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Author: RWHill
• Friday, October 28th, 2011

LUBBOCK, Texas (October 28, 2011) – - Football and NASCAR will collide this weekend when Randy Hill Racing’s No. 08 Texas Tech University (TTU) Ford Mustang will be displayed on their home turf Saturday when the College Football team takes on Iowa State.

The black, white and red blue oval’s presence at Raider Alley starting at 12:00 p.m. kicks-off the pre-race activities for the upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge race set to take place at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) the following weekend on Saturday, November 5th.

“We’re looking forward to having our race car on display at Texas Tech this weekend,” said car owner Randy Hill. “It’s an awesome feeling when two spectacle sports like Football and Auto Racing are able to unite together like we are doing next weekend at Texas. I encourage everyone to come out and see the car and root on the team.”

Randy Hill Racing will make another team announcement early next week surrounding Hill’s inaugural expected debut at his hometown racetrack.

The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge (200 laps / 300 miles) is the 32nd of 34 events on the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. The first practice session of the week begins on Friday, November 4th, from 9:00 am to 10:15 am. The final “happy hour” practice session will run from 10:40 am to 11:55 am. Qualifying is set for later on Friday at 5:35 pm. The field will take the green flag at 11:55 am on Saturday November 5th with live coverage on ESPN2, the Performance Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite, Channel 90). Pre-race coverage of the contest lifts off at 11 am on ESPN2.

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

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CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

This weekend the eyes of the NASCAR world will be on Atlanta:

http://www.ajc.com/sports/marketers-race-to-atlantas-1151923.html

As the article notes:

“NASCAR comes to Atlanta this week, bringing with it companies pitching everything from pizza to pharmaceuticals to a new mango-strawberry energy drink. More than 100 companies have marketing or sponsorship deals with Atlanta Motor Speedway in conjunction with Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500 race, according to AMS vice president of sales Greg Walter.”

NASCAR is a marketer’s dream. It has fans and plenty of media exposure. There has never been a better time to get involved with NASCAR than right now!

Author: RWHill
• Friday, August 12th, 2011

WATKINS GLEN, New York (August 11, 2011) - – The Lone Star state will be well represented this weekend at Watkins Glen International (WGI). NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner Randy Hill will unveil a purple and white Ford Mustang with 19-year old Casey Roderick at the helm boasting the colors of Abilene Christian University (ACU).

“It’s such a blessing for me to be a part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” Hill said. “The opportunity to bring Abilene Christian University on-board for our debut seems only fitting. The university has done so much for me and others; I want everyone to know just how great of a place ACU really is and what they can offer to others.”

Hill is a strong supporter of education and helped initiate a program that provides iPads to schools. Hill began the initiative last December at Dallas Christian School by helping to donate iPads to teachers.  He later helped create a similar initiative at Abilene Christian School.  This week, he received national press attention for partnering with Abilene Christian University and Dallas Christian School to provide iPads 2 to students at Dallas Christian School.

“This is about giving back,” Hill said. “Sure, we’re going racing this weekend to have fun in our No. 39 Abilene Christian University Ford Mustang. But off the track, it’s about what more Randy Hill Racing and its associates can do not only now but for the future when it comes to education.”

This is the first K-12 school in America to implement a universal iPad initiative. Hill followed up at ACS in January 2011.

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).

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About Abilene Christian University:

ACU hoisted in Abilene, Texas just on the outskirts of Hill’s hometown of Baird, Texas. Their mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.  ACU is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni change the world.

Furthermore, ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.

PHOTO CAPTION: NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner and Texas entrepreneur Randy Hill.

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
• Wednesday, August 03rd, 2011

LONG POND, Pennsylvania (August 3, 2011) – - While Casey Roderick, Spraker Racing Enterprises (SRE) and Randy Hill Racing have collectively proven that they are capable of running up front in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the group looks to turn their strength into a strong performance in Saturday’s Pennsylvania ARCA 125.

So far, the trio has competed in the last two ARCA events at Iowa Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway. Neither speed nor talent has been a problem for the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Fusion. However, tire issues in both contests have relegated the new operation to finishes not worthy of their performance.

They are hoping to change that statistic in the 13th race of the season Saturday afternoon.

“I’ve never raced at Pocono, but I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to do so,” said Roderick, a former winner in the ARCA Racing Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park.  “It’s going to be a shootout, if you will, with the number of laps that we’ve been given, so we really have to make the best of that situation in the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Fusion.”

Experience is crucial at any racetrack but the upside for Roderick is knowing that he has a veteran driver and crew chief like Jeff Spraker on his side.

“It’s been great working with Jeff,” Roderick added. “We seem to really gel together. He’s given me fast race cars at both Iowa and Lucas Oil Raceway. Unfortunately, we’ve been hit with some bad luck, so we don’t have the finishes to show for it. We’ll get it turned around this weekend though and look to bring home a gratifying finish.”

When not focused behind the steering wheel, Roderick is hands-on with his Randy Hill Racing team, which includes during the week between races. Roderick can often be found at the Mooresville, North Carolina shop assisting the crew and further enhancing his technical knowledge about the racecars.

“I think anytime a driver has an opportunity to learn about some of the different logistics on a racecar he should act on it,” offered the Lawrenceville, Georgia native. “I don’t mind getting dirty and helping the guys. It’s not only a way for us to all bond, but it’s also a way for me to learn. I’m learning something every day and that’s important to me as I try and build my racing career.”

“In a sense, you kind of can compare to Pocono to a road course,” crew chief Spraker added. “That’s good for Casey, since he excels on road courses. The place is incredibly fast with a lot of room to pass. Each corner is different, so it may take a little bit for Casey to get used to that, but I think with the practice on Friday, he’ll find the groove quickly and we can begin working towards having a good run on Saturday.”

For Randy Hill, a Texas Rancher, inventor and entrepreneur, seeing the team advance from short track racing to one of the most technical tracks on the circuit shows just how determined they are to make a statement in racing.

“There isn’t a question in my mind that we can find ourselves contending on Saturday,” Hill offered. “Casey and Jeff are really working well together and they enjoy being around each other and that’s a key to any relationship. It’s been great to see our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Fusion fast and competitive at Iowa and Lucas Oil Raceway. On the other hand, it’s a shame that we endured some tough luck that kept us from showing our true potential. We’re not going to get discouraged by any means; we’re just going to keep ourselves focused and hope that this time everything will pan out for us.”

Entering Pocono, Roderick will make his 10 career ARCA start on Saturday afternoon. 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.

The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 (50 laps / 125 miles) is the 13th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 53rd ARCA race at Pocono Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, August 5 with a one hour and twenty minute practice session planned from 1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin later in the day at 5:40 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. The event will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST. Live timing and scoring throughout the 1,325th race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.

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).

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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
• 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
• Monday, July 25th, 2011

Casey Roderick, Randy Hill Racing Set For Lucas Oil Raceway Showdown

CLERMONT, Indiana (July 25, 2011) – - Even though they are not a full-time team in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and even though they’ve only been teamed up for two races so far, Casey Roderick, Jeff Spraker and the Randy Hill Racing (RHR) team have been tapped as a sleeper for Thursday night’s Ansell Protective Gloves 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) at Indianapolis.

Recording a very respectable 13th place finish even after encountering a flat tire in their ARCA Racing Series debut at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago, Roderick and Spraker gelled well together thus leaving the RHR team with a trail of confidence entering the 12th race of the season.

“I’m looking forward to Lucas Oil Raceway this week,” said Roderick, who has one ARCA Racing Series victory to his credit. “We’ve been working hard on our No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala since we returned from Iowa. We’ve gone over the car with a fine tooth comb, so I’m pretty pumped.”

Set to make his ninth career ARCA Racing Series start on Thursday night, the Lawrenceville, Georgia native is eager to return to victory lane. Last year at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the avid late model driver stunned the competition by winning the race after starting last as a result of an engine failure in practice. Returning to victory lane has been on Roderick’s radar since the announcement of him driving for Randy Hill Racing.

“I really think we have the equipment to contend for top-fives and wins,” added Roderick, driver of the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Chevrolet Impala. “We proved that by practicing second at Iowa Speedway. Also, to have someone creditable like Jeff Spraker on top of the box is an added bonus. Iowa was our first race together and I really couldn’t ask for anything more. I told him what the car was doing and he adjusted it and made it better. If not for the flat tire, we would have been in the top-10 for sure.”

While aiming to be the first ARCA driver to enter victory lane at LOR in 25 years, Roderick knows that it will take teamwork and determination to make it a reality. “It’s great for ARCA to be coming back to Lucas Oil Raceway. It’s such a unique short track and everyone that I talked to has been thrilled to see it on the schedule. It definitely would be gratifying to re-ignite the ARCA records book with our own checkered flag.”

For the veteran Spraker, he is impressed with the sheer devotion that Roderick has displayed.

“I was told a lot of great things about Casey before I had the chance to work with him. Now, I know why,” Spraker commented. “He wants to go fast and that’s a crucial piece to the puzzle. But we’re working on some of the other fundamentals that will make him a better driver in the long run. I think we can go to LOR this week and improve on Iowa and show everyone how real of a deal this is.”

For Randy Hill, a Texas Rancher, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur returning to the schedule on the heels of a commendable run at Iowa has him looking forward to another short track showdown.

“I’m having a blast,” said Hill. “Casey (Roderick), Jeff (Spraker) and the entire team has really done a magnificent job prepping the cars at the shop and coming to the track ready to handle business. We’re all encouraged by the run at Iowa and we know that we’re capable of much more. We’re shooting for the win.”

Entering LOR, Roderick will make his ninth career ARCA start on Thursday night. In his previous eight 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.

The Ansell Protective Gloves 200 (200 laps / 137 miles) is the 12th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The eighth ever ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway is a one-day show. Practice begins Thursday, July 28 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated for later in the day set to begin at 4:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will air live on SPEED. Additional event coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,324th race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.

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

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

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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
• Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Abilene’s Randy Hill is driven to succeed, this time in

NASCAR

Racing dream closer to goal

By Steven Berkowsky

Abilene Reporter-News

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

He has a car. He has a driver. And most important, Randy Hill has a dream: NASCAR team owner.

The Abilene businessman, 43, who has interests in agriculture, trucking and real estate, will realize his dream next month when his No. 08 Ford Mustang, with 18-year-old Casey Roderick behind the wheel, takes the track at Watkins Glen International for the Nationwide Series race.

The race will put Hill one step closer to his goal of running a car in the Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR’s highest level.

Along the way, Hill, an Abilene Christian University alum, said he has encountered nothing but helpful people in his dealings with NASCAR: From racing legend Richard Petty, who was happy to offer Hill advice and support, to Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan, who helped secure parts and equipment, to the Roush Racing Team, which sold Hill the car that Carl Edwards ran in last week’s Nationwide race in Iowa and which Hill’s team will race at Watkins Glen.

He also received support from NASCAR President Mike Helton, who has made Hill feel welcome at the sport’s highest level.

And Hill is going all-in, making the jump from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series, past NASCAR’s Truck Series directly to Nationwide, with an eye on the Sprint Cup Series.

“It’s really exciting. Such a neat, neat deal,” Hill said. “And I see just a huge opportunity in it.”

Some would say Hill is taking a costly gamble by making the move to NASCAR, which has suffered declining attendance and dwindling sponsorship as the economy has struggled.

But Hill, ever the entrepreneur, sees it as a gamble well worth taking, knowing success at racing’s highest level will attract sponsorship dollars, better cars and equipment, and will create bigger chances to succeed.

And Hill said he believes he has the team in place with Roderick behind the wheel and Jeff Spraker, a former NASCAR and ARCA driver with more than 30 years’ experience in the motor sports industry, leading his race team.

And Hill’s team did not disappoint in its debut. In their first ARCA race at the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway last Saturday, Roderick and the RHR team finished a respectable 13th despite being plagued with mechanical problems.

“For the last 100 laps, every time Casey pitted, they had to push him down pit row to get enough momentum for him to fire up the horsepower and get going,” Hill said. “And he finished 13th.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Hill said. “After the race, Spraker was working on the car and I bent over and said ‘What do you think?’ And he said, ‘He’s a good driver. He’s a real good driver.’

“He asked me what I thought and I told him, ‘Man, I’m having the time of my life.’ He told me, ‘You haven’t seen nothing yet. You just wait until we’re racing in NASCAR, racing those big races.’ ”

Hill said his No. 08, which has been raced successfully by such notables as Dale Earnhardt Jr. ($162,000 won in 1999), Joe Nemechek ($2.4 million in 2007), and most recently Johnny Sauter, carried little significance beyond looking good on the car.

“(No.) 08 just looked good to me,” Hill said. “I wanted something lower down. There’s just something in the mind that if you’ve got a lower number, it just seems that you’ve been in it longer.”

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
• Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

This weekend NASCAR received some bad news:

http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/cup/columns/story?columnist=blount_terry&id=6687020

It seems that a key sponsor is leaving the sport:

“The difficult part of auto racing, the part that’s all about whether some company likes you enough to give you lots of money, showed its dark side last weekend. Red Bull is leaving NASCAR at the end of 2011, which AP first reported Monday morning before the Red Bull Racing Team confirmed it later in the day.”

But here is the part of the story that this article doesn’t mention: when one sponsor leaves, it creates an opportunity for a new sponsor. And with NASCAR being the most exciting sport around, it will be interesting to see who emerges to take Red Bull’s place.

Author: RWHill
• Sunday, May 29th, 2011
Today we focus on another reason why NASCAR is the best sport in the world and why Charlotte is one of the best races:

http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/sprintcupseries/Coca-Cola_600_Race_Preview_NASCARs_longest_race_one_of_the_most_challenging_for_drivers_teams.html

Charlotte offers two unique challenges to drivers: it’s a longer race and it starts during the day and ends at night.  As the article notes:

“The Coca-Cola 600 is not only NASCAR longest race, but it might just be its most challenging. Not only is it a grueling, 400-lap, four-hour event that takes its toll on man and machine, but also there are numerous variables that come into play. Pit strategy, fuel mileage, engine reliability, and physical stamina. But perhaps the trickiest part of the tradition-rich race is the fact that it begins in the late afternoon and ends at night, throwing drastic track changes into the equation.”

There is no other sport in the world that offers this kind of unique challenge of having to adjust from day to night.  I can’t wait for the race this weekend!
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
• Friday, March 18th, 2011

Today we continue our series on how the NFL labor dispute helps NASCAR:

http://www.aolnews.com/2010/08/26/does-nascar-need-a-drivers-union-like-indycar-and-formula-one/

One of the biggest reasons it helps is that NASCAR doesn’t have a union. Not only that, many of its drivers say it doesn’t need a union:

“‘It’s pretty simple, NASCAR is the destination of choice for almost every driver in the world so if you don’t like it, there’s someone that will be right there on your heels ready to take your place,’ driver Carl Edwards said this week. ‘Maybe that’s why they (NASCAR) have been able to do their own thing for so long.”’

Exactly. NASCAR is a meritocracy. People drive in it because they want to. They don’t have time to complain about their rights. Maybe other businesses, including the NFL, should model themselves on NASCAR.

Author: RWHill
• Tuesday, March 01st, 2011

Today we continue our series on the impact of rising gas prices.

We all know what the cause this: uncertainty in the Middle East is creating much higher gas prices than even just a few weeks ago. But we often don’t stop to think about how this is the ultimate family pocketbook issue:

http://www.ehow.com/ehow-tax-time/

Many families don’t plan for gas expenses in their family budget. And those that do don’t plan for huge spikes in prices. Gasoline at $3.50 a gallon is enough to hurt many families. And this impacts every part of their lives: how they get to work, how they take their kids to school, how they go shop for groceries. Gasoline prices directly impact all of that.

This is yet another reason why we need to get off of foreign oil and start producing more domestic sources of energy.

Author: RWHill
• Monday, February 28th, 2011

Have you filled up your car in the last few days? If so, you know that the price of gas is going up fast.

What do rising gas prices mean for you? Our economy? Our country?

These are important questions that deserve important answers. This week on the blog, we’ll try to provide them.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, January 14th, 2011

We began the week talking about the importance of public service. We end by talking about one such public servant:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/DN-hutchsider_14tex.ART0.State.Edition2.14800d4.html

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced she is retiring. Though I haven’t always agreed with her, I do respect the senator’s long service to our state. I salute her and thank her for her work on behalf of Texas.

Now the talk turns to who might replace her. A host of names has emerged including current Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and former Secretary of State Roger Williams. Next week we’ll talk more about the upcoming senate race, who I think should win and what the issues will be.

Author: RWHill
• Friday, November 05th, 2010

Perhaps no elected official had a bigger election night than Rick Perry. Why? He knew exactly what the issue in the race was all about:

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/11/04/2604133/perry-denies-presidential-run.html

Perry focused on Washington, not Austin. And he accurately reflected the fears of many Texans about the growing size of the federal government. Could this have been a template for a presidential run? And what about Perry’s new book about the perils of DC? As the article cited above notes:

“Interviewed by Meredith Viera, co-host of NBC’s Today Show, the 60-year-old Republican governor dismissed Viera’s suggestions that the release of his book his might be aimed at stoking national attention toward a run as president. Viera pointed out that Barack Obama and George W. Bush both published books at the outset of their presidential campaigns.”

Here’s a question: do people not interested in national office go on the Today Show the day after an election? Only time will tell what Perry wants to do. But it sure seems that Perry has a message and a formula that might work nationwide.

Author: RWHill
• Wednesday, November 03rd, 2010

So the election is over and the results are in. Now, what does it all mean? This article is a good place to start when trying to look for trends or meaning in the results:

http://nationaljournal.com/democrats-brace-for-angry-wave-20101102

As the article notes, the big loser was Washington. People didn’t necessarily vote for Republicans, they voted against Washington. According to recent polling:

” * More than 70 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

* Almost as many believe the nation faces a “leadership crisis.”

* Three quarters of voters disapprove of Congress, a near record low.

* Nearly 6 out of every 10 voters are more willing to take a chance this year on a candidate with little political experience.

* More than a quarter of voters are willing to back a candidate whose views “seem extreme.”

* Surveys consistently show Americans hold the Republican Party in lower esteem than the Democratic Party, even as the GOP stormed to victories.”

That last polling figure is striking. Last night people didn’t give Republicans a mandate, they gave them a second chance. Now the question is: what will Republicans do with it?

Author: RWHill
• Monday, November 01st, 2010

Tomorrow is Election Day. And so today my message to all of you is simple: go vote.

Recent history suggests that not quite half of all registered voters will show up because it’s a mid-term election (meaning it’s not a presidential election). That’s a shame. The issues facing our country are too challenging and the consequences too great to have too few involved.

For more information on how to vote and where to vote, go to this website: https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/Introduction.jsp

Remember: it’s your vote, it’s your voice.