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