Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Can I start this off by saying what a sigh of relief this news is to us? We are big fans of the Earnhardt Ganassi #1 team and the one person we were hoping to fill the void of Martin Truex Jr in 2010 is Jamie McMurray.
Jamie McMurray has won three National Sprint Cup Series races since he entered the series near the end of 2002. In his seven years and 258 races in the Sprint Cup, he has 30 top five finishes and 80 top ten finishes.
Jamie Mac and Chip Ganassi will be reunited. Jamie was one of Chips multiple drivers that fielded the #42 car from 2002-2005 season. Meanwhile, Bass Pro Shops will once again return for their fifth season as one of the primary partners on the #1 Chevrolet.
And some quotes from the boys:
Chip Ganassi "To be able to sign a veteran driver with the talent and experience of Jamie was important to us. We know Jamie and understand what makes him tick as a driver. We had a lot of success with Jamie in the early part of his career and are looking for more of the same. We also think he will be a tremendous compliment to Juan Pablo Montoya as well. The duo of McMurray and Montoya creates a very formidable team as we look to continue the momentum that has been established this year in our chase for the Championship"
Jamie McMurray "I am really excited about this opportunity with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing as I think Juan Pablo and Martin have shown this season, their equipment is as good as anyone's in the garage. I am really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of their cars and once again competiting for a NASCAR championship. It will also be fun to work with some of the people that I worked with when I was there a few years ago. They have really good people there. As an added bonus, I am really happy to have the opportunity to work with Bass Pro Shops as I grew up near Bass Pro's headquarters in Springfield, MO and a huge fan of their stores."
Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops founder: "We are proud to be able to continue our long relationship with Teresa Earnhardt and Chip Ganassi and we are also excited that a fine young feller from our home state, Jamie McMurray, will be our driver."
Ok you "fine young feller", go make us proud in 2010!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
In Honor of Sesame Street's anniversary...
Ahhhh (#) 1, Ahhhhhhhh (#) 2 horrible impression of the Count-but this race begins with Martin Truex Jr. on the pole and Kurt Busch starts number 2 for today's race in Phoenix. I can keep this going all day, Ahhhhh (#) THREE time NASCAR Champion...well Jimmie Johnson starts in third. The only number that anyone needs to be concerned with is the 71 points that separates Jimmie and Mark Martin. Today may be a nail biter or a given, but here is hoping that it gives us something to watch next week in Homestead. One number no one wants to count to is 50,000. The amount of money MTJ's crew chief Kevin Manion was fined after failing last weeks post race inspection....OUCH!
And, I thought the first week of December only celebrated my birthday
I am on the fence about having the awards in Vegas this year! I think having it in New York makes it so magical, but Vegas will be ok! I guess! I also kind of liked the privacy of an awards show with no fans...no offense! Below is some scheduling for you!
Las Vegas is the host city for this year's Champion's Week festivities, which culminates on Friday, Dec. 4, with the 2009 Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas.
This year, SPEED will televise the awards ceremony live from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. ET. It will re-air from 1-5 a.m. ET, on Dec. 5 and from 1-5 p.m. ET on Dec. 6. The awards ceremony is the series champion's formal celebration.
Wednesday, Dec. 2
Chasers for Charity Fanfest at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- This event includes a free-admission fan event, plus a charity roast of the 2009 Sprint Cup champion.
For the Fanfest, gates open at 9 a.m. PT Access to the speedway's Neon Garage begins at 11 a.m. This portion of the event includes a red-carpet walk by the champion and the other 2009 Chase drivers, car displays, live music, reduced-price concessions and a raffle drawing.
The Charity Roast takes place in the speedway's Blackjack Club, located in the infield media center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The roast includes a private reception with the Sprint Cup Series champion and Chase participants, plus reserved seats and parking. It will be shown on closed-circuit television in the Neon Garage.
Due to space considerations, it's limited to the first 300 people who respond. Cost is a $250 tax-deductible donation to Speedway Children's Charities. Visit www.lvms.com for more information.
Thursday, Dec. 3-MY BIRTHDAY!!!
Top 12 Victory Lap Parade -- All 12 Chase participants will drive a lap in their show cars on Las Vegas Boulevard, or "The Strip."
The parade begins at 3:30 p.m. at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, proceeding north to Spring Mountain Road before returning to MGM. Includes a pit stop and a "burnout" at the Spring Mountain Road intersection and ends at 4 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 4
2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas, from 6-9:40 p.m. -- This year's awards ceremony marks the first time in the sport's history that fans will join drivers, team owners and industry leaders in celebrating the Cup Series champion.
Grand Marshal for todays race-a given!
Arizona state sweetheart Senator John McCain will be the Grand Marshall for todays race. Finally, a good showing for the Oh Say can you see-Rock Band Lifehouse will perform the National Anthem for the next to last race of the season.
Finally a shameless plug for me and Megan