Sounds a bit as blasphemy now, but during the 90’s I was sick and tired of watching Dale Earnhardt win all the time. So, when Jeff Gordon came on the scene and finally gave the Intimidator some competition in the Winston Cup, now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – immediately, I became a fan. All these years later, after witnessing the end of Gordon’s storied career, I am having a little trouble accepting Chase Elliott taking over the reins of the No. 24 and trust me, even going as far as resenting him for it. Perhaps others can relate to these feelings of frustration and understand the dilemma. Continue reading
If you can remember a televised race without a leaderboard when, after going to use the restroom coming back and just assuming the car being shown on television was the leader, maybe you can relate to this.
A lot of negativity, concern and speculation are very present for some NASCAR fans about the steadily diminishing ratings and numbers on all fronts of the sport year after year. An in-depth investigation into the continued trends of what is happening could lead one to believe there won’t much of a sport left in a few more seasons. What the statistics cannot show and express is an overwhelming rise in popularity for the sport and the slow decline and aftermath that has followed from that point.
At the height of Dale Earnhardt’s career and during Jeff Gordon’s early stardom there was a lot of growing interest for the sport of NASCAR which was continually gaining and spreading across the country. By the turn of the century, uproar of new fans and a myriad of businesses were ready to affiliate themselves and join the bandwagon of professional stock car racing. Continue reading
Jordan Taylor is our next guest on Fan4Racing Fan2Fan NASCAR & Race Talk on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm ET. Call 714-202-9918 during the LIVE broadcast with any questions or comments.
No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing
Date: Jan. 9-11, 2015
Event: Roar Before the 24 Test Days
Series: Prototype division of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship
Location: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (3.56-mile, 12-turn superspeedway road course)
WTR Fastest Lap: 1:39.181 at 129.218 mph by Jordan Taylor
Overall Fastest Lap: 1:39.181 at 129.218 mph by Jordan Taylor of Wayne Taylor Racing (Corvette DP)
It was ten years ago this month that Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli co-drove with Emmanuel Collard to victory in the 43rd Rolex 24 At Daytona to kick off a remarkable and dominating run to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship. This weekend, the veteran Italian Angelelli and Taylor’s sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor set the stage for quite the anniversary celebration by clocking the fastest lap at the annual three-day Roar Before the 24 Test Days at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Continue reading
Snowball Week at Five Flags More Than Just a Race
Tim Bryant, General Manager at Five Flags Speedway is our next guest on Fan4Racing Fan2Fan NASCAR & Race Talk on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9 pm ET. Call 714-202-9918 during the LIVE broadcast with any questions or comments.
The 47th Annual Snowball Derby is by far the biggest event in short-track racing, but there’s so much more to it than just the big 300-lap Super Late Model race on Sunday afternoon. No matter what type of racing you enjoy, Five Flags Speedway has you covered throughout the first week of December.
This is the type of weekend that racers and race fans live for. It’s best in person, but if you can’t make it to Pensacola, don’t fret. 51 TV will have you covered as it will be airing all the racing action live on pay-per-view for the very first time.
All four nights of feature racing on 51 TV is available for a total of $54.99.
The action starts on Thursday, December 4th when the Super and Pro Late Models take to the historic half-mile oval in Pensacola, Florida for the first time, but the real fun starts when the Butler U-Pull It Bombers and Beef ‘O Brady’s Sportsmen divisions hit the track for the first feature racing action of the weekend. The only way to see Thursday’s action is to buy the $54.99 package on 51 TV.
Friday might be the most important day of the weekend. It’s NASH 102.7 Pole Night. Talk to any driver attempting to race the Snowball Derby and they’ll tell you that qualifying for the Snowball Derby is one of the most stressful experiences in racing. As of November 26th, 67 cars are vying for 37 spots, only 30 of which we’ll know by time trials.
In addition to Snowball Derby qualifying there’s more feature racing on Friday night as the Super Stock and Modified divisions race for 50 laps each. Both races have been chock full of excitement from the green flag to the checkered flag in recent years.
The next to the last night of Snowball Derby weekend features the last chance qualifier for Sunday’s race. The drivers who failed to make the big show through qualifying will have 50 laps to settle the last four qualifying spots. It’s a race that features some big names, and now you can see it live on 51 TV.
Saturday night will also feature a 50-lap event for the Pro Trucks, and one of the most highly anticipated Pro Late Model races in the country. The Allen Turner Snowflake 100 has 80 cars on the entry list, which includes names like Bubba Pollard, Augie Grill and hometown favorite Johanna Long.
All of that racing action is just a tease for what’s to come on Sunday when the stars of the Super Late Model world, and even the NASCAR world, take to the track for the biggest short track race in North America. The 47th Annual Snowball Derby goes green on Sunday, December 7 and for the first time it is now available to watch live on 51 TV.
51 TV has multiple packages that can meet just about any race fan’s needs. Packages range in price from $14.99 for Friday’s action only, to $54.99 which includes all four days of feature racing action.
Of course, nothing can duplicate the sights and smells and fun of physically being at Five Flags Speedway for the Snowball Derby.
Tickets and reserved camping spots are still available, but going fast. To order tickets or to reserve a camping spot, call the Five Flags Speedway box office at (850) 944-8400.
For more information on 51 TV, visit Speed51.com. 51 TV has advertising opportunities available. To be seen during the 51 TV broadcast and Speed51.com’s most viewed event all season, the Snowball Derby, email marketing @speed51.com.
The full 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend schedule is available at www.snowballderby.com.
For more information about Five Flags Speedway and the 47th Annual Snowball Derby weekend, please visit www.5flagsspeedway.com, www.snowballderby.com or contact the track by calling (850) 944-8400.
Ben Rhodes is our next guest on Fan4Racing Fan2Fan NASCAR & Race Talk on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 9 pm ET. Call 347-996-5176 with any questions or comments during the LIVE broadcast.
Fresh off of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship podium, Ben Rhodes made his fourth-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Phoenix International Raceway, where he scored his career-best qualifying position along with his career-best race finish of fifth in the No. 32 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet Silverado. Continue reading