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Posted by claireblang in Items of Interest, Show Items.

Old School Racers Race Again – In a 2008 Race Tour!

Yesterday, on “Dialed In” on XM, I had Gene Weaver from the Old School Racing Champion’s Tour on – with breaking news about a race tour for 2008 that will feature past racers who will now have the opportunity to race again in venues near tracks on dates that are adjacent to NEXTEL Cup dates. I had a tidbit emailed to me from a listener who caught wind of this and when I dug into it was an interesting breaking story.

I have had so much email from listeners asking for the web site for the project and so here it is: http://www.osrct.com.

When I called Weaver yesterday he had told me that manufacturer support was coming and he was about to break the story on air when he said he had not had final confirmation. Later in the show, after he got off air with me, he emailed me that he had gotten the confirmation to release to me that Toyota Motor Sales had approved the contract and has come aboard as a Title Sponsor of Two OSRCT races in 2008. The news release will probably go out Monday on that breaking news.

Drivers who have said they will participate include: Johnny Rumley, Harry Gant, Andy Hillenburg, Jack Ingram, David Pearson, Dave Marcis, Larry Pearson, Geoffrey Bodine, Phil Parsons, Joe Ruttman, Tracy Leslie and more (see the osrct site for full list).

Race dates include tracks near the following 2008 Cup race locations on adjacent dates: Cup All-Star Race, Cup Lowe’s, Prelude to the Dream, Cup Michigan, Cup Daytona, Cup Weekend Off, Cup Michigan, Cup Richmond, Cup Lowes, Cup Martinsville and Cup Daytona in February of 09.

In the OSRCT, each driver will be competing for a charity of their choice as well as for themselves. Each driver will have the logo of the charity they are competing for on the side of their race car. This will bring attention to the charity as well as a donation on behalf of the driver. There will also be a limited access autograph session before each race and all proceeds will go toward charity. OSRCT has preliminary drawn up a system very similar to other popular racing series.

Drivers are only eligible to compete in 6 of the 10 races. OSRCT will take the best five of a drivers six races and that would be their points total for the year. After the 10 regular season races, OSRCT would take the top 10 in driver points and they would advance to the Championship Race.

Points positions 11-30 will compete in the Last Chance Race the night before the Championship Race. The top ten in the Last Chance Race will be placed with the 10 drivers already in the Championship Race, for a one race Championship “shoot-out”. And we’re thinking “Winner-take-All”. What a heck of a race that will be!

The vehicle will be a fully adjustable complete race vehicle, meeting the current safety standards approved by an outside third party. The vehicles will be equally prepared, maintained, transported and provided to the drivers by OSRCT. I hear it will be a Busch North Type Car.

For more information you can check the web site for the OSRCT. I have had a lot of email from fans who are excited to see the likes of Harry Gant and David Pearson racing again.

I’ll keep you posted.

Dale Jr – 13th – Why? September 12, 2007

Posted by claireblang in Drivers, Show Items.

I am busy getting ready to leave for New York City tomorrow (Thursday) to broadcast from the XM Studios in New York as the drivers in the chase visit NYC before heading to Loudon, NH.

Yesterday I received a pre-Loudon report from the Budweiser race team courtesy of Fingerprint inc. public relations. Contained within the report close to the bottom was some information I used on the air on my show yesterday. I got tons of calls from people wanting to get a copy of the data that I talked about. So I am including it here for everyone to view. I get pages and pages of pre race reports and it’s always worth the extra time to read all of them because of items contained within them – like this. The tidbit on this report centered around why Dale Earnhardt Junior did not make the chase:


13th?! Why?
It’s hard to describe how a team could run so well in nearly every race – and yet miss the Nextel Cup playoffs. However, NASCAR’s “loop data” statistics point a giant, flashing neon light at the success the Budweiser team has seen this year – and also a glaring spotlight on why they are so far behind in the point standings despite their consistent speed. First, the good news:

Dale Jr. rankings among all drivers after 26 races:
Overall Driver Rating: 7th
Avg. Running Position: 5th
Fastest Early in a Run: 2nd
Fastest Late in a Run: 4th
Fastest on Straightaways: 1st
Fastest in the Turns: 6th
Fastest Laps Run: 4th
Fastest on Restarts: 2nd
Fastest Green Flag Speed: 2nd
Laps in Top-15: 3rd
Laps Led: 7th
Mileage Led: 8th
Percent of Laps on Lead Lap: 5th
Quality Passes: 12th
Speed in Traffic: 5th

And now the bad new: the only category where the team is not among the overall leaders is called “Closers” – which measures the positions improved in final 10 percent of each race. Dale Jr. is not even listed among top-35 drivers for the season, which emphasizes how many times mechanical failures have taken them out of a potential win in the final laps and dropped them deep into the final standings.

I got a bunch of emails about the information above so I am including it in this blog.

Have a great day!

Claire B