Friday, March 22, 2013

According to Dale Earnhardt Jr., the winner of the NCAA tournament is ....

   According to NASCAR's most popular driver, the winner of the 2013 NCAA Tournament will be Indiana.

    "I think Indiana will beat Duke (in the final). I’m not a Duke fan," Dale Earnhardt Jr.

    Earnhardt filled out an NCAA Tournament bracket on a public Web site for the first time this year.

   “I got asked to do it. I never filled out a bracket before so it was my first time. I kind of like to watch the tournament, it’s interesting to see who the Cinderella teams are and how far (North) Carolina can go. I tend to pull for Carolina in college basketball," Earnhardt said."

    "I think Jimmie (Johnson) and I got asked to do it together so Mike Hoag (road manager) came over to the house the other day and we sat down, thought it through and made my picks. I think I was 11-5 this morning, I don’t know how I’m doing today.”

Home to NASCAR team planes doesn't make FAA cut

   The air traffic control tower at Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport, home to many planes owned by NASCAR teams and drivers, will shut down by April 7 due to federal budget cuts.

    In a press release Friday, the FAA said:
    "Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reached the decision that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency’s sequestration implementation plan. The agency has made the decision to keep 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure because doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest."

    Concord was not among the towers kept open. Airports can remain open without towers but it will be left to pilots to coordinate take off and landings with other pilots.

   Click here to read press release.