record 11 caution periods over 55 laps caused the average speed to be 129.396mph, the slowest in a NASCAR Winston/Nextel Cup race at Talladega. The record (130.892) was set in 1975 in a race won by Buddy Baker.(4-27-2004)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Superspeedway Radials:
Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice/qualifying and 6 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 5 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4596; Right-side — D-4600
Tire Circumference: Left-side — 87.99 in. (2,235 mm); Right-side — 88.50 in. (2,248 mm)
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front — 30 psi; Left Rear — 30 psi;
Right Front — 55 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 27 psi; Left Rear — 27 psi
; Right Front — 50 psi; Right Rear — 50 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Talladega this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck teams ran at this track last October and teams in all three of NASCAR’s top series ran at Daytona in February . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Talladega . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Will that hold everybody over for now?
I see. Just a big sham. LOL.
Harvick Wins Record Setting Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway
Americas pass time could be found at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, as Kevin Harvick edged out Jamie McMurray at the finish line to win the Aarons 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on a record-setting day for passing.
Harvicks race-winning pass was the 88th of the day, shattering the record for most passes in a race in the history of NASCAR. The old mark of 75 also had been set at Talladega Superspeedway in May of 1984.
Harvick was one of 29 different leaders in the race, which broke the NASCAR record of 28 that had been set at Talladega in October of 2008. And Harvicks margin of victory over McMurray was .011 seconds, making it the eighth-closest finish since the introduction of electronic timing in 1993.
As third-place finisher Juan Pablo Montoya said of the pass-happy afternoon, The show isnt going to get any better than this.
It took 200 laps to complete this show making it the longest race in Talladega history because there were three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish. Harvick tucked in behind McMurray at the beginning of the final green-white-checkered run, and the two quickly pulled away from the pack and remained in line through the fourth turn of the final lap.
Then as the duo entered the trioval, Harvick dipped down low in an old-fashioned slingshot move and had enough momentum to barely outrun McMurray to the finish line.
It was all about timing, Harvick said. You saw a lot of guys practicing that move. As long as you stayed against their bumper, you were able to shoot past them and you could stay ahead for several hundred feet until they drew back even. It worked out absolutely perfect on the timing side of it.
McMurray said he knew Harvick would attempt a last-second pass, but he anticipated that the move would come on the high side of the track. So as they roared toward the finish line, McMurray drifted slightly up the track to try and block a run by Harvick.
I really thought Kevin was going to go high, so I was guarding against the outside said McMurray, who was attempting to win his second consecutive Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega. When he went left, it really loosened the car up. Its like you pull a parachute in your car. It feels like you lose 3 to 5 mph immediately. When that happens, the car thats doing the passing just has the momentum.
So really, once he got beside me, all I was doing was side drafting and hoping I could beat him back to the start-finish line.
He nearly did, but Harvick waited until the perfect moment to make his move, and there wasnt much McMurray could do.
Coming into the last lap, thats exactly how we planned it out on paper, Harvick said. Its hard to wait and not pull out earlier, but I could see that we were way in front of all the guys behind us. When he made that dart to the right, I immediately went to the left, and that was it.
The victory is the first for Harvick since the 2007 Daytona 500, and it is the first win for Richard Childress Racing since October of 2008. It also is the first victory at Talladega Superspeedway for an RCR driver since Dale Earnhardt Sr. won his 10th and final Cup race at the track in 2000.
This is about as sweet as it gets, Childress said. This is as good a race as you could see at Talladega.
2.66 mile track * 188 laps = 500.08 miles (not counting any Parade/Pace laps or G/W/C)
Last I knew All NASCAR Track lengths were measured 33 feet from the inside painted line.
So your mileage may “vary”
I just looked ahead to next weekend at Kansas (I have tickets), thunder storms are in the forecast.
‘Dega Weather looking good at this time:
Continued from RIR Thread:
Upload meltdown again
Talked with the Lady, She still drives this on a regular basis, not Her only ride but it doesn’t sit in the garage till Sunday or the Shows.
Because Aaron's refuses to go the extra mile.
Enjoy Talladega Superspeedway from Crew Member Vantage Point:
Want to see Talladega Superspeedway from a crew member’s perspective with access to pit road and other pre-race activities? Fans now have the chance to do just that with the Pre-Race Pit Pass - for the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, May 2-4, at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track. For only $50 (admission ticket required) fans with the Pre-Race Pit Pass can stroll pit road on the morning of Sunday, May 4, before the running of the Aaron’s 499 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Walking among the crews as they prepare for the battle ahead, Pre-Race Pit Pass holders will experience the sights and sounds as anticipation mounts for one of NASCAR’s most spectacular events. As a part of race day prep, the Pre-Race Pit Pass allows access to the see the Sprint Cup Series drivers, crew chiefs, team owners, celebrities and NASCAR officials walk the Red Carpet to the mandated drivers meeting, where race procedures and protocol will be explained. The $50 Pre-Race Pit Pass goes in effect on Sunday from 8 am until 11 am for the Sprint Cup event. To purchase, simply log onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.
Additionally, fans can upgrade their experience for $25 more with the Pit Pass Upgrade. Get up close with NASCAR’s gladiators and take in Driver Introductions at the start-finish line, and see some of the sports personalities conduct a question/answer session that morning from the stage. Now those are memories that will last a lifetime. After time spent on Pit Road it will feel great settling into Talladega’s roomy and comfortable 21 and 22-inch wide chairback seats.
And, new for the 2014 Aaron’s Dream Weekend, is the addition of Sprint Vision video boards that are four times the size of previous ones, placed along the frontstretch to provide views of the whole track to every seat in the house.(TSS)(5-1-2014)
Talladega’s Tribute - “The Alabama Gang Superstretch” Unveiled:
Talladega Superspeedway announced that the back straightaway will forever be known as “The Alabama Gang Superstretch”, paying tribute to the original members - racing legends Bobby and Donnie Allison, and Red Farmer, all of whom have played a significant role in the track’s history and are today huge supporters of the 2.66-mile venue. For this weekend’s Aaron’s Dream Weekend at Talladega, The Alabama Gang Superstretch name will be displayed in huge, block lettering midway down the outside retaining wall of the backstretch, which measures over 4,000 feet. The monumental, new addition to the track will “stretch” more than 200 feet.
The trio will serve in “official” capacities during what will be a busy and exciting Saturday at the track. The Allisons will serve as the Grand Marshal’s for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 ARCA race, while Farmer will be the Honorary Starter from atop the flag stand. The ARCA race kicks off a full day of activity which also includes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series all-new Coors Light “Knockout” group qualifying for the Aaron’s 499, plus the Aaron’s 312 NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
“No honor is too big for The Alabama Gang,” says Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “What we are doing in naming The Alabama Gang Superstretch is unprecedented in our sport. During our events, from TV cameras and still photography, fans will be able to see this accolade for some of our favorite people in the world. The gang has meant so much to NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway and the state of Alabama, and this is just a small token of our appreciation.”
“This place is special,” said Bobby of the speedway. “We (The Alabama Gang) have always felt like we were a part of it.”
“When you won Talladega, there was something extra special about it,” added Donnie. “It was a huge deal to us, our family and friends.”
“We made each other the best we could be since we raced against each other in the early years,” quipped Farmer of he and the Allisons. “We liked racing against each other, and Talladega was the ultimate place to race.”
Hailing from Florida, Farmer and the Allison brothers saw opportunities in Alabama, so they settled in Hueytown, AL. In the early 1960s, they gained notoriety through success on short tracks in cities like Huntsville, Birmingham and Montgomery. Naturally, when William H.G. France built the biggest and fastest speedway in the country in nearby Talladega, the hometown boys were going to take to the track. And as a result, devoted local fans turned out. The legendary trio galvanized the local race fans in the 1960s and 70s, giving many a primary reason to devotedly attend races at Talladega-just to lend their cheers of support for their hometown heroes as they defended their turf. Their world eventually grew to include another Alabama racer Neil Bonnett, and years later, Bobby’s sons Davey and Clifford.
Hearing loud cheers from the stands, The Alabama Gang didn’t disappoint. While having success in NASCAR’s top division with 10 career triumphs, Donnie collected two victories at Talladega. Bobby, the 1983 Sprint Cup Series Champion and winner of 84 career races, would visit Talladega’s Victory Lane on four occasions. Bonnett, an 18-time Cup winner, was a one-time victor at Talladega. Farmer, a mainstay in the ARCA Series, claimed two wins at Talladega. Clifford posted a top-10 ARCA finish in 1992, and Davey ranks second only to Dale Earnhardt Sr. in total Talladega wins with eight. They include three NASCAR Sprint Cup (of his career total 19 Cup wins), four ARCA and one IROC triumph. Davey is one of only eight drivers to post their first career Sprint Cup win at Talladega.
The Alabama Gang is also represented atop The Alabama Gang Superstretch. From the exit of turn two to the entrance of turn three, fans now have additional RV options from which to view all races at Talladega Superspeedway. They include Allison Motorhome Ridge, Farmer Motorhome Overlook and Bonnett Corporate Motorhome Summit. For information on options, fans can call the Talladega Superspeedway ticket office at 1-877-Go2-Dega.
The Alabama Gang continues to live on today with a new generation of racers. The torch of the Allison legacy is passed from Donnie and Bobby to their grandsons Justin and Robbie. Justin Allison, with the help from his grandfather Donnie, has recently emerged on the racing scene in the ARCA Racing Series. Justin competed in the season-opening event at Daytona and was in the top-10 before being involved in an accident that broke out in front of him. He will compete in this weekend’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame ARCA race at Talladega. Robbie Allison, grandson of Bobby and son of Davey, now lives in Mooresville, NC and is competing in Legends and Late Model cars, as well as Pro Champion Karts. Both Justin and Robbie have high aspirations.
Another Alabama native, Grant Enfinger from Fairhope, has dominated the ARCA Series thus far in 2014, becoming only the second driver in series history to capture the checkered flag in the first three races of the season.
Interestingly enough, since Talladega Superspeedway opened in 1969, there have been more than 50 drivers from the state of Alabama to compete at the most competitive facility in the world, and all can say they are a part of “The Alabama Gang.”
Some of the Alabama drivers that tasted success in either ARCA or NASCAR include: Darrell (Bubba) Wallace Jr. (first African-American driver to win a race in one of NASCAR’s premier divisions)[Trucks]; Steve Grissom (1993 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champ and winner of 11 NNS races), Rick Crawford (5-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner), Cale Gale (1-time NCWTS/1-time ARCA winner), Gary Bradberry (3-time ARCA winner), Mickey Gibbs (3-time ARCA winner), Billy Thomas (5-time ARCA winner) and Dave Mader III (1-time ARCA winner). Hut Stricklin, Donnie Allison’s son-in-law, enjoyed success as well with a career best runner up finish in Darlington Raceway’s 1996 Southern 500. Johnny Ray, who lives down the street from the track, competed in three ARCA races and one Cup race at Talladega, but is best known for giving Dale Earnhardt Sr. one of his early rides in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The track was also excited to have former crew chief Larry McReynolds, a Birmingham native, who helped Davey Allison to several wins, on hand at Wednesday’s event. Bonnett’s widow Susan Bonnett Northcutt and Liz Allison Hackett and Krista Allison, widow and daughter of Davey Allison, respectively, joined in on Wednesday’s ceremonies, as well.
The Gang is all here.....and lives on through the drivers of today and The Alabama Gang Superstretch at Talladega Superspeedway! For a variety of ticket packages for the Aaron’s Dream Weekend, log onto talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA.(TSS)(5-1-2014)
McMurray discusses NASCAR’s handling of Mears-Ambrose fight:
Following NASCAR dishing out fines and probation to #9-Marcos Ambrose and #13-Casey Mears for their Richmond post-race scuffle, #1-Jamie McMurray was hoping neither driver would have gotten punished. “I’d hoped NASCAR would let that go...they’ve preached to all of us that they want us to be who we are, said McMurray. “I think it’s good that you have some characters in the sport that — I’m not calling Casey or Marcos out, but not everyone is willing to — or is the type of guy that would punch someone, right? I think you can count on one hand the guys that would actually throw a punch. Everyone is talking about it. I’m building a house, and when I got up to the home site, that’s all the guys wanted to talk about and they wanted to know if I have any inside scoop. I think it’s great. I don’t want to see anyone get punched, but it’s been — how many years ago has it been since someone actually punched someone? It’s got everyone talking about the sport and I think it’s good you see those guys’ passion. I was really hoping that NASCAR was going to let it go or that the fines would be less because that’s a huge — $25,000 is massive. My opinion of that is that you won’t see it happen again because I think people will think about that and be like, it’s not worth it. It’s not worth $25,000 for me to express exactly how I feel at this time.” McMurray admitted there have been a few times where he’s been in the same situation but that it’s been a long time. “If it was happening every week, I think it would be different, but if they hadn’t fined those guys, I don’t think it would have happened again for a long time. I think it’s very circumstantial with the two right guys, you know. I don’t think Casey had any intentions of throwing a punch. Casey went over there and was wanting to get his point across. I don’t think he had any — when he got hit, you could tell he was like, I can’t believe I just got punched, right? I don’t think anyone had that mindset going into it.”(PRN’s Garagepass)(5-1-2014)
Brian Scott returns to the #33 at Dega:
Brian Scott returns to the wheel of the #33 Shore Lodge Chevy for the Aarons 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Scott will be making his first Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway in the Aaron’s 499, but has four NASCAR Nationwide Series races under his belt at the 2.66-mile track. Scott has captured one top-10 finish and led three laps. Shore Lodge will be the sponsor of the #33 at Talladega. It’ll be Scott’s third Sprint Cup Series of the 2014 season.(Circle Sport), see an image of the #33 Shore Lodge Chevy on the #33 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2014)
Kahne to debut new look on the #5 at Dega, to thank teachers:
Kasey Kahne will debut his special #5 Farmers Insurance “Thank A Million Teachers” Chevy paint scheme this weekend at Talladega. Kahne will drive the special paint scheme two more times during the month of May, which is National Teacher Appreciation Month: Kansas on May 10 and Charlotte on May 25. As part of the “Thank A Million Teachers” program, Farmers is urging America to thank teachers, past and present, on www.ThankAMillionTeachers.com for the positive impact they have had in communities across the nation. Farmers also has invited teachers to submit proposals for $2,500 grants, and in all, they are committed to donating $1 million to teachers and education programs in 2014. On behalf of Farmers Insurance’s “Thank A Million Teachers” initiative, Kahne will visit Oxmoor Valley Elementary School in Birmingham, AL, on Friday to thank its educators. Kahne also will unveil his #5 Farmers Insurance “Thank A Million Teachers” Chevrolet SS paint scheme during a school-wide assembly (HMS). See an image of the scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page..(5-1-2014)
New look for Patrick’s car at Talladega:
Danica Patrick will be sporting a new look in the #10 GoDaddy Peeker Chevy with the GoDaddy “Peeker” logo, which is usually on the side of the bright green car, adorning the hood this weekend. Patrick will also run this stylish ride at Kansas on May 10 and during the Coke 600 on May 25. See images of the scheme on the #10 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2014)
Dogecoin and Reddit Partner with Phil Parsons Racing for Talladega:
In a partnership effort between Dogecoin and Reddit, the #98 Ford Fusion of Phil Parsons Racing will have a new look at Talladega. Earlier this year, Reddit user and tech fan Denis Pavel noticed a plain black car with a driver he felt ‘raced the wheels off the car’ during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The lack of sponsorship caused Pavel to think of some of the significant fundraisers that he’s witnessed on the Reddit platform.
“I didn’t really know much about Dogecoin or Reddit when Denis Pavel initially reached out to us about the race at Talladega Superspeedway,” commented Parsons. “He watched a race on television and was excited about what he saw from Josh Wise and our team. We were able to connect on Twitter and everything took off from there-it’s amazing how social media allows sports fans to actually connect to us, and that it would allow something like this to come together. As far as I know, this is the first online effort like this that’s been able to fund sponsorship for a NASCAR team, so it’s pretty cool to be a part of it.”
“I knew that Dogecoin had done some significant fundraisers, like sending the Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympics,” Pavel said. “I was thinking what kind of response I would get if I did ask the (Reddit) community about sponsoring a Sprint Cup car. They were all with it.”
Familiar with the digital currency Dogecoin, the 16-year-old Pavel from Niles, Ill., decided to utilize the currency to raise sponsorship funds for driver Josh Wise and the #98 Ford Fusion team. Exceeding their initial goal by 10% within the opening week, Dogecoin and Reddit were able to partner with Phil Parsons Racing for the Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway.
“We are all about fun and goofiness,” commented Ben Doernberg, board member at the Dogecoin Foundation. “At the same time, we want to make sure that digital currency is really giving back to the world. We do feel like this is a technology that can make the world a better place, and we want to put that into practice by doing fundraisers.”
To date, this marks the first fundraising effort through Dogecoin and Reddit to sponsor a NASCAR race team. In addition to raising funds online, the team also took to the internet allowing Reddit users to vote on a paint scheme for Sunday’s event. “The more we’ve walked through this fundraising effort, it has really been special to us,” commented Wise. “People are noticing our effort. We’re a tiny little team with seven or eight employees. The amount of support we’re getting from the Reddit community ... we’re just trying to do the best job we can.”(Phil Parsons Racing), see images of the scheme/car on the #98 Team Schemes page.(5-1-2014)
Earnhardt Jr. voted first quarter Driver of the Year:
Two-time Daytona 500 winner, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., was named winner of the first quarter Driver of the Year Award 2014. NASCAR’s perennial fan favorite won title in the voting by an elite panel of American broadcasters and journalists Ending an almost two-year winless drought Earnhardt took the checkered flag in the season opening, and rain-delayed, Daytona 500. In the first quarter, which ended with race in Darlington, he added three second-place and one third-place finishes. In the voting Earnhardt, who drives the #88 National Guard Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports, had seven first-place ballots and totaled 88 points according to the Driver of the Year points system.
Kevin Harvick, who drives the #4 Budweiser Chevy in NASCAR, and Australia’s Will Power who drives the #12 Verizon Dallara-Chevrolet for Team Penske tied for second place with 80 points. Harvick had five first-place votes and Australia’s Power had three. Chase Elliott burst into the limelight scoring 37 points, one first-place vote and finished fourth, in the ballot driving for Earnhardt’s JRM Nationwide Series team. And Kyle Busch also garnered one first-place vote A total of 20 drivers scored points in the first quarter voting. In its’ 48th year, the Driver of the Year title is unique. The panel of 17 leading journalists and broadcasters from across the U.S. determines the winner. In quarterly voting, points are awarded on a declining 9, 6, 4,3,2,1 basis. Earnhardt will receive a trophy and a Tissot wristwatch to be presented at a race weekend at to be determined.(DOTY)(5-1-2014)
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Every Race Ticket I’ve ever had has a Disclaimer for any injury that may happen absolving the Track from any liability.
Nine race fans settle over Speedway accident:
Nine fans injured when a race car flew into a safety fence and sprayed debris in the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway last year have reached a settlement with the track. International Speedway Corp. will not release the amount of the settlement with the nine claimants represented by the Morgan & Morgan law firm, said Lenny Santiago, ISC senior director of public relations. Santiago declined to reveal details in the interest of the privacy of the fans involved. “I can say that we have reached settlements with several claimants related to the incident, but, as has been our practice throughout, we are not going to discuss any of the details,” Santiago said. At least 28 spectators were injured including 14 who were taken to local hospitals when Kyle Larson’s car crashed into the fence and sprayed a tire and other debris into the grandstands during the Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 on Feb. 23, 2013. Andrew Felix, an attorney with Morgan & Morgan, said the settlement covered all of the people represented by the personal injury firm, but he also declined to reveal the amount or any other details.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(5-2-2014)
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