Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Changes to NASCAR All-Star Race qualifying and Fan Vote

   There have been several changes made to qualifying and the Sprint Fan Vote for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, which will be Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying is scheduled for Friday night prior to the Truck Series race.

   Qualifying will still consist of three laps including a four-tire pit stop. This year, there will be NO pit road speed limit coming on or leaving pit road for the stop. In recent seasons, there has been no speed limit only exiting pit road.

   Pit crew members can only begin the pit stops and come over the pit wall once their car has come to a COMPLETE stop in their pit stall.

   The Sprint Fan Vote winner must complete the Sprint Showdown race and have a car in "raceable" condition as determined by the series director. The winner does not have to finish on the lead lap of the race, just complete the race.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. is looking for 8,800 NASCAR fans for help

   The Dale Jr. Foundation and the Mooresville Artist Guild, are joining forces to support the renovation of the historic Mooresville (N.C.) Depot with a unique online fundraising event called the Dale Jr. Picture Mosaic.

   The Dale Jr. Picture Mosaic will be a collection of 8,800 images submitted by fans of Earnhardt Jr. Once assembled, the collage will make up an eight by six foot mural. When viewed from a distance, the primary image of Earnhardt becomes visible, while close examination reveals that the image is comprised of numerous smaller photographs.
   The donations from the mosaic will be used to support the Mooresville Artist Guild’s project to renovate the Historic Mooresville Depot in Mooresville, N.C., better known as “Race City USA” and home to JR Motorsports.

   To become part of the JR Nation history and have your picture included in the Dale Jr. Mosaic, an easy to use, interactive web site has been created here.

   The process is simple. For a donation of $8.80 you can include a photograph of yourself or friends to pay tribute to Earnhardt for his accomplishments on the track, as an entrepreneur and community leader. These photos, combined with thousands of others will create the completed mural.

   Shortly after uploading your photo(s), participants will be incorporated into the online mosaic and mural, and receive a special access code to view their photo.
   “The Dale Jr. Picture Mosaic will be unveiled at JR Motorsports in mid-December of this year,” said Lauren Caldwell, Project Manager of The Dale Jr. Foundation. ”We’ll focus a lot of our social media efforts around it so fans can share in the experience. We are truly excited to help make a difference in our community with the revitalization of the Mooresville Artist Guild.”