Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Turning Point

I feel like I should start off this post by apologizing.  I promised back in May that I would be writing all the time, but that apparently didn’t happen.  I’m not going to make excuses, my life was quite a bit busier than I thought it would be this summer – I got a job at GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville and work anywhere between 25-35 hours a week.  I’m the receptionist, so I answer the phone, answer any questions people might have, sell GoPro cameras and apparel, and assign people to their races.  In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a lot of hours, but the last thing I want to do when I get home at 9:30 at night is sit down and write an article.  I work weekends, so I don’t usually get to watch the races, which makes it extremely difficult to write articles about anything pertaining to the races.

The next few weeks mark a big change in my life.  As many of you know, I attended High Point University last year, but after taking a lot into consideration, I’m now enrolled at UNC Charlotte starting next week.  I absolutely loved High Point, but I ultimately had to make the decision to move to UNCC because of the ability to get internships.  In the end, my future career is the most important thing to me, so I have to do what is right for that.  I know that I’m making the right decision and I’m looking forward to seeing how I grow as a person in the next three years. 

Thank you all for having patience with the lack of articles!  I won't be making any promises that I’ll be posting a certain number of times a week, but I’m most certainly going to devote at least an hour each week to writing and posting an article. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Weekend Schedule Charlotte Motor Speedway/Iowa Speedway

The racing action is back this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Camping World Truck Series and the Sprint Cup Series races, as the Nationwide Series heads to Iowa Speedway for the Newton 250. 

Thursday, May 15
  • Due to tornado warnings, all events at Charlotte Motor Speedway were cancelled.

Friday, May 16
  • 10:00 – 1:00 – NNS Practice [Iowa Speedway]  (Not Televised)
  • 10:00 – 12:00 – NCWTS Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 11:30 – 4:30 – Hot Passes are in effect
  • 12:00 – 1:40 – NSCS Final Sprint Showdown Practice (Not Televised)
  • 1:50 – 3:15 – NSCS Final Sprint All-Star Race Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 2:00 – 4:00 - NNS Practice [Iowa Speedway] (Not Televised)
  • 4:00 – NSCS Sprint Showdown Qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
  • 4:30 - 5:30 – NNS Practice [Iowa Speedway] (Not Televised)
  • 5:40 – NCWTS Qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
  • 6:15 – Hot Pass are in effect until one hour after the race
  • 7:00 – NSCS Sprint Showdown Driver Intros
  • 7:15 – NSCS Sprint Showdown (20 laps/20 laps) (FOX Sports 1)
  • 8:00 – NCWTS Driver Intros
  • 8:30 – NCWTS North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (134 laps/201 miles) (FOX Sports 1)

Saturday, May 17
  • 12:30 – 2:00 – NNS Final Practice [Iowa Speedway] (Not Televised)
  • 3:15 – 4:25 – Jake Owen Concert in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Infield
  • 6:00 – Hot Passes are in effect until one hour after the race
  • 7:00 – NNS Qualifying [Iowa Speedway] (Not Televised) 
  • 7:00 – NSCS Sprint All-Star Race Qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
  • 8:45 – All-Star Race Driver Intros
  • 9:00 – All-Star Race (20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/20 laps/10 laps) (FOX Sports 1) 

Sunday, May 18
  • 2:00 – NNS Get to Know Newton 250 [Iowa Speedway] (ESPN)

Friday, February 21, 2014

56th Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

The Daytona 500 starting lineup was finally set last night in the Budweiser Duel.  The race will start at 1:00 pm ET on FOX this Sunday, February 23.

*  Denotes a rookie                           (i) Signifies the driver is ineligible to earn points

  1. Austin Dillon  *  
  2. Martin Truex, Jr.
  3. Matt Kenseth
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Jeff Gordon
  7. Marcos Ambrose
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  10. Paul Menard
  11. Josh Wise
  12. Brian Scott (i)
  13. Aric Almirola
  14. Trevor Bayne (i)
  15. AJ Allmendinger
  16. Kyle Larson *
  17. David Gilliland
  18. Landon Cassill (i)
  19. Ryan Newman
  20. Clint Bowyer
  21. Tony Stewart
  22. Jamie McMurray
  23. Cole Whitt *
  24. Terry Labonte
  25. Greg Biffle
  26. Bobby Labonte
  27. Danica Patrick
  28. Casey Mears
  29. Alex Bowman *
  30. Carl Edwards
  31. Brian Vickers
  32. Jimmie Johnson
  33. Brad Keselowski
  34. Ricky Stnehouse, Jr.
  35. Joey Logano
  36. Michael Annett *
  37. Kyle Busch
  38. Kevin Harvick
  39. Reed Sorenson
  40. Justin Allgaier *
  41. Parker Kligerman *
  42. Michael Waltrip
  43. David Ragan

Did Not Qualify
Eric McClure
Ryan Truex
Joe Nemechek
Morgan Shepherd
Michael McDowell

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Mentor

Most people have that one person outside of their family that they admire – whether it’s a friend, teacher, or someone else that they’re close to.  I never had that specific person in my life until a few years ago, but it has become evident within the past couple of months who that person is. 

I distinctly remember a conversation I had with a fellow fan in December of 2010; she told me that you never know when someone in NASCAR or a reporter was reading my blog.  I shrugged it off, because to me, it was just a little blog and no one that had any authority in the NASCAR world would ever read it – keep in mind I had just started the blog so I was working on my confidence.

Let’s fast-forward to July 4, 2011; I was in my room on my laptop working on blog ideas when my phone beeped.  1 unread e-mail.  I looked at the message and sprinted downstairs.  Now if you know me well enough, you know Ashley and athletics are not friends, so my mom knew something was up.  I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth; I just shoved my phone in my mom’s face.  I’m pretty sure she was as shocked as I was.  It was an e-mail from none other than Race Hub’s own, Steve Byrnes, saying that he admired my ambition and desire.  One thing led to another and at the end of August, I found my sixteen-year-old self at the SPEED Studio in Charlotte, completely awestruck and very nervous.  I was able to sit in on a taping of Race Hub and then interviewed Steve afterwards.  Let’s again fast-forward, but this time to August 2012.  A seventeen-year-old Ashley once again found herself at the SPEED Studio, this time not nervous at all.  I spent the entire day following Steve around; I went to the production meeting, hung out in Steve’s office and watched the Olympics while he did voice-overs, I watched an interview with Brendan Gaughan, played fashion consultant, and then sat-in on an interview with Ron Fellows, amongst many other things.  That was very easily one of the best days I’ve ever had.

When I heard the news that Steve was diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t really believe it at first, it’s just one of those things that doesn’t sink in.  I’ve seen way too many people affected by this disease.  I knew there was nothing I could do, so I prayed…a lot, because that was the only thing I could do.  I’d check Twitter and Facebook on a regular basis hoping for an update to be posted, which there usually was every couple of days – always positive.  When it was announced that he would be back at Daytona, I remember having a smile on my face for the rest of the day; my prayers were answered.

I guess the whole point of this little musing is just my way of saying thank you.  Thank you, Steve, for being an inspiration to everyone, myself included, and thank you for giving me the greatest advice I’ve ever received, “Keep writing from your heart and people will identify with you.”  I still have never been to an IKEA, which means I haven’t had the Swedish meatballs, but I promise I'll get there eventually.

An absolutely amazing article was written by Marty Smith, click here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Daytona Speedweeks Schedule

I never thought that this season would get here – it seems like this off-season has been the longest one we’ve ever had to endure.  A new season means I’ll be posting the weekly television schedules once again, so here’s the Daytona Speedweeks schedule!

* All times Eastern *

Friday, February 14
  • 5:00 p.m. – Sprint Unlimited Practice  (FOX Sports 1)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Sprint Unlimited Practice (FOX Sports 1)

Saturday, February 15
  • 10:30 a.m. – Daytona 500 Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Daytona 500 Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 4:00 p.m. – ARCA Lucas Oil 200 (FOX Sports 1)
  • 8:15 p.m. – Sprint Unlimited (FOX Sports 1)

Sunday, February 16
  • 1:00 p.m. – Daytona 500 Qualifying (FOX)

Tuesday, February 18
  • 10:30 a.m. – K&N Pro Series East Practice (Not Televised)
  • 11:35 a.m. – Whelen Modified Practice (Not Televised)
  • 12:45 p.m. – K&N Pro Series East Practice (Not Televised)
  • 1:45 p.m. – Whelen Modified Practice (Not Televised)
  • 4:00 p.m. – K&N Pro Series East Qualifying (Not Televised)
  • 4:45 p.m. – Whelen Modified Qualifying (Not Televised)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Whelen Modified Battle at the Beach (FOX Sports 2)
  • 8:45 p.m. – K&N Pro Series East Battle at the Beach (FOX Sports 2)

Wednesday, February 19
  • 2:30 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 4:00 p.m. – Daytona 500 Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 6:30 p.m. – Daytona 500 Practice  (FOX Sports 1) 

Thursday, February 20
  • 12:00 p.m. – Nationwide Series Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Nationwide Series Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 4:30 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Budweiser Duels (FOX Sports 1)

 Friday, February 21
  • 11:30 a.m. – Daytona 500 Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 1:00 p.m. – Nationwide Series Qualifying (ESPN 2)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Daytona 500 Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 4:00 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series Qualifying (FOX Sports 1)
  • 7:30 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 (FOX Sports 1)

Saturday, February 22
  • 10:00 a.m. – Daytona 500 Practice (FOX Sports 1)
  • 1:00 p.m. – Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 (ESPN)

Sunday, February 23
  • 1:00 p.m. – Daytona 500 (FOX)