Saturday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. announced that he is beginning a new charitable organization to help out needy kids in both his home state of New Jersey and his current home of Mooresville, N.C. Truex wants to take advantage of his position within NASCAR and his success in life in order to give back to his community and share the blessings that he has been afforded. The foundation will be focused on helping kids who are in need and could benefit from a little aid of some kind.
As part of the coverage of the Bank of America 500, Frontstretch attended the drivers’ meeting before the race. We realize that this is something that the average fan is not afforded the opportunity to do, so in an effort to take you to places that you don’t normally get to go, here is a quick synopsis of what occurs behind the doors of the drivers’ meeting.
Ryan Newman outdueled Chasers Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Kurt Busch among others to win the right to start up front for the Bank of America 500 Saturday night. Johnson proved the biggest nemesis for Newman; but while the No. 48 car has made Victory Lane his second home at the track, Newman is the king of Nextel Cup qualifying among active drivers at the 1.5-mile oval in Concord, N.C.
Thursday, Frontstretch sat down with ESPN’s Vice President of Motorsports, Rich Feinberg, and talked about the broadcaster’s policies and commitment to you, the race fan. What came out of this discussion was that broadcasting is not only a media that delivers the excitement of NASCAR racing to fans that would otherwise not have any way to see them, but also that first and foremost, broadcasting is a business. In order for ESPN to justify their expenditure to carry NASCAR races, they have to be able to make enough revenue to cover their expenses and still make some money.
Frontstretch sat down with Keller during a break in activity at Charlotte and talked to him about his week, his career, and his car for this weekend. When asked about his week, Keller said:”It has been a very busy week. We’ve been getting a lot of attention. It has been an honor to compete in the Busch Series all these years.” Keller noted “It has been an honor to carry the banner for the Busch series this weekend. It has felt very good to have so much attention focused on the series and if it is because of me, so be it.”
This past week, the Concord City Council voted to change the zoning for that complex to at least temporarily stop the construction of a proposed drag strip for an expansion that Smith had already broken ground on. The decision was based on the complaints of some 20 residents of a subdivision that is within a mile of the proposed new drag strip; their complaints about the noise took precedence with a council determined to make a statement against Mr. Smith.
Nationwide Insurance has signed a seven-year agreement to be the title sponsor for what is now the Busch Series, taking over for Anheuser-Busch, who has been in control since the series’ “inception” in 1982. The insurance company is not new to NASCAR; Nationwide has had an agreement with Speedway Motorsports for the past eight years, and provided free transportation at SMI tracks along with information guides. They will also become the official auto, home, and life insurance provider of NASCAR with this agreement, taking over the role that is currently occupied by Allstate.
There are thousands of racecar drivers all over the United States that pour their heart and soul into Saturday nights. Running at their local track, they compete to take home their own special trophy, as well as some pocket change most put right back into their car to help it succeed. Well, the top level of these racecar drivers are the late model racers. They drive cars that have similar dimensions and specifications to the cars that are run in the upper levels of NASCAR, and they generally have the most technology involved in putting them on the track and making them go fast. For the men who drive these machines, the biggest race of the year is the Bailey’s 300 held every September at Martinsville Speedway. The race pays $25,000 to win… and it draws racers from all over the country.
The Buschwhackers put on a heck of a show Saturday in the heart of America. The race started with Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards having a great duel for the lead for the first nine laps, then it became the Matt Kenseth show. Kenseth led the race from lap 10 through lap 34 and then was part of the group that swapped the lead throughout the middle of the race which included Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle, and Brian Vickers. Vickers once again had trouble on pit road during a pit stop while the caution was displayed for oil on the track at lap 127 and was never able to fully recover. Kenseth resumed the lead on lap 146 and held it until lap 183. Kyle Busch overcame a pit road speeding penalty that sent him to the back of the longest line and caught back up to Kenseth, ultimately taking the lead on lap 184 and holding onto it for the rest of the race.
Week three of the Chase finds the traveling road show in the Heartland of America at Kansas Speedway, the newest of the “cookie-cutter” tracks that have come to dominate the schedule in recent years. When it comes to intermediates, there’s one other thing to be aware of; they’re usually the type of racetrack where history repeats itself. Because of that, we’ve gone back through the history books, ready to drop some knowledge from the past to help your future for this week’s edition of Fantasy Picks ‘N’ Pans.