Friday, August 1, 2014

#NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West
Iowa Speedway

www.iowaspeedway.com 

Race-day 9 of 14 (2014 Season) West

Race-day 12 of 16 (2014 Season) East

 


Track Facts

SHAPE: High-banked oval

SURFACE: Asphalt

LENGTH: .875 Mile

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West - Iowa Speedway
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East & West - Iowa Speedway


TRACK ADDRESS

3333 Rusty Wallace Dr

Newton, IA, 50208

(641) 791-8000



MAILING ADDRESS

3333 Rusty Wallace Drive

Newton, IA, 50208

John Wayne Walding-Crowning Heroes
(#nascar #crownheroes #jww400)

NASCAR Race Mom’s last weekend at the “Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com” was astonishing.

John Wayne Walding Poses Next To An Official Race Vehicle #nascar #CrownHeroes #JWW400
John Wayne Walding Poses Next To An Official Race Vehicle

Going to a NASCAR Race is always special. Attending a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an extraordinary adventure. However, Crown Royal’s commitment to honoring our American Heroes makes this late July race most significant.

"The fact that Crown Royal cares enough to say 'thank you' for what I've done is a true validation for my sacrifice," John Wayne Walding, this year’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” Grand Prize winner confirmed. "The magnitude of those two words goes above and beyond."

Walding is a Green Beret who had previously served a tour in Iraq, lost the lower part of a leg after being shot by a sniper during a mission to capture a high-value target in the Shok Valley area of Afghanistan on April 6, 2008. He tied his severed leg to his thigh and continued to return fire for four hours before the Green Berets were rescued. Walding continues to gives back by running a company called Five Toes Custom, a rifle manufacturing company in Carrollton, Texas, which employs wounded veterans.


Country Western Star Justin Moore With The Five ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ Finalists #nascar #CrownHeroes #JWW400
Country Western Star Justin Moore With The Five ‘Your Hero’s Name Here’ Finalists

Crown Royal received thousands of nominations for heroic men and women across the country in their “Your Hero’s Name Here” promotion. Joining Walding as this year's five finalists were James Bailey (Pamplin, Virginia); Bryce Boyer (Wanship, Utah); Tara Hulett (Albany, New York); and Tyler Whisenhunt (Gentry, Arkansas). Each finalist’s story are prime examples of different acts of bravery!

"The sacrifices that have been made by John Wayne Walding and countless heroes across the country serve as an inspiration to all of us at Crown Royal," said Abby Wise, Brand Director for Crown Royal.

Crown Hero
John Wayne Walding
NRM was honored to be one of the twelve bloggers selected to participate in this year’s ‘Capture the Crown’ event held over this “Super Weekend” at the Brickyard. The annual scavenger hunt is crafted to enhance our event understanding while providing fun and friendly competition.

NASCAR Race Mom was part of #TeamHailey! DJ, Victor, and Jeremy were my handsome teammates. While the goal of ‘Capture the Crown’ is to emerge the winner and earn a tour of the Crown Royal facility in Canada; NRM’s trip objective was to highlight the nuances of Crown Royal’s sponsorship of the Brickyard 400.

As we hustle and bustle through our everyday pursues, the majority do not take the time to reflect on that which is most important. Many do not recognize the significance of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” contest. This yearly nationwide search for an everyday hero is an essential reminder of the abundance of patriotic men and women who are selflessly dedicated to the service of others!

Crown Royal has been honoring American Heroes with the naming rights to a NASCAR Sprint Cup race for the last eight years.* You cannot help but be positively influenced after reading the inspirational stories of the finalists.

The Brickyard 400 is one of the biggest races of the year for NASCAR. This year’s event was even more spectacular as Jeff Gordon, winner of the track’s first NASCAR race took the checkered flag at the two and a half mile oval for the fifth time, ending his ten-year drought at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.



NASCAR Race Mom had the opportunity to shadow John Wayne Walding as he experienced the thrills of his first NASCAR Race between the scattered showers and storms. The heat and humidity did nothing to dampen spirits. However the loud drone of the track dryers did make conversation tad more challenging.  No talk was necessary to understand the fortitude of Walding as he waved the green flag.

“"I just want to say thanks and also remind everyone to thank and support our troops.” Walding commented. “For those troops coming home, I just want to tell everyone to get home and stay busy. Keep moving and keep finding things to do. For those that have been home, I just want to say thank you. Fighting for my country is the greatest and hardest thing I've ever done. I am so humbled by all of the support people have shown me and I am humbled by this whole experience. I'm just a country boy from Texas and this whole thing has been great."

So how did #TeamHailey fare? We won the first triva challenge which earned us a five minutes head start. We keep moving and finding the things we needed to get done - surviving the first challenge with a second place finish.

Regrettably, after the second trivia challenge, #TeamHailey had to start with a five minute deficit in the second round. We finished a close second which eliminated us from the final!

John Wayne Walding And Big Machine Records Founder Scott Borchetta
Present Race Winner Jeff Gordon With His Trophies.

However, even though the rain cut the 2014 Brickfest Music Fest  very short and sidelined the much anticipate pace-car ride, no one in attendance emerged a loser. The bloggers and race fans were treated to Jeff Gordon’s history making victory at the Brickyard.

Further, America was introduced to a young and unpretentious American Hero, who sacrificed much yet continues on giving – John Wayne Walding. Thank You Crown Royal and Big Machine Records for reminding us all what is truly important.


Remember To Please Drink Responsibly. #ReignOn #CrownHeroes #JWW400

Remember To Please Drink Responsibly.

#ReignOn #CrownHeroes #JWW400

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gordon Kisses The Bricks Again

Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Winner Jeff Gordon With His Escort To Victory Lane
Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard
Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Winner Jeff Gordon With His Escort To Victory Lane

Jeff Gordon became the first five-time NASCAR winner at Indy, snatching the lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne on a restart with seventeen laps remaining and holding on for his second Sprint Cup victory this season and the 90th of his career.

"I'm not very good on restarts and wasn't very good today," Gordon said. "I finally made the restart of my life when it counted most. Once we got down into (turns) 1 and 2, I could hear (Kahne) getting loose. I've got to thank him for racing me clean. He's such a good guy.”


Jeff Gordon gives the iconic bricks a few extra "kisses"

"I cannot believe this just happened.” Jeff Gordon announced. “I was trying so hard with 10 to go not (to) focus on the crowd, trying not to let it get to me. It's such a big race, such an important victory. You can't help it, your emotions take over."

Gordon won the original NASCAR Race at the Brickyard in 1994, a couple of days after his twenty-third birthday. He also won this prominent race in 1998, 2001, and 2004.

Gordon received his trophy from race namesake.   John Wayne Walding, a native of Little Elm, Texas, is an Army veteran. During his twelve years of active service, he completed tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He lost part of his right leg while involved in a firefight in 2008. He has been awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. John is also the founder of Five Toes Custom, which produces handcrafted precision rifles and provides support and direction for wounded veterans.

Crown Royal is dedicated to honoring and supporting our nation’s heroes. #jww400 #crownheroes #nascar #reignon

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jeff Gordon Wins The Crown Royal Presents the 'John Wayne Walding 400' at The Brickyard Powered By BigMachineRecords.com."

Jeff Gordon became the first five-time NASCAR winner at Indy, snatching the lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne on a restart with 17 laps remaining and holding on for his second Sprint Cup victory this season and the 90th of his career .


Brickfest: The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Thousand Horses

The crowd raises their hands to the music as A Thousand Horses performs during the Brickfest Music Festival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Unfortunately the rest of Brickfest was cancelled due to weather after A Thousand Horses performed. IMS will be issuing refunds to those who purchased Brickfest Music Festival VIP wristband's.




Photos from Indianapolis Motor Speedway
(#nascar #jww400 #crownheroes #reignon)

Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com



Born on the Fourth of July, Sam Walding knew his son needed a special name. So John Wayne Walding it was, named for the late actor who often played the hero in Westerns and war movies. Now that name is part of one of the Sprint Cup Series' biggest races, the Brickyard 400. Officially, the event is known as Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com.


In 1939, Crown Royal was masterfully crafted as a gift to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at their inaugural royal visit to North America. (Please Drink Responsibly.)


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana in the United States, is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.



The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, located five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis on the grounds of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing. In 1987, the museum and Speedway grounds were honored with the designation of National Historic Landmark.


Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. A number of racecar drivers and people associated with racing appear in the film, including Bobby Unser, Tony Hulman, Bobby Grim, Dan Gurney, Roger McCluskey, and Bruce Walkup.






The Pagoda towers in its magnificence centered on the start-finish line. It has nine tiers or viewing levels and reaches a height of 153 feet, equal to a 13-story building. The flagpole on top extends to 199 feet. The glass panels facing the main straightaway were specially built in England.




Crown Royal and Justin Moore Team Up To Honor Heroes. When raising a glass to your hero, Crown Royal reminds you to please drink responsibly.


Crown Royal has made it their mission to show their support to the everyday heroes who do so much for others and ask nothing in return. The Crown Royal Heroes Project is an on-going commitment to provide these heroes with the recognition and support they deserve. Crown Royal has supporters across the nation filling purple CAMO Crown Royal bags for the Troops.


View from the hotel. “Considered the crown jewel of Marriott Place Indianapolis, the JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown is a landmark amid the five Marriott hotels connected to the Indiana Convention Center.”


John Wayne Walding and NASCAR Race Mom


‘Capture the Crown’ Blogger Group Photo


Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Powered by BigMachineRecords.com Press Conference.


Justin Cole Moore is an American country music singer and songwriter signed to Big Machine Records imprint Valory Music Group. He is also a super nice guy!



Curtiss Shaver is a firefighter from Troy, Ala. And the namesake of the 2012 Crown Royal presents the Curtiss Shaver 400 at The Brickyard Powered by Big Machine Records.


This year’s Crown Royal Your Hero’s Name Here finalists: James Bailey, 33, of Pamplin, Va., Bryce Boyer, 49, from Wanship, Utah, Tara Hulett, 32, of Albany, N.Y., Tyler Whisenhunt, 28, of Gentry, Ark.




Scott Borchetta founder of Big Machine Records. He started the label in 2005 with 13 employees, and is its president and CEO.