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KENTUCKIANA MOTORSPORTS PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL  

 It is All-Star weekend in NASCAR!  Then up next, The Coca Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend! And remember, we're giving away FREE Officially Licensed Diecast Stock Cars through the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend! See Giveaway page for your chance to win!

 

Something very new to fans. Usually the All-Star race brings thousands and thousands of fans to the hub of NASCAR: Mooresville, Charlotte, Concord, North Carolina and surrounding communities.  However, the All-Star Race is on the move!  This year in Texas. Various event activities are planned for the weekend. Fox Sports is carrying the action. As for race fans in the North Carolina area, plenty will visit race shops and the NASCAR Hall of Fame this summer.  It is good for the sport to move the All-Star race.  Much like the NFL shifts the site of the Super Bowl. 

A huge win at Kansas for NASCAR and the Cup Series. Basketball legend Michael Jordan got his first win as a team owner of the #45 when Kurt Busch took the checkered flag. It was an exciting race, the last 50 laps. No, they weren't three or four wide, nor did 6-8 cars have a chance to win on the last laps. It came down to about 4 drivers and fast pit stops.  The ageless warrior Kurt Busch proved why he is so good wheeling a car. Busch beat Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin, who also owns part of Jordan's race team. Bubba Wallace got the first win in Talladega for the Jordon-Hamlin team in the #23 last fall.  As anyone could imagine, Kurt was filled with emotion in his celebration after the Kansas win, and so was Hamlin.  Don't think for a moment Jordan didn't appreciate the effort and win. Michael grew up in North Carolina and truly loves the sport, and competition!  

We've talked about it on Kentuckiana Motorsports for a couple weeks. Lets hope Mother Nature cooperates! On Saturday a standing room only event at the Sportsdrome Speedway! It is the 21st Figure 8 XTRAVAGANZA at the small flat paved track just off Interstate 65 in Jeffersonville, Indiana (outside of Louisville). At the top of the ticket,  the battle of  the School Buses on the Figure 8 course!  Check out the Sportsdrome Facebook page for discounted ticket prices.

 

   We do not stop pressing the fact that sponsors are a key reason stock car racing survives on all levels. Over the years our television show, fan events, online reports, social media, and everything would not be possible without great sponsors. We support them, and hope you do too: Lucas Oil, PNC Bank, Sportsdrome Speedway (Celebrating more than 75 years of Racing!) locally owned Bright Pest Control and Bright Retail in Louisville, (Offering Do-It-Yourself Professional Pest Products with a retail store), and Knox Ford in Radcliff (KY). KMS supporters also include: VoiceTel Kentucky (Offering telephone service for $30.00 a line, and that includes all taxes and fees), Temco Roofing, Andriots Paint, Flooring, & Blinds, ICA Dumpsters, Kentucky Raceway Ministries, St. Matthews Cycling, Nimlok Kentucky, Dynamic Healthcare, and Lyndon Mower Repair. We also thank our media friends in all series, especially NASCAR and with NASCAR Media for helping us bring the sport to fans in our area!   

 

By the way a shout out to some local racers for accomplishments this past weekend. Brian Bayer edged out Chuck Barnes Jr. at the high banks of the Salem Speedway in the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks. Normally you see Will Kimmel at the top of the Salem leader board. However, his focus in the #69 was in Kansas for the ARCA 150 race.  Regular Scott Melton usually drives the car. However he's still recovering from injuries in a tough wreck at Talladega. Good for Melton...  giving Will the opportunity to take the driver's seat at Kansas. Though he was up against major funded racers from NASCAR teams, Will finished 6th at Kansas.  The 60 year old Melton is a smart businessman and competitor running a limited ARCA schedule.  Perhaps he'll see some wisdom placing his dollars and energies in a younger driver like Kimmel. If there is anyone who deserves a full ride, it is Will Kimmel. He is a two-time Salem Champion and has raced at on levels of racing including NASCAR.  Like Jordan, Melton has embraced stock cars. If he joined Kimmel Racing as a team owner, there is a good chance he would be competing for a title.

 

We also want to give a shout out to two local racers who battled some of the best at Anderson Speedway in Indiana. A young racer we've featured in the past, Jared Soards came in 5th in the late models at the quarter miles paved track outside of Indianapolis.  His sponsor is Tri-County Ford in Oldham County.  Another driver finished one spot ahead of Soards in the event. Logan Huckeba from Fisherville, Kentucky was 4th.  These two drivers represented Kentucky and our area well at the noted Anderson track. 

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Some of the biggest names in racing have appeared on Kentuckiana Motorsports over the past twenty years: Richard Petty, Buddy Baker, Dan Wheldon, Jeff Gordon, Dennis Anderson, Joey Logano, Sarah Fischer, Darrell Waltrip, and so many more!   One of our favorites is Dale Jarrett.  The NASCAR Hall of Famer has always spent time with fans, media, and those connected to the sport. And that includes young local drivers hoping one day, to follow his footsteps. Click on the video below.   

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 Facts & Trivia

 Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to be a fan favorite. Whether in the broadcast booth, the business world, or behind the wheel.  Little E still races one NASCAR Xfinity race a year!

 

His late father, Dale Sr. and his family all played a role in his success. Dale Earnhardt Jr. started his racing career at age 17. It was in Concord, NC in the street stock division at the local track. His first competitive car was a Chevy Monte Carolo. It was co-owned by his brother, Kerry.  Dale Jr advanced to stronger divisions and raced throughout the region. At one time, he even raced the #3 in a Buick. During this time, he went to Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC, not far from where he grew up.  Junior earned a two-year Associates Degree in Automotive Technology. 

Later he raced in the then called NASCAR Busch (Xfinity) Series and won two titles in 1998 and 1999. Also in 1999, he competed in 5 NASCAR Cup Series races for his fathers owned race team, DEI.  His best finish was 10th at Richmond. Dale Jr. actual first ever Cup event was an exhibition race held at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan in 1998.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. went full time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2000. Thes rest is history!

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