NASCAR Nuggets from the Net: Dec 14, 2012

December 14, 2013

December 14, 2013

Scheduled NASCAR testing of Sprint Cup Series 2013 GenSix car

NASCAR Fans, mark your calendars now for more Sprint Cup testing scheduled in January 2013.

Jan 10-12 at Daytona International Speedway

Jan 17-18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Before the green flag waves for the famed Daytona 500 in Feb, 2013, watch for more NASCAR adjustments and driver feedback as testing of the new Generation Six 2013 car continues.

Full speed ahead for Keselowski…

You won’t find the sterling silver Sprint Cup trophy made by Tiffany and Co. at the home of reigning champion Brad Keselowski.

“No, I don’t keep      trophies at my house,”

Keselowski said during Tuesday’s test at Charlotte Motor Speedway,

“I don’t believe in building a shrine to myself. It’s kind of weird.”

This is why Keselowski will be a threat to repeat in 2013.

The Penske Racing driver doesn’t want to be reminded about what he has accomplished. He wants to work on building toward the future, and his two-day test at CMS is the first step in doing that. ESPN

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Ricky Craven … among inductees for Maine sports hall

Ricky Craven, ESPN AnalystPhoto - Mark Gaier/ESPN

Ricky Craven, ESPN Analyst
Photo – Mark Gaier/ESPN

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ricky Craven … will be among nine people inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame during its 38th annual awards banquet set for May 5 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Craven, currently a stock car racing analyst for ESPN, began racing at age 15 at Unity Raceway. Named Busch North Rookie of the Year in 1990, Craven was also honored in 1995 as NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie off the Year. In more than 11 years of competition, the Concord, NC, resident participated in 278 races and won twice in what is now known as the Sprint Cup circuit, NASCAR’s top division. He also finished third in the 1997 Daytona 500 behind Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte. BDN-Bangor Daily News

Young spotter Doug Campbell lands NASCAR Sprint Cup Series job with Tommy Baldwin Racing

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Doug Campbell – middle, flanked by Mario Fiore and Tommy Barrett – is getting the chance of a lifetime at age 20
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Doug Campbell, of Berlin, Conn., provided the “eyes in the sky” this season as Millis team Tommy Barrett Jr tore up the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Along the way, the duo became friends with former NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Mario Fiore, of Agawam.

Using Fiore’s many connections in NASCAR, Campbell landed a chance to spot for JJ Yeley at three Sprint Cup races – New Hampshire, Dover, Charlotte – this past fall. On Thursday, Fiore revealed via Facebook that Campbell, 20, had received a more permanent position.

Campbell confirmed the posting and revealed that, beginning with testing at Daytona International Speedway in January, he will be spotting for Tommy Baldwin Racing, which fielded cars last season for Dave Blaney – No. 36 – and David Reutimann – No. 10. The relationship will continue through Speedweeks in February, and hopefully further.

According to Fiore, additional Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series spotting duties will also come Campbell’s way in 2013.

The Ryan Newman Foundation Raises Over $340,000 at Annual Charity Events

The 8th Annual Ryan Newman Foundation Charity Dinner and Auction and 7th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament raised over $340,000 for its animal welfare, education and conservation efforts. The dinner, presented by the Gene Haas Foundation, was held at the Statesville Civic Center in Statesville, NC on Fri, Dec 7th. Ryan Newman Foundation – PR

Michael Waltrip scheduled to appear on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner and part-time driver Michael Waltrip is scheduled to appear in an episode of the ABC-TV program Extreme Makeover Home Edition that airs Mon Dec 17, at 8pm ET. The Christmas-themed episode features a family that has fostered more than 30 children, including adopting a family of five siblings. The NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ female dance troupe also is featured. Jayski’s/ESPN

Daytona Racing Hall of Fame plans induction of NASCAR’s Marlin, Kulwicki and Hall

Two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin one of three NASCAR standouts to be inducted into the Daytona Racing Hall of Fame in February
Photo – Daytona Beach News-Journal/Nigel Cook

The Daytona Beach West Rotary Club Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame will induct three NASCAR standouts at 6:30pm on Feb 18, 2013 at the Shores Resort and Spa. The three inductees are 1992 NASCAR champion Alan Kulwicki, two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin and radio broadcaster Barney Hall, often referred to as “the voice of NASCAR.” The Daytona Beach News Journal

Dover International Speedway to prepare holiday dinner for Dover Air Force Base troops

Speedway seeking donations, contributions for annual holiday event

For the eighth consecutive year, Dover International Speedway will organize and host a holiday dinner for the troops at Dover Air Force Base on Friday, Dec 21 at the Base.

Each year, the Speedway’s hospitality and concessions department and volunteers cook and prepare approximately 30 turkeys; 15 to 20 hams; 100 pounds each of green beans, corn and yams; 50 pounds of cranberry sauce; 10 gallons of gravy; and assorted desserts. They then deliver it to the Base and serve it to the troops.

Many Air Force reservists are still on active duty from the war in Afghanistan, and make up a large portion of personnel on the Base while the full-time active duty troops are overseas. The dinner will serve approximately 300 troops at the Base this year.

“The Dover Air Force Base is such a huge part of our community here in Dover, and the men and women stationed there give up so much to protect our country’s freedom, including time away from home during the holiday season,”

said Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc.

“The holiday dinner put on by our food and beverage department is just one way we can give back to them this time of year and thank them for all they do.”

Much of the food and funding for the event is donated in advance, and Dover International Speedway is asking that anyone interested in contributing any of the items mentioned above, or in making a monetary donation, to contact Jeff Kivett at 302-883-6517 or Dover International Speedway

Bristol’s 12 Days of Christmas Offers Great Prizes Starting Today – Dec 14th

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