NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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2014 Truck Series Post-Race Quotes: Daytona (Exclusives)
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday February 22, 2014
When you’re on the outside like that, how frustrating is it?
It’s so hard. Timothy Peters has won here. Kyle Busch has won everywhere. Ron Hornaday has been running Trucks forever, probably before I was even born. I was surrounded by veterans there, and like I told them I don’t have a rookie stripe but I’m a rookie. This is only my fourth Truck race ever, my fourth superspeedway race, and man, I figured out when the 17 got up in front of me, I pushed him. And as soon as I pushed him, he took off. And I went with him. And I just kept doing it, and before I knew it, he was leading. And I saw Ron in my mirror, backed up to him, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t know what would have happened. I gotta thank him big time for that. That was a true teammate move right there. I really appreciate that. He just bounced off me and we got to the front. I tried my hardest to sidedraft Kyle. I was probably touching his door.
Top 5 in the No. 30 truck. This deal come together at the last minute, but you had a heck of a truck. Tell us about your night.
Yeah, I’ve got to thank Turner Scott Motorsports. The guys worked so hard on this Rheem Comfort Products Chevrolet. Exciting! Just got hung up on the outside and had to wait for my teammate there to catch up. And then he got to the bottom, so… I got the old 32 and started pushing ol’ Ryan to the front. So, it’s not bad. We’ll take it. You just don’t want to step over that boundary. You don’t know how far to push and shove. We bumped about six times down the straightaway without latching onto them. Hopefully, that was OK and we came home with a top 5.
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The Cockpit and Beyond · Nikki Krone · Wednesday July 26, 2006
It used to be that politicians were the only ones who had to campaign for votes. However, over the last couple of months, 50 race car drivers have been pounding the pavement doing the same thing, trying to win your votes for Racin' for a Livin' . Of those 50 drivers, no one has campaigned harder than West Virginia's own Davin Scites. Scites, a former ASA driver and winner at Concord Motorsports Park, is one of 50 that were chosen out of thousands to try to win a spot in the Top 15 and, ultimately, land a seven race deal in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Now, with 330,000 miles on this Chevy Dually and hundreds of autographs signed, Scites has less than a week's wait before the votes are counted and the results are in. But before it's all over, he has one more stop to make - The Frontstretch!
Nikki Krone, FS: With all of the things you've been doing for Racin' For a Livin', has it been kind of like a political campaign for you?
Davin Scites: Yes, it has. I've been on the road, back and forth from where I'm living now in Mooresville (North Carolina) back home to West Virginia. I've put the miles on, that's for sure. Being the only driver from West Virginia in the contest, I've been getting the state behind me. It's been overwhelming, and has exceeded my expectations. It's like, "Wow, I can't believe this many people were voting for me." We led the votes for so long, and now, today, I meet people I don't know and they are like, “Hey, you're the one I've been voting for!” just because they read a story somewhere, or something. It's just really exciting.
Nikki: I'm guessing you've been doing a lot of public appearances out there?
Davin: I've been doing radio. I went to an auto fair last weekend in Beckley, West Virginia. I've been doing a lot of radio, TV, newspapers, and anybody that will have me. Since the voting began, I've been trying to do all I can.
Nikki: How did you get involved with Racin' For a Livin?
Davin: I had a couple people call me and say, "Hey, you need to check into it," so we started looking and called about it, then we sent in a resume like thousands of others. Somehow, I got picked from there. It's been really exciting. I'm racing every weekend, trying to still race my Late Model Stock and stay in the seat. At times, I've been running a Modified in West Virginia, and it's fun to do things with the crowds. When you go to these racetracks, you throw them some t-shirts, go up into the stands and sign autographs. They don't even have an autograph session with the Late Models; I just go over there and meet people. It's just like politics, but it's great. To be out there, that's a great part of it, and it's great exposure for myself.
Nikki: What special things have you been doing to get your name out there, other than the radio appearances, etc.?
Davin: We've got a contest going on my website, www.davinscites.com, where we're giving away some Busch and Cup tickets for the Charlotte race. I've done a lot of appearances. I took my car to a restaurant chain in West Virginia called Tooters Biscuit World. I've gone to a bank that was having NASCAR month and that Friday, all the tellers wore my t-shirt. Going out through my hometown, there are signs up all over, and it's so neat. You go in to businesses and see my autograph card, or people with signs that say "Vote for Davin." It's just really neat to know you've got that many people behind you.
Nikki: How long is the drive from your home in Mooresville to West Virginia?
Davin: It's about four and half hours. I drive my old 1999 Dually, and now it's got 330,000 miles on it. It's so funny, because I keep looking at the mileage for my oil change, and I just got it changed and now I'm 10,000 miles over…I was like, "Oh my gosh," so I had to get it changed again.
Nikki: Once you vote, you can actually see the where the drivers are currently ranked. Have you been checking the standings?
Davin: It's funny how they update, because it seems like they don't update it every day. Like now we're in 9th place, but they haven't updated it since Saturday. That's when its nervewracking. But it's nervewracking for the fans, too. There are so many on my message board, and they get on there and they are so worried about the spot we're in. They're like, "I've been votingâ€¦" and they go back and forth. "I'm going to vote, talk to you later," and it's great. So, it is nervewracking, but hopefully the outcome will be good.
Nikki: How important do you think making the Top 10 is to you and your career?
Davin: The older I get, the more chances and opportunities there are that you don't want to pass up. So, when this came up, it was like, wow, you can get a seven race Busch ride. Really, making the TV show, just getting on there and getting noticed, getting in a race car, and making that was our first goal. Then, after leading a lot of the votes, that's when we thought, heck, we've got a shot to maybe win this thing. Then you start realizing what could happen. You hope you get in there and get the seven race Busch ride, that the team gels, and that you perform. You just couldn't ask for a better opportunity.
Nikki: You mentioned you've been doing some other racing. What else have you been running?
Davin: We've been running Late Model Stocks. I try to go to different venues just to meet new people. I’ve run at Motor Mile, Virginia; Caraway (NC) and Concord (NC). Then, in a Modified we've been running at Ona Speedway. When I went up there to do some appearances, a friend of mine asked if we want to run the Modified. I'm like, "Heck yeah!" So we ended up going there and winning the first of the two races we ran and finished third on the second one, so that was really fun. With the track being at my hometown, where I raced Legends, getting to run a Modified was really fun.
Nikki: You ran great in a one race deal in the ARCA series last year, are you going to try to do that this season?
Davin: Between the running back and forth to Virginia, running the Modified and the Late Model…I'm also working on a Hooter Pro Cup car and trying to get something done there. It's tough to stay on top of all of them. I would love to run in an ARCA race, and we thought of that, and we're still working on other deals trying to get even the small deals for this year done for one race deals, and big deals for next year. It's kind of hard because you want to give 100% to the Racin' for a Livin' thing, yet you don't want to give up anything else. You don't want to get into an “all your eggs in one basket” sort of mindset, because what if you don't make it? You've always got to have a backup plan, so we're definitely working on other stuff.
Nikki: When you see someone like David Gilliland who won in the Busch Series, a guy who is about your age, who doesn't have a lot of experience and isn't with a high profile team, does that inspire you? To see a guy like that who has kind of opened some eyes?
Davin: Yes, definitely. That's why you want the shot. We rented an ARCA car and ran that, but I'm still paying for that. So without sponsorship, Busch is kind of out of our league. We can compete in some of the smaller series, but getting that Busch opportunity, and even a Truck opportunity, something like that on that level of racing, it's just an opportunity you can't pass up. You get so excited even thinking about that opportunity, because that could happen. It's just like a lot of people say, there are a lot of great race car drivers around, it’s getting that opportunity to get out there, and, if everything lines up, you can have a great run, and who knows what could happen.
Nikki: So, there is still time for people to vote for you. What should people know about Davin Scites?
Davin: Well, first, we have a website, www.vote4davin.com ...it's an easy one, so people can remember us. I guess the main thing is that I kind of do all my own stunts, so to speak. I work on the car, I put a new body on my Late Model, I paint my carâ€¦ I just love it so much that I don't care that I was up until 10:00 painting the car and getting it ready. You put in long hours, and that's what it’s about. I feel like I've paid my dues, and I'm still paying them. Hopefully, it will all pay off.
Nikki: Say you are racing side-by-side with any driver, in any series, at any point in history. Who would you really like to beat for the victory?
Davin: Right now, it would have to be Tony Stewart. He's on top of his game, his team runs good, they have some wins… It would be someone like that who you know is a real driver.
Nikki: Is there anything special you want to say to your fans and all those who have supported you?
Davin: From the series that we've run in, we've picked up a lot of fans. When I was running ASA, I went to Nashville to do an appearance when we had John Michael on the car. I met three fans who were there, just country fans down there for the country fair, and they ended up coming to two of my ASA races that year. All the people we've met along the way while racing the different series, I just want to thank all of my fans. The ones who have been behind me from back in the ASA days, and even the new ones we've picked up along the way. I've been having live chats on my website on the first Tuesday of every month. The first Tuesday there were just a handful of people at the chat. The second time, and ever since, it just keeps snowballing and growing, and it's great. I just can't thank everyone enough for their support.
You can vote for Davin Scites by visiting www.racinforalivin.com. Voting ends Monday, July 31st, 11:59 EST. For a chance to win Lowe’s Motor Speedway Busch and Cup Series tickets, visit www.davinscites.com and click on the link at the bottom of the page.
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