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What We Learned At Talladega On Saturday
May 6, 2012
By Connie Felix
Team Recycles Sneakers To Help Others
Roush Yates begins a quest, between May 4th and May 18th, to gather 1,000 pair of gently used sneakers in an effort to raise funds for local Mooresville families with children fighting cancer. Shoes must be of the gently used variety, though they may contain holes no larger than a dime, must have the soles and backs intact, and must include the laces. Race Fans & residents in the area are encouraged to drop shoes at Roush Yates Performance Products during regular business hours from 7am to 6pm Monday through Friday or 9am to 1pm on Saturdays at 122 Knob Hill Road in Mooresville, NC.
Green Sneakers will pay Roush Yates up to $.50 a pound for the shoes. With an average pair of shoes weighing in at about 2 pounds, that’s roughly $1 a pair. Eventually the shoes go to a sorting facility where Green Sneakers staff process the collection, keeping them from the local landfill, and making them ready for distribution to other people in need.
2012 Fan Day At RCR Museum & Winery
Richard Childress Racing and Childress Vineyards will co-host a full day event May 25, 1012, for fans. Activities at each venue will begin at 9 a.m. ET. Two autograph sessions with 7 drivers start 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. with tickets required, show car and sponsor partner displays, guided museum and winery tours scheduled throughout the day. The RCR Museum will have a giant tent sale, with specific racing memorabilia sales to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can participate in drawings, hide-and-tweet contests and Facebook trivia throughout the day for a chance to win prizes. A concert on the lawn by Curb Records recording artist Tim Dugger starts at 7 p.m, Tickets are $20 per person and are available by calling 336-236-9463 or online at click here.
Mike Ford Comments On Why He Was Problem At Joe Gibbs Racing
"In the organization you see things that you need to work on and if you are the only guy that sees them then you are the guy that is an issue. " Ford commented on how he got along with Denny Hamlin and that they still text back and forth periodically. "I love Denny to death. This is business. It was time to move on."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. At Wal-Mart
A big sign at Wal-Mart in Pell City, Alabama announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be appearing Friday evening. However NO autographs or pictures were allowed. No stage or microphone was visible, so presume that meant you could only look at the No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet NASCAR driver.
It's Back And It's FREE For 2012 Season
NASCAR HOTPASS™ on DIRECTV is back, and it’s FREE to all DIRECTV customers. Four dedicated driver channels offering viewers multiple camera angles, real-time statistics and audio of the network broadcast augmented by live communication between the drivers and their pit crews are available for all 36 points-paying races during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Motor Racing Network Has Races Online
If your area radio stations do not cover the NASCAR Nationwide Series races and Sirius XM Radio is not an option, turn on the computer and check out the Podcasts for your Saturday race coverage.
Sam Bass Guitar Designed Trophy In High Demand
When Nashville Superspeedway, the 1.33 mile concrete oval track located in Gladeville, Tennessee closed its gates in 2011, the beautiful and unique Gibson Guitar trophy came to a temporary end. Artist Sam Bass designed 45 guitars for the track over a ten year period and decided to give it a year before moving the tradition elsewhere. At least ten tracks immediately stepped up wanting the guitar trophy for their NASCAR races. Time for a decision will come sooner than race fans like and still no rumor as to what might happen to Nashville Superspeedway. Bristol Motor Speedway would be the obvious choice since that is truly where Country Music started and Gibson is located in Tennessee.
Humpy Wheeler & Bruton Smith At It Again
Humpy Wheeler is taking offense that his boss of 33 years at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bruton Smith, appeared to claim responsibility this past week for lights at the 1.5 mile NASCAR race track. Wheeler claims the idea was 100% his. The feud started when Wheeler felt he was forced out of his job several years before he was ready to retire.
Confiscated Parts & Pieces At Talladega Superspeedway
No parts or pieces were visible in the NASCAR hauler Saturday early morning at Talladega Superspeedway. However a rumor is afloat that Brad Keselowski had his front nose removed by NASCAR officials.
ARCA Racing Series Was A Fan Pleaser
Friday evenings ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Talladega Superspeedway, was full of excitement. You had the BIG wreak involving eleven race cars, then lap 83 ARCA driver #83 Mike Affarano flipped six and a half times in his North Grand Auto Parts Chevrolet. Brandon McReynolds, driver of the #32 Win Tron - Turner Motorsports Chevrolet and son of Larry McReynolds, passed Matt Lofton on the final lap middle of the tri-oval at Talladega Superspeedway to win the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250. His first ARCA Racing Series win in seven career starts.
Little E Discusses Being In The Garage As A Kid
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was asked during a Saturday morning press conference at Talladega Superspeedway, when he realized the race fans at Talladega were passionate for the Earnhardt name,
“I probably didn’t really witness it until I was a driver and Dad (Dale Earnhardt, Sr.) won that one race that they talk about where he came from 18th to win with three laps to go. I don’t really remember anything specific about that moment. When I was a kid, I wasn’t really concerned with how famous Dad was or the reaction from the fans. I was just running around the garage having fun with my buddies. I was in awe about how many brand new spark plugs they would leave laying around the garage. Brand new bottles of brake cleaner and glass cleaner just discarded. Because, when the race started, they didn’t leave their crash carts. They didn’t have crash carts back then. You had one tool box and you took it to the pits, so when the race was going on, the garage was completely empty of everything. There was nothing there. They had cleaned it up, put everything away and took everything they needed to the pits. What they would leave behind would be brand-new spark plugs and brand-new cans of this, that and the other. All kinds of brand new stuff just laying around. Me and my buddies would box it up or carry it over to Jimmy Means’ truck so they could take it home. Like they needed it. I don’t even know if Jimmy cared, but we thought we were doing something cool. That was all we did; we did that, and begged people to let us wax their race cars and whatever we could get ourselves in to.”
Goodyear's Spring 2012 Talladega Sprint Cup Tire Stats
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Number of Tires: Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 800 Right-side -- 800Set limits: Sprint Cup: 4 sets for practice and qualifying, and 6 sets for the race;
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.9 in. (2,233 mm) Right-side -- 88.4 (2,247 mm) Technical Inspection Inflation: Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front -- 27 psi; Left Rear -- 27 psi Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psiNOTES:
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