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The Green Flag Flies at Daytona

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2014 50th Anniversary Schedule

May 24      Car Show and Open Practice
May 25      Flood Bowl 250 Enduro Plus Spectator Drags
May 31      Regular Event, All Divisions
June 7       ACT Tour Plus All Divisions, Late Models Non-points
June 14     North East Mini Stock Tour, All Divisions Except Late Models – Limited Late Model Chili Bowl 100
June 21     Regular Event, Kids Bike Races
June 28     Regular Event, 4-cyl. Match Races
July 5        Fourth of July Fireworks, 100-lap Late Model Feature
July 12      Off
July 19      Off
July 26      Regular Event, Tom Doyon Pit Crew Challenge, Double Points Night
Aug. 2       Regular Event
Aug. 9       Regular Event, Shopping Cart Races
Aug. 16     Regular Event, Kids Pits Tour
Aug. 23     Regular Events, Pure Stock Night (TBA)
Aug. 30     Off
Sept. 6      Jake McDowell Memorial Event, All Divisions Except Late Models
Sept. 13    Championship Night and Steve Patnaude’s Blast From the Past 50th Anniversary Night
Oct. 18      Fall Brawl (TBA)

The Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for February 15. NASCAR RaceDay on FoxSports1 starts at 6:30 p.m. The race is also on FS1 at 8 p.m. with the green flag set to fly at 8:29 p.m. If a TV isn’t handy, tune into Motor Racing Network (MRN) or Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90.


Late last week, NASCAR competition officials held a Q&A session at the R&D Center in Concord, N.C. They cleared up a few questions on some of the new rules for 2014.

The plan is to reset the points four times in 2014. After race 26, 16 guys will have their points reset to 2,000 plus three bonus points for each win. After the third playoff race, the four guys lowest in points with no wins in those three races, will be eliminated. The 12 remaining drivers will have their points reset to 3,000.

• From this point forward there will be zero bonus points added for wins. And I thought this was the year of “emphasis on winning races”.

• After the sixth playoff race, the field will drop to eight drivers and their points will be reset to 4,000. After another three races, the field will be cut to the final four and their points will be reset to 5,000.

• When the new qualifying rules were first announced, a bunch of crew chiefs didn’t like the idea of being able to work on the cars between segments. But after some talks it was decided to allow teams to work on the cars but not allow them to jack them up or lift the hood. In the event of a flat tire, teams can change it with one that has been scuffed but they can’t change two to create a matched set.

• A writer asked about explaining to the fans what happens when a driver sets a track record in the first segment but later someone wins the pole? NASCAR replied and I quote, “It’s the media’s job to explain that.” I kid you not – that was the answer.

Cup Quickie

Ray Evernham has left ESPN. He has served as a consultant for Hendrick’s since 2011. He said, “Now not doing the ESPN thing will allow me to be involved in some of the management and some of the things that they’re doing at Hendrick. The best way to avoid a conflict of interest is to choose one or the other. I’m excited about being able to go and be involved in the management team on the motorsports side.

Evernham told the radio SiriusXM Speedway he is not looking to be a crew chief. “I’ve met with crew chiefs. I think I’ve got a good perspective as they face different challenges. I will be going to meetings and be involved in competition things that I’ve not been involved with in the past three years or so. He plans to attend about 15 races.

This could get interesting. Is there a chance he ends up back on top of the No. 24 pit box or does he fill the void when Steve Letarte leaves Dale Jr. after this season?

Brian Hoar/Rick Paya 2014

For the second year in a row, the Hoar/Paya duo will not be chasing points. Brandon Paul, the Northeast Editor at, reports Hoar, the eight-time American-Canadian Tour champion, will race in four of the most prestigious Super Late Model events in the country.

Paya says he is currently building a new Super Late Model that the team will compete with in the Winchester 400, the World Crown 300, the All American 400 and the Snowball Derby.

• The 31st Annual World Crown 300 is scheduled for August 9 at the Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA. This is a half-mile but is only banked 12 degrees, with 6-degree straights.

• The Winchester 400 is a 400-lap race run at the Winchester (IN) Speedway in October. Billed as the “World’s Fastest 1/2-mile”, Winchester is a half-mile track with 37 degrees of banking.

• The All American 400 the weekend of Oct. 31/Nov. 1 will be contested at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, TN.

The speedway is 0.596-mile with 18 degrees of banking. The corners were cut down from 35 degrees to their present 18 degrees in 1972. The track was repaved before the 1996 season.

• The Snowball Derby will be held at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. This 1/2-mile speedway has 15 degree banking in the corners and 9 degrees on the straights. This event will be run November 22.

“We’ve been planning on this for quite a while,” Paya said. “It’s our own design and we had RB Performance (Ricky Rolfe and Mark Brackett) out of Andover, ME construct the chassis. We want to hit some of the big races with the CRA (Champion Racing Association) and Southern Super Series. We have been puttering on it for awhile.”

“I’m super excited,” said Hoar. “I’ve been racing a long, long time. I’ve raced these (ACT-type) Late Models with the small engines for a long time and obviously had a lot of success with that. I’ve raced some bigger horsepower stuff with the Busch North Series, but I’ve never really raced a Super Late Model. I’m super pumped. I’m really, really excited to do this.”

In addition to racing these four Super Late Model events, the team plans to run part-time on the American-Canadian Tour in 2014. The eight-time series champion plans to attend the first four races on the ACT schedule, as well as the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway (NY), People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) and Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne.

ACT VT State Late Model Championship

The four-race Vermont State Championship Series, which has a $11,000 point fund, will see changes in 2014. The series will again have four events split between Vermont’s only two paved speedways, Thunder Road and Devil’s Bowl. This season the Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road will replace the Vermont Governor’s Cup.

The Series was created in 2012. Once again the series will kick off with the Memorial Day Classic 100 at The Road, May 25. The Labor Day Classic runs on August 31. The Labor Day event will also be the final Thunder Road Late Model point-counting event of 2014.

The Devil’s Bowl 1/2-mile will host a 100-lap events on May 30 and September 14. Past VT State Champions are Dave Pembroke in 2012 and Nick Sweet last season.

Until Next Week

Every day find someone or something that makes you laugh.


Cup Champions

I’ve been in a couple of conversations the past week about whether anyone has ever won the Cup championship without winning a race that year. Everyone I talked to said they thought there was at least one but no one could tell me who and what year. I did some research and found no one with no wins but I did find five guys who only won one.

This chart shows the year, number of wins and how many races they ran that year.

You’ll see for the first 23 champions only once did the champ run all the events. In 1972 they dropped the number of races and from then on every champ raced them all.

Year    Driver / Wins / No. of Races
1949   Red Byron 2 wins (ran 6 of 8 races)
1950   Bill Rexford 1 win (ran 17 of 19 races)
1951   Herb Thomas 7 (34 of 42)
1952   Tim Flock 8 (22 of 25)
1953   Herb Thomas 12 (all 37)
1954   Lee Petty 7 (34 of 37)
1955   Tim Flock 18 (39 of 45)
1956   Buck Baker 14 (48 of 56)
1957   Buck Baker 10 (40 of 53)
1958   Lee Petty 7 (50 of 51)
1959   Lee Petty 11 (42 of 44)
1960   Rex White 6 (40 of 44)
1961   Ned Jarrett 1 (46 of 52)
1962   Joe Weatherly 9 (52 of 53)
1963   Joe Weatherly 3 (53 of 55)
1964   Richard Petty 9 (61 of 62)
1965   Ned Jarrett 13 (54 of 55)
1966   David Pearson 15 (42 of 49)
1967   Richard Petty 27 (48 of 49)
1968   David Pearson 16 (48 of 49)
1969   David Pearson 11 (51 of 54)
1970   Bobby Isaac 11 (47 of 48)
1971   Richard Petty 21 (46 of 48)
1972   Richard Petty 8 (31)
1973   Benny Parsons 1 (28)
1974   Richard Petty 10 (30)
1975   Richard Petty 13 (30)
1976   Cale Yarborough 9 (30)
1977   Cale Yarborough 9 (30)
1978   Cale Yarborough 10 (30)
1979   Richard Petty 5 (31)
1980   Dale Earnhardt 5 (30)
1981   Darrell Waltrip 12 (31)
1982   Darrell Waltrip 12 (30)
1983   Bobby Allison 6 (30)
1984   Terry Labonte 2 (30)
1985   Darrell Waltrip 3 (28)
1986   Dale Earnhardt 5 (29)
1987   Dale Earnhardt 11 (29)
1988   Bill Elliott 6 (29)
1989   Rusty Wallace 6 (29)
1990   Dale Earnhardt 9 (29)
1991   Dale Earnhardt 4 (29)
1993   Dale Earnhardt 6 (30)
1994   Dale Earnhardt 4 (31)
1995   Jeff Gordon 7 (31)
1996   Terry Labonte 2 (31)
1997   Jeff Gordon 10 (32)
1998   Jeff Gordon 3 (33)
1999   Dale Jarrett 4 (34)
2000   Bobby Labonte 4 (34)
2001   Jeff Gordon 6 (36)
2002   Tony Stewart 3 (36)
2003   Matt Kenseth 1 (36)
2004   Kurt Busch 3 (36)
2005   Tony Stewart 5 (36)
2006   Jimmie Johnson 5 (36)
2007   Jimmie Johnson 13 (36)
2008   Jimmie Johnson 7 (36)
2009   Jimmie Johnson 7 (36)
2010   Jimmie Johnson 6 (36)
2011   Tony Stewart 5 (36)
2012   Brad Keselowski 5 (36)
2013   Jimmie Johnson 6 (36)

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