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Boss Global Media and Boss Racing Partners with Team Rensi Motorsport to Secure Sponsorship for 2013 NASCAR Teams04 May 2012 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Corporate sponsorship and marketing consulting group Boss Global Media and its racing division Boss Racing has signed a partnership deal with former McDonalds CEO and NASCAR Team Rensi Motorsport owner and CEO Edward H. Rensi to raise money for NASCAR Sprint & Nationwide teams. BGM executives say they understand their partners' reasons for being involved in motorsports, and have the business and marketing expertise to capitalize on them. They believe the partnership will be a dynamic, joint endeavor in securing funding for the 2013 NASCAR season. "Boss Global is committed to working with Ed Rensi," says BGM VP for Business Development Hayden Trepeck. "Boss has been in the motorsport sponsorship business since our inception. We know the owners. We know the sponsors. We can make this happen."
Ed Rensi knows what it takes to operate a successful franchise. Under his leadership McDonalds' restaurants and revenue doubled. Rensi has recently opened Tom & Eddie's, a growing chain of gourmet burger restaurants. Along with running successful food franchises and a NASCAR team, Rensi has also worked with many charities, including as CEO of McDonalds co-founding the Ronald McDonald House, working with the American National Red Cross and the League Against Child Abuse.
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Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced today that driver John Wes Townley will carry the colors of the Toyota 'Save in May' Sales Event in the May 5 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event at Talladega Superspeedway and in the May 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Townley, 22, will drive the No. 24 Toyota 'Save in May' Sales Event Toyota Camry at Talladega Superspeedway in a collaborated effort between SR2 Motorsports and RAB Racing with Brack Maggard. Townley's NCWTS crew chief, Chris Rice, will be atop the pit box for the Watkinsville, Ga., native's Nationwide Series efforts.
"Toyota Motorsports and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) welcome the expanded promotional exposure and public relations support for Toyota's 'Save in May' Sales Event provided by RAB Racing with Brack Maggard at both the upcoming Talladega and Charlotte NNS and NCWTS races, respectively," said Les Unger, Toyota's national motorsports manager. "It would be quite exciting should John Wes Townley be able to visit victory lane after either or both of these two events."
In four combined ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS and NNS starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Townley has accumulated a 25th-place average starting position to go along with a respectable 15th-place average finish, and has completed all but one of the laps contested.
"I'm really looking forward to racing in the Nationwide Series again," said Townley. "Talladega has always been a strong track for me, I've always had good runs at the superspeedway races. I've got to thank Toyota for making this all possible. I'm happy to have the Toyota 'Save in May' Sales Event on the side of our Camry for this weekend's race."
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Green Earth Technologies Sponsors Race Fever with Product Donation to AIDB’s Project Green Partners Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) and Green Earth Technologies are drafting, coming off Turn 4 during Talladega’s NASCAR weekend.
Through AIDB’s Race Fever, May 4, Talladega Superspeedway SPEED Channel Dome, Green Earth Technologies, Inc. will donate $3,000 in industrial and automotive cleaning supplies to AIDB’s Project Green, a biodiesel public education, student training and internal production program.
Best known for its bio-based motor oils, Green Earth Technologies, Inc. currently partners with the TriStar Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) team. TriStar has chosen G-OIL, the world's first and only American Petroleum Institute (API) and USDA BioPreferred® certified bio-based full synthetic motor oil, for all four of his 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series cars. Drivers include Mike Bliss, Jeff Green, Eric McClure and Tayler Malsam, who made NASCAR history as the first NASCAR driver to use a bio-based motor oil, kick-starting the season at Daytona.
Malsam, Bliss, Green and McClure will join MRN’s Steve Post and legendary Auburn Basketball Coach Sonny Smith during Race Fever on‐stage to conduct live driver interviews during the Silent Auction. NASCAR great Michael Waltrip will take over as host during Race Fever’s Live Auction.
Other drivers slated to attend include Marcos Ambrose, TJ Bell, Alex Bowman, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Jeremy Clements, Jeffrey Earnhardt, John Ferrier, David Gilliland, Buster Graham, Aleks Gregory, Timmy Hill, Sam Hornish, Jr., Matt Kenseth, Blake Koch, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Johanna Long, Joe Nemechek, Thomas Prater, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Robert Richardson, Jr., Morgan Shepherd, Brian Scott, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Ryan Truex and Mike Wallace. Celebrity artist Sam Bass will also be in attendance.
“Many drivers choose to commit to Race Fever the week of the event,” states Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “With that being said, driver commitment and dedication to this event is tremendous. Drivers and celebrities like Michael Waltrip donate their time and racing memorabilia for the live and silent auctions. Race Fever allows fans and sponsors the opportunity to see their favorite drivers ‘up close and personal’ while positively impacting children and their families experiencing deafness and blindness. Whether a driver, fan, sponsor or volunteer, Race Fever is an amazing event to be involved in – on any level.”
The ‘Green’ Groove In racing, the term ‘groove’ is considered the most efficient or quickest way around the track for a particular driver. “We came to NASCAR to prove that our GREEN bio-based, full synthetic G-Oil can perform in NASCAR engines and competition,” said Green Earth Technologies, Inc., President and CMO, Jeffrey Loch. Six races into the season, G-Oil and the Tri-Star Motorsports Toyota team have two cars in the Top Ten in the 2012 NNS standings. “We have gotten in the groove and been introduced to a number of partners and sponsors who share similar GREEN goals. We are pleased to team up with AIDB, to support ‘PROJECT GREEN.’ Working together is a recipe for success,” said Loch. NASCAR has undertaken a series of ‘green’ initiatives, including team and track recycling, introduction of electronic fuel injection on race cars and the introduction of special ethanol fuels.
“Race Fever, now in its 27th year, would not have continued success without tremendous support from NASCAR, The NASCAR Foundation and Talladega Superspeedway in addition to sponsors like Green Earth Technologies, Inc.,” states AIDB President Dr. Terry Graham. “Their contributions are a victory for those children and families experiencing deafness and blindness that AIDB serves statewide.”
Race Fever 2012 sponsors include NASCAR, Talladega Superspeedway, WTDR, Sound Solutions, Williamson Brothers BBQ, Jim Wilson Jewelers, I.B.I.S., Inc., Friend of AIB, Coca‐Cola, Resolute Forest Products, Talladega Home Center, Regions Bank, Wittichen Supply Company, Merrill Lynch Private Banking, Good Deed Organization, America’s First Federal Credit Union, AT&T, First National Bank of Talladega, Golden Rod Broilers, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Alabama Power Company, First Educator’s Credit Union, Green Earth Technologies, Inc., Hollis & Spann, Inc., Barganier Davis Sims Architects Associated, PA, and Mary Ann’s Framing. New sponsor, Armour Vienna Sausages, will host 40 students from AIDB for a day‐at‐the‐track on Saturday May 5, which will include breakfast, lunch, a pit road tour, an opportunity to meet drivers and media personalities and tickets to the Nationwide race.
To learn more, become a Race Fever sponsor, buy tickets or donate, visit www.racefever.org. To tour or learn more about Project Green or AIDB, visit www.aidb.org.
“As drivers approach the final lap, teammates become vital,” concludes Dr. Graham. “AIDB is fortunate to be the official charity of the Talladega Superspeedway and have team members like Green Earth Technologies, Inc. It guarantees a ‘Victory Lane’ experience every time.”
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Josh Richards will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut at Talladega Superspeedway in the No. 39 Joy Ford Mustang fielded by Go Green Racing on Saturday.
Richards will compete in the 2012 NNS with partner Joy Global. The US based mining manufacture returns to NASCAR following their support in 2011 when the Shinnston, W. Va. native entered the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).
Richards' Ford Mustang will also show support for the Naval Special Warfare Kids (NSW Kids), showcasing their logo on his car to bring attention to a charity started by a Mooresville, N.C. family. Richards and NSW Kids partnered for the first time in 2011 at Martinsville Speedway.
"I'm excited to have Joy behind me again this year. Having a great partner that represents the coal industry, something that is so close to my family and where I grew up, is important to me," said Richards. "I am really ready to get back on track. I'm glad I get to start my NNS career at Talladega. I had a good run in the truck last year and am looking forward to getting out there in the Joy Mustang this week."
"We are excited to be teaming up with Josh again this year," said Chuck Fickter, Marketing Information Manager, Joy Global. "Josh did tremendous job last year in the truck series representing Joy and creating a lot of excitement with employees and customers alike. With the step up to the NASCAR Nationwide Series we feel this will only increase the excitement."
This will not be Richards first time at the 2.66-mile tri-oval; he competed in eight NCWTS races in 2011 including the event at Talladega. Richards started that event 22nd and finished 13th, running as high as third during the 94 lap contest.
The two-time World of Outlaw Late Model Series (WoO LMS) champion was notably absent from the series' two events last weekend. It was the first time, in 287 consecutive races, going back to 2004, that the 24 year-old was not in a WoO LMS event and only the second time since 2004 he was not in the driver's seat of the No. 1 Rocket. Richards instead with at Richmond International Raceway with his new team, preparing for Saturdays NNS race at Talladega.
Coming off an exciting week of racing, which included his first win as a NASCAR Nationwide Series team owner and his first win of the 2012 season as a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Kyle Busch is anxious to carry the high momentum into this weekend's Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Speedway. Making his sixth start in the self-owned No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports entry, Busch is the defending race winner at the 2.66-mile tri-oval and has victories there in each of NASCAR's top-three series over the past four years. Most recently, he completed a victory there one year ago, this same race weekend and series, as well as in the Truck Series in 2010 and 2009 and in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008.
Talladega Superspeedway is a difficult track to race on from the driver's perspective. Often, teams anticipate being caught up in what is commonly referred to as, "the big one." In this case, the radio communication between spotter and driver is very strategic. Working with another competitor on-track as a tandem partner is necessary in order to have the fastest lap times and to maneuver through the field for position. At the beginning of the 2012 race season, Kyle and Kurt Busch both had the opportunity to draft together on a similar track to this weekend's race, Daytona International Speedway. The Busch brothers were able to push and pull each other successfully throughout the event, placing themselves in contention for a victory until a late-race accident stole their chance for a win and left both cars unable to complete the full season opener.
Last week at Richmond International Raceway, the Busch brothers worked together but in different positions - Kyle as owner and Kurt as driver. The two paired up as family, and as teammates, to guide the No. 54 Monster Energy program to its first victory in the Nationwide Series. For the second time this season, Kurt Busch will pilot the No. 1 Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series but as a competitor to the KBM team he so happily accomplished a victory with last weekend.
This week we are likely to see the pair together again, this time returning as drafting partners on the race track. The younger brother Busch looks to continue the positive 'Energy' that elder Busch started last week and continue the winning streak. Despite holding the Series records for most wins (51) and most poles (23), it has been 14 races since Kyle Busch last saw victory lane in the Nationwide Series.
Mike Wallace and the No. 01 Restaurant.com Chevrolet team of JD Motorsports are rolling to Talladega Superspeedway to finish what they started in this race last year – a trip to Victory Lane.
Unfortunately, they have now been saddled with two tasks after a hauler fire at their shop on Sunday evening burned the entire contents forcing them to borrow one from Ricky Benton Racing of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The saving graces for the team were their tractor trailer was disconnected in time and wasn’t damaged, and their primary and back-up cars for Talladega weren’t on the hauler.
The NASCAR and racing community responded and has pitched in to help their fellow competitors make sure they will still race this weekend. Johnny Davis, team owner, said the team’s spirits are down a bit; but their will to race and win is stronger than ever.
Wallace and Davis still have the memory of last year’s finish fresh on their minds. They were leading the race in the closing laps before a caution forced a green/white/checkers finish. After the restart, Wallace’s No. 01 Chevrolet rolled over after getting turned on the backstretch. The ol’ adage of going from the penthouse to the outhouse in an instant held true for the team.
The one thing they know for sure is – they can lead the restrictor-plate races with the best of them. Now, they just need to complete all 117 laps with their red No. 01 Restaurant.com Chevrolet out front to the end and claim that checkered flag this time.
After all, it was Wallace who claimed checkers in last fall’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the 2.66-mile trioval - proving he knows how to win races on the superspeedway.
Mike Wallace Quotes: “Yeah, I still think about that race last year and how it could have ended much better for this team. You know, you take the lead and know you have to hang until the end and hold off everyone else. Then, the caution comes out, you do the restart and you end up on your roof.
“The best part is we know we have a good restrictor-plate package. We ran up front at Daytona in February this year, but got caught up in someone else’s mess and didn’t get the finish we deserved.
“That hauler fire on Sunday is not what this team needed right now with all we have been doing to go racing. Johnny (Davis) and Newt (Moore, crew chief) and everyone on this team have been working so hard to do and get better. Johnny’s positive attitude has carried us this far, and now we’re going to rally around each other this weekend to have a great race at Talladega.”
“The goals for this weekend is to stay up front the entire race, have good pit stops and stay out of everyone else’s troubles. If we can do that, I see no reason why this team can’t be successful."
JD Motorsports PR
Six NASCAR Nationwide Series Crew Chiefs Fined; Crew Chiefs, Car Chiefs Placed On Probation For Infractions At Richmond01 May 2012 Written by Steven B. Wilson
NASCAR announced today that six NASCAR Nationwide Series crew chiefs had been fined and placed on probation for violations during this past weekend’s event at Richmond International Raceway. In addition, the teams’ respective car chiefs have also been placed on probation for the remainder of the year.
Crew chiefs Luke Lambert (No. 2 team), Danny Stockman (No. 3 team), Trent Owens (No. 30 team), Jimmy Elledge (No. 31 team), Ernie Cope (No. 33 team), and Mike Shiplett (No. 38 team) have each been fined $10,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Additionally, the teams’ respective car chiefs – Phil Gould (No. 2), Robert Strmiska (No. 3), Shannon Rursch (No. 30), Ronald Hornaday III (No. 31), Paul Balmer (No. 33), and Christopher Meyers (No. 38) – have likewise been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.
The rules violations referred to Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules detailed in Section 20-A of the rule book); 20A-2.1E (streamlining of the contours of the car, beyond what is approved by the series director will not be permitted. Installation of air directional devices, underpans, baffles, shields or the like beneath the car or the car’s hood and fender area, front firewall, floor, rear firewall area, rear deck and quarter panel will not be permitted. If, in the judgment of NASCAR officials, any part or component of the car not previously approved by NASCAR has been installed or modified to enhance aerodynamic performance, will not be permitted. All cars must remain standard in appearance); 20A-3.10A (front upper bumper cover must be from the respective OEM manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. The front lower bumper cover and rear bumper cover must be from an approved manufacturer and must be approved by NASCAR. Once approved, the front lower bumper covers may be used on all approved models. NASCAR officials may use bumper covers provided by the respective manufacturer as a guide in determining whether a competitor’s bumper cover conforms to the specifications of the NASCAR rule book. Unless otherwise authorized by the series director, cutting and reshaping of bumper covers will not be permitted.)
The infractions were discovered during opening day inspection on April 26.
HalfOffDeals.com, a co-Sponsor of the JD Motorsports No. 01 Restaurant.com Chevrolet driven by Mike Wallace, NeoFill’s discount deals program, would like to help the team rebuild following the total loss of the team’s hauler in a fire on Sunday evening at their race shop.
“Restaurant.com and HalfOffDeals.com are already partnering to provide an incredible value for consumers,” said Jim Varga, CEO and Founding Partner of NeoFill. “Now, we want to make it even better and help to take care of our JD Motorsports and NASCAR families at the same time by donating 10% of sales to the JD Motorsports team.”
Visit www.HalfOffDeals.com/donate to purchase a $200 eGift Card to Restaurant.com for only $35 with 10 percent from all related sales going back to the team throughout the month of May. All in all, Restaurant.com offers diners the opportunity to choose from nearly 50,000 dining deals at more than 18,000 neighborhood restaurants nationwide.
"We really appreciate our sponsors' support and willingness to go above and beyond in this difficult time,” Wallace said. “I'd like to extend a huge thank you to both HalfOffDeals.com and Restaurant.com for their dedication to keeping us racing. This is when you find out who your real friends are when something like this occurs.”
The JD Motorsports No. 01 Restaurant.com Chevrolet will compete in the following races: Talladega (Ala) Superspeedway on May 5; Darlington (SC) Raceway on May 11; Iowa Speedway on May 20; Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 26.
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No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota driver Travis Pastrana finished 22nd in his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut Friday at Richmond International Raceway. The 11-time X Games gold medal winner qualified 25th and raced as high as 16th during the 250-lap event. Despite falling a lap behind the leaders at the lap 180-mark, the RAB Racing driver looked poised to grab a top-15 finish. However, a pit lane speeding penalty during the race's final stop forced a return to pit lane and dropped him another lap to the leaders. Pastrana returns to action in No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota at Darlington Speedway on May 11.
- Pastrana started the race 25th and finished 22nd
- Raced on the lead lap for the first 180 laps
- Received a speeding penalty on the final pit stop of the night
- Crew worked through the race to prefect the car's handling
- Kurt Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond
PASTRANA: How did you feel during the race?
"Honestly, the result wasn't what we wanted, but to be perfectly honest - I felt pretty good out there. You know we weren't a top-10 car, but for a while we were closing in on what could have been a top-15 before I messed up the pits. But, first time for a stop-and-go pit. I felt really good. We passed (Brad) Keselowski at one point and I was like, 'That's awesome.'
Was it better than you expected?
"No. I think everybody envisions they're going to do well. I was hoping - I was optimistically thinking it was going to be around here - hoping for better. I really thought we could get a top-20, but that was my mess-up in the pits. I learned a lot though. It felt good. I really trust the team. They did a good job. Pretty excited about it."
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Finish A Winner brings its NASCAR themed evangelistic rally to the Chattanooga Lookouts on Monday, May 7th for “Finish A Winner” Faith and Family Night. NASCAR drivers Michael McDowell, Blake Koch, Eric McClure, Ross Chastain and others are eager to attend and share their faith with the crowd. Also attending the event will be the American Majority show car, Geico show car an the American Hero show car.
Founded in 2002 by NASCAR team owner Randy McDonald, FAW began as a speaking platform for race car drivers to share their testimonies and is crossing athletic lines into other sports for the first time. Local Chattanooga businessman, Dell Hamilton (HMR), an director of FAW, is excited about FAW branching out into other areas. “We appreciate The Lookouts for allowing us to bring our ministry to them and to the fans, and we challenge the faith community to sell out AT&T Field.”
The NASCAR drivers will throw out the first pitch and will continue to sign autographs for fans throughout the game. After the game, the drivers, along with several Lookouts players will address the crowd.
The Chattanooga Lookouts are a minor league baseball team that are a Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.