Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jesus Hernandez to Run ARCA Event MTJ Motorsports to Field Entry

Huntersville, N.C. (July 15, 2009) – NASCAR Drive for Diversity graduate Jesus Hernandez will take another step forward in his career Saturday night when he competes in the Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up 150 at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway located in the city of Sparta. Hernandez will compete in a car entered by his fellow worker at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr. Hernandez will pilot the No. 56 Chevrolet. The car will have support from Lavendar Boutique and G.C. Pollex and Associates.

Hernandez will be making his second career ARCA start, previously racing in this event in 2007, finishing an impressive sixth in his debut. The team, made up of many Sprint Cup employees moonlighting on this project, has made this a true grassroots effort. The team has worked for nearly eight months preparing this car for Saturday night’s race.

“Yeah, it’s been a bit overwhelming to say the least, but I can’t be more thankful for everyone involved,” said Hernandez. “I think someone said we’re doing this race ‘old school’, like the way they did it back in the day. I think they are right. We’re not going to roll in with some huge hauler or anything, but we’re going to have a well-prepared, professional car with the best equipment. That would not have been possible if not for the support from Martin, Greg and Sherry Pollex and all the guys working so hard on this car.”

Hernandez, 27, has competed this season in the Camping World East Series and has collected three top-10 finishes, including one top-five. He’s emerging as the most talented Hispanic driver with Mexican descent in the sport today.

“I think this story, putting this car together for this race with a lot of hard work and sweat, is something the Hispanic community can relate to,” commented Hernandez. “We’re not sitting here with millions of dollars to work on this car with. We’d love to have that, but we’re making this happen with what we’ve got. It makes me feel proud to be doing it this way. We’re working hard for everything that we are doing and that translates with my community.

“Saying that, we’re going to be a little cautious early in the weekend,” continued Hernandez. “We aren’t going to have a second car, but that doesn’t mean during the race that if we’re running for the win we’re not going to go all out. These guys worked too hard not to go here looking for a win.”

Hernandez and the team will practice on Friday and race Saturday night. The race will be televised live by the SPEED Channel Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

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A Fast Lap with Shannon Spake

We would like to introduce you to ESPN Pit Reporter Shannon Spake. Shannon is a fellow Florida girl and we had a great time chatting with her. We also follow Shannon on Twitter and you can find her @shannonspake.

What have you recently put on your iPod?
Black eyed peas. I just recently saw NIN in concert so I downloaded songs I didn't recognize before the show. I also follow them on Twitter now!

Speaking of Twitter, we are huge Twitter fans and think it is great for the sport of NASCAR. How do you feel about it?
So many reporters stay up to the date with Twitter. So if they interview a driver, I can go on and see what is going on before waiting for the press releases. Twitter is a great resource.

What is the last movie you saw?
I saw Angel and Demons in the theater and rented Revolutionary Road

What are your favorite TV shows?

Greys Anatomy, House, American Idol and I will continue to admit this until the end of the earth, The Girls Next Door! My Husband watches the Deadliest Catch so I will watch that with him as well

What other sporting teams do you follow?
I am a HUGE Miami Dolphins fan! I also follow college football, Notre Dame is my team. I also grew up as a swimmer so I will stop and watch swimming anytime of the day.

Do you get to go to any of the
Miami games?
The Dolphins will be in Charlotte this season playing the Panthers for a Thursday night game. That week, the race is in Homestead and I already asked my boss not to schedule me on any shows on Friday! I try to go to at least one game a year.

What is one personal item you can not live without?

My eyelash curler.

Well, between my eyelash curler and my computer. I love my eyelash curler. If I was stranded on a desert island, I would bring my eyelash curler. There have been times where I brought the eyelash curler into the media center. After messing with it I look up and the guys are staring at me like WHAT IS THAT?!

What is your favorite place to visit?
My Husband and I travel a lot. We got married in Ireland and it was beautiful. We also went to Italy and Venice. We are going to Amsterdam and Germany in the off season. As far as racing goes…my favorite track is Talladega.

What is your favorite clothing brand?
I love 7 for all Mankind Jeans. They are all I buy and I love the way they fit. Other than that, I'm a big Marshalls and TJ Maxx shopper so I am not attached to one brand. I also love Jessica Simpson shoes.

What is your favorite book or publication?
I'm a runner so I read Runners World every month. I am also a big Stephen King fan and read anything he writes.

What is your favorite activity in your off time?
Along with traveling with my Husband, I love to work out; running, some kind of boxing or gym.

What is your favorite cuisine
I can eat sushi for breakfast lunch and dinner.

What advice would you give other females looking to get into the sporting world?
The only thing that can stop you is yourself. Dream big and you will accomplish big things.

Ally, Megan, Shannon & Darlynn

Happy Birthday to us!

The Racing Fashionistas turned 1 year old today! Hard to believe it has already been a year since we started this crazy endeavor!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

First time shame on Claritin...Second time Shame on Mayfield.

The 2009 NASCAR season has given us their dirty version of Desperate Housewives gossip. The main subject is the one and only Jeremy Mayfield. I have done two previous articles on the claimed drug use on Mayfield (and was attacked by a few readers)....they can be viewed here and here.

Today, a second set of drug testing showed us that once again, Mayfield tested positivley for methamphetamine. This comes two weeks after U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen issued a temporary injunction to allow him to get back behind the wheel at Daytona International Speedway....which he never showed for.

According to NASCAR, Jeremy gave a second urine sample on July 6 and it "conclusively" proved that he has once again used Meth.

The most interesting part of this whole mess is what Mayfield's stepmother, Lisa Mayfield said to the press. Meth is a touchy subject to me as I "lost" a childhood friend to this drug. Yet, I would never step infront of a National media circus and air her dirty laundry. For a family member to come out and say the following quotes seems like a cry for her to be in the lime light. If she wanted to help, there are other non Media ways to do so.

Lisa stated she was personally aware" of Mayfield's use of methamphetamine between 1998 and 2005. "I was concerned about his heavy use and talked to his father about it."
"I saw Jeremy use methamphetamine by snorting it up his nose at least 30 times during the seven years I was around him."

Mayfield spoke on "The Late Shift" on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio last night about the allegations. He retaliated against his stepmom to Host Buddy Baker by saying:
"I'm not even going to call that lady my stepmom. That was a lady who was married to my dad who is very, very angry at me. And that's all going to come out too. It's a whole different subject. A lady who pretty much shot and killed my dad and that'll all, in the next few days you'll be hearing more about that. It's just another part of my life that's going on that I've had to get figured out. I had private investigators and everything on my dad's case when it all happened in '07. She's a very evil lady and obviously can be bought and her time's coming. And it's definitely somebody that doesn't like me whatsoever and doesn't deserve to even have the Mayfield last name. She's, like I said, very angry and obviously out to do whatever she's got to do and NASCAR jumps right on the bandwagon. And I guess when you get paid to say something you can say whatever you want to say. But, like I said, that's a whole different, separate thing that's going on in my life that you'll be hearing about more in the next couple of days with a wrongful death situation that she's involved in and trying everything she can to get back at me. And what do you say? I damn sure won't call her a stepmom, I tell you that. She never was."

I think it is safe to say the gloves are off and it is going to get even more dramatic over the next few weeks. If your interested, Mayfield's lawyers are being mute about the subject and you can can view the court filing here: NASCAR's complaint against Mayfield (.pdf)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Danica Patrick to Stewart Haas??

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the names Danica Patrick & Tony Stewart? Two drivers with really hot tempers. Could you imagine them on the same team? Yesterday afternoon, Danica paid a visit to the Stewart-Haas shop in Concord NC. According to sources, she was introduced to Ryan Newman, crew chief Tony Gibson, GM Bobby Hutchens and engineer Matt Borland.

I am not sure what to think about the hype talk of Danica Patrick coming over to NASCAR. I love the thought of bringing a female into the Sprint Cup Series but for Danica to come straight into the big leagues without learning the ropes and earning the stripes is not the way to go. Sure, Danica has the name and the sponsors to make any NASCAR team owner happy....but open wheel is no where the same as NASCAR and it will take her a while to find success.

"Danica, I think she's got the talent and everything, but I don't think she knows what she's getting into" Said Juan Pablo Montoya who is in his third season at NSCS after leaving the Open Wheel.

The move from open-wheel to stock cars is difficult, even for the best drivers. Just look at Dario Franchitti who only made it through 10 races in the Sprint Cup. The stock car is completely different than the grip-heavy car that Danica is piloting now and you can read Montoyas explanation on that here.

If she does make the move, it could take place this season. The 2009 IndyCar Series season ends on Oct. 10 and Danica could attempt to qualify for NSCS races, beginning Oct. 17 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. I wonder who her first driver confrontation will be? You know she is going to go after the first guy who puts her into the wall.