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.