Friday, July 25, 2014

Researching the Brickyard 400 (#nascar)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway  (Getty Images for NASCAR)

Today is NASCAR Race Mom's travel day.  She is using this time to research the Brickyard and the "The Crown Royal Presents the 'John Wayne Walding 400' at The Brickyard Powered By"  This track is rich in tradition and history.

The Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Season Race #: 20 of 36 (07-27-14)

Track Size: 2.5-miles

Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 9 degrees

Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 9 degrees

Banking/Straights: 0 degrees

Frontstretch Length: 3,330 feet

Backstretch Length: 3,300 feet

The Race: The Crown Royal Presents the
John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard Powered By

Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles

Defending Champion: Ryan Newman, 153.485 MPH

Most recent winner: Ryan Newman, 153.485 MPH

Track Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912 MPH

Race Record: Bobby Labonte, August 2000, 155.912 MPH

Qualifying record: Ryan Newman, August 2013, 187.531 MPH

2013 Purse: $9,265,009

TV: ESPN, 1:00PM EST 7/27/2014

Radio: IMS Racing Network, Sirius XM 90

 The History

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has existed since 1909, and is the original "Speedway," the first racing facility to incorporate the word into its name.

With a permanent seating capacity for more than 250,000-plus people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000, it is the largest and highest-capacity sporting facility in history.

August 6, 1994- Jeff Gordon, then aged twenty-three, wins the first Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis. This win set Gordon as the youngest race winner at the track.

August 3, 1997-Closest Margin Of Victory: Ricky Rudd over Bobby Labonte by 0.183 seconds.

August 4th, 2002- Bill Elliott becomes the oldest winner at Indy, 46 years, 9 months, 27 days.

The Contenders:

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Indianapolis

Jimmie Johnson........................ 109.8

Tony Stewart............................. 104.1

Jeff Gordon.............................. 102.0

Juan Pablo Montoya................... 96.7

Kyle Busch................................. 96.5

Kasey Kahne.............................. 96.4

Matt Kenseth.............................. 95.8

Greg Biffle.................................. 94.6

Kevin Harvick.............................. 90.2

Denny Hamlin............................. 88.3

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Off to the Brickyard (#nascar)

For the “The Crown Royal Presents
‘The John Wayne Walding 400’
Powered By” 

NASCAR Race Mom at the Brickyard 2013 (#nascar)
NRM at the Brickyard 2013
 NASCAR Race Mom is doing the laundry with a huge smile on her face; really smiling while doing the laundry . . . . Why?

Well after the laundry, NRM gets to pack for this year’s adventure at the “The Crown Royal Presents ‘The John Wayne Walding 400’ Powered By” NASCAR Race.

As most of you know, this will be the third time NASCAR Race Mom has been invited to attend the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” Sprint Cup Race.

Pace Car Ride at RIR (#nascar)
Pace Car Ride at RIR
NRM enjoy the event held at Richmond International Raceway in April of 2011 (Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400.)  and last year’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at The Brickyard Powered by

The Crown Royal people are really dedicated to honoring our heroes. Heroes, the men and women who go above and beyond, set an example for us all to follow. Crown Royal’s commitment is not new however. Did you know that during WWII Crown Royal shut down their distilleries to produce supplies and medicines for the war effort?

Each Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” opportunity fills this NASCAR Nut with glee. The Crown Royal “Capture the Crown” race activities allow NASCAR Race Mom unbelievable ‘at-the-track’ access!

This year’s agenda includes:

  • Pace Car Rides
  • A Press Conference W/ John Wayne Walding & County Western Star Justin Moore
  • VIP Event At IMS
  • ‘Capture The Crown’ Garage Tour
  • Watching The Race From The Pagoda Suite!

NASCAR Race Mom will be keeping her readers updated by blogging, Facebook posts, and tweets. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or would like to see a topic covered.

Happy #NASCAR Birthday To Driver
Nelson Piquet Jr.

Nelson Piquet Jr.
Age 29 (07/24/1962)

Happy #NASCAR Birthday To Driver
Johnny O'Connell

Johnny O'Connell
Age 52 (07/24/1962)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Gillilands Impress at Irwindale Speedway

Butch Gilliland, grandson Todd, and son David at Irwindale Speedway in California
Butch Gilliland, grandson Todd, and son David at Irwindale Speedway in California
(July 19, 2014 -Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

While local driver Jason Patison, was able to rocket away from runner-up Jack Madrid of San Clemente, Calif., following a restart with 17 laps remaining on the half-mile track of Irwindale Speedway to finish 2.1 seconds in front, the Gilliland family remained the packed crowd pleaser.

The three generations of Gilliland NASCAR Drivers, Grandfather Butch, Son David, and fourteen-year-old Grandson Todd, were competing against each other for the first time.

Of the Gilliland clan, Todd fared the best with a third-place podium finish in his noteworthy debut in a Super Late Model. The youngest Gilliland has raced Late Models in North Carolina; however Irwindale was a step up in horsepower and the competition level of the drivers.

“It was really cool,” he said. “I didn’t have high expectations because I was against a bunch of really experienced drivers. I’m super happy.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver and delighted father, David Gilliland added “My son does a great job. We’re really proud of him.”

Butch Gilliland came out of a ten-year retirement to finish the race in a respectable fifth. The grandfather, who is fifty-seven years young, was a top driver in his NASCAR Winston West years starting in the 1980s and a former champion of the series.

“It was really nice,” the elder Gilliland stated, “We tested a couple of days. I didn’t put a whole bunch of laps on it, we have enough laps. The car was decent. It was good we three got to race against each other. It really was fun to race against my grandson. I really wish I’d had a whole better car, but it was still a lot of fun.”

What happened to the middle Gilliland? NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver David Gilliland, who grew up in southern California was running second when contact sent him into retirement after completing 30 laps.

“We had him (Partridge) cleared and I don’t know, somehow I got turned there at the start-finish line,” David Gilliland said. “Bummer, kind of an unfortunate way to end our night, but the car was real fast and we had a good time coming back here. It’s still my favorite racetrack to race on in the country. It was an honor to be a part of it and watch my son finish third and my dad go out and finish fifth. It’s just a lot of fun and good to be back home.

The three Gillilands impressed the race fans with their dedication to both family and the sport of racing.

Pick Your Part Super Late Models -75 laps
Race Results:

  1. Jason Patison (Corona),
  2. Jack Madrid (San Clemente),
  3. Todd Gilliland (Sherrills Ford, N.C.),
  4. Barry Karr (Redlands),
  5. Butch Gilliland (Thailand),
  6. Linny White (Highland),
  7. Toni McCray (Highland),
  8. Jeff Eschleman (Corona),
  9. Kenny Smith (Bakersfield),
  10. Josh Soto (Oceanside),
  11. Jeff Williams (Newbury Park),
  12. Greg Hanneman (Toluca Lake),
  13. Ryan Partridge (Rancho Cucamonga),
  14. David Gilliland (Sherrills Ford, N.C.),
  15. Juan Garcia (Colombia),
  16. Rodney Peacher (North Hills).

Pena Back In Victory Lane
#nascar #kneast

Sergio Pena found his way back to Victory Lane. 

Sergio Pena celebrates in Victory Lane after getting the NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East win in the JEGS 150 at Columbus (Ohio)
Motor Speedway.  (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The 21-year-old from Winchester, Va., held off the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East field following a late caution at Columbus Motor Speedway to win the JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota.

It is the third win of the season for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. It is also the third win in four years for Rev Racing at Columbus, following wins by Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) and Daniel Suarez (2013).

It is Pena's fourth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win and first since 2011, when he won three times. Pena took the lead from Cameron Hayley on Lap 120 and then held off Hayley's challenges over the closing laps. A caution with 10 to go gave Hayley one more shot, but Pena was able to power his way to the victory.

Hayley settled for second, followed by championship points leader Ben Rhodes. Jesse Little and Pena's Rev Racing teammate Ryan Gifford were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Rookies Ross Chastain, Nick Drake and Kaz Grala were sixth through eighth, and Brennan Newberry was ninth. Scott Heckert, who won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award earlier in the day, finished 10th.

The JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota will air on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 27 at 10 a.m.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to action at Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1 for the second showdown of the season with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.