Friday, August 9, 2013 400

Dale had an awesome day at Pocono! Coming behind from 25th, he led a few laps and finished 5th. He remains 5th in points.

Here are some pics from my annual August trip to Pocono Raceway!!

 Dale helped welcome a soldier who had served in the Pennsylvania National Guard and his family.

 Junior being introduced. You can't tell, but I zoomed in after taking this pic and Dr. Rose Mattioli (co-founder and wife of late Pocono Raceway founder Doc Mattioli) is holding Dale's hands in hers.

 Junebug leading!!

Crown Royal Presents The Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard

Dale had a strong day at the Brickyard, starting 15th and working his way to a 6th place finish. He is still 5th in points.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Falling behind on updates, I know....

and I'm sorry!! My Mom and I took care of my 3 nephews (ages 10, 8, and 6) a few weeks ago, and it's been another crazy summer so far, so here are the recaps for the races I've missed.

Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts

Started: 1st
Finished: 12th

Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola

Started: 16th
Finished: 8th

Camping World RV Sales 301

Started: 3rd
Finished: 14th

As of the race finish yesterday, Dale Jr is still in the top 10 in points, sitting in 5th. Next week the guys go to the world famous Indianapolis Speedway. Then I'll be at Pocono for the 400. :)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Race rescheduled

The race at Kentucky was rained out, the jet dryers would get just about done and it would start to rain again. So after the third attempt, NASCAR called the dryers in and rescheduled the race for 12noon tomorrow. Tune into TNT to see who takes the checkered flag!!

Dale on the pole at Kentucky!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Earnhardt's granddaughter to race as No. 3


by Holly Cain,

Twelve-year-old Karsyn Elledge proud to carry on family's tradition in racing

SONOMA, Calif. -- Her name and car number are familiar signs of racing success, and Dale Earnhardt's 12-year-old granddaughter Karsyn Elledge announced plans Saturday to enter the family business full throttle.

Wearing a bright pink SpongeBob SquarePants driving suit, the petite eighth-grader stood in the Sonoma Raceway Winner's Circle and proudly unveiled the new No. 3 Nickelodeon-sponsored pink Mini Outlaw sprint car she'll use barnstorming the West Coast for her summer vacation.

Elledge has been racing for four years and has dominated the Mini Outlaw Box Stock class at her local Millbridge, N.C., short track, winning five of eight races this season. Her father, former Sprint Cup Series crew chief Jimmy Elledge, felt it a good idea to test her elsewhere, and the Nickelodeon sponsorship cemented the deal.

"It's very fun and not just because it's my family's thing," Elledge said of racing. "It's interesting and so much fun. And, I'm thankful for the opportunity."

As for the famous car number that donned her grandfather's championship cars, Elledge said,  "I definitely am proud of the No. 3. I didn't get to witness what went on with this number, but I've only heard how great it was and I'm excited to carry on."

While Elledge comes from a lineage of racing royalty -- her mother is Earnhardt's daughter Kelley and her father is a former Cup winning crew chief -- she couldn't be more down to earth.

For someone on a first-name basis with Danica Patrick and who calls the sport's Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., 'uncle,' Elledge seems very much a typical pre-teen.

And that includes her list of heroes.

"(Danica Patrick) is like my idol because she's a girl and she races and she shows that girls can do it, too. That's why I like her," Elledge said. "She always asks me how my racing's going and wishes me luck. It's always fun when I talk to her because … she's Danica Patrick."

When Elledge isn't racing she said she spends time on her phone or computer, likes to ride her bike and visit with her horse. She insists her classmates in school don't pay much attention to her racing.

And Elledge couldn't be more humble about her early success and promising future.

"I've been to Victory Lane a couple times and I've had some not-so-good nights too,"
Elledge said smiling.

Her father got a bit emotional during the announcement, looking over to his daughter and acknowledging, "I guess she's growing up."

"You think, 'wow, this is a 12-year-old kid,' and you realize life is progressing faster than you think.

"I did not expect it. I took her to a race with me and she thought they were cool cars, and ignored her about it, but she kept asking and kept asking. So we got her a car. I didn't know if she'd stick with it or even be competitive at it. And we've evolved to this today."

Quicken Loans 400 and Toyota-Safe Mart 350

Dale had a strong run going until his engine blew up and ended up finishing 37th and falling to 7th in points.

Today Dale was up in the top 5, but got turned around in the closing laps and finished a decent 12th. He stays in 7th place in points.

Next Sunday the guys are headed to Kentucky.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

WTG Regan!!

JR Motorsports had a great day today with Regan Smith holding off Kyle Larson for his second win this season in the Nationwide Series.

Brad Sweet, who shares his ride with Kasey Kahne, finished 6th.

Regan said in the post race interview that a portion of his winnings will go to the trust fund that has been set up for Jason Leffler's son Charlie. :)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gone too soon. :(

Yesterday the racing world lost one of it's up and coming stars. Jason Leffler was racing at Bridgeport Speedway in NJ when he struck the wall during a heat race and had to be extricated from the car. He was rushed to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 9pm. Jason was 37 years old.  He leaves behind a 5 year old son, Charlie. Please join me in sending my deepest condolences to Charlie and the entire Leffler family.

Fedex 400 benefiting Autism Speaks and Party in the Poconos 400 presented by Wal-Mart

Sorry I haven't been keeping up with this like I should. I was on vacation last week so I really didn't get a chance to update the blog.

Dale had a pretty decent day at Dover, starting 12th and finishing 10th.

Dale's car at Pocono was awesome! He was in contention for the win, but for some reason his car fell off on the last 3 laps and he finished 3rd. Many are saying that if he does that well in August he could very well take the win.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Coca-Cola 600

It was rough night and an early end for Dale in Charlotte. He battled the car and went from being tight during the daylight to loose after the sun went down. On lap 257, Dale said that smoke started to fill the cockpit and then 3 laps later the engine went. As of lap 310 Dale will finish 37th. Next week the boys head north to Dover, DE.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sprint All-Star Race

Dale had a good run in the All-Star Race. Crews were allowed to work on their cars during the rain delay, and Stevie took full advantage of that. Dale finished 7th. Next week is the longest race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600.

Sunday, May 12, 2013


Aarons 499 and Bojangles Southern 500

Dale had an up and down night at 'Dega. He managed to avoid getting caught up in the big ones and finished 17th.

Dale's car tonight was pretty good. Stevie only made minor adjustments so Dale was able to stay in the top 10 the majority of the night. He finished 9th and remains 4th in the points.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

STP 400 and Toyota Owners 400

I wasn't able to post last weeks race results due to my nephew and niece having soccer games in two different towns, so I'll post it and tonights race results together.

STP 400 - Dale had a pretty good car throughout the race, starting 23rd and finishing 16th. Dale remained 5th in the standings.

Toyota Owners 400 - Dale's car was extremely tight tonight and at one point he was fighting to stay in the top 20. He and Stevie worked hard throughout the race to get the car to handle better and Dale was able to finish 10th. He's moved up one spot in the standings to 4th!

Next week the guys hit the fast and furious high banks of 'Dega for the Aaron's 499!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Taking a moment to remember those who were lost and are injured in Boston and Texas.
My thoughts and prayers are with all affected by both accidents.


NRA 500

Dale Jr had a great car running as high as 3rd, however about half way into the race his main battery died and he pitted to check out the problem with his car (not thinking it was the battery) His night only got worse from there. Since the battery was dying, he couldn't see how fast he was going, so he sped going into the pit road. While serving his pass through penalty, Steve (who didn't know there was a rule against pitting while serving a pass through penalty) called him into change tires. Since Dale stopped, he had to serve another pass through penalty which put him 5 laps down. He did pass leader Kyle Busch at one point, getting one lap back the hard way. Dale finished 29th, 4 laps down and has fallen to 6th in points. Next week the guys head to Kansas.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (Nationwide)

Junior had a fast car and with good strategy by Stevie, got up front and almost challenged for the win. He ran loose almost the entire race, and then tight right near the end. He finished 4th after starting 11th.

Regan Smith had a very good night as well, starting 6th and finishing 7th. He has moved into 2nd in points, 2 points behind leader Sam Hornish Jr, who spun through the grass on the front stretch and had problems the rest of the night.

Kasey Kahne also did well, starting 16th and finishing 8th.

STP Gas Booster 500

Dale had a (rare) bad day at Martinsville, thanks in small part to Jimmie Johnson. Dale was already a lap down when he spun out and instead of letting him go in front of him (once he got his car fired and rolling), Jimmie sped past him, putting Junior two laps down. He finished 24th.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Auto Club 400

Dale had an up and down day today. He started 13th and fell to the mid 20's, then came back up into the top 10. He battled tightness and being loose, but with the wreck that happened between Joey and Denny, Dale finished 2nd and has moved into the points lead. The boys are off next week, then it's on to Martinsville.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Food City 500

Dale had a very good day at Bristol! He started 32nd and moved his way up to the top 10, falling back to 17th and working his way back to finish in 6th. Next week the guys head back out west to Auto Club Speedway.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Subway Fresh Fit 500 and KOBALT Tools 400

So sorry I am already slacking off! Dale Jr had a good day at Phoenix, the car wasn't the greatest at first, but by the end he was able to move up and stay in the top 5 and finished 5th.

Dale's day at Vegas was about the same as his day at Phoenix. He had a good day and finished 7th.

Next week it's on to Bristol!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Daytona 500

I tried to post this at the beginning of the week, but for some reason it didn't save. Anyway.... Dale had a very good day at Daytona. He stayed in the top 15 for the majority of the race and almost won the whole thing. He came in 2nd after teammate Jimmie Johnson.

Also, WTG Danica! She had a very impressive race and finished 8th.

Now, it's on to Phoenix!

Sunday, February 17, 2013


It's SPEEDWEEKS and I as a blogger am so glad the season is finally starting!! So let's get caught up shall we? I hope you had a great off season, mine was ok. So for those who haven't heard, Danica and Ricky Stenhouse Jr are an item. Interesting pairing, but if it makes them happy, than I'm happy for them!

The drivers seem pretty happy with the Gen 6 car so far. The only thing with it is that they can't bump draft like they have been. The air between the front and back cars are very different than it was. Some drivers have said there is a "spring" to the air when they try to get close to the other drivers.

The big news today is that Danica got the pole for the Daytona 500!! WAY TO GO GIRL! Maybe now you can shut up that loud mouth Kyle Petty. Kyle is a good guy, but he has put down Danica ever since she made the move to NASCAR and I for one am glad she has proven herself in this sport.

Danica has made history by being the first female in the Cup Series to get the pole.
Dale will start 6th in his Gatoraide Duel, having qualified 11th overall.
Another offseason tidbit of info for you, TJ and his girlfriend got married in Key West.
Brad and Dale were in the wedding party.
TJ Majors Wedding
That's all I have for now, will keep you updated throughout the week!
Thanks to USA Today and JHunter Photography for the use of their pictures. :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Teaming up with "The King"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Joins Richard Petty on Team Goody

JR Motorsports | Press Release


TARRYTOWN, N.Y.T (January 21, 2013) – Two of the greatest names in auto racing are teaming up to back one of the sport’s most committed sponsors, Goody’s®, the legendary headache powder. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR racing today, is joining Goody’s longtime spokesman, Richard “The King” Petty, in a new multi-media campaign that will introduce consumers to the fast-dissolving headache remedy. Beginning in early 2013, the driving duo’s radio, television and digital campaign will tell fans how to be unstoppable with Goody’s.

Goody’s Powder, part of the Prestige Brands portfolio (NYSE-PBH), will be the title sponsor for the Goody’s Fast Relief 500, the October 27 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Goody’s also will continue its longstanding tradition of sampling the product at racetracks and, to the delight of fans, bring Earnhardt and Petty together for personal appearances. The campaign will also feature a significant retail component that will include special events, in-store promotions and contests, and sampling of Goody’s headache powders via a specially branded mobile unit. In addition to sampling, the unit, which will travel to multiple markets throughout the NASCAR season, will also include interactive games and other activities that highlight the speed of Goody’s fast-acting products.

“This partnership is unprecedented,” said Joseph Juliano, Brand Director, Goody’s. “It is the first time that these two NASCAR legends have worked together. Each of them has a huge fan base, and they are both synonymous with the sport of auto racing. Goody’s is all about speed, and nobody personifies the idea of speed better than Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr.”

In 1977, Goody’s became the first non-automotive sponsor in NASCAR when it signed Petty as spokesperson, starting one of the longest-running relationships in sports promotion. Earnhardt Jr. is poised to take that tradition to a new generation of fans.

A third-generation NASCAR driver and 2004 Daytona 500 winner, Earnhardt has won the National Motorsports Press Association Most Popular Driver Award for the past 10 years in a row. Petty has more NASCAR wins and championships than any driver in NASCAR history. A Hall of Fame inductee, Petty won 200 races and finished 712 times in the top 10, and was nicknamed “The King” after winning the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR national championship seven times each. A second-generation racer (his father Lee won the first Daytona 500 in 1959), Petty has high praise for his new Goody’s partner.

“I am really looking forward to working with Dale Jr. on the new campaign for Goody’s, which will introduce the product to a whole new generation,” Petty said. “He is a great driver and a smart businessman, and nobody is more popular with NASCAR fans.”

“Richard Petty is a role model for me and every other driver in NASCAR,” Earnhardt said. “I am honored to be working with him and thankful Goody’s brought us together. I signed on with Goody’s in part because of their long-term commitment to NASCAR. They helped start the trend of non-car companies coming into the sport. In my mind, they are synonymous with NASCAR racing. I am also a big fan of their product because it works so fast.”

Petty also became a fan of the fast-acting headache powders long before he became a Goody’s® spokesman, and he’s eager to let others know that you don’t have to let pain slow you down.
“At every track I go to, people come up to me and tell me a story about using Goody’s,” Petty said. “At the same time, Goody’s is still something of a well-kept secret. Dale Jr. and I are going to change that. There is nobody better to help me spread the word.”

For more information about Goody’s pain relief products, visit

It's that time of year again!

If you're like me, you've been counting down the days until the start of the 2013 NASCAR season and have been watching SPEED just to keep yourself updated on what's going on. I just found out some interesting news concerning Jr's sponsorship for this year. Here's the article:

No. 88 unsponsored for 13 races

By David Newton |

CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR's most popular driver will enter the 2013 season with 13 unsponsored races.

But team owner Rick Hendrick doesn't seem concerned that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 has open inventory.

Hendrick said there has been plenty of interest from sponsors and that he is more concerned with finding a match that will work beyond 2013.

"We've got a lot of good opportunities," Hendrick said during Wednesday's stop of the Sprint Media Tour. "The way we're positioned, the car is covered until the end of the summer. I don't have a deadline [for a deal]. I'm not looking at a timeline. I'm looking at the right deal."

Hendrick said he was close on two or three deals, but "we haven't put any line in the sand." It was announced last year that National Guard would be on Earnhardt's car for 20 races in 2013. Diet Mountain Dew was contracted for 16 races in 2012 with PepsiCo having the sponsorship rights for 20 races.

Earnhardt said in September that there would be no problem luring new sponsors.

"We have more demand than we have supply, pretty much," Earnhardt said before the Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway. "We have got the majority of the season with the Guard and then Diet Mountain Dew is going to back off a little bit, and that makes it a bit of a challenge to fill that small of a gap.

"If it were a bit larger gap, it would be easier to fill."

Hendrick said his other three Sprint Cup cars are fully sponsored. He doesn't believe that the open inventory on Earnhardt's car is an indicator that the economy hasn't turned around. He noted that more Fortune 500 companies entered the sport over the past year than in 2008 and that the crowd at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona last week was the largest since 2006.

"The money spent was about twice what it was last year," Hendrick said of the Barrett-Jackson auction in which he purchased two Corvettes for more than $1 million each. "That's a great indicator."