Daily Archives: February 13, 2014

Daily Door Rub 2-13-14

The Daily Door Rub is a quick look around the web, linking to other good racing stories not written by the Trackside Times staff.

Photo of the day:

Brandt Chevrolet to be run by Justin Allgaier in the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014 [HScott Motorsports]

Brandt Chevrolet to be run by Justin Allgaier in the Daytona 500 on February 23, 2014 [HScott Motorsports]

A few good links:
Jenna Fryer tells us that Brad Keselowski may be quiet toward the media, but is speaking up behind closed doors [AP]Jerry Bonkowski with a look at if 2014 will finally be Paul Menard’s year [NBC Sports Motorsports Talk]

Jerry Bonkowski again with a story on how Jeb Burton went from unemployed to having a ride at Daytona in the Camping World Truck Series race [NBC Sports Motorsports Talk]

Parker Kligerman wrote an incredible “how-to” story on how to become a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver [Jalopnik]

 

Video of the Day:

A “bold” look at Kyle Larson’s new Target ride.

Matt Kenseth Pitstop at Pocono

Some video I took of Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing Team making at Pitstop at Pocono in 2013.

Danica Patrick to Run Drive4COPD for TSM

Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Danica Patrick will drive for them in the Drive4COPD 300 February 22, 2014 [Turner Scott Motorsports]

Turner Scott Motorsports announced that Danica Patrick will drive for them in the Drive4COPD 300 February 22, 2014 [Turner Scott Motorsports]

Danica Patrick will once again race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona for Turner Scott Motorsports. Patrick will drive the #30 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by the Florida Lottery. The crew chief will be Mike Greci.

Patrick is excited to once again run the Daytona Nationwide race, after leading last year before electrical problems ended her day. Patrick said:

I’m really looking forward to competing in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona once again and driving the No. 30 Florida Lottery Chevrolet Camaro. Turner Scott Motorsports is a great organization and I worked really well with Mike Greci and the whole team in both of the races I did with them last year. I know that I’m definitely capable of a win this year working with that group, it just comes down to making it until the end. I have to thank the Florida Lottery for coming on board; they’re giving me the opportunity to run this race and to support education in the State of Florida.

The Florida Lottery also knows when they see a good opportunity, as Secretary Cynthia O’Connell points out:

Danica Patrick’s immense popularity allows the Florida Lottery to increase awareness about our sole reason for existing – which is increasing funding for education in Florida. In our 26 year history, Florida Lottery players have generated more than $26 billion for education programs and more than 650,000 students have attended college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. We are proud to partner with Danica and Turner Scott Motorsports and are hopeful for a successful weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Based on past success at the track for both Turner Scott Motorsports, and Danica Patrick, expect to see Patrick toward the front, especially with the elimination of tandem drafting.

[Turner Scott Motorsports]

Dale Earnhardt Jr Gets Sponsor for Sonoma

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sponsored by Kelley Blue Book for one race in 2014 & 2015 [Hendrick Motorsports]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sponsored by Kelley Blue Book for one race in 2014 & 2015 [Hendrick Motorsports]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be sponsored by Kelley Blue Book for the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014. In addition to the primary sponsorship at Sonoma, Kelley Blue Book will also be the primary sponsor at one race in 2015, and will be an associate sponsor for all other races for the length of the two-year agreement.

Kelley Blue Book vice president of operations, Steve Lind said:

Kelley Blue Book’s sponsorship in NASCAR is the next step in communicating our brand strength and recognition as a vehicle valuation pioneer and leader for new-car shopping and research. By supporting successful race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports, coupled with NASCAR’s brand equity, we will reach even more consumers with our message—providing helpful, transparent information on KBB.com to help car shoppers make the best decision possible.

As for 19-time Sprint Cup Series race win Dale Earnhardt Jr., he had this to say:

I’m looking forward to our partnership with Kelley Blue Book. As a car enthusiast and dealership owner, I’ve trusted them for years for vehicle valuation and information. It’s exciting to work with a partner that’s new to the sport, and I’m proud Kelley Blue Book will be on board with the No. 88 team for their debut season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Kelley Blue Book is a vehicle valuation company that helps consumers know the value of their vehicle so they get fair value whether they are selling, buying or trading in. You can check out the company and the value of your vehicles at KBB.com.

[Hendrick Motorsports]