Thursday, December 27, 2012

Indianapolis 500 or the Daytona 500?

Most NASCAR drivers consider the Brickyard 400 one of the most notable races in motorsports. This year, Jimmie Johnson (here with daughter Evie) scored his unprecedented fourth Indianapolis win, and you can relive the moment in 15 minutes (at 12p ET) on SPEED. 

Which race do you think is more prestigious, the Indianapolis 500 or the Daytona 500?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

NASCAR Royalty Helps Fight Hunger

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — Greg Biffle was among the Nascar greats helping some school kids spend $13,000 at the Just Save food store in North Wilkesboro.

He joined Nascar legends Bobby Allison and Junior Johnson as they helped raise funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

As for the Nascar royalty in attendance, they enjoyed giving back.

The kids enjoyed getting their autographs.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ella Gordon Imitates Mom


Had to share this! This is Ella at age 1 imitating me when I was on the phone with my family speaking Flemish. Still gets us cracking up! :) - Ingrid

A Dose of Holiday Cheer

The holiday season is fast approaching, and the spirit of giving this time of year is contagious, especially among the racing community and fans. Even though the season is over, NASCAR drivers, teams and fans continue the charitable endeavors they proudly serve.

In late November, Marcus Smith and Darrell and Michael Waltrip kicked off “Speedway Christmas” at Charlotte Motor Speedway where they presented a tractor-trailer full of food and supplies for families in need and distributed toys to more than 125 children with a little help from Santa.

And this event isn’t an isolated case. There are a whole host of other private foundations and funds set up by the NASCAR community. The NASCAR Foundation raises funds and activism for various charities and has contributed over $13 million to help sick children. It also recognized fans who go above and beyond with the launch of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award, which includes a $100,000 donation to a charity of the recipient’s choice.

You’d be hard pressed to find a team or driver not involved in private charity efforts. The partnerships between teams, drivers and the fans who volunteer are proof of the teamwork the racing community is built around. Despite the trying economic hardships many fans face, we still recognize others may have it worse and they never hesitate to lend a helping hand.

The racing community thrives on core values like personal responsibility, and the flip side of that value is helping those less fortunate. Though it may gain extra attention around the holidays, the spirit of giving found trackside is felt the whole year through

Source Race Fans 4 Freedom

Monday, December 10, 2012

Dylan Kwasniewski
Youngest Champion In K&N West History

From Dylan's Mother's Facebook page:

Pretty darn proud of my kid!! Thank you to  my beautiful daughter for taking time from a busy finals schedule at Cornell to come down and support your brother while he accepted this Championship with Grace and honor, What more could a mother ask for? I am blessed!

Kwasniewski's series debut came in 2011, and he won a pair of races in his first season. But he also finished outside the Top-10 on four different occasions, a product of racing as hard as he could as often as he could. 

Kwasniewski's new approach in 2012 – three wins, 12 Top-5s and all 15 of his finishes in the Top-10 – earned him his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship. And with it, he became the youngest champion in the history of the series. 

“To get this championship was great. With my age and the tracks I had to run at before, I never had a chance to run for championships anywhere,” said Kwasniewski, of Las Vegas, Nev.. “This was our first try. We won a lot of races before, but I had to go into a season with a little different driving style. If it meant finishing second versus trying to win and maybe wrecking if I wanted to win the championship, then that was what I was going to do.”

Dylan Kwasniewski won this year's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship
in one of the closest battles in the history of the series. Getty Images for NASCAR

Monday, November 26, 2012

Evie Johnson's New Favorite Song

According to her dad (Jimmie Johnson), Evie Johnson's new favorite song is the National Anthem. Jimmie Johnson was born near my hometown,  El Cajon, California, and he began racing motorcycles at the age of five. 

On July 7, 2010, Johnson’s wife Chandra gave birth to their first child, daughter, Genevieve Marie.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Locked In Spots Finalized
for Inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Dylan Kwasniewski is one of 13 drivers who have
earned locked-in spots to the K&N Pro Series race in February's UNOH Battle At The Beach.
(Getty Images for NASCAR)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Eight NASCAR champions head a list of drivers that have earned locked-in spots in the field fields at the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18-19 at Daytona International Speedway.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach features two nights of racing with NASCAR K&N Pro Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on the .4-mile oval on the backstretch.

Locked-In spots go to:

  • 2012 race winners and champions from K&N Pro Series and Whelen Modified tours, earn spots in their respective races
  • Top-10 finishers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings earn starting spots in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race.
  •  In addition, the 2012 overall champions from the Canadian Tire Series and Euro Racecar Series will also receive secured starting positions for the event and can choose which one of the three races they wish to compete.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Kyle Larson headlines the 13 NASCAR K&N Pro Series drivers that secured spots by virtue of winning races.

The 20-year-old Larson from Elk Grove, Calif., won his first NASCAR touring championship driving the No. 6 Toyota Racing Development Toyota for Rev Racing and NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Initiative.
Larson, who edged Corey LaJoie for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title by 14 points, earned his spot in the feature field through his victory at Gresham Motorsports Park in Gresham, Ga. He also won the series’ Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.

Other notable NASCAR K&N Pro Series drivers “locked-in” include 17-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski, the youngest K&N Pro Series West Champion in history; Chase Elliott, son of two-time Daytona 500 champion Bill Elliott; and Joe Gibbs Racing developmental driver Darrell Wallace Jr.
Connecticut’s Doug Coby and North Carolina’s George Brunnhoelzl III head the list of 13 drivers locked into the NASCAR Whelen Modified race. Coby won four races in claiming his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship, while Brunnhoelzl had six wins en route to his third NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour title.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C., tops the list for the Late Model race. Pulliam earned the national championship with 22 wins, 30 top fives and 32 top 10s in 36 starts.

NASCAR international series champions locked in are D.J. Kennington from the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1, Spain’s Ander Vilarino from the Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series, and Mexico’s Jorge Goeters of the NASCAR Toyota Series.

Kennington from St. Thomas, Ontario won his second Canadian Tire Series championship while Vilarino is the inaugural Euro-Racecar Series champion. Goeters won his second Mexican title, but first under a NASCAR banner.

Current, or past, full-time national series drivers not currently competing in the touring or regional series are ineligible to compete in the UNOH Battle At The Beach.

For a complete list of the UNOH Battle at the Beach locked-in drivers, click here.

A complete UNOH Battle At The Beach schedule, including gate opening times, practice and qualifying race times for both days, is available at the UNOH Battle At The Beach event page.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500 and #NASCARBattle.  In addition, fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for all the latest news all season long.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Youngest K&N Pro West Champ

Self Scores Third Career Series Win With Phoenix Victory
By Kevin W. Green, NASCAR

AVONDALE, Ariz. – Dylan Kwasniewski made more history Saturday night.

The 17-year-old Las Vegas driver captured the 2012 championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a second-place finish in the Casino Arizona 50 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.
A year after becoming the youngest race winner and youngest rookie of the year in series history, he became the youngest champ.

Kwasniewski entered the event with a two-point lead over teammate and defending series champion Greg Pursley in one of the closest championship battles in the history of the series.

1 Michael Self
2 Dylan Kwasniewski
3 Cole Conley
4 Chase Elliott
5 Cameron Hayley
“All we had to do was finish in front of Greg and that’s what we did,” Kwasniewski said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my team and my mom. My dad started all this for me and this race was for him and this championship is for him,” Kwasniewski said of his late father. “To be out here in Phoenix and to get the championship, there’s no better feeling.”

Michael Self, who started the race on the outside of the front row, shot into the lead at the drop of the green flag and paced the entire 50 laps to score his third career win – all this season.

“It was an unbelievable race,” Self said. “The car we had, the Golden Gate Racing Team No. 21, was phenomenal lap after lap and never missed a beat. From the start, we knew what we had to do. A 50-lap race is really short. We knew the tires would last the entire length. So, it was just get out and get in front as early as we can and pull a gap. That’s exactly what we did.”

Kwasniewski started fourth in his No. 03 Royal Purple/Rockstar Ford and moved up to second, while Pursley started 11th but could get no closer than sixth by the finish. Kwasniewski finished with a six-point margin over Pursley for the championship.

At 17 years 5 months 10 days, Kwasniewski eclipsed the previous record set by Chuck Bown in 1976 at 22 years, 7 months, 11 days.

“I haven’t even taken that into consideration yet,” Kwasniewski said of setting the record. “It’s awesome. All of this started with my dad. This was his legacy and I wanted to make sure this happened for him. Finally, we got a championship. It’s all thanks to my crew and the guys that worked every day for this. All I had to do was go out there and drive. I have to thank the crew for it. It was a great year.”

Cale Conley, who won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co., finished third Saturday night. Chase Elliott and Cameron Hayley were fourth and fifth, respectively. Completing the top 10 were Greg Pursley, David Mayhew, Bryan Ortiz, Brett Thompson and Ben Kennedy.

Austin Dyne finished 13th to secure the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award by one point over Hayley.
Derek Thorn – who started third, but faded to 27th – finished third in the championship standings behind Kwasniewski and Pursley. He is followed in points by Eric Holmes and David Mayhew. Completing the top 10 in the final standings are Self, Hayley, Dyne, Jonathon Gomez and Ryan Philpott.

Kwasniewski joins Kyle Larson, who won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title, as two members of the 2012 Next9 class to win NASCAR championships. The Next9 is an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport's next wave of national-series stars.

“I think the NASCAR Next9 is definitely the future of the sport,” Kwasniewski said. “We’ve proven it on the race track. Kyle won the (K&N East) championship and we just won the (K&N West) championship here. We’ve definitely got a lot of good drivers and I think that group of Next9 is going to be the next nine you’re going to see in the future (NASCAR Sprint) Cup Series. It’s really good to be part of this. It’s a group of elite drivers and I’m thankful to be part of it.”

Kwasniewski will be crowned as part of the NASCAR Night of Champions Awards banquet, which will include ceremonies for the seven NASCAR touring series on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Convention Center in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach will take place Feb. 18-19 on a .4-mile oval on the backstretch at Daytona International Speedway as part of 2013 Speedweeks. By virtue of their wins earlier in the season, Kwasniewski and Self earned locked-in spots into the starting lineup for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at the event.

Michael Self and his team celebate in Victory Lane after winning
the Casino Arizona 50 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday. Getty Images for NASCAR


Friday, November 9, 2012

New Smartphone App allows supporters and donors to stay connected with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation on a new level. Charlotte, N.C., – Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation (JGCF) is proud to announce the availability of its new smartphone app. The app, made possible by the talented team at Startal, will allow users to keep up with the foundation’s news and happenings from the palm of their hand. Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation is one of the first not-for-profit organizations to offer such a unique experience to its constituents, and the foundation works to reach the day when no child will face the uncertainty of cancer and that successful treatments will not result in negative, long-term effects. 

“This app will allow us to connect with our supporters in a whole new way,” said Gordon. “We look forward to encouraging people everywhere to take notice of an issue that has been overlooked far too long. Our hope is this app will inspire individuals while driving awareness to our mission.” 

The new app will feature foundation news, links to JGCF social media channels to help users stay connected on an easy to use platform and allow individuals to make online donations via their phones at any time. The app will also feature Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation wallpapers that users can download to their smartphones. 

The app was provided by Startal, a mobile media and commerce portal solution connecting brands to consumer members worldwide on smartphones, tablets and other devices through one centralized application (app). 

“Startal is privileged to design and build a mobile application to bring childhood cancer news and information to supporters, offer the ability to donate to research and quality of life programs and grow awareness and support among a broader audience. Donating our development and service time is a commitment we will continue to honor," said Lonnie Boutte, Vice President of Business Development. 

Studies show that over 50% of Americans have smartphones and by 2014 65% of all web traffic will be done via smartphones. 

Download the new app here!

Awesome, Dale Jr. Friday

By now, most of you know what a huge NASCAR fan I am. But did you know that teammates Dale Jr. and Jeff Gordon are two of my all-time favorite drivers! 

A Hendrick Motorsports #88 Diet Mtn Dew 1:24 Scale Stock Car
Limited Edition Adult Collectable!

Recently NASCAR Race Mom was honored to have two unbelievable NASCAR opportunities. The first one involved a five-minute phone call with the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and Chase contender, Jeff Gordon. (see post here)

The second was an opportunity to participate in a Google+ hangout with nine-time, NASCAR Sprint Cup Most Popular Driver and NASCAR Chase contender Dale Earnhardt Jr. (see post here)

It has been a pretty good 2012 for this NASCAR fan. However, it did not prepare me for today. 

The U.S. Mail service brought me an awesome new green Dale Jr. hoodie. Now, I was expecting this attire. However, the mailperson also brought me a package from an unexpected source. The big box contained a Dale Jr. backpack; spy sunglasses; a Dark Knight Rises #88 Diet Mtn. Dew cap; and my favorite, a Hendrick Motorsports #88 Diet Mtn Dew 1:24 Scale Stock Car, Limited Edition Adult Collectable! 

Now while I was counting my blessings, in the back of my mind, NASCAR Race Mom lamented the fact that I still did not have that coveted Dale Jr. autograph. Then in a "real-life is stranger than fiction moment," my husband Paul walked in with a huge box the UPS man left. 

Doesn't NASCAR Race Mom look happy!
Believe it or not, the box housed a beautifully framed AUTOGRAPHED photo of Dale Jr.! Not sure what NASCAR Race Mom did to deserve all this special attention from Dale Jr. However to say I am appreciative would be a huge understatement. 

NASCAR Race Mom is honored to be a member of the Dew Crew!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tony Stewart
Coca-Cola Racing Google+ Hangout

Tony Stewart getting ready to answer a question from NASCAR Race Mom

Did you attend the Google+ Hangout with Coca-Cola Racing Family Championship contenders Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart, and Denny Hamlin? If not you can still view the entire event by watching the YouTube version below.

Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Kyle Petty, Elliott Sadler, Cassie Laberee, Niki Nikolopoulos,  Tom Rolfson, Valerie Anderle, and Bob Pockrass, were in attendance. While NASCAR Race Mom was not chosen to participate live, I was allowed to submit a question. Additionally, NASCAR Race Mom’s blog contest winner’s question was also asked.

Both our questions were answered by NASCAR Star, Tony Stewart. 

NASCAR Race Mom: As a NASCAR Race Mom myself, I recently enjoyed a photo of your mom participating in a go-kart. You {Tony}, looked about eight years old and served as her starter. What advice did you give your mom before that powder puff event and how did she finish?

Tony Stewart: She actually won that day, but I did not give her any advice. My dad was the one that was giving her the advice. I just didn’t want her to get hurt because I wanted to be sure that she cooked dinner that night. Nah she may have been the one of my parents that actually had the driving talent. She was pretty good when she would run those races at the go-kart track. It was a lot of fun. I know exactly the picture that you are talking about. I was probably 8 or 9. It was something that we did not get to do a lot of, but that was one thing as a family that we did; my sister, my mother, my father and I, we all went go-kart racing together when I was young. We had a lot of good times.

Nancy S (Blog Contest Winner): After viewing the wreck in Talladega, “Do you ever get scared?”

Tony Stewart: No, I am scared of not being in a race car in all reality. I have been racing for thirty-three years now and it just part of racing; it is just part of what happens. The worst part of that was that I was the one who made the mistake that caused twenty-four other guys to have a bad day. That was probably what worried me more than just being in the wreck itself.

You can see the entire Google+ Hangout with Coca-Cola Racing Family Championship contenders below:

*** Disclosure: Coca Cola Racing and NASCAR Race Mom, support ethical blogging and strict adherence to the FTC guidelines pertaining to free samples and gifts. As a participant in a Coca Cola Racing campaign, NASCAR Race Mom was compensated by Coca Cola Racing via product. However, NRM would have been pleased to share this news with my readers without said compensation. ***

Friday, November 2, 2012

On the Dew Crew with Dale Jr.

As a Mountain Dew Insider, and in the top ten of the “Dew Crew,” NASCAR Race Mom was invited to participate in an exclusive virtual press conference (via Google+ Hangout) with NASCAR Chase Driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 

Dew Crew Google+ Hangout with NASCAR Driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

If you are like me, you probably do not know much about the free Google+ Hangout Feature. However, it is much like Skype in a conference call format. Google+ Hangout is very intuitive and user friendly. 

My five fellow invited “influencers” and myself were allowed to ask two or three questions. I was amazed at how congenial Dale Jr. was and thoroughly enjoyed the event. Mr. Earnhardt Jr. made me feel very welcomed and valued! 

With the assist of my readers, NASCAR Race Mom picked two questions to ask the nine-time, NASCAR Sprint Cup Most Popular Driver: 

Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were teammates at the 2001 Rolex 24.
(Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)

Question Two:

NASCAR Race Mom: What was the best piece of advice your father* gave you? 

Dale Jr.: One thing that was important to him was that we finish school. He dropped out of school in eighth grade at sixteen years old and even though he was able to have a successful career as a race car driver I think that he knew as he got older and understood just what he had done, I think he understood how limited and how the odds were stacked against him to have that type of career and have that kind of lifestyle so it was really important to him that myself and Kelly finished school and attempt to earn a degree in college. He was really glad that my sister went the extra mile to do that. I went to Mitchell, which is in Statesville, North Carolina, twenty minutes up the road and got an automotive degree because I wanted to work on cars, and at this time, when I graduated high school, driving race cars and being a race car driver for a living weren’t a guarantee. So I went and got an automotive degree to be a mechanic in a dealership, and that’s what I actually did for about four years. But, that’s what was most important, the standard stuff, stay away from drugs and alcohol and hanging around with the wrong crowd. He was always worried about us sort of getting mixed up in the wrong things and I just think he knew what the pitfalls in life were out there and how dangerously close we were to those and how easily affected and impressionable young kids are so he was really worried that we make the right choices at that age, but once we got done with college we got a lot of freedom, we made the choices we wanted to make and he wasn’t quite as concerned after that.

For Question One, click here to go to the NASCAR Race Mom blog. 

* Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001) is considered one of the best NASCAR drivers of all time. Earnhardt Sr. won a total of 76 races over the course of his career, including one Daytona 500 victory in 1998. He also earned seven championships as his aggressive driving style earned him the nickname "The Intimidator". 

A complete video of the event should be available soon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dale Jr. Makes Wishes Come True

This is why I love NASCAR so much.

Teenager, Jeffrey Buzzell's wish comes true when he meets NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. . . . . . and so much more.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Now comes the hard part. (NASCAR D4D)

After three days of evaluations – the last two of which consisted of on-track testing at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. – Rev Racing personnel will pour over their notes from the 2012 NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine and pick their team for the 2013 racing season

It won’t be an easy task, which for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity is a good thing.

“We saw a ton of talent – a lot more talent than ever before,” said Jefferson Hodges, Rev Racing’s director of competition. “And some of them were the same kids. I don’t know what they did between last year and this year, but they really stepped up their game. I was really happy about it.

“I think there are a lot more drivers that deserve an opportunity in our Late Model program than there are openings, so that part of is going to result in some tough decisions.”

“The success of that program is based on the fact that we’re able to really concentrate and develop these drivers.”

For drivers like Daniel Suarez, it’s Rev Racing’s reputation for development that makes a spot on the team so valuable. Suarez is leading the Mexico’s NASCAR Toyota Series in points and is a member of the Next9 initiative, an industry program that helps identify the next wave of NASCAR starts coming up through the ranks. In the past two years, he has run against Rev Racing drivers such as Kyle Larson, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Sergio Pena.

“It’s a really good experience being with all these drivers,” said Suarez of the Combine. “This is one of the best teams for development of young drivers who are in my position. I’m really excited to get the chance to get this opportunity to try out for Rev Racing.

“It’s a really important step for me and my career to be one of the 17 drivers [invited to the Combine], but that’s not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is to be a member of the team and I’m working really hard for that.”

Thursday’s final session was a half-day, with a handful of drivers making additional runs as officials got a second look to help gather more information. All drivers are still in the running for spots on the 2013 Rev Racing team, which will be selected from among the 2012 Rev Racing drivers and the Combine participants.

That selection will take place following the completion of the 2012 season. Rev Racing still has a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races on the schedule.

The first NASCAR race weekend of 2013 is the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the .4-mile oval on the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway during February’s Speedweeks, which will feature both a NASCAR K&N Pro Series race as well as a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model event.

Headquartered in Concord, N.C., Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive For Diversity program, which is the industry's leading developmental program for multicultural and women drivers and pit crew members. Rev Racing fields cars in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The Combine has been held the last two years at Langley, a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned track. The track’s characteristics help play a large role in evaluating drivers.

“The track is tough. It’s hard,” said Jefferson, who has more than 15 years experience with Late Models throughout the southeast. “Turns 3 and 4 are simple. It’s just a corner. But 1 and 2 is extremely difficult. So it really separates the great drivers from the good drivers.”

The drivers at the Combine boast a variety of backgrounds in racing, from open-wheel to stock car. Limited experience in full-fendered cars, though, did little to slow down the competitors. Collin Cabre, a Florida driver with extensive sprint car experience, said the challenges of those cars actually helps drivers to adapt quickly to their new surroundings.

“These two days have been an incredible experience,” said Collin Cabre. “Running from a sprint to a Late Model is totally different. They’re both fast in their own ways.

“What might spook another driver won’t spook a sprint car driver; what they say is out of shape and what I say is out of shape is totally different. They might say it’s totally sideways and it’s not really,” said Cabre. “The cars are very well set up. Rev Racing did a great job setting them up in the shop. They’re a pleasure to drive and I hope I’ll be driving them more.” 

Participants of the NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine pose for a photo at
Langley Speedway on October 17, 2012 in Hampton, Virginia.
Credit: Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The NASCAR D4D program created in 2004 is now executed by Rev Racing. Currently the top two rookies in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Larson and Bryan Ortiz are in the 2012 D4D class, while Larson and Wallace, a Rev Racing graduate, made their national series debuts this year. Earlier this season, Wallace became the first African-American to win a pole award in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, while Larson has been impressive in several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.

Drivers at the Combine include:
Devon Amos, Rio Ranch, N.M.; Dustin Ash, Las Vegas; Annabeth Barnes, Hiddenite, N.C.; Collin Cabre, Thonotosassa, Fla.; Kayla Cazares, Goffstown, N.H.; Amber Colvin, Mooresville, N.C.; Jessica Dana, Olympia, Wash.; Paige Decker, Eagle River, Wis.; Cassie Gannis, Phoenix, Ariz.; Lindsay Katz, Kalmazoo, Mich.; Jack Madrid, San Clemente, Calif.; Kate McCall, Port Orange, Fla.; Dallas Montes, Bakersfield, Calif.; Hannah Newhouse, Twin Falls, Idaho; Dylan Smith, Randolph, Vt.; Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico; Erica Thiering, Sherwood Park, Alberta.

For more information on NASCAR diversity initiatives visit or follow @NASCARDiversity on twitter. Rev Racing’s official website and Twitter is and @RevRacin.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Welcome Alex Almirola!

September 4th tweet from Aric Almirola (‏@aric_almirola)
Best day of my life! Better than any trophy or accomplishment. Today I became Alex Almirola's Dad. Baby and Momma are good
September 6th tweet from Aric Almirola (‏@aric_almirola)
Alex and I watched our first football game together last night. He didn't think it was that exciting. I thought it was a good game. #kids
September 11th tweet from Aric Almirola (‏@aric_almirola)
Alex and I watched our first football game together last night. He didn't think it was that exciting. I thought it was a good game. #kids
September 19th tweet from Aric Almirola (‏@aric_almirola)
2 weeks in and Alex is eating us out of house n home. Takes after his dad in that respect. We're runnin the planet dry just washin bottles.
The Alex is the first child for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, and his wife, Janice. 

Jeff Gordon and Team Umizoomi

Jeff Gordon Hooks Up With Nickelodeon's Team Umizoomi In New Commercial

Jeff Gordon stars in a new spot about math for Nickelodeon's hit animated preschool series, Team Umizoomi. In the spot, Gordon notices the wheels of his race car are triangles instead of circles. It's Team Umizoomi to the rescue as the three miniature math-powered superheroes zoom onto the track in their UmiCar to change the triangle wheels, illustrating the series' message that math can be used to solve everyday problems. The spot premieres Sept. 28 during a brand-new Team Umizoomi special, "The Great Shape Race." premiering at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

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Youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County Rev Up for a NASCAR Race with Rancher’s Reserve Beef

From the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County:

Rancher’s Reserve beef, a Cargill beef brand available exclusively at Safeway, is making it possible for kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County to experience a NASCAR Nationwide Series race for the first time at the Dover International Speedway on Sept. 29 in Dover, Del.

“Safeway and Rancher’s Reserve beef know that race time is a great way to enjoy time with friends and family,” said Sarah Hecox, brand manager, Cargill. “We are happy to provide a fun, educational activity for the kids of Harford County. It is our hope that they will learn more about racing and will remember this experience for years to come.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County consist of four locations throughout the county. Since those attending the NASCAR experience live in areas about an hour from the Speedway, Rancher’s Reserve beef is providing bus transportation to and from the race.

“At the Boys & Girls Clubs, we strive to provide healthy, safe activities for the kids who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs,” said Tim Wills, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Harford County. “Attending a NASCAR race, and having everything from transportation to the tickets provided, is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the kids in Harford County.”

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Josh S. from the Bel Air branch said he is excited to attend the race. “I can’t wait to see how fast the cars go,“ he said.

Cargill Beef is sponsoring Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the Rancher’s Reserve No. 6 Ford Mustang, in 15 races for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series and a Sprint Cup race. Safeway is sponsoring the Nationwide Series race on Sept. 29 and the Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 30 in Dover, Del.


Friday, September 21, 2012

My Conversation with #24 Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon Telephone Call
Pepsi ‘Max It Now.’ Winner

Recently, I participated in a competition entitled Pepsi ‘Max It Now.’ You had to register your username and sync your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, Google, Instagram, and IntoNow) and then complete challenges.

The challenges included posting a Sponsor-requested photo or video, answering a Sponsor-requested question, sharing Sponsor-requested information, checking into a location, or identifying a television commercial or show. The challenges were not easy, but fun and educational.

Imagine the surprise and excitement, when NASCAR Race Mom received an e-mail stating that I was a winner!

While NASCAR Race Mom (NRM) did not win the grand prize, I was lucky enough to snag the only “Personal call from Jeff Gordon (pre-recorded) given away.” My excitement waned a bit when I noticed the “pre-recorded” part.

However, I was later informed that my five-minute phone call with the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion would actually be live! Now I was truly animated. My husband and I have been huge Jeff Gordon fans for quite some time now! The two weeks before the scheduled telephone conversation inched by slowly.

“Hello, this is Jeff Gordon,” our conversation started. “How are you doing?” he asked. I am sure that this NASCAR legend had no idea just how great I was feeling.

Jeff Gordon presented himself so at ease and polite, he immediately calmed my nerves. As I was allowed to direct the dialogue, I asked him about the highs of Richmond International Speedway versus the lows he experienced during the last race.

“That’s just part of racing,” Jeff explained. “It is definitely not how we wanted to start the chase as we already had to start twelfth in the points; but we are not out of it yet. You have to be careful not to dwell on all that good and bad. Ten races are a lot more than most people realize. We need to get everything we can out of it and make up some ground. Never give up!”

This weekend you will see Jeff race in New Hampshire, minus his famous mustache. When I asked him why he lost the mustache, Gordon chuckled. “First of all, the real question is why did I open my mouth about growing the mustache in the first place. But I did and true to my word, I grew it. Then after the type of weekend we had, I thought I enjoyed the mustache long enough. But we had fun with it.”

“I hear that you live in San Diego.” Gordon asked me. After stating that he was correct, Jeff went on to hypothesize “Other than Jimmy Johnson fans, I don’t know that we have a lot of big NASCAR fans out there. I am glad that a true fan from San Diego won this phone call.” I assured him that there are lots of us NASCAR fans here in California!

Unbelievably, Jeff asked me about my son (Moses Smith) and his racing endeavors. When I explained that Moses had to take this year away from NASCAR to focus on his duties as the Manufacturer for the Formula Mazda series; Jeff stated that he had heard of the series. Gordon inquired, “He actually builds the race car? That is a pretty good business to be in. I bet he has plenty of challenges and stays busy.”

In my last question to Jeff Gordon, I asked him how having children (son Leo and daughter Ella) has affected his racing career? “No doubt that it affects you; it affects everything. You don’t realize what it is to be a Dad. In some ways it motives me more. I want to do something that makes them proud and that they can be a part of. The only thing that has really changed is my sleep pattern. I was not a morning person, but I am now. I am lucky that I have such an understanding wife.”

NASCAR Race Mom has not attended a Sprint Cup race this year, but I expressed my desire to attend the Phoenix race in November. Both my favorite NASCAR Series will be at the same track. The Cup cars run on Sunday and the K&N Pro Series West races a day earlier.

“Yes Phoenix is a great town and a great track. I hope to see you and your son out there.” Jeff responded. Now that would be a thrill!

NASCAR Race Mom is a huge fan of fellow Californian, Jeff Gordon. If you are not a #24 NASCAR fan, you should reconsider. He is a great athlete and quite a gentleman.

***Quick reminder: You can still purchase your 2012 Corvette Raffle Ticket today and you could be driving home in Jeff's personal 2011 Convertible Grand Sport 4LT. Only 7500 tickets available. September 24, 2012 is the last day to purchase your ticket.  Click here to purchase your ticket!

The mission of Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation is to support children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure.

In addition, the Foundation provides support to Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital in Concord, NC, which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty care, regardless of their ability to pay.

(I bought a ticket for the raffle . . . . a girl can dream, can't she!)