Meeting Finnegan From Roadkill

I can’t let my coverage of Lights Out 7 go without mentioning the fact that I got to not only meet but hang out with one of my hero’s, Mike Finnegan from Roadkill. Meeting him was cool enough, but as luck would have it he ended up sitting beside us in the stands so we got to hang out with him for the majority of the day. We picked his brain about Roadkill projects, our projects, just whatever came up, it is safe to say he is definetly just one of the guys! Very down to earth! No need for orange caution tape if you know what I mean! Anway, if for some reason you have been living under a rock and do not know what Roadkill is, check it out below!

 

 

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One with Mike and my father in law.

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As we sat in the stands during the course of the day, I watched person after person walk up and ask for a photo, all were met with a smile and a free Roadkill sicker! Here’s Mike and a little Roadkill fan!

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Thanks again Mike for taking the time to talk to us! Your a class act all the way!! Roadkill FTW!!!!

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Opinion: Battle At The Beach Nothing More Than Short Track Racing At Its Best

The fire started off Monday night with Kyle Larson’s last lap move to win the Whelen All American Series race at The Battle At The Beach and was fueled on Tuesday night with Steve Park’s last lap move on Mike Stefanik in the Whelen Modified race. A few extra coals were tossed on the blaze in a wild finish to the K&N Pro Series event. Fans, NASCAR drivers, and media members are ready to throw Kyle Larson out to dry for his last lap “bump and run”. Mike Stefanik was about to blow a gasket over Steve Park move around him.  Have people forgot that this is SHORT TRACK racing? From the media and fan outrage you would think that Jimmy Johnson had turned Dale Jr. on the last lap of the Daytona 500 and sent him flipping into the stands! Its easy to loose sight in all the fuss that this was a 1/4 mile flat oval. If you put that many cars and that many hungry drivers on a track like that what do you expect to happen?

If you missed the races and don’t have a clue what I am talking about you can see all three of them in full length by CLICKING HERE.

For almost every driver that climbs into a stock car their dream is to race at Daytona. A select few get to live that dream, but of those only the elite ever make it to victory lane and get to take home a trophy from Daytona. Of those elite, only a few of those trophies come from Speedweeks. The UNOH Battle At The Beach was a chance for three short track racers to take home one of those special trophies. Not to mention a chance at a lot of cash. So what did you expect them to do? Take a chance at the spotlight? The glory? The money? The trophy? Or finish second and let a once in a lifetime chance pass them by? Now granted in Kyle Larson’s position he will have other chances at a Daytona trophy, in fact he has another one this weekend. But look at Steve Park, a guy who once had it all, he is no stranger to how quickly your rug can be jerked out from under you.  Look at all the people involved in the crazy K&N Pro Series finish. All of those guys aren’t promised  much more than the next few races, they are paving their own path to glory. NASCAR is about winning races, as a sponsor or team owner I’d much rather have a driver who went for it all and won the race than one that was content to ride in second or third. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying everyone should drive dirty and wreck people at will, but when the money is on the line at the end, all bets are off.

Also lets not loose site that this was an ALL STAR race. No points. Similar to the Sprint Unlimited or the all star race in May. Everyone is there to win, nothing else. This fact seems to get lost when people are busy tossing the winners under the buses and out into traffic.

I’ll leave you with this video. Its a compilation of NASCAR last lap finishes. Let it be a reminder to those up on their high horse than when the money is on the line, most everyone will do whatever ti takes to get to victory lane.

Battle At The Beach 2013 Full Race Video’s

Wanted to take a second to share the full race video’s from Monday and Tuesday nights inagural UNOH Battle At The Beach. These video’s are courtesy of theLP2008. Check out there you tube page by CLICKING HERE.

Restrictor Plates Are Off: NASCAR International Part Three “NASCAR World Cup”

(This is part three or a three part series)

In part one we took a look at the history of NASCAR and international racing. In part two we took a look at where NASCAR is today with its international programs. Now in the third and final part of this series we will look into the future. Now keep in mind this is some what a fantasy and a “what if” article. Chances of it happening? It would take a lot of stars to align to ever pull it off. But hey, its the off season, what else is there to sit and think about?

NASCAR World Cup

If NASCAR wants to continue to expand its international reach the only way to really maximize that is with a world wide touring series. Because lets face it, at MOST the Sprint Cup Series would only get one international date, probably in Canada or Mexico and there are only so many international trips a Nationwide or Truck team can afford to take. This series would have to be billed as an equal to Nationwide and Trucks, but a step below the Sprint Cup Series. Below I have laid out a race schedule that I think would give an awesome blend of traditional NASCAR along with more international friendly racing. The result would be a greatly diverse series that would sure be a blast to watch. I’ve laid this schedule out based on a 2013 Cup, Truck, and Nationwide schedule to try and make it travel friendly enough so that current stars in the three major divisions could run some of the races as well.

Race 1:

1-28: Autodromo Miguel E. Abed- Puebla, Mexico

1.25 mi oval 400 Mile Race

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The first race in the series would take place in Mexico and a familiar NASCAR style track. A 1.25 mile oval. Scheduled during the NASCAR off season in hope to draw some NASCAR stars who want to take a shot at winning the inaugural World Cup race. This race is 400 miles in length, a little longer than the normal races, but while we have the world watching we might as well give them a show.

Race 2:

3-2: Phoenix International Raceway

1 mi Oval 175 Mile Race

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This would be the first companion weekend along side the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series. The race itself would be held as a double header after the Nationwide race and under the lights. Again a great chance for Sprint Cup and Nationwide drivers to run the race and a great time for the United States market to view the race and hopefully get informed and hooked on the series.

Race 3:

3-30: Circuit Paul Armagnac- Nogaro, France

2.26 mi Road Course 113 Mile Race

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Race three takes the serious on its first trip across the Atlantic to Nogaro, France. This is also the first road course of the season. This is a companion event with the Euro Racecar NASCAR touring series. This is also an off weekend for Cups, Trucks, and Nationwide which would allow anyone running for the title(more on that later) to continue racing.

Race 4

4-6:  Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez- Mexico City, Mexico

2.77 mi Road Course 125 Mile Race

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Race four takes us to another road course and to the heart of Mexico to Mexico City. This is a companion event with the NASCAR Toyota Series. It is also the day before the Martinsville Cup race which would possibly allow Cup regulars to run the event. Also if NASCAR were to put the Mexico race back on the Nationwide series it would be this weekend. But otherwise its an off weekend for Nationwide.

Race 5

4-10:  Autodromo Potosino- San Louis Potosi, Mexico

1/2 mi Oval 225 Lap Race

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Race five gives us the first true taste of good old fashion NASCAR racing, a short track. But this isn’t Bristol or Martinsville, this is Mexico. This 1/2 mile bull ring plays host to what is sure to be a thriller. This is the series’ first stand alone event and its on a Wednesday night, prime time. Its the same weekend that Cup and Nationwide are in Texas so it will be just a short flight down to participate.

Race 6

5-19: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park-  Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

2.459 Mile Road Course

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Race 6 is our first trip into Canada. This is a companion event along with the Canadian Tire Series and is a Sunday afternoon race on the Sprint All-Star Weekend which should give Cup drivers plenty of time to make the trip north.

Race 7

7. 6-14: Delaware Speedway- Komoko, Ontario, Canada

1/2 mi Oval 200 Lap Race

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(Photo Credit: Delaware Speedway Facebook Page)

Canada’s Finest Short Track plays host to race seven.  A Friday night race on a weekend in which Cup and Nationwide are across the border in Michigan. This is the second night race and second short track race on the schedule.

Race 8

7-4: Daytona International Speedway- Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

3.56 mi Road Course 2 1/2 hour endurance race

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While I really wanted to throw these guys right into the bump draft I didn’t figure that was very realistic since most of these guys have zero experience on a big oval. So why not dust off the old road course. The July sports car race has went away so what better event to have on Thursday afternoon at Daytona? But wait, there is more! This is a little different that what you have saw thus far, this is an endurance race! 2 and 1/2 hours around the Daytona Road Course will decide the winner of this one!

Race 9

Calder Park Raceway(full circuit)- Victoria, Australia

2.620 mi Road Course/Oval Track 262 Miles

Race 10

7-21: Thunderdome @ Calder Park Raceway- Victoria, Australia

1.119 mi Oval 300 miles

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This is a big double header weekend. Its an off weekend for Cup & Trucks although there is a Nationwide race. The first event is a full road course race. The second is a 300 mile ride around the Tunderdome oval which played host to the first international NASCAR race.

Race 11

 7-26: Indianapolis Motor Speedway- Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

2.534 mi Road Course 2 hour endurance race

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Good old Indy. This is the weekend of the Cup race so everyone will be in town. Only this race will have left and right turns in it. Should be a good one and a great chance for those who long to add their name to the Indy winners list.

Race 12

8-14: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Oval-  Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

1/2 mi Oval 200 Lap Race

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Trip number two to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Only this time the series will run on the 1/2 mile oval. This is the a Wednesday night stand alone race. The same weekend that Cup is in Michigan.

Race 13

10-13: Circuit Le Mans Bugatti- Le Mans, France

2.655 mi Road Course 140 Lap Race

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(Photo Credit: MotorcycleUSA.com)

We’ve been to Daytona, we’ve been to Indy, now we go to Le Mans. No other series in the history of the world gives you a chance to win on the three most famous race tracks in the world all in the same year and same car. This is a combination event with the Euro Racecar NASCAR series. Its the Sunday after the Saturday night Cup race at Charlotte.  While it would be a stretch it is a realistic flight from Charlotte to France in time for the race.  This race uses the shorter Bugatti circuit and is 140 laps.

World Championship Weekend

Race 14:

11-22: Twin Ring Motegi(dirt track)- Motegi, Japan

1/4 mi Dirt Oval 100 Lap Race(25 lap heat races will set a 20 car field for the feature)

Race 15:

11-23 Twin Ring Motegi(Road Course)- Motegi, Japan

2.983 mi Road Course 3 hour Endurance Race

Race 16:

11-24: Twin Ring Motegi(oval)- Motegi, Japan

1.549 mi Oval 300 mile event

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 The world championship weekend. This will be the weekend after Ford Championship Weekend in Homestead so every driver in the world should be free to attend.  Not only will it crown the first ever NASCAR World Cup winner it will test the drivers skill to the limit.  Not only will it be the series first and only stop on the dirt, it will be a tough race to run on the 1/4 mile dirt track at the Twin Ring Motegi.  It will feature two heat races(three if necessary) to set the 20 car field for the feature. The field is limited to 20 cars because anything else on a 1/4 mile is just too much. The second race of the weekend will be a three hour endurance race on Motegi’s tough road course. Followed by a good old, traditional, NASCAR mile and a half race on the oval track.  The hope would be that once this series gains momentum a short exhibition NASCAR Sprint Cup race could be added along with maybe the finale to the Rolex Sports Car Series which is also owned by NASCAR.

Lets look at it one more time, here is the complete 16 race schedule.

1. 1-28: Autodromo Miguel E. Abed- Puebla, Mexico

1.25 mi Oval 400 Mile Race

2. 3-2: Phoenix International Raceway- Phoenix, Arizona, USA

1 mi Oval 175 Mile Race

3. 3-30: Circuit Paul Armagnac- Nogaro, France

2.26 mi Road Course 113 Mile Race

4. 4-6:  Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez- Mexico City, Mexico

2.77 mi Road Course 125 Mile Race

5. 4-10:  Autodromo Potosino- San Louis Potosi, Mexico

1/2 mi Oval 225 Lap Race

6. 5-19: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park-  Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

2.459 Mile Road Course

7. 6-14: Delaware Speedway- Komoko, Ontario, Canada

1/2 mi Oval 200 Lap Race

8. 7-4: Daytona International Speedway- Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

3.56 mi Road Course 2 1/2 hour endurance race

9. 7-20: Calder Park Raceway(full circuit)- Victoria, Australia

2.620 mi Road Course/Oval Track 262 Miles

10. 7-21: Thunderdome @ Calder Park Raceway- Victoria, Australia

1.119 mi Oval 300 miles

11. 7-26: Indianapolis Motor Speedway- Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

2.534 mi Road Course 2 hour endurance race

12. 8-14: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Oval-  Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

1/2 mi Oval 200 Lap Race

13. 10-13: Circuit Le Mans Bugatti- Le Mans, France

2.655 mi Road Course 140 Lap Race

14. 11-22: Twin Ring Motegi(dirt track)- Motegi, Japan

1/4 mi Dirt Oval 100 Lap Race

15. 11-23: Twin Ring Motegi(Road Course)- Motegi, Japan

2.983 mi Road Course 3 hour Endurance Race

16. 11-24: Twin Ring Motegi(oval)- Motegi, Japan

1.549 mi Oval 300 mile event

 

Thoughts Behind Schedule

Now before you go bashing me and leaving a million comments on how unreal this is number one, this is a work of fiction and I understand many things would have to be done and many stars would have to line up to make the above happen. But anyway my thoughts were to try and keep costs down as much as possible when shipping cars and crews around the country. Thus the reasoning for the Australian double header and the triple header in Japan. I didn’t worry too much about the trips to Canada or Mexico. The only trip I thought might have been out of reason was the trip to Le Mans but when I saw the chance to add it to the schedule with another companion event especially on a date that was half-way reasonable for a Cup driver to be there I had to go for it.

I think the schedule gives a really nice mix of tracks. Obviously an international circuit is going to have more road course than anything else simply due to the fact that there are very few ovals to choose from outside of the United States. The schedule has 8 road courses, 4 speedway races, and 4 short tracks, one of which is on dirt.

The Car

Every knows a key to any good racing series is the car. The car for our series will be based on the Nationwide Series car. Its safe, has great looks, and suits our needs just fine. For cost and development purposes the engine will be the same 5.8 push rod V8 the Nationwide series runs with between 650-700 horse power.  However these cars will share the same fuel injection as the Sprint Cup cars. The series needs to have a feeling of technology too it, no Formula One cars, but they still need to be high tech. The on board live telemetry that NASCAR uses during Sprint Cup testing will also be available full time during the race. The idea behind this number one to give the car a more technology based feel again like a Formula One car and two to give teams a good reason to run a couple of R&D cars in the series. The cars will also go away from the traditional four speed transmission and go to a five speed similar to the transmissions used in the Rolex Sports Car series.

Rules

I won’t got into a lot of rules because lets face it, there really isn’t any point since its all made up anyway but there are a few rules I want to put in place to help shape your view of the series.

Two Car Limit: No four car teams here, two cars are the limit, not that anyone would start a four car team anyway, but I just like the feel of the two car limit, again a nod to Formula One.

Series Limit Exept: The World Cup will no effect eligibility for drivers wanting to also run for a Truck, Nationwide, or Cup series title. This rule will expire after five years.

Mulligan: Each team will receive one “mulligan” per year. The mulligan will take away a driver’s worst finish. So in theory if Driver A runs a full season,but Cup Driver B misses on race due to scheduling conflict, they will still be able to contend for a title.

Rain Tires: Rain tires will be used on all road courses as well as short tracks. They will not be used on the speedways for safety reasons.

Tire Choices: Goodyear will be the tire supplier for the series. Two additional choices besides the rain tires, a “hard” and a “soft” tire will be available  during the race.

All other NASCAR rules will apply.

Potential Drivers?

Okay, you’ve got a feel for the tracks, the cars, and the rules. How about the drivers and teams? Here is a basic list of 20 drivers along with their teams I could potentially see driving in the series. Again this is just random brain storming.

 

Germain Racing

#13- Mike Skinner

#60- Max Papis

Robby Gordon Motorsports

#7- Robby Gordon

#77- David Gilliland

Roush Racing

#99- Carl Edwards

#6- Colin Braun

Chip Ganassi Racing

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya 

#41- Scott Pruett

Richard Childress Racing

#31- Kurt Busch

#41- Ron Fellows

Stewart-Haas Racing

#14- Tony Stewart

#10-  Kenny Wallace

GC Motorsports International

#27- Andrew Ranger

#26- Martin Roy

Rusty Wallace Inc.

#66- Steven Wallace

#56- Jorge Goeters 

Turner Motorsports

#30- Migeul Paludo 

#32- Nelson Piquet Jr. 

Again this is just a little brain storming of drivers but you get the point. The series should attract a nice mix of veteran drivers, current Cup drivers, up and coming stars, and some international drivers as well.  It should also serve as a little better training ground for those drivers who are looking to make the jump from open wheel. Giving them time to learn the heavier car and still have a chance to perform well and win races with all the road courses on the schedule.

Now I realize this will probably never happen, but I just thought it was a pretty cool idea and a great way to finish off the three part series on NASCAR and its international ties. I guess only time will tell as to how far out NASCAR does or doesn’t expand their boundaries! Thanks for taking the time to read the column!

“Restrictor Plates Are Off” is simply a weekly opinion column shared each week with the viewers of JDSMotorsports.com, a word press blog. We are not a professional media outlet nor do we pretend to be one. Just a NASCAR fan who enjoys sharing opinions with our readers. This article is written by Jeff Southard. For questions or comments pleas either respond through the website or email jeff@jdsmotorsports.com

 

Photo’s From Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013

My buddy Mike Adamski was kind enough to share these photos with me from Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale! Check ’em out!

For all the photo’s CLICK HERE there are almost 300!

 

(Photo Credit: Mike Adamski)