All I want for Christmas is you-ou-ou baaaaaaa-by. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR Updates & Other Fast Stuff. Yup, it’s getting closer all the time. With my extra % off discount from my employer I got a few Christmas gifts taken care of. Still have a couple to go. My legs are turning to jelly, my back hurts and I’m just plain tired from all the extra OT. I refused OT for this week coming up. They ain’t happy but I need to recharge. Besides that I get to see my grandkids. Always a bonus when that happens.
So what of the land of Left Turns?
Chad Knaus helped to get today’s Carolina Panthers game started. He got to hit that big drum. Something to do in the NASCAR off season. Making new friends and fans too.
David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto won’t be returning to BK Racing next year. Looked like BK Racing might not have a shop either when they discovered the doors were lock by the landlord. That’s been taken care of for right now. The team says they will be racing 2 cars in the 2017 season but with a variety of drivers.
DiBenedetto says he is looking at other options to drive. No word from Ragan on his plans.
Dale Jr is cleared to drive in 2017. He tested at Darlington Raceway this past week and says he feels better than before. He’ll be looking into extending his contract with HMS before the 2017 season gets started.
Jeff Gluck posted this picture on Twitter. It says that the fan never drank this before but since they’re supporting our sport then they’ll buy it. Now THAT’S fan loyalty. Brian France says that he expects great things with this partnership. He says sports are in Monsters DNA. They know how to market things. Monster Energy doesn’t make commercials. They depend on their athletes to do it for them. Kurt Busch has the #41 Monster Energy NASCAR, Brittany Force has the Monster Energy NHRA Drag car and that’s just 2 high profile athletes on the list.
Dodge is coming back to NASCAR? According to CEO Sergio Marchionne of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that possibility is in the works. He spoke with the France Family very recently and after all conditions are met it’s a go.
Sergio says it was his decision back in 2009 to pull out of NASCAR. They were just coming out of bankruptcy and paying the bills was very hard. But today they are in a different place and ready to race.
NASCAR requires manufacturers to submit renderings and the actual car for inspection well over a year in advance. So it’s safe to say that 2017 is not the year for Dodges return unless they were working on this in 2015.
Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon will have cartoon versions of themselves in Disney’s show called Mickey and the Roadster Racers. A show geared toward preschoolers. It’s a car racing adventure series teaching life’s lessons in friendship, sportsmanship and teamwork. Look for Jimney Johnson and Jeff Gear in January. Jay Leno, Gordon Ramsey and Hoda Kobt also guest star in episodes.
Charlotte Motor Speedway named Outstanding Facility of the Year. Charlotte hosts 3 NASCAR weekends, 2 NHRA weekends, Motorcross, 2 World Of Outlaws weekends and lots of car shows throughout the year.
Keeping up with Kyle Larson is hard. Besides trying to get in family holiday time he’ll be flying off to Sidney Australia for some dirt racing in a sprint car. And in January he’ll be doing more dirt racing in a sprint car when he participates in the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa Oklahoma. But before all that he joined his #42 team and Target to hand out Christmas presents at the Milton Boys & Girls Club in Charlotte.
Courtney Force announced her new primary sponsor for 2017 as Advance Auto Parts. And if you look closely, there’s that Monster logo on the front fender.
Want one of those grandfather clocks they give away to the winner of the STP 500? If you buy your race ticket before March 29th, you’ll be entered to win the very same clock the winner of the race gets.
We’ll there you have it folks. Lots of driver movement going on and restructuring too. A new title sponsor and Christmas isn’t even here yet. Watch out for that snow. All the Gabbers and others in the north east know what I mean. I’m hiding in my house from it right now. It’s cold out there.
And I’m outta here…..=^!^=