Here is the full line up for Sunday's race which goes green at 2:16pm
Friday, June 12, 2009
Here is the full line up for Sunday's race which goes green at 2:16pm
Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz will wave the green flag as Honorary Starter for Sunday’s LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Schwartz, who will begin his first season as the Lions’ head coach this fall, not only loves football, but shares a love of NASCAR, as well. “I’m a big NASCAR fan,” he said. “So to be involved with the race, in the shadow of Detroit, The Motor City, is an absolute thrill. I’ve always been impressed with the incredible loyalty of NASCAR fans. They stick with their teams and drivers thru thick and thin. They have the same type of passion and loyalty Lions’ fans have for our football team.” The honorary starter duties include waving the green flag to start the race. Schwartz will also receive a pace car ride from NASCAR’s official pace car driver Brett Bodine and attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers’ meeting with members of the Detroit Lions football team.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Lets hope with Kid Rock's presence-it brings his buddy Dale Jr. some luck. Check out a great video that Kid Rock did last year for the National Guard.
If times werent tough already, Pep Boys have backed out of a multimillion dollar sponsorship deal.
Charlotte Business Journal reports this morning that the track in Hampton, Ga., owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. has sued Philadelphia-based Pep Boys, claiming the auto-parts and -services retailer backed out of a multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal and owes it $1.6 million.
Atlanta Motor Speedway inked the sponsorship deal in February 2008, giving Pep Boys the right to sponsor exclusively the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup series races at the track in 2008 and 2009. Pep Boys also got a large trackside billboard at the site and inclusion of “Pep Boys Auto 500” in ads and promotional materials on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Web site and NASCAR.com.In 2009, the track told Pep Boys it wanted to hold its fall 2009 NASCAR race events on Labor Day weekend. When Pep Boys failed to make its March 1 payment of $800,000, the track sent a default notice. Pep Boys then sent a purported notice of anticipatory breach of contract to Atlanta Motor Speedway, saying the track failed to comply with the sponsorship deal by scheduling its fall 2009 NASCAR race “during the summer.” Pep Boys also said it was terminating the sponsorship agreement.
The speedway argues the termination is wrongful because the agreement does not mandate that the race be held on a specific date.
Pep Boys says in its response it was looking for opportunities to boost sales in the fall, when it typically sees a decrease in business. The fall timing of the race was also attractive because it’s the “playoff season” for NASCAR, which attracts a big television audience.
“By moving the race from fall to summer, Speedway destroyed the important fall marketing boost for which Pep Boys had bargained,” the retailer alleges. “The date change was also significant because television viewership during the Labor Day weekend is, because of holiday travel and outdoor activities, typically substantially lower than the last Sunday in October in Pep Boys’ core markets. Indeed, that total viewership is often down as much as 20 percent.”
Pep Boys further claims it realized the 2007 race did not give it the benefits it wanted and told the speedway a year in advance to find another sponsor for 2009. Pep Boys alleges Atlanta Motor Speedway “did not devote its best efforts” to find a replacement sponsor.
This is an interesting article. First of all, doesn't Labor Day signify the END of the summer? Its also very hard to track the viewership for that weekend because this is the first year that the race is held in Atlanta....which is a great fun track to watch. Not to mention....um what do we do on Memorial Day?? We are so knee deep in racing on three circuits...its hard to see past the BBQ! Kudos to AMS, for taking this to the next level. Gosh, the Pep Boys in Daytona restricts parking in their lot when they are closed when we go to Carabaas and now this....see you at Auto Zone!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Both NASCAR and Mayfield are under a Gag order so we will not be hearing anything directly from them. We previously posted a politically correct article on Jeremy's drug charges here. If you check out the comments, we were scolded by a passionate race fan who said "All I'm saying is let's not jump to the conclusion that it was weed or cocaine or heroin. Let's not make Jeremy out to be a bad guy until we know all of the facts.". Although we never pointed our fingers in accusation, this charge takes it to a whole new level.
I have to add, it disgusts me that someone would not only jeopardize their life, but the lives of the other 42 drivers on the track. Although he probably wasn't high while racing, this drug takes complete control over your life. I applaud NASCAR for their strict drug policy.
You can view the NASCAR Drug Policy here.
So boys and girls....what are you thoughts on this? Is it a mix of Claritin-D, Adderall-XR and inhaling Talladega fiery fumes? Or is the boy guilty as charged? You already know what we think.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sundays Pocono 500 could not have been any more exciting. Tony Stewart was able to conserve enough fuel to clench his first race as a team owner in a NSCS points win. I don't care if you hate Tony Stewart, this victory was one for the record books. If you are a true NASCAR fan, you should have gotten chill bumps when that checkered flag was waved.
I found myself cheering for Tony on Sunday and was asked if Tony was my favorite driver? No was my answer, since I don't have a "favorite driver". Darlynn and I both fans of NASCAR and we cheer for races. Good races. This Sunday (especially being Pocono) was a great race.
For those of you who don't know our past, we are life long Daytona Beach Natives. Darlynn and I have gone to more races than a crazed fan could dream of and it started in our childhood. Dar has been going to races since she was a sparkle in her fathers eye and her Uncle still has their family seats. Meanwhile, I spent every Daytona 500 & Firecracker 400 in the old Police Compound w/ my best friend and her father until they changed it. Whether we liked it or not, NASCAR was in our future. Fast forward many years later and here we are. Collectively as Adults, we have been to almost every track on the East Coast.
So before I talk about the success of Stewart Haas, I have to bring up something. As I rarely mention, I spent a small time with a race team a few years ago. I watched the greatest victory of NASCAR slip out of our hands, by .02 seconds. While being rushed into Victory Lane, I watched the victory result in a second place finish. The ending result? Even with the ridiculous amount of money that was injected into this team in such a short amount of time, they didn't make it.
This brings me to Stewart Haas Racing. When Tony Stewart jumped in and saved Haas CNC Racing last year, I was a little apprehensive. I have always admired Tony Stewart as a driver. I also have tremendous respect for Ryan Newman. Teamed up, they are a force to be reckoned with. Since they are a brand new team, I thought it would be a year or more until they saw their way into Victory Lane. While both being great drivers, they were presented obstacles with new crew chiefs, new teams, new cars....I can go on all day. I watched these struggles first hand with the above mentioned team and it wasn't easy.
I never thought I would be saying these statistics halfway through the season. Tony Stewart is currently 1st in point standings. Ryan Newman is currently 4th in point standings. Tony has 1 points victory (1 non-point victory), 7 top 5's and 10 top 10's. While Ryan hasn't seen victory lane yet this season, he has 1 pole, 5 top 5's and 8 top 10's.
Well, they made me a believer and I will be cheering for Stewart Haas racing the rest of this season. Although they have great resources and great drivers, they are still underdogs, thriving past all the expectations everyone had for them. Hopefully they will bring the spirit back into the sport of NASCAR!
Now that we ruined your day by getting it stuck in your head, we hope you venture out and purchase the Black Eyed Peas new Album, The E.N.D. If this album has any reflection as it's first single, Boom Boom Pow, it will surely be a great success. Meanwhile, if you can't get the Boom Boom Pow out of your head, here you go.
Between ESPN and Impact, the two produced a unique firesuit for Brienne to wear. It is equipped with a stretch gusset in the back so it can expand throughout her pregnancy. I know nothing about being pregnant but after seeing many of my friends go through this, I am guessing it is somewhat similar to a belly band.
We applaud both ESPN and Impact for this endeavor. You can see Brienne live in action at the Iowa Corn Indy 250, aired on ABC, Sunday, June 21 @ 1pm. We look forward to watching Brienne's progress. This baby will be blessed by great looks and we wish both Mom and Dad the best of luck!