Monday, February 24, 2014

I’m Working Where?

If you follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, chances are you saw an update saying that I had an announcement coming this week, so here it is. 

For the 2014 season, I will be joining the Millbridge Speedway family.  Millbridge was taken over by Ashly and Jeremy Burnett in 2011 and was converted into a premiere Outlaw Kart track - a breeding ground for future NASCAR drivers!

At Millbridge Speedway, I’ll be writing press releases, interacting with drivers and fans, helping out with social media at the track, and I’ll be in Victory Lane with the drivers when they win.  If you know me well enough, you know this is something that I will absolutely love doing; interacting with fans might be the best part of the job.  I highly encourage all of you to try and make it out to one of the races! 

I’m really looking forward to this amazing opportunity that I've been given and sharing my experiences with you all!  If you want to keep up with what I’ll be doing, you can find me on Facebook here and here and on Twitter @nascarchick_3.

While you’re on the social networking websites, make sure to give Millbridge Speedway a  "like", a follow on Twitter @MillbridgeRacin, and check out their website for the schedule and more information.  

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)