Archive for the Category ◊ Energy ◊

Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 29th, 2011

As readers of this blog know, Randy Hill Racing has teamed with a great young driver named Casey Roderick:

http://www.nascar.com/2008/news/features/08/19/future.star.casey.roderick/index.html

This article is from 2008. And it tells the story of Bill Elliot taking Casey under his wing. Listen to what Bill said about the young driver:

“Casey Roderick is the genuine article. He’s won over 100 races and several titles, but more importantly, he has the attitude and work ethic it takes to be a champion in this sport.”

I couldn’t agree more. That’s why Randy Hill Racing is proud to be partnering with Casey Roderick. And we have every intention of winning championships on the track.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 15th, 2011

WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 14, 2011) – - Making a NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS)  debut at a road course is not exactly the norm, but that is the challenge rookie driver Casey Roderick, Randy Hill Racing (RHR) and Go Green Racing (GGR) faced at Watkins Glen International for the Zippo 200.

The 19 year-old Lawrenceville, Georgia native had recently competed in the previous three ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events with Randy Hill Racing and Spraker Racing Enterprises before entering Watkins Glen.

Roderick and his No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford Mustang team faced a battle during practice. While fighting a free racecar, Roderick had no testing experience in a Nationwide Series car and was forced to learn on the spot in the weekend’s only two hour practice session. Roderick turned twenty laps and posted his fastest lap, good enough for 22nd overall on his last lap in practice.

Qualifying in group five, Roderick picked up from his practice time by nearly three tenths of a second, and continued to show great improvement with limited track time. Roderick qualified 24th, the best qualifying effort for the No. 39 team in the past five races.

As the race began, Roderick quickly made timely moves and picked up two positions on lap one and found comfortable track position in 22nd to gain experience in the early stages. With lap times constantly improving, Roderick was looking for a way to crack the top 20 as he moved up to 21st in the No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford. Before the team’s first green flag stop on lap 19, the Georgia native reported that his No. 39 Ford Mustang was snug in most corners but began to free up as the run went along.

Roderick learned a valuable lesson coming into his pit box, as he slid through his sign, but chalked it up to experience. Quickly after the round of pit stops, the race’s first caution flew at lap 25, which left Roderick one lap down.

A long green flag run through the middle portion of the Zippo 200 gave Roderick the opportunity to gain spots back lost on pit road. By lap 60, Roderick had moved back to his starting position of 24th and found himself racing for the Lucky Dog position to get back on the lead lap. However, the cautions did not fall the ACU Racing team’s way, even with Roderick posting his fastest lap of the day on lap 74.

Just shy of the white flag, Roderick’s learned another rookie lesson after spinning in the inner loop with two laps to go, running 23rd forcing just the second yellow flag of the day. Recovering from the spin and surviving a green-white-checkered finish, Roderick finished his Nationwide Series debut 25th.

“I was just glad to make a lot of progress throughout the race and the weekend,” Roderick said. “After never running a Nationwide car at any time, I felt like we really made progress and we were the most competitive near the end of the race. At this point, that’s what I look for, is to keep getting better and better every time we get on the track. It was real fun to have Abilene Christian University on the car this weekend, and it’s neat to see a different type of organization be involved in NASCAR and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it with Randy Hill Racing.”

Team owner Randy Hill was more than pleased with the overall weekend with Roderick and Go Green Racing at Watkins Glen International.

“I’m so pleased to be with Casey and be a big part of his growing career,” Hill said.  “We came here to get more experience under our belt as a team, Casey as a driver and myself in an ownership type role. Watkins Glen is a great venue and everyone at Abilene Christian University have been a pleasure to work with to promote mobile learning and we enjoyed working with them every step of the way this weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of Casey and especially the Go Green Racing team for their effort this weekend.”

Randy Hill Racing will take a brief break from competition and begin preparing for a stretch of races this fall with Roderick at the helm.  The team’s official plans will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

NAME: Josh Weinrich, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 636.236.9687

EMAIL: josh@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (August 10, 2011) - – Officials from Randy Hill Racing (RHR) and Go Green Racing (GGR) jointly announced today that the two entities will pair up for Saturday afternoon’s Zippo 200 at the Glen with 19-year old rising star Casey Roderick at the helm.

Randy Hill Racing, a newly formed team with plans to compete in select NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events this season before stepping up their involvement in 2012, has paired with the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team for the event on the 2011 calendar after RHR elected to forgo utilizing its own equipment to concentrate on their upcoming efforts.

“Randy Hill Racing is a professional organization and if we feel like we cannot come out to the track and give 100 percent on and off the track, we will stay put,” said Nationwide car owner Randy Hill. “However, I made a promise to Casey (Roderick), NASCAR and a lot of folks in Texas that we would be racing at Watkins Glen and I am a man of my word.”

RHR heads to Watkins Glen International (WGI) on the heels of three consecutive outings in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing entry led by Jeff Spraker and his Spraker Racing Enterprises (SRE) trio. In those three races, Roderick and his posse showed incredible speed which included leading the lone practice session this past weekend at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. While circumstances beyond its control halted a good finish, the team is excited about moving up the Motorsports ladder.

“The pairing with Archie (St. Hilaire) and Go Green Racing (GGR) for Watkins Glen is fitting,” added Hill. “We are committed to running under the Ford banner this year and the team (Go Green Racing) has a strong fleet of racecars. Undoubtedly, we’re appreciative to have formed this partnership with them and look forward to having a respectable run on Saturday.”

Roderick, a native of Lawrenceville, Georgia native is no stranger to success in road racing. Last year in the ARCA Racing Series, Roderick, driving for NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, scored his first career pole in his road racing debut at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway in February. Roderick had the stoutest car in the field and appeared to be headed to victory but a faulty transmission in the final stages of the event would bring their strong weekend to a halt.

Later in the year, the Bill Elliott Racing team tackled New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) where again the team suffered misfortune. With just a handful of laps under his belt in practice, the engine expired in his No. 51 Dodge Charger forcing the team to make an overnight trip back to Georgia to obtain a new motor and return to NJMP in time for Roderick to start the event. Starting shotgun on the field, Roderick soared his way to the front and ultimately took the victory.

“Another reason I was so adamant about running Watkins Glen was because I know of Casey’s success there,” offered Hill, a Texas Rancher, inventor and entrepreneur. “I believe he has all the right ingredients to spread the word about Randy Hill Racing but also find himself in position to give Go Green Racing a strong finish.”

The former Legend Car Series driver remains humbled about the opportunity placed in front of him. “I have to thank Randy (Hill) for this opportunity,” Roderick said. “I am grateful to Archie and the Go Green Racing team for allowing us to form this partnership and go to Watkins Glen and try and turn some heads. I just hope we can stay on the track and be around for the end.”

It was also announced today that the team’s No. 39 Ford Mustang will be decked out in the colors of Texas’s Abilene Christian University. Hill, a former graduate from ACU, is utilizing Saturday’s event to bring awareness to one of the most prominent Universities in the state.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with ACU for this one event,” sounded Hill. “The university’s passion for bringing mobile learning to the next generation of student leaders parallels our desire to become a recognized leader in NASCAR for its newest generation of fans.”

Future plans for the Randy Hill Racing’s remaining 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Zippo 200 at the Glen (82 laps / 200.9 miles) is the 23rd of 35 races on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series tour. Practice beings Friday, August 12 with a two-hour session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day on Saturday, August 13th set to launch at 9:45 a.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. with live coverage on ESPN, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR (Satellite) Radio (Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 1:00 p.m. also on ESPN.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

Additional input on Go Green Racing is available by logging on to gogreenracing.net or gogreenracing.org.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight / Josh Weinrich – Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797 / 636.236.9687

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com / josh@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Saturday, August 06th, 2011

Yesterday Casey Roderick had a strong practice run and will start today’s race third on the pole.  Take a look at the video:

http://www.arcanation.com/videos/2054

Author: RWHill
• Friday, August 05th, 2011

This weekend Randy Hill Racing heads to Pocono for an ARCA race at one of the most unusual tracks in the world:

http://www.arcaracing.com/news.php?contentid=11176

As the article notes:

“Known primarily for its unusual triangular shape and a crafty mix of oval track and road course characteristics, Pocono Raceway has – below the general radar – endured criticism in recent years for safety shortfalls. Before the 2011 season, however, track officials decided to do something about that.”

That’s right: Pocono features a triangular track that makes for some exciting racing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a safe track:

“For example, over a mile of new catch fence is now in place around the track’s outside, meant to keep any objects – such as an airborne car – from flying out of the race track in an incident.”

Be sure and watch the excitement this weekend on the Speed Channel and look for the Randy Hill Racing 08 ca

Author: RWHill
• Monday, August 01st, 2011

CLERMONT, Indiana (August 1, 2011) – - Casey Roderick, Jeff Spraker and Randy Hill Racing proved they can be race contenders with their second straight ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.  However, bad luck once again plagued the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala in the Ansell Protective Gloves 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR).

Armed with the same car the team participated with two weeks prior at Iowa Speedway, Roderick and Co. set out to make a statement in the lone practice session at the historic short track. Making noise is exactly what they did as Roderick soared his No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet to the top of the board for much of the practice before having to settle for fourth quickest overall.

Knowing that they had a good race car, Roderick and Spraker consulted and made a few minor adjustments hoping to give the team a chance at their first pole. Giving it his all in qualifying, Roderick whipped his machine around the track to a time of 22.641 miles per hour or 109.076 miles per hour, landing them exactly where they practiced, fourth.

At the drop of the green flag, Roderick hovered safely in the top-five. Finding himself in torrid battles with some of ARCA’s finest, the Lawrenceville, Georgia native continued to maneuver fast lap times.

Spraker opted to bring his driver down pit road on lap 62 for four tires and fuel but the driver slid through his pits forcing him to back-up before his team could service his vehicle. Roderick was also ticketed for entering pit road too fast which forced the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala to start at the tail end of the longest line.

Mired deep in the field but in the high teens on the race track, Roderick had to show patience as he worked his way through the field. Cleverly maneuvering his way through his contenders, Roderick had climbed into the 12th position by lap 68.

The yellow flag waived a lap later with Roderick picking up another spot and hoisting the 11th position. Spraker kept his protégé on the race track, restarting with his sights set on bolting back towards the top-five.

Roderick’s night turned tragic on lap 81 when his right front tire gave way sending him into the outside wall. The former Legends star was able to drive his Chevrolet bowtie back to the pits where the team changed tires and sent their driver back on the race track. Ultimately though, Roderick would return to pit lane and make the turn into the garage as suspension issues would keep the team from completing the 12th race of the season.

The team would be credited with a 31st place finish.

“I have to thank Jeff Spraker, Spraker Racing Enterprises and Randy Hill Racing for the opportunity to drive here at Lucas Oil Raceway,” sounded Roderick.  “Our car was really, really good. I messed up by overshooting the pits and speeding and I’m sorry to the guys about that. We were able to work our way back towards the front when without warning the car just shot up into the wall. I hate it. We’ll head to Pocono next weekend and see if we can’t get a finish that we rightfully deserve.”

While also disappointed with the outcome, Spraker continued to praise his pilot. “Casey is such a joy to work with,” the NASCAR veteran said. “He’s fast everywhere he goes. He made a mistake, but that’s bound to happen with a rookie. I think he learned from it though. Nothing we could do about the tire failure, it’s just one of the flaws to racing.”

For Randy Hill, a Texas rancher, inventor and entrepreneur, he was  pleased with the day, despite the end result. “This is racing and stuff like this is going to happen, but everyone knew we were here again,” he said. “Casey, Jeff and the crew should be proud of themselves for having such a stout race car even though we didn’t finish where we wanted to. We’ll go to Pocono and just see if we can’t steal the spotlight.”

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is a return to trip to the “Tricky Triangle” at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for the running of the Pennsylvania 125.  The 50-lap shootout is set for Saturday, August 6 with live coverage on the SPEED channel beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Exiting LOR, Roderick made his 10th career ARCA start on Thursday night. In his previous nine outings, Roderick has scored one win (New Jersey Motorsports Park), two top-fives and three top-10s. He also hoisted a pole in his road racing debut at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway in February 2010.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

PHOTO CAPTION: The No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala SS driven by Casey Roderick in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Friday, July 29th, 2011

What an exciting ARCA race at the Lucas Oil Raceway last night!

http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/arca-dillon-takes-lucas-oil-raceway-thriller/

As the article notes:

“Ryan Blaney was charging, but Ty Dillon had too much left in the tank. Dillon, a rookie and the points leader in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, held Blaney’s late rally at bay to take his sixth victory of 2011 in the Ansell Protective Gloves 200 and extend his impressive lead atop the series point standings.”

And it was another great race for Casey Roderick and Randy Hill Racing:

“By the time the top three reached Lap 30 and only 20 cars remained on the lead lap, Blaney and Buescher had cleared most traffic and had Dillon clearly in their sights. Just behind them, Chad McCumbee (No. 1 ModSpace Ford) and Casey Roderick (No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet) drove fourth and fifth, respectively.”

This is just the beginning for Randy Hill Racing!

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Tonight the fun begins all over again in Indiana:

http://www.whowon.com/Results.asp?TrackID=746&StoryID=313239

The ARCA Racing Series will hit the track at Lucas Oil Raceway. And the #08 car will be in the running. Randy Hill Racing is off to a great start thanks to a great car, a great crew and a great young driver: Casey Roderick. Watch us on television as we go for the checkered flag.

We’re chasing the dream and we have every intention of being competitive and winning races for a long time to come!

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Abilene Upstart ‘Randy Hill Racing’ Racing Into NASCAR

Young Team Owner Learning From Some Of Racing’s Biggest Legends

By Mike Skow, KTXS Sports

POSTED: 6:41 pm CDT July 19, 2011UPDATED: 7:08 pm CDT July 19, 2011

ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Business owner Randy Hill is only 43, and about to become the newest owner of a Nascar team.The owner of Randy Hill Racing has big goals as he makes the transition from the ARCA circuit to the Nationwide circuit next month.

“This was something that was a new adventure, and I see great potential in it,” said Hill.When Hill set out to become a racing team owner, he was quickly welcomed by the big wigs at Nascar.”We were invited to the Daytona 500 and meet with executives. When we walked in, they gave me an application to be a team owner. Nascar said, we’re always looking for new teams. And we’re also looking for young people interested in the sport,” Hill said.

After meeting with the organization, he set out to learn more about the sport, and came along one of the most famous faces in all of racing. Hill recently had the chance to meet Richard Petty, and walked away with a very powerful ally.”Why don’t you come across the street and meet Richard petty? And I walk over, and there’s the king,” Hill said. “About two hours later, I’m back at my hotel and I get a call, and this guy says, the king told me to call you and tell you. Anything you need, we’d be glad to help you.”

Since then, Hill decided to venture down the ownership road as sole financier. He says it costs roughly $60-thousand to fund a team every race week. His ambition to own a Sprint Cup team would require $30 Million a year.When it came to a driver, Hill didn’t have to look too far. Thanks to a friend with connections, he met Casey Roderick, a young driver with some chops behind the wheel.”Casey walks over and starts talking to me. Right then, when I first met him, I turned (to Ken) and said, that’s the guy right there.” Hill also spoke highly of the 18 year-old’s racing career. “Casey’s background has been everything from go-karts to Bandaleros, to Legend Cars. He’s won some championships in go-karts and Bandaleros,” Hill said.His team will spend three more races on the ARCA circuit before moving up to the Nationwide Series on August 13th at Watkins Glen. He expects to race Nationwide at the Pocono shortly after, and then hopefully at Texas Motor Speedway.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Click below to watch the video of last weekend’s press conference where Randy Hill Racing introduced its new driver, Casey Roderick:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/16037397#utm_campaign=synclickback&source=http://www.iowaspeedway.com/aspx/FanZone/VideoAlbum.aspx&medium=16037397

Author: RWHill
• Friday, July 01st, 2011

Randy Hill Racing To Execute Missions In NASCAR, ARCA

ABILENE, Texas (June 30, 2011) – - In a time where the economic climate is still on shaky grounds, Randy Hill Racing (RHR) is set to invade the circuits of NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series in time to set a foundation that will propel it to accomplish goals, gain a new level edge of support and most importantly, win races.

Set to begin with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards contest at Iowa Speedway on July 16, 2011, for the Prairie Meadows 200, the team will then compete in two additional ARCA races and then make the leap to the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

Owned by Texas entrepreneur, Randy Hill, the team is diving into the sport in a time where new teams are few and scarce. Hill plans to build his team around the fundamentals of success and determination while strategically aligning his new operation with the right people.

“This is a very exciting time for me,” said Hill. “I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now. I’ve taken my time and done my homework to make sure this is something I’m prepared to embrace. I’ve set a strategy outline for myself and my team that we plan to stand by and execute 100 percent.”

Hill, a businessman with experience in agribusiness and real estate, added, “I felt it was best to start my team in the ARCA Racing Series, because it’s a great stepping stone not only for drivers but car owners as well. It’s been done in the past and even though we don’t plan a long stay in ARCA, we’re excited to be starting in that development series. Our heart is set on NASCAR. Our partners want to be there and I see a long-time presence there. I realize it’s going to take some time, but I’m ready for the uphill climb on and off the track.”

Randy Hill Racing will make additional announcements including driver, manufacturer and marketing partner(s) in the coming weeks.

For more on Randy Hill Racing, please visit randyhillracing.com.

Join the team on Facebook by clicking here (Randy Hill Racing).

Tweet with us through Twitter at @RandyHillRacing.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Are you kidding me?

http://www.sbnation.com/nascar/2011/6/21/2235502/congresswoman-nascar-military-funding-2011

Let me make sure I have this right: a Member of Congress is complaining about the military’s involvement with NASCAR?

“Minnesota Democratic Representative Betty McCollum has stepped up her campaign to end military sponsorship in NASCAR. Rep. McCollum has failed twice to stop federal funding of NASCAR, professional fishing and professional wrestling, but is working on ways to continue her fight against what she sees as wasteful spending.”

Does Congresswoman McCollum not realize that spending money on marketing in NASCAR is a perfect way to advertise to potential recruits? Fortunately, the military understands this and so does the rest of Congress. I’m proud that our military supports NASCAR. It’s a perfect match.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, May 13th, 2011

Today we continue our series on the history of NASCAR:

http://www.decadesofracing.net/TheBeginning.htm

Today we focus on a momentous decision that changed racing forever. After World War II, Bill France started NASCAR and began racing. But he soon had a profound insight about his young sport:

“After the war was over the big automakers had to switch production from Tanks and Jeeps back to their makes of cars. This got France to thinking that the fans would want to purchase cars when they see them winning at the races and he knew that productions were going to be slow for a while. He decided that NASCAR would run pre ’40s Fords and Chevrolets plus a handful of new Buick’s were allowed. The 1948 NASCAR schedule covered 52 dirt-track races for modified’s and Red Byron was the national champion that year.”

And so NASCAR was destined from the beginning to surpass Grand Prix racing because it knew people wanted to watch the kinds of cars that they drive. That was a great insight from a great leader.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, April 29th, 2011

NASCAR is the greatest sport and it has the biggest heart for its fans:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/Talladega-Superspeedway-commits-$100000-to-American-Red-Cross-Alabama-tornado-relief-efforts-seeks-fans-help-042811

The recent tornadoes have spurred NASCAR into action:

“Talladega Superspeedway officials on Thursday vowed to commit $100,000 toward Alabama’s relief efforts in the wake of devastating tornadoes — and also called on NASCAR fans to help. Besides the financial commitment to the American Red Cross, Talladega officials said that, in return for a $50 donation, they will allow race fans to drive one lap around the high banks of the superspeedway in their personal vehicles.”

NASCAR is doing its part to help out during this tragedy.  I have half a mind to load up my car and donate $500 for 10 laps myself at Talladega. That would be very well spent helping others!

Author: RWHill
• Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Today we close out the week with a discussion about the fan experience at NASCAR. Simply put, NASCAR is the best sport in the world for the fans:

http://www.thedailytimes.com/Sports_News/story/NASCAR_drivers_to_participate_in_a_free_autograph_session_today_in_Nashville_id_010458

As the article notes:

“The ALL ACCESS pass is a popular ticket add-on that gives fans unprecedented access at the track. Pass holders can walk up and down pit road where the cars are on the grid just an hour before the green flag. The Fan Walk in the garage gives fans the opportunity to watch as mechanics make final preparations for the big race. Victory Lane is opened for fans to take photos, and fans are also invited to the driver’s meeting before the race to witness NASCAR Nationwide Series Director Joe Balash give the drivers their final instructions before the race gets underway.”

What other sport does this? Where else can fans mingle on the field with the athletes? Only one sport: NASCAR, the greatest sport in the world!

Author: RWHill
• Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Tomorrow our nation celebrates Earth Day. Believe it or not, NASCAR celebrates it every day:

http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/local/east-volusia/2011/04/21/daytona-international-speedway-plants-trees-as-nascar-green-initiative.html

A few years ago, NASCAR decided that it had a responsibility to do something about the environment since its races undoubtedly increase emissions. The solution? Plant trees at the track:

“NASCAR’s tree-planting program, NASCAR Green Clean Air, began three years ago and has doubled in size each year, said Mike Lynch, managing director of Green Innovation for NASCAR. More than 2,500 trees have been planted near racing venues across the country, Lynch said. That includes 100 trees planted at four Flagler County schools last September to offset the carbon emissions from the Coke Zero 400 last summer.”

It turns out that it’s not just the flag that is green at NASCAR!

Author: RWHill
• Monday, April 18th, 2011

What a great race we just had at Talladega! But the NASCAR season is just getting started. And there are already talks of some potential changes that might make NASCAR even better:

http://atlanta.sbnation.com/nascar/2011/4/18/2117582/nascar-car-of-tomorrow-stock-cars

This is what I love about NASCAR: its roots are in ordinary cars. Unlike Grand Prix racing, NASCAR has traditionally featured cars that are pretty similar to the ones you and I drive:

“If Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards were actually going head to head in the same Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang you could go buy – though modified for safety and sporting coloful paint schemes and big numbers on the doors – with Brad Keselowski right behind in his Dodge Challenger and Kyle Busch lurking close in whatever Toyota’s highest performance car is, it would be a win-win for fans, manufacturers, and NASCAR.”

Will NASCAR return to real stock car racing? Time will tell. Until then, there are a lot of great races to enjoy for the rest of the year!

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

We’ve talked on the blog about how NASCAR is good for sports and good for business. It’s also good for television:

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/04/10/tv-ratings-saturday-nascar-races-fox-to-victory/88830

This past Saturday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway didn’t have good ratings; it had great ratings:

“NASCAR Sprint Cup racing easily paced Fox to a Saturday night win. Note that in addition to the disclaimers above, the race ran into the 10pm hour but we only the saw the numbers for Fox’s normal 8-10p primetime block.”

This is more proof that NASCAR is just getting started. The more people see the sport, they more they will fall in love with it.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, April 11th, 2011

What a great weekend of racing at Texas Motor Speedway! Fans got to see two great races. But here’s something that most people don’t stop to think about–how huge NASCAR’s economic impact was this past weekend:

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/motorsports/2010/04/rick-perry-helps-kick-off-texas-motor-speedway-racing-season/

As this 2010 article notes, the impact of the Texas Motor Speedway is enormous:

“Smith and Gossage, who have been the backbone of TMS’ success since the track opened in 1997, were praised for the economic impact of the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Texas Motor Speedway. The impact of the races will generate some $75 million in economic benefit for the Fort Worth area. Additionally, the Samsung 500 race on Sunday will be the largest attended, single-day sporting event in the state of Texas. During the past 13 years, TMS has brought to Fort Worth and surrounding areas the economic impact of hosting 46 Super Bowls.”

Wow. It looks like the real Super Bowl is found at Texas Motor Speedway, not at Cowboys Stadium.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, April 06th, 2011

This week it’s racing week in Texas! The weekend will see NASCAR races on both Friday and Saturday. But much more is involved in NASCAR week than just the racing. NASCAR is an experience that lasts the whole week.

This week, I’ll be operating out of my condo at the Texas Motor Speedway and I’ll be blogging about all the important events that occur during the week leading up to the races. So check out our blog this week as we go behind the scenes at NASCAR!