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Would a Second Truck Race on Dirt Take Away from the Mudsummer Classic?

ROSSBURG, Ohio — As brothers, Austin and Ty Dillon don’t always see eye-to-eye. So naturally, when asked if NASCAR should explore a second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event of dirt, the two grandsons of Richard Childress didn’t necessarily agree with each other.

Ty believes that the Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway has grown to become one of the most prestigious events in NASCAR over the past three years and is made special by the fact that it’s a one-of-a-kind event.

He believes that adding a second race on dirt, in the Truck Series, or any other tour would take away from the importance of both events.

“I know everyone wants to see more dirt races in this series but I think we need to keep it unique to the Truck Series and what it is now,” Ty said. “It’s such a special event that everybody looks forward to the Mudsummer Classic and if you add another one, you’re going to cloud the specialness of the event.

“This is starting to become a prestigious event, or at least it is for me and folks in the dirt world. You look at all the people that comes to this race and if you add more to the schedule, you start to take away from it, in my opinion, but I’m sure my brother will have a different opinion.”

He did.

“I disagree completely,” Austin said as if on command.

“They bring something new to our sport,” Austin said. “They bring new fans that are just curious to see what it’s like — plus there has been good racing. You could take the highlights from the past two years alone from here and put them in any NASCAR highlight reel over the past six or seven years.”

When looking at the facilities that could host a second NASCAR dirt event, the Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway is certainly near the top of the list. In fact, track promoter Eddie Gossage was at Eldora on Wednesday night and in the media center during the playful Dillon disagreement.

“We have a guy in the guy in the back here who likes dirt racing too and he’s from Texas,” Austin said in reference to Gossage. “I don’t know why he’s here but I guess he wants to see what it’s like.”

Gossage said he attended the Mudsummer Classic on the request of long-time friend and Eldora track owner Tony Stewart, who has been begging the popular promoter to come up to his Western Ohio track for years.

On the topic at hand, Gossage said he wasn’t sure the Truck Series needed a second race on dirt but would be open to the idea of hosting it if NASCAR wanted one.

“No, I never have,” Gossage said about asking NASCAR for a Truck Series race at his dirt track. “This is Eldora so it’s unique and special. But if they wanted to run one, I would be for it. We run on dirt all the time.

“But personally, I wouldn’t run another dirt race. If you run a bunch of them then it’s not special anymore.”

Truck Series championship contender Tyler Reddick has a dirt Super Late Model background and agrees with Ty and Gossage but did have a suggestion for a second race if NASCAR ever asked his opinion:

Knoxville Speedway at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Iowa.

“I think it would be cool to see us at Knoxville but we would have absolutely no grip though,” Reddick said. “It would be like skating on an ice rink. There is no grip, it’s really slick.

“It’s tough. It’s madness.”

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Nemechek Left Looking For More In Top-10 Finish

Atlanta Motor Speedway was a chance for NEMCO Motorsports veteran @FrontRowJoe87 to show what the team is capable of at a 1.5 mile track.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team redeemed themselves with a tenth place finish at the track after settling with a top-20 finish at Daytona International Speedway in the season opening race.

“I’m disappointed with a top-10, but we’ll definitely take it,” stated Nemechek. “I thought we were going to be a lot better than that. We had a lot of things go on during the race – we were just way too loose all night.

“We’ve been working hard on our Chevrolets. We’re learning more and more about these things. We’re faster and running in the top 10. There are a lot of good trucks that run in the top 10. We still have some more homework to do to build a notebook for John Hunter.”

Nemechek started eighth on the day. He was one of the drivers who wasn’t able to post a qualifying time. Only two trucks posted an official time in the final round of qualifying for the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200.

Joe Nemechek is sharing the driving duties in the No. 8 Chevrolet with his son, @JHNemechek. John Hunter’s first start will be at the next NCWTS race at Martinsville Speedway on March 28.

The NEMCO Motorsports team has a month to look at notes from the last couple of races to help the team face the track that resembles a paperclip in the Kroger 250 on March 28. John Hunter is anticipating the start in that seat.

“We ran good there in the second race there in the fall,” he said. “I’m looking forward getting back to Martinsville and trying to improve on our setup and going faster.”

Nemechek is currently ninth in driver standings.

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“Entrepreneur at Heart” Jordan Anderson Preps for 2015

By Matt Weaver — South Carolina short tracker Jordan Anderson (@J19Anderson) is fresh off his first two starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series but says he may have to get creative in order to run additional races next season.

Anderson, a popular Late Model and Legends driver in the Southeast, recently had to put his career on hold when a series of unfortunate business events forced him to completely start over. Anderson made just one start in the K&N Pro Series this year, at Richmond in April, when everything began to unravel.

“That was an unfortunate deal,” Anderson told Popular Speed following the Truck Series finale at Homestead Miami Speedway. “I had a deal where one of my K&N owners had some bad deals and wrote some bad checks. It was about $25,000 in bad checks and I had just got done building a brand new Super Late Model and had to sell it just to offset those bad checks.

“I had to put my racing career on hold to take care of that. I don’t have a lot of money but I have my reputation and I at least wanted that taken care of.”

Anderson, a 23-year-old Belmont Abbey College (NC) graduate, has a business and marketing degree and used it to rebound nicely. He made his Truck Series debut at Phoenix for MAKE Motorsports and a second start the next week at Homestead for Mike Harmon Racing.

He hopes the seat time earned him a NASCAR speedway license and attracted additional sponsors for Daytona and the rest of next season.

“From where I was at Phoenix to where I am tonight, I have made such a huge jump for where I am as a driver,” Anderson said. “I told both teams, I don’t have an ego — if you need me to do something or try something, just tell me.

“I lost power steering 10 laps into (Homestead) and I had holes in my glove. I’ve never had anything like that happen in my career but that’s okay because we persevered and turned all the laps. I even got to feel what it’s like to have a right front go down on one of these big tracks without putting it into the wall and that was such a valuable learning experience.”

Anderson admits that he is likely not going to have just one ‘mega-deal’ to run in the Truck Series next season and that he may have to race for a variety of teams until he can attract larger sponsors and get some of his personal start-up enterprises tenure and solid footing.

“We have like 10 things in the works,” Anderson said. “It’s going to be a lot of business-to-business, through some of our ministry work and other things I have going on. No one knows this, but I’m a closet geek at heart in that I like to build websites and I’m a software nerd. I have some cool tech companies that are working with me on some things.

“I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I love business and putting things together so it’s going to be a mix-match of a lot of different companies. They’ll complement each other but I don’t think the sport has seen anything quite like what we have in mind for next year if it all works out too.”

Regardless of how it plays out, the always-humble Anderson is just happy to have simply made it this far. He views himself as a small-town kid who has risen up the ranks from dirt, asphalt and now, on the doorsteps of NASCAR national touring, a realization that hit him during the blackout before the Trucks race at Phoenix.

“I just went out on pit road when no one was around me and I just soaked it in,” Anderson said. “I come from a family that has no background in racing. My dad is a carpenter and my mom is a hairstylist. I’m from South Carolina and Colombia is not exactly a hot bed for any kind of racing.

“To be this kid that raced go-karts at eight and is now making his Trucks debut, that was really cool for me. This whole deal for me, it’s just a huge blessing.”

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NASCAR Releases 2015 Sprint Cup Schedule

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service — The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule, as announced Tuesday afternoon on Fox Sports 1’s “Race Hub” and NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America,” is a more geographically friendly version that also pays homage to important traditions of the past.

The Darlington race returns to its historic spot on Labor Day weekend, while the Atlanta date moves from Labor Day weekend to March 1, the Sunday after the season-opening Daytona 500.

Atlanta also will feature a weekend tripleheader, as both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at the 1.54-mile speedway on Feb. 28 as a prelude to the March 1 Sprint Cup main event.

Las Vegas occupies its traditional third spot on the schedule, but there’s a major difference. Vegas starts a three-race West Coast Swing that sees NASCAR’s premier series travel from Las Vegas to Phoenix and then to Fontana, California, on successive weeks. For the past few years, the series has raced at Phoenix and Las Vegas as the second two dates, then returned to the East Coast for a short-track race at Bristol before heading back to California for a late-March race.

The current West Coast Swing not only is more cost-effective from a transportation and personnel standpoint, but it also creates a nexus of NASCAR activity centered in the western states, with manageable travel times between tracks for teams and fans alike. Bunching the West Coast races also allows Bristol to move from mid-March to April 19, a more favorable date for Thunder Valley from a weather standpoint.

Other significant changes include the move of the July race at Daytona from its traditional Saturday night slot to Sunday night. Kentucky moves from late June to July 11, creating an off week on June 21, a month earlier than usual.

There’s another off week between the Aug. 22 Night Race at Bristol and the Labor Day weekend date at Darlington. That off week will gives teams on the Chase bubble more time to prepare for the final two make-or-break races of the Sprint Cup regular season.

The Chase tracks remain the same, with only one change in the order of the final 10 races. Charlotte and Kansas trade places, with Charlotte now the fourth Chase race and Kansas the fifth.

“The 2015 NASCAR national series schedules promise to provide our fans with the compelling competition and story lines they so richly deserve,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France. “These enhancements to our race dates, particularly in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will be of benefit to our fans and other stakeholders in our industry.

“From the start of the season at Speedweeks at Daytona culminated by our championship finales at Homestead-Miami, we’re looking forward to the great racing that will be delivered through our outstanding television network broadcast partners FOX, FOX Sports 1, NBC and NBCSN.”

Weaver: Sprint Cup Schedule Changes Add Fresh Layer of Paint to NASCAR

Make no mistake. The changes in the schedule are significant.

“One of the things that really gets lost sometimes is that really deviating a week on our race schedule is huge for our sport,” Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said on the “Race Hub” broadcast.

“Unlike other sports, we don’t have six to eight home games where a fan can pick and choose what game they may go to. Fans make vacation plans sometimes years in advance, so for us, to even change a week out of a market is a huge impact, on a race track and on our fans.”

The Sprint Cup schedule includes its typical 36 points races and two non-point events—the Feb. 14 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona and the May 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte.

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Schedule

2/14 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited) FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

2/15 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 Qualifying) FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

2/19 Daytona International Speedway (Duel) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

2/22 Daytona 500 FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

3/1 Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

3/8 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

3/15 Phoenix International Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

3/22 Auto Club Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

3/29 Martinsville Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

4/11 Texas Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

4/19 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

4/25 Richmond International Raceway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/3 Talladega Superspeedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

5/9 Kansas Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/16 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/24 Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

5/31 Dover International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/7 Pocono Raceway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/14 Michigan International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/28 Sonoma Raceway FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM

7/5 Daytona International Speedway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

7/11 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

7/19 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

7/26 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM

8/2 Pocono Raceway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/9 Watkins Glen International NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/16 Michigan International Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/22 Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

9/6 Darlington Raceway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

9/12 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

9/20 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

9/27 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

10/4 Dover International Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

10/10 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBC, PRN, SiriusXM

10/18 Kansas Speedway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

10/25 Talladega Superspeedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

11/1 Martinsville Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

11/8 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, PRN, SiriusXM

11/15 Phoenix International Raceway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

11/22 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

 

2015 NASCAR Nationwide (New Title Sponsor) Series Schedule

2/21 Daytona International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

2/28 Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM

3/7 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM

3/14 Phoenix International Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

3/21 Auto Club Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

4/10 Texas Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM

4/18 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, PRN, SiriusXM

4/24 Richmond International Raceway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/2 Talladega Superspeedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

5/17 Iowa Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/23 Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM

5/30 Dover International Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

6/13 Michigan International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/20 Chicagoland Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

7/4 Daytona International Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

7/10 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

7/18 New Hampshire Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

7/25 Indianapolis Motor Speedway NBC, IMS, SiriusXM

8/1 Iowa Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/8 Watkins Glen International NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/15 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

8/21 Bristol Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

8/29 Road America NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

9/5 Darlington Raceway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

9/11 Richmond International Raceway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

9/19 Chicagoland Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

9/26 Kentucky Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

10/3 Dover International Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

10/9 Charlotte Motor Speedway NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM

10/17 Kansas Speedway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

11/7 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, PRN, SiriusXM

11/14 Phoenix International Raceway NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM

11/21 Homestead-Miami Speedway NBC, MRN, SiriusXM

 

2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule

2/20 Daytona International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

2/28 Atlanta Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

3/28 Martinsville Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/8 Kansas Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/15 Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

5/29 Dover International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/5 Texas Motor Superspeedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/13 Gateway Motorsports Park FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

6/19 Iowa Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

7/9 Kentucky Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

7/22 Eldora Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

8/1 Pocono Raceway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

8/15 Michigan International Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

8/19 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

8/30 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

9/18 Chicagoland Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

9/26 New Hampshire Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

10/3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

10/24 Talladega Superspeedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM

10/31 Martinsville Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

11/6 Texas Motor Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

11/13 Phoenix International Raceway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM

11/20 Homestead-Miami Speedway FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM