Track press release
In support of the United States Military, Talladega Superspeedway is thrilled
to announce the “Freedom Trophy,” which will be awarded to every winner of a
Sprint Cup Series race at the 2.66-mile grand venue, beginning with the May 4
Aaron’s 499. The special trophy showcases all five branches of the United States
military - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Marines and Coast
will be on hand at each Talladega Sprint Cup Series race to make the
presentation of the Freedom Trophy in Victory Lane. Not only will they be in the
winner’s circle to award the coveted trophy, but they will also participate in
pre-race ceremonies as well. Each Talladega Superspeedway race weekend, a
different United States military base will be given the opportunity to present
the Freedom Trophy.
The creation of
Talladega Superspeedway Vice President Brian Crichton, the Freedom Trophy is an
honor to all military men and women on behalf of the speedway, a patriotic
entity since 1969. Crichton enlisted the assistance of Fast Forward Marketing
Owner Mike Barth (Spring, TX), who has custom designed trophies in motorsports
since 1996. MTM Recognition in Oklahoma City, OK spearheaded the
Monday, April 14, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
-- Congratulations to new
Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile. I was among many
who were skeptical of the change of Darlington’s race day this season, which
coincided with the Master’s and spring football games at and Clemson. Thanks to the
work of Wile and his staff, Saturday night’s crowd was near capacity. It was a
perfect weekend of racing – from the weather down to the action on the track
both Friday and Saturday nights. Well done. South Carolina
-- A lot was made of the struggles in recent weeks by Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team but any concern that the team would not be able to make the Chase was vastly unfounded. It remains highly improbable there will be 16 different race winners in the first 26 races – Harvick’s win Saturday night is first sign that idea has been wishful thinking at best. The one constant each week by the teams who end up winning multiple times a season is being consistently fast and there are several viable candidates remaining besides Harvick’s team.
-- Speaking of consistently fast, Dale Earnhardt Jr. already has a win and has now finished third or higher in five of eight races this season. Earnhardt and his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team are primed to join Harvick as multiple-time winners this season.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Q: Are you any closer to a contract extension?
Biffle: I think so. I think we are getting closer. There are a lot of moving parts to a contract and a lot of new people at 3M but I know the folks are going up there next week to visit some more. I have a feeling it is getting closer. I know there has been a lot of activity. The program works really well for them and we have the America Red Cross on the car this weekend so it is a good program for 3M and I think they are happy and it looks like we are closing in on an announcement. Hopefully here soon we will have something.
Q: Greg Biffle said he was close on a contract extension. Anything you want to share on that front?
Edwards: No. I would rather not even talk about it. I have no news and when there is nothing to say all I could do is stir it up. I promise you, no drama. No drama.
Team press release:
Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been granted a Formula One license by the FIA.
The following is his statement.
“Obviously, we’re extremely pleased to have been granted a Formula One license by the FIA. It’s an exciting time for me, Haas Automation and anyone who wanted to see an American team return to Formula One.
“Now, the really hard work begins. It’s a challenge we embrace as we work to put cars on the grid.
“I want to thank the FIA for this opportunity and the diligence everyone put forth to see our license application come to fruition.”
Founded in 1983 and based in Oxnard, Calif., Haas Automation is the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world. Stewart-Haas Racing won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2011.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the 600 Festival Association, a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting and celebrating motor sports in the Charlotte region, is offering loyal fans the opportunity to customize their event experience with the "Stars, Cars & Guitars" campaign.
The 600 Festival Association has made premium upgrades available for all four of its May events: "Movies on the Campus" in Kannapolis, N.C.; "Haulers on Union" in Concord, N.C.; the "Little 600" May 20 in Mooresville, N.C.; and "Coca-Cola Speed Street Presented by Chevrolet" in Charlotte, N.C.
While the 600 Festival Association continues to offer free entertainment to consumers throughout the local region, attendees have the opportunity to upgrade their experience with never-before offered perks such as backstage access, reserved concert seats, introducing artists onstage, serving as honorary starter and more.
“We wanted to offer fans a new opportunity to enhance their experience at each of the 600 Festival Association events,” said Jay Howard, president of the 600 Festival Association. “Every one of our guests is a VIP and this is an opportunity for them take control and personalize their experience."
Fans can log on here through April 30 to purchase these exclusive items. To learn more about the Festival, visit www.600festival.com.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Earnhardt spoke briefly after the incident:
Q: What happened?
Earnhardt : "Just didn't see the grass. Didn't know the grass was down there. With the way the A-post is on these cars you can't really see that good to that angle. I just didn't have a good visual of where the apron and the grass was and got down in there pretty good. You can't run through there they way they have these cars on the ground like that. Just a mistake on my part. I just didn't know I was that close to the grass, and made a mistake."
"I drove the car down there. I didn't know we were that close the grass and was following the No. 43 (Aric Almirola). I thought I was taking a decent line through the dogleg. We were going low around the No. 42 (Kyle Larson) so I was lower than normal and just misjudged it. It tears the car up pretty good when you run through the grass."
Q: Was wet track a factor?
Earnhardt: "It was no factor. I just made a mistake."
Sunday, April 6, 2014
It's the sixth time in seven NASCAR race weekends this season bad weather has affected some part of the race weekend.
NASCAR will make every effort to get the race in on Sunday and can go into the night with lights, if necessary. In a message posted to his Twitter account, NASCAR executive vice president of race operations, Steve O'Donnell, said track drying procedures would likely need to be underway by 7 p.m. ET for the race to be held Sunday night.
If the race cannot be started on Sunday, it will likely be postponed until noon ET on Monday.