Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eldora Becomes NASCAR's First Dirt-Track Race Since 1970

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR announced on Wednesday the 2013 schedule for the Camping World Truck Series, a slate that includes two exciting firsts: the series' first race on dirt and its inaugural international event.

On July 24, the trucks will make their dirt debut at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the.5-mile track owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. This event will be the first of two Wednesday night races for the series, joining Bristol Motor Speedway's popular mid-week race on Aug. 21.

"We've been looking at getting the trucks back to short tracks -- to the roots of racing including the dirt -- and we're excited to announce our 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Eldora Speedway in July," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "The door-to-door racing that our truck series is known for plus Eldora's popularity and Tony's dedication to putting on great shows for the fans is a perfect fit. We'll have a maximum starting field of 30 trucks at Eldora. More details on the race format are still being developed."

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Danica Patrick Announces Divorce

Danica Patrick and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage.

Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page Tuesday.

"I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided amicably end our marriage," she said. "This isn't easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that's how we will remain moving forward."

Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and he is 17 years older than the 30-year-old driver. (FOX News)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Kevin Harvick to Join Stewart-Haas in 2014

Multiple NASCAR industry sources confirmed to ESPN.com Friday that Harvick has signed a multi-year agreement to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing beginning with the 2014 season.

Harvick will remain at RCR, in the No. 29 Chevrolet for the 2013 campaign, sources said.

"I'm looking forward to finishing out this season on a strong note with RCR, and continuing to build our program going into the 2013 season with the ultimate goal of winning a championship," Harvick told ESPN.com Friday at Phoenix International Raceway, when approached about his future plans. "Anything beyond that, once I know what my future plans are set I'll let you know."

Tommy Baldwin And Matthew Dillner Race For Sandy At Phoenix

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Long Island, N.Y., native, Tommy Baldwin will team with fellow Long Island native and NASCAR.com Cameraman/Analyst Matthew Dillner, Feed the Children and Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) as they Race for Sandy this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Utilizing donations through feedthechildren.org/raceforsandy, Feed the Children will send much needed food and supplies to the Long Island area hit by Hurricane Sandy. Tommy Baldwin Racing and the No. 36 Accell Construction Chevrolet will promote the effort in Sunday’s AdvoCare 500.

Superstorm Sandy created an estimated $50 billion dollars in damage in the United States and has been responsible for 110 deaths. Feed The Children has already designated 30 trucks of relief supplies to send into areas devastated by the storm. Working with a network of partner agencies and sponsors, these shipments have arrived and will continue to arrive in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina and other affected states. Items being delivered include ready to eat meals, food boxes, cleaning supplies and other essentials.

Danica to Appear in Go Daddy Super Bowl Ads

Quelling speculation that Danica Patrick would have less of a role in in the company’s advertising, Go Daddy executive chairman and founder Bob Parsons announced Thursday that Patrick will appear in both of the website domain provider’s commercials during the Super Bowl.

“It was always fairly understood that Danica — she’s our spokesperson, has been in our successful Super Bowl advertising for the past (seven),” Parsons said.

“Go Daddy and Danica are a team and we’ve been a team for a long time. It would be difficult to figure out who has benefited the most from our relationship. I would think Go Daddy would have a little more. It’s been a true partnership, and I don’t see that ending any time soon.”

Austin Dillon to Race In Daytona 500

WELCOME, N.C. (November 9, 2012) – Richard Childress Racing has partnered with General Mills® for NASCAR Nationwide Series standout Austin Dillon to make his Daytona 500 debut driving the No. 33 Honey Nut Cheerios® Chevrolet on February 24, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway. The paint scheme for the 55th running of the Great American Race will also mark the NASCAR debut of Buzz, the official SpokesBee of Honey Nut Cheerios.

"My family has so many memories of racing in the Daytona 500 so it is really special to me to be able to make my first Daytona 500 start," said Dillon. "With the support of General Mills and America’s Favorite Cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios, I hope to continue RCR's winning tradition on restrictor plate tracks with my pal Buzz on the hood of the No. 33 Honey Nut Cheerios Chevrolet."