Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#NASCAR Implements Team Owner Charter Agreement for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

 #NASCAR Implements Team Owner Charter Agreement  for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


During a historic event held today in Charlotte, N.C., NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France joined with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owners to announce a landmark long-term agreement that provides teams with increased business certainty and the ability to work more closely with NASCAR to produce best-in-class racing.

In effect as the 2016 NASCAR season prepares to kick off this weekend, the new Charter system addresses three key areas – participation, governance and economics – to promote a more predictable, sustainable and valuable team business model. The agreement grants NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Charters to 36 teams, establishes a Team Owner Council that will have formal input into decisions, and provides Charter teams with new revenue opportunities including a greater interest in digital operations.

“Today represents a landmark change to the business model of team ownership in NASCAR,” France said. “The Charter agreements provide nine years of stability for NASCAR and the teams to focus on growth initiatives together with our track partners, auto manufacturers, drivers and sponsors. The Charters also are transferable, which will aid in the development of long-term enterprise value for Charter members.”

The system affords Charter teams that remain in good standing more predictable revenue over the nine years of the agreement. Along with improved financial certainty, the new framework is designed to increase the long-term market value of teams and provide the ability to plan farther ahead with existing, new and prospective partners.

Similar to the five-year sanctioning agreements that NASCAR begins with tracks in 2016, team owner Charter agreements allow for longer planning cycles around competition, innovation, digital marketing, governance and research and development.

“The new Charter program strengthens each of our businesses individually and the team model as a whole, which is good for NASCAR, our fans, drivers, sponsors and the thousands of people who we employ,” said Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing. “This will give us more stability and predictability, and it will allow us to take a more progressive, long-term approach to issues.

“NASCAR and the teams share a desire to preserve, promote and grow the sport and ultimately produce great racing for our fans and partners. These common goals served as the foundation for discussions and helped bring us to this unprecedented agreement. This is a great step forward for the entire sport made possible by Brian France setting a new course for the NASCAR industry and the owners coming together on shared issues. Everyone involved then compromised a bit to be able to come up with something that worked for all.”

 #NASCAR Implements Team Owner Charter Agreement  for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Each Charter team owner has a guaranteed entry into the field of every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points race. To maintain the historical openness of NASCAR racing, the balance of the field will be open for team owners who do not hold Charters. These Open team owners will compete for the remaining starting spots and positions in the race, as each event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ starting lineup shifts in 2016 to a 40-car field.

“The new team owner agreements will offer a more appealing environment for both current and prospective team owners at the NASCAR premier series level,” France said. “I’ve always stressed that if we can do things to improve the business of our stakeholders, we will pursue it. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished today with this agreement.”


NASCAR Charter teams
(Listed by historical inception of race team entity, then numerical)

 
2015 Car #
2016 Car #
Organization
43
43
Richard Petty Motorsports
9
44
Richard Petty Motorsports
3
3
Richard Childress Racing
27
27
Richard Childress Racing
31
31
Richard Childress Racing
2
2
Team Penske
22
22
Team Penske
5
5
Hendrick Motorsports
24
24
Hendrick Motorsports
48
48
Hendrick Motorsports
88
88
Hendrick Motorsports
6
6
Roush Fenway Racing
16
16
Roush Fenway Racing
17
17
Roush Fenway Racing
1
1
Chip Ganassi Racing
42
42
Chip Ganassi Racing
11
11
Joe Gibbs Racing
18
18
Joe Gibbs Racing
20
20
Joe Gibbs Racing
15
TBD
Michael Waltrip Racing
55
TBD
Michael Waltrip Racing
4
4
Stewart-Haas Racing
10
10
Stewart-Haas Racing
14
14
Stewart-Haas Racing
78
78
Furniture Row Racing
35
34
Front Row Motorsports
38
38
Front Row Motorsports
47
47
JTG Daugherty Racing
7
7
Tommy Baldwin Racing
13
13
Germain Racing
32
32
Go Fas Racing
23
23
BK Racing
83
83
BK Racing
62
62
Premium Motorsports
33
95
Circle Sport Racing
51
15
HScott Motorsports


Fast Facts: 

  • • This long-term agreement is for nine years.
  • • There are 36 Charter teams, currently from among 19 organizations. The number 36 was not pre-determined -- NASCAR analyzed which teams showed a long-term commitment to the sport by attempting to qualify every week for the past three years. That criteria yielded 36 Charters.
  • • Because of the above criteria, the following teams do not have Charters: the No. 19 of Joe Gibbs Racing, the No. 21 of Wood Brothers Racing, the No. 41 of Stewart-Haas Racing and the No. 46 of HScott Motorsports.
  • • A Charter guarantees entry into the field of every Sprint Cup Series points race. Qualifying speeds still determine the lineup.
  • • Sprint Cup Series fields will shift from 43 cars to 40 cars. That means 36 Charter teams are guaranteed to make every points race, and four non-Charter (or "open") teams will complete the rest of the field.
  • • Charter owners may transfer their Charter to another team, for one full season, once over the first five years of the agreement.
  • • Charter teams are held to a minimum performance standard. If a Charter team finishes in the bottom three of the owner standings among all 36 Charter teams for three consecutive years, NASCAR has a right to remove the charter. 
  • • Teams may sell their Charters on the open market.
  • • Organizations now have a hard cap of four cars; there will be no fifth car for rookie drivers.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Pros Greatly Outweigh The Cons


Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom


The first thing we noticed about this world famous automotive auction is the vastness of the event acreage; nearly a million square feet of the auction site is under cover. Unfortunately, the second thing you are introduced to is the rudeness of the show staff. It started before we even step onto the Barrett-Jackson area.

We were greeted by the most unprofessional security personnel ever. They were overworked and hassled and not shy about expressing their frustration in words and actions. I was ordered to separate from my husband because Paul had a backpack and I did not have a bag. The gentleman overseeing the procedure hurried back and forth making disingenuous statements like, “I am only saying this because this is what I am told to say.” He really did not make much sense. The staff and exhibitors were not much better inside.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom
Burt Reynolds and McLaughlin Museum presented this 1977 Universal Studios
Promo Bandit Trans Am from the movie "Smokey and the Bandit

Not to make their excuses for them; however, we picked a bad day to attend. Saturday was Cox Charities Family Value Day and children, twelve and under, were granted free access. There was also a two-for-one entry with your current Cox bill promotion. The crowds were enormous.

All that being said, the Barrett-Jackson Auction is definitely worth the price of admission ($75 for the day). We walked over four miles. Everywhere we looked was adorned by beautiful classic cars. It was hard to remember not to touch them.

There was also tons of automobilia (automotive-related memorabilia) to tempt your wallet. Nonetheless, as if over 1,500 cars and 1,400 automobilia items on display was not enough, there were also more than 200 non-automotive vendors and interactive exhibits.

It appear to me that it was Barrett-Jackson’s attempt to make the show more wife/girlfriend friendly. You could purchase high-end alligator boots, deer antler wine stoppers, a hot tub, jewelry, women’s clothing, fishing trip, and/or sign up for Direct Television. However, we do not recommend stopping at the later because that Direct TV salesman was pretty pushy.

There was also wide variety of food and adult beverage stations from which to choose your nourishment. I opted for vegan sobe noodles (noodles made from buckwheat flour) that were stir fried perfectly and filled with vegetables. Paul enjoyed a strawberry banana smoothie for lunch.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom

Of course I had to try a new whiskey. After an informative Jack Daniels tour, I bought a shot of Single Barrel Select. The amber liquid was very strong with a weighty vanilla accent. While it burned a bit on the way down, I liked it.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom

On to the auction; I had my eye on Steve McQueen's 1952 Chevrolet Pickup Camper. The 3800 pickup was purchased by McQueen from a migrant farmer he passed on the side of the road in 1979. The Forest Green, one-ton features a 235 cu in Loadmaster six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission and a custom aluminum “Dust Tite” camper in the bed. A certificate of authenticity from McQueen’s estate is also included. I was surprised when it sold for a mere $55,000!!!

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom

However the highlight of my Barret-Jackson experience was the opportunity to chat with the legendary Bob Bondurant. While recuperating from a serious racing injury, Bondurant drafted an idea for a high performance driving school borrowing from the experiences he had while training James Garner for Grand Prix. The man turned his lemons into an empire!!! The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving opened in 1968 at Orange County International Raceway. It is still going strong in Chandler, Arizona.


Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom

My son Moses is the manufacturer of the Formula Mazda racecar. The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving uses these cars in their Master’s Race Series. Yup, I am a proud mama.

Overall, I would rate our experience at the Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson an eight out of ten. The cons (large crowds, rude staff, and carnival atmosphere) were dimmed by the pros (awesome cars, large food selection, plenty of restrooms, ample seating areas to rest). I cannot wait to compare the Scottsdale auction to the next one to be held in Palmdale, Florida this April.

Photos from the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction on 01/30/2016

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom
The event was littered with food options.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom
Barrett-Jackson  Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides Track

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom
That's me in front of Jeff Gordon's original restored
Baby Ruth '92 T-Bird Busch Grand National Car.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom
Missed seeing ex-teammate Cameron Hayley at his dad's exhibit (Cabinets by Hayley)
Watch Cameron race his #13 NASCAR Truck this 2016 season. 

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom
Husband Paul standing in front of an original Mini-Cooper.

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom
Husband Paul bought a battery tender for his SSR

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by #NASCAR Race Mom
Steve McQueen's camper up for auction.

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Barrett-Jackson enjoys a unique reputation for its ability to value, market and consult in the classic car market to consistently achieve above-industry prices. The company’s name is synonymous with a luxury lifestyle and high-end classic and collector automobiles.


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Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 CRAFTSMAN Barrett-Jackson Auction Trips Sweepstakes!!!!!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 CRAFTSMAN Barrett-Jackson Auction Trips Sweepstakes!!!!!

Oma was announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 CRAFTSMAN Barrett-Jackson Auction Trips Sweepstakes!!!!!

NASCAR Race Mom started 2016 with a great phone call. The nice lady on the other end, Linda explained that I was the grand prize winner of the 2016 CRAFTSMAN Barrett-Jackson Auction Trips Sweepstakes!!!!!. I had won not one; not two; not three; but four wonderful trips to enjoy Barrett Jackson Auctions to be held in different states!!!

The contest ended on December 27th 2015 and I remember entering daily. In order to enter, you had to be a member of the Craftsman Club.

The first auction trip is to Scottsdale, Arizona (between January 29 and 31, 2016); the second auction trip is in Palm Beach, Florida (between April 8 and 10, 2016); the third auction trip is in Las Vegas, Nevada (between September 24 and 26, 2016) and there will be one more city and date, which is to be determined. Hubby and I are hoping that the fourth trip will be the Connecticut event in June!!!

I love entering contest and has won a few wonderful prizes. However, this sweepstakes for four trips is one of the best wins.

Oma was announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 CRAFTSMAN Barrett-Jackson Auction Trips Sweepstakes!!!!!
Barrett-Jackson is known as “The World's Greatest Collector Car Auctions.” They specializing in providing products and services to collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts worldwide. In fact, in 2010 Barrett-Jackson was named one of the top 100 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Magazine.

We have never attended a Barrett-Jackson auction but have heard that they are very exciting and filled with automotive activates. We cannot wait to attend the 45th Annual Scottsdale Auction at Westworld of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona at the end of the month. You can bet that I will be blogging about our wonderful adventure(s). 


Oma was announced as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 CRAFTSMAN Barrett-Jackson Auction Trips Sweepstakes!!!!!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

RIP Barney Hall

Legendary #NASCAR Broadcaster Passes Away At Age 83


(L-R) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Carl Edwards, poses with legendary broadcaster,
Barney Hall, and the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence at the NASCAR
Hall of Fame on February 8, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/NASCAR)


Barney Hall, who communicated the thrill of NASCAR stock car racing to millions of radio listeners during a more than 50-year broadcast career has died at the age of 83. 

A native of Elkin, North Carolina, Hall was one of the original members of the Motor Racing Network staff and was known as the “Voice of MRN.” He was inducted into the National Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007 and in 2012 joined former MRN colleague Ken Squier as the initial recipients and namesakes of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.

“The entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “Barney’s impeccable delivery and incredible storytelling skills left an indelible mark on the sport that he so clearly loved. His legacy remains through an honor that rightly carries his name – the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. It will remain a constant reminder of the skill and passion that Barney brought to his work.”

Hall began his broadcast career in the 1950s working at local radio stations in North Carolina. He served as Bristol Motor Speedway’s first public address announcer and called his first Daytona 500 in 1960.

Hall joined the Motor Racing Network first as a turn announcer and then moved to the booth in the late 1970s, where he had been a fixture until 2014. 


1992: Drivers Rusty Wallace (L) and Dale Earnhardt are joined by Motor Racing Network
broadcaster Barney Hall at the Unocal Darlington Records Club dinner at Darlington
Raceway (ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images/2010 RacingOne)

Hall called a number of the sport’s milestone moments including the landmark 1979 Daytona 500 that featured a post-race scuffle among Bobby and Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough; Richard Petty’s 200th career victory in 1984; and Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 win in the Daytona 500.

Hall’s NASCAR broadcast career began almost by accident. The recipient of free tickets as a local radio personality, he started attending races in the late 1950s. He was offered $75 for a weekend of public address duties at the then-new Bristol Motor Speedway in 1960 and a career was born.

That led to a job with what was known as the Daytona 500 Network, operating out of WNDB in Daytona Beach, Fla. – a forerunner of the Motor Racing Network.

Announcers for the Motor Racing Network get together for a group photograph.
Sitting are (L-R) Mike Joy and Barney Hall. Standing (L-R) are Dr. Jerry Punch,
Dave Sutherland, Mark Garrow and Eli Gold.
(SC Images & Archives via Getty Images/2010 RacingOn)


(L-R)Former NASCAR driver, Terry Labonte, shakes hands with
2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, Kyle Busch
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Terrance Lee "Terry" Labonte is a two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (then known as the Winston Cup Series) champion and 1989 IROC champion.  He is the older brother of 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, and the father of former Nationwide Series driver Justin Labonte.

Now Terry can add "NASCAR Hall of Famer" to his resume.

Man, it's just an honor to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. When you look at all the guys that have been in there and the accomplishments that they've had and the things that they've done, it's really quite a class to be with when you think about guys like Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough and Bruton Smith. Not all of them are drivers, but it's really pretty special being in the Hall of Fame.


You know, I don't think -- it doesn't matter what career you're in or what sport you're in or whatever, your goal is to never be in the Hall of Fame. You don't start out saying I want to be in the Hall of Fame someday. It's something that, you know, when you look back and you kind of race from week to week and season to season and you win some races and win some championships and when it's all over and said and done with and you're selected to be in the Hall of Fame, then that's quite an accomplishment. But it's something that you never -- it's never a goal of yours, but it's something to be awful proud of. - Terry Labonte


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