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Why CBD industry might become next big sponsorship for IndyCar

INDIANAPOLIS – IndyCar has tapped into a new industry for sponsorships.

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports on Thursday announced its partnership with DEFY – a CBD-based sports performance drink co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Terrell Davis –  at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The product’s name is displayed on James Hinchliffe’s No. 5 and Marcus Ericsson’s No. 7 Hondas.

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Country House sensationally wins the Kentucky Derby- 1st DQ in History

Maximum Security crossed the line in  first place, but the victory lap was short-lived, with the thoroughbred subsequently disqualified in a stewards' call

Fans Outraged, and you gotta ask if this was a fixed race and will lawsuits ensue...

Country House has won the 2019 Kentucky Derby after first-place finisher Maximum Security was sensationally disqualified in a stewards' call.  

Maximum Security had crossed the line first, but was taken down due to an incident on the final turn when he veered out of line and impeded War of Will and Long Range Toddy.

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J.D. Gibbs, co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing, dies at 49

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J.D. Gibbs, who followed his famous father’s path from football to stock-car racing, died Friday evening. He was 49.

Gibbs’ passing was announced by Joe Gibbs Racing, the family’s racing team, citing “complications following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease.” Gibbs had undergone treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function in recent years.

Gibbs served as president and later co-chairman of Joe Gibbs Racing. Before joining the organization’s senior management, Gibbs was an over-the-wall crewmember and a part-time driver, making 13 NASCAR national series starts from 1998-2002.

J.D. was appointed president of the company in 1998, and he was named co-chairman in 2016. Before stepping into a management role, he was an over-the-wall crew member and a part-time driver. He made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002.

He attended Oakton High school in Vienna, Virginia, and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He played high school and college football.

Joe Gibbs coached the Washington team from 1981 to 1992, returning again as coach in 2004 for four more seasons. He coached the team to three Super Bowl championships.

Gibbs is survived by wife Melissa, and four boys. According to a report by Zack Albert of NASCAR.com, Gibbs had been suffering from a neurological ailment since around 2014, which had affected his speech and processing functions. In a 2015 report by Bob Pockrass of ESPN, doctors had stated that Gibbs' condition was related to "head injuries likely suffered earlier in life". However, no specific injury was pinpointed.

PHOTOS: J.D. Gibbs through the years

The Washington Redskins issued a statement from owner Dan Snyder calling J.D. a “champion in life and sports.”

 Denny Hamlin, tweeted: “His car. His number. His signature above my door. I will always be grateful for what His family did for mine and the opportunity he gave me 14 years ago.”

From seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson: “My heart goes out to the Gibbs family about JD’s passing this morning. He was always so kind and gracious to everyone.”


David Pearson Dead at 83

By Bob Barney

NASCAR Hall Of Famer David Pearson, 83

Three-time NASCAR Champion David Pearson, who won 105 races in the series, which rank him second in NASCAR Cup Series competition behind only seven-time series champion Richard Petty’s 200,  has died. He was 83 years old.   Pearson, known as “The Silver Fox,” and is one of the best drivers to compete in NASCAR.    

David Pearson’s 105 NASCAR victories and his rivalry in the 1960s and ’70s with Richard Petty helped set the stage for NASCAR’s rise into a mainstream sport with national appeal.  When he retired, he had three championships – and millions of fans.

Richard Petty called him the greatest driver he ever raced against, and said in a 1970's interview that he had so much respect for Pearson that if he were following him and David turned right into the wall, he would follow him.  Petty also said that the famous crash that they had during the Daytona 500 (which Pearson won) was probably one of the only time the two touched each other in 20 years of racing.  Both men were clean racers, that didn't push and ram their way into victory lane.     “I want to thank Richard Petty, too,” Pearson said when he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. “He’s probably the one that made me win as many as I did. I run hard because he’d make me run hard. Sometimes he would make a mistake and I’d pass him. Of course, I didn’t ever make mistakes … I’ve had more fun running with him than anybody I ever run with ’cause I knew if I ever went to a race track and he was there, if I could beat him, I’d win the race.”

Petty, in a statement Monday evening, called Pearson his “toughest competitor......I have always been asked who my toughest competitor in my career was. The answer has always been David Pearson,” said Petty. “David and I raced together throughout our careers and battled each other for wins- most of the time finishing first or second to each other.

“It wasn’t a rivalry, but more mutual respect. David is a Hall of Fame driver who made me better. He pushed me just as much as I pushed him on the track. We both became better for it. We have always been close to the Pearson family because they were in the racing business, just like us. We stayed close, and I enjoyed visits to see David when going through South Carolina. We will miss those trips.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pearson family and friends.”

In a personal note, Pearson was one of my childhood favorites, and I often believed that if he had raced as often as Petty, he too would have had 200 victories or more. Pearson rarely drove all the races back in the 60's, when NASCAR raced many times at small unprofitable tracks. 

The native of Spartanburg, S.C., was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.

 


NASCAR driver loses sponsorship over father's racial slur in 1980s...

Conor Daly's Lilly sponsorship decals removed because of father's use of racial slur in 1980s

Conor Daly is paying for the sins of his father.

Conor’s father, Derek Daly, on Thursday admitted he had used a racial slur in a live radio interview in the early 1980s. Connor Daly was born in 1991.

On Friday, Lilly Diabetes pulled its sponsorship decals from Conor Daly’s No. 6 NASCAR ride, saying that it didn’t want the distraction from their cause. 

Lilly's full statement, via NASCAR reporter Chris Knight: “Our sponsorship in Saturday’s race is intended to raise awareness of treatment options and resources for people living with diabetes. Unfortunately, the comments that surfaced this week by Derek Daly distract from this focus, so we have made the decision that Lilly Diabetes will no longer run the No. 6 at Road America this weekend.

"We remain committed to our mission of supporting people with diabetes.”

Around 8 p.m. Friday, Conor Daly tweeted: "The last 24hrs have been quite an unnecessarily difficult ride for my family. There is A LOT I want to say... but I’m still here and still racing. I appreciate the support from @roushfenway and ALL of you. @LillyDiabetes has been a big part of my career and Im very thankful. #6" MORE


NASCAR CEO Takes Leave of Absence After DUI Arrest

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Aug. 7 (UPI) — NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France will take an indefinite leave of absence after he was arrested for drunk driving and drug possession in New York.

France was arrested Sunday evening in Sag Harbor Village, N.Y., a wealthy suburb in Long Island, after he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. A police officer pulled France over and determined he was intoxicated. The officer also allegedly found France to be in possession of oxycodone pills without a prescription.

For France, 56, this is the second known driving incident for the third-generation NASCAR scion.

In 2006, a witness called 911 after seeing France drive “at a very reckless speed” through downtown Daytona Beach, Fla., before smacking into a tree. By the time police got to France, he was already at home and told them he was drinking a soda when he “bumped into something. Read More


NASCAR driver Greg Biffle 'secretly filmed his wife and mother-in-law with hidden cameras

A former NASCAR great is on trial this week after being accused of installing hidden cameras throughout his North Carolina home and not telling his then-wife and her mother about the devices. 

Greg Biffle, 50, is being sued for 'no less than $100,000' by his estranged wife Nicole, 42, who claims she spent the final two years of her marriage being surveilled by Biffle and his friend Ricky Matthew Reavis without her knowledge.

It was not just her either, as Nicole's mother Sara Lunders was also filmed on these hidden cameras, having moved in with the couple in 2011 after the birth of their daughter.

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Lawsuit: Greg Biffle is being sued for no less than $100,000 by his estranged wife Nicole and her mother Sara Lunders after filming them, allegedly without their knowledge (couple above in 2008)

Father pulls his son from the burning wreck at South Boston Speedway

An out of control driver had to be rescued by his father after getting trapped in his burning car while racing around the track. Mike Jones spiralled out of control and was sent crashing into the walls after he collided into another motorist, before his car went up in flames. 

He managed to drag his son through the window after he had spent around 25 seconds trapped in the blaze.

Despite his son being saved from danger, the heroic father returned to try to help track safety staff put out the inferno!

Mike Jones spiralled out of control and was sent crashing into the walls after he collided into another motorist, before his car went up in flames at South Boston Speedway in Virginia

NASCAR great Richard Petty to auction off his race cars including a $400k 1974 Dodge Charger

Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is auctioning off some of his best memorabilia, including his most famous race cars.

Bidders will be able to get a crack at buying the 1974 Dodge Charger which Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 championship among other accomplishments.

The car is likely to be sold for near half-a-million dollars, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The auction is scheduled to take place this Saturday at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Bidders will be able to get a crack at buying the 1974 Dodge Charger which Petty drove to victory in the Daytona 500 championship among other accomplishments
Richard Petty, the legendary NASCAR driver, is auctioning off some of his best memorabilia, including his most famous race cars. A painted portrait of Petty, which will also be auctioned this Saturday, is seen above

Majority Owners Explore Sale of NASCAR: Sources

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The majority owners of NASCAR, the company which operates the namesake U.S. car-racing series and other motorsport events, are exploring options that include the sale of a majority stake, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The move comes as NASCAR grapples with an aging fan base, stricter safety rules and a competitive media landscape that have weighed on its popularity and made it less attractive to advertisers and sponsors.

The France family, which controls NASCAR, is working with investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to identify a potential deal for the company, three sources said, cautioning that the deliberations are at exploratory stage and no agreement of any kind is certain.

The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.   READ MORE


Remembering Richard Petty’s staggering numbers in the No. 43

With Darrell “Bubba” Wallace set to driver the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports this weekend at Pocono Raceway, it’s an appropriate time to reflect on the staggering statistics his car owner piled up while making the number one of the most iconic in NASCAR history.

Richard Petty drove the No. 43 to 192 of his record 200 victories in NASCAR’s top series.

Wallace will be making his debut in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the car when he subs for the injured Aric Almirola in Sunday’s Pocono 400. Almirola continues to recover from a compression back fracture he suffered in a horrifying wreck at Kansas on May 13.

The numbers Petty compiled en route to his seven championships, which remains tied for most all time with the late Dale Earnhardt and current champ Jimmie Johnson, are mind-blowing.

Petty made 1,125 starts in the No. 43 across parts of five different decades. In addition to all the wins, he also posted 526 top-five and 676 top-10 finishes while winning 115 poles.   READ MORE


Bubba Wallace set to make history as black driver in Daytona

image from storage.googleapis.comDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason. The Hall of Fame driver’s eponymous race team has toiled for decades in mediocrity, with checkered flags all but extinct.

Bubba at Daytona changed the game.

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. had driven the iconic No. 43 car to a third-place finish in a Daytona 500 qualifying race, setting off a celebration for Richard Petty Motorsports almost worthy of winning NASCAR’s marquee race itself. 

The King strolled to the pits and hugged Wallace. The 80-year-old Petty wrapped his arm around Wallace , and they walked off smiling toward what each side hoped was the start of a fruitful alliance.

“I just had a guard walk me from pit road to the media center. His name is Richard Petty. I’ve never seen him so excited in my life,” Wallace said.

That Wallace can energize Petty may symbolize as much a true passing of the torch as NASCAR could want: Petty and his deep kinship with old-school fans and the 24-year-old Wallace, a video game playing, social media darling about to make history as the first black driver since 1969 in the Daytona 500.   READ MORE


Super Bowl Ratings Plummet to 8-Year Low - Puppy Bowl All Time Ratings High!

, Super Bowl LII will go down as one of the most entertaining championship games in recent memory. However, for the NFL, it will go down as the lowest-rated Super Bowl game in recent memory.

The Eagles 41-33 victory over the Patriots drew a 47.4/70 in metered markets. That’s down nearly three percent from last year’s thriller between the Patriots and the Falcons. It’s a 5 percent drop from the last time NBC had the big game in 2014, when the Patriots beat the Seahawks.

Looked at broadly, Super Bowl LII is the lowest-rated Super Bowl game since 2010, when the Colts and Saints, two smallish market teams, faced-off against each other:  Read More


World-class racing driver and team owner Dan Gurney Dead at 86

World-class racing driver and team owner who was the first to spray champagne in celebration
Dan Gurney at the Monaco Grand Prix in May 1967; the following month he was victorious at Le Mans and the Belgian Grand Prix

The American racing driver Dan Gurney, who has died aged 86, was said to be the rival most feared by the great Jim Clark. He was at the start of the most remarkable week of his career in the cockpit when, on a Sunday afternoon in June 1967, he mounted the podium at Le Mans alongside AJ Foyt, with whom he had shared the winning Ford GT40 Mk IV in the famous 24-hour race. Gurney was handed the victors’ usual bottle of champagne but, instead of drinking it, gave it a shake before aiming a spray of foaming liquid at the spectators gathered to acclaim his triumph, thus inaugurating a style of celebration that became universally adopted.

He is survived by his second wife, Evi Butz, a former Porsche public relations executive, whom he married in 1969, and by their two sons, Justin and Alex; by three sons, Daniel Jr, John and James, and a daughter, Lyndee, from his first marriage, to Arleo Bodie; and by eight grandchildren.

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Ted Christopher, modified championship racer, dies in plane crash at 59

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NORTH BRANFORD, Conn. - Modified championship racer Ted Christopher was one of two people killed when a small plane crashed in the woods in Connecticut on Saturday, NASCAR officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that two people were aboard a Mooney M20C plane that went down near the North Branford-Guilford border shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, but they didn’t release the names of the victims.

Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, said Christopher, 59, and the plane’s pilot both died.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. Details of the plane’s itinerary were not immediately released.

The 59-year-old Christopher captured 13 track championships and competed at every level of NASCAR during his career. In 2006, he was selected as one of the top 25 drivers in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.  MORE


She accused a NASCAR champion of domestic violence and it ruined her life

Patricia Driscoll doesn’t scare easily. But as she stood in front of a conference hall of suits at a university in Vermont, talking about her work as the CEO of a defense contracting company, she couldn’t shake a feeling of dread every time an audience member checked their phone. What if they were googling her? And what if, during the Q&A portion of the program, they asked her about what they found on the first page of search results?

It’s moments like this when the 39-year-old mother regrets walking into the Dover Police Department two and a half years ago to file a domestic violence report against her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR star Kurt Busch.  

image from media.tmz.comWhen you used to look up Driscoll’s name, you’d likely find headlines about her work as the President of the Armed Forces Foundation, photos of her pre-race kisses with Busch, clips of her appearances on Fox News as a defense expert, and articles in which she discusses how to help veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

But that was before Busch allegedly strangled her and slammed her head against the wall of his trailer three times; before a simple hearing over a protective order turned into a media circus and she was publicly accused of being a trained assassin for the CIA; before the non-stop online harassment and death threats; before  ESPN’s multi-part investigation into her role at the AFF and her subsequent resignation; before she was federally indicted on eight counts of fraud and tax evasion. You know. Before.

Today, her search results on Google paint a scandal-plagued picture that follows her wherever she goes.   Read The Rest Here


This bootleg runner's son was in the passenger seat during the early days of NASCAR

When you think of NASCAR, it's likely you think of massive crowds, cars speeding past at over 200 mph and the corporate logos splashed on just about everything.

But the origin of the stock car race goes back to the late 1920s and 30s during prohibition when drivers navigated red dirt tracks in souped up cars running illegal moonshine from state to state for distilleries.

Bill Blair Jr. is the son of Bill Blair, a legendary bootleg runner who also was a professional racer and was one of the original drivers who raced with Bill France, the founder of NASCAR.

"The first cars that he raced were liquor cars," Blair Jr. explained. "You haul liquor at night, and on the weekend, they'd have the race and you'd use your liquor car."

Bill Blair Jr. grew up working on race cars with his dad and knows the history of NASCAR like the back of his hand.

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Bill Blair Jr. grew up working on race cars with his dad and knows the history of NASCAR like the back of his hand.


Daniel Pierce, an author and history professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, said the automobile was a major development for people in the moonshine business because it made it easier to transport their product. Bootleggers, he explained, quickly developed high-speed driving skills to evade law enforcement.  MORE


Auto Racing for the most part is losing fans

NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in his carNASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt in his car (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Bob Barney

One does not have to be very attentive much to see that auto racing, especially NASCAR are losing fans in droves.  The decline started with the worldwide depression that occurred in 2008-2014.  As racing expenses grew, and the cost of tickets grew along side of it, fan base slowed.  Nascar can go all the way back to Dale Earnhardt's death to see when their audience began to dwindle.  

For example on the same night as the Virginia Tech-Tennessee game, a Nascar race at Richmond, Virginia, drew 2.7 million television viewers, less than half as many people as watched the football game. TV ratings for the Richmond race were said to be down 12% from the same race in 2015 and 44% from 2014.

On Sunday afternoon, butting right into the NFL, the 10-race Nascar playoffs open with a race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. You can buy a ticket on the start-finish line with a good view of the entire track on StubHub for $87. A ticket on the 50-yard line for the Bears-Eagles game at Soldier Field a night later will throw you back at least $170.

Some headlines links and comments:

The rise and fall of NASCAR:Why racetracks are removing hundreds of thousands of seats:

Once upon a time, stock car racing was a humble, homespun operation. Drivers were farm boys and shade tree mechanics who learned to race by outrunning the law on back-road moonshine runs. Their cars really were stock: They bought them from the local dealer, fixed them up in the parking lot before races, then went at it. The tracks were dirt ovals, carved out of country fields with a bulldozer. Fans stood at the edge of the track and went home coated in dust. But those days are long gone, replaced by big-budget reality. NASCAR’s tracks are all paved, and the drivers are millionaire stars. At Charlotte, glinting turbine helicopters hover down onto a concrete pad just outside the speedway, disgorging corporate honchos in golf shirts and custom loafers. Polished race team transporters, with hydraulic tailgates and several million dollars worth of tools inside, are lined up near the pits, and a video screen the size of a football field towers over the action. Read More

Dale Earnhardt would be 58 now and would probably not find much to like about stock-car racing. His death on Feb. 18, 2001, in a last-lap accident at the Daytona 500, led Nascar, and motorsports to a larger degree, into developments Earnhardt might have bristled at.

His death on that warm, sunny afternoon in Florida stunned Nascar’s legion of loyal fans because Earnhardt, the seven-time Cup series champion known as the Intimidator, was regarded as invincible. But it also propelled the sport into American pop culture virtually overnight. Read More

Fans explain why they stopped attending NASCAR races:

Another headline touts reasons why Nascar fans are staying away, interviewing fans and their disgruntled attitude towards the sport they claim left them behind

It's not only Nascar!

 

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Dale Jr to Retire

FONTANA, CA - MARCH 18: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance / Batman Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 18, 2016 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

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Hendrick Motorsports announced in a press release Tuesday morning that the 42-year-old driver plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2017 NASCAR season.

Earnhardt Jr. followed his late father, Dale Earnhardt, into the racing business and began his own professional career at the age of 24 back in 1999.

Over the course of his career, Earnhardt won 26 of his 603 starts and was named Most Popular Driver 14 times. He won the Daytona 500 twice and won two championships in back-to-back years in 1998 and ’99. MORE


NASCAR ends relationship with New London-Waterford Speedbowl following owner’s arrest for Human Trafficking

 HARTFORD -- NASCAR is ending their relationship with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl following the arrest of the facility's owner.

In a statement issued Thursday, NASCAR said they have terminated the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanction and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race sanction with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, effective immediately.

This includes canceling the Whelen Modified Tour 161 race scheduled for July 22 through July 29.

Bruce Bemer (Danbury Police)

Sources tell FOX61, the move is a direct result of the arrest of Bruce Bemer, 63, of Glastonbury.

On March 30, the FBI and Danbury police arrested Bemer, and two other men, in connection to a sex trafficking ring that operated out of Danbury and reached other cities. Police said Bemer was a client in the ring that targeted young men with mental health issues and forced them to perform sexual acts in exchange for money.

According to court documents, Bemer met with the victims dozens of times over the course of years and would on occasion meet them at the Speedbowl.

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Veteran Sprint car driver David Steele, 42, is killed in horrifying crash

Sprint car veteran David Steele died during a race in Florida this weekend and the dramatic crash was caught on camera.

The crash involving the 42-year-old took place during the Southern Car Spring Shootout Series at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton on Saturday.

The shocking incident, which was captured on video, involved Steele's vehicle hitting a retaining wall. 

David Steele is pictured with his wife, Lynn Bunn Steele, in this Facebook photograph, died after his car crashed into a wall at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida on Saturday 

Steele leaves behind three children. USAC series director Levi Jones said: 'He was a once-in-a-lifetime talent on the track, but even more impressive was the man, the dad and husband he was'

Steele leaves behind three children. USAC series director Levi Jones said: 'He was a once-in-a-lifetime talent on the track, but even more impressive was the man, the dad and husband he was'

Sprint car veteran David Steele died during a race in Florida this weekend. His vehicle is pictured on Saturday night at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton

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