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INTERVIEW: Nate Ryan

Published: July 31st, 2014
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While I was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I had the chance to see some of the media members who I constantly follow on Twitter including Doug Rice, Bob Pockrass, Dustin Long, Claire B. Lang, Tom Jensen, Jenna Fryer, Jim Utter, and Nate Ryan.

USA Today’s Nate Ryan is a journalist as well as an analyst in the sport of NASCAR and stopped to chat with me about different aspects of the season.  Also, he said he doesn’t really consider himself as a fan of the sport but appreciates some of its more intricate qualities.

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New Crew Chief Named for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Team

Published: July 30th, 2014

nscs14_88A crew chief for a popular driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be headed to the Sprint Cup level in 2015.

Greg Ives will be the crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s No. 88 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015.

It was announced at the beginning of this year’s season that Steve Letarte would be leaving as Dale Jr.’s crew chief at the end of 2014 to be an analyst for NBC when NASCAR coverage moves to that affiliate in 2015.

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NASCAR Hands Down Hefty Penalty to JGR Team

Published: July 29th, 2014
Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin

A post-race inspection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has resulted in a hefty penalty for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team.

The infraction is a P5 level penalty which is a step down from the stiffest penalty in the NASCAR handbook.

According to NASCAR, the penalties came after officials found parts on Denny Hamlin’s car that fail or were improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance. Those parts include “rear wheel panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; an oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; and a shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan.”

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CONTEST: A Hero Card Challenge

Published: July 28th, 2014
Ryan Truex

Ryan Truex

How would you like to win an autographed hero card from NASCAR drivers Justin Allgaier, Ryan Truex or David Gilliliand?  All you need to do is answer a question from interviews conducted by Anita Goodan and Mitch Columbe on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Interviews were posted on this page over the weekend.  You will need to listen to these interviews in order to answer these questions.   Here are the questions for which you’ll need to research:

Mitch Columbe interviewing David Gilliland

Mitch Columbe interviewing David Gilliland

David Gilliland was able to see his son, Todd, race on Friday night.  At which raceway was that race?

Ryan Truex considers this NASCAR track his home track _________________?

Justin Allgaier discussed the new Chase format.  Which driver did he say is sort of a surprise in the Chase but should be there because he continues to put the car in contention for wins?

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier

When you have the answers, email anita@wkvi.com with your name, address and phone number along with the correct answer.  All winning answers will be put into a drawing and four names will be selected from a blind draw. Four individuals will win an autographed hero card from Ryan Truex and Justin Allgaier; one winner will be selected for a David Gilliand hero card.   Only one answer per household and only one guess per contestant.  Drawing will be held Friday, Aug. 1 at Noon CT.

Promotional considerations provided by Front Row Motorsports, BK Racing and HScott Motorsports.

Jeff Gordon Kisses the Bricks in Fifth Indy Win

Published: July 27th, 2014
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Jeff Gordon

The first lap of the race forced hearts to beat a little faster and the excitement built up even more when Jeff Gordon crossed the finish line first. It was the race that embodies the prestige of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the driver who won the inaugural race found himself back in Victory Lane 20 years later…on Jeff Gordon Day.

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Ty Dillon Gets Emotional Win at Indianapolis

Published: July 26th, 2014
Ty Dillon

Ty Dillon

Richard Childress has seen a lot of his drivers win at the Brickyard including Dale Earnhardt, Sr., Paul Menard and Kevin Harvick. Saturday’s win for Richard Childress Racing was even more special – his grandson, Ty Dillon, and his RCR crew kissed the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to celebrate Dillon’s first Nationwide Series race since moving into the division this season.

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INTERVIEW: Justin Allgaier

Published: July 26th, 2014
Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier is in a large field of rookies this season and is doing well in 2014.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, he talks about the way around Indianapolis Motor Speedway and what his expectations are for Pocono Raceway next weekend:

Justin Allgaier Behind the Wheel

 

 

INTERVIEW: David Gilliland

By: Mitch Columbe
Published: July 26th, 2014
Mitch Columbe interviewing David Gilliland

Mitch Columbe interviewing David Gilliland

Mitch Columbe was able to speak with Front Row Motor sports Driver David Gilliland. Gilliland has been very busy this weekend watching his son race and preparing for the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard. He talks about the greatness of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and how amazing it would be to win it all Sunday.

David Gilliland Behind the Wheel

 

INTERVIEW: Ryan Truex

Published: July 26th, 2014
Ryan Truex

Ryan Truex

Ryan Truex is ready to tackle the infamous track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He’s in his rookie season with a large field of contenders and has been able to hold his own.  In this interview, he talks about his rookie season and how to get around the challenging 2.5 mile track that is home to the greatest spectacle in racing.

Ryan Truex Behind the Wheel

Chase Elliott Captures Third Win of His Rookie Season

Published: July 20th, 2014
Chase Elliott celebrates in Victory Lane

Chase Elliott celebrates in Victory Lane

He started out strong and faded back, but came back in winning fashion at Chicagoland Speedway. Chase Elliott was able to claim his third win of the season and gained the points lead Saturday night.

Pole-sitter Brian Scott took over the lead early but Elliott kept up with the top runners starting from the third position. By lap 16, Elliott was on the bumper of Scott. They swapped the lead beginning on lap 21 with Elliott taking the lead and Scott quickly battling back. Elliott was able to keep the lead until lap 51 when a charging Ryan Blaney took over the top spot.

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INTERVIEW: Mason Mitchell

Published: July 19th, 2014
Mason Mitchell shows how super his win really was

Mason Mitchell shows how super his win really was

On Saturday afternoon, the ARCA series took to the track at Chicagoland Speedway.  In the last lap, Mason Mitchell was able to sneak by Justin Boston for the win.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, Mason talks about that last lap and a little about his season.

Mason Mitchell Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: James Buescher

Published: July 19th, 2014

James BuescherJames Buescher is a champion in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and is working toward that status in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  It’s been a struggle this season, he says, but his team continues to improve.  Listen to what he has to say about his race tonight at Chicagoland Speedway in this Behind the Wheel interview.

James Buescher Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Sam Hornish, Jr.

Published: July 19th, 2014
Sam Hornish Jr

Sam Hornish, Jr.

He was a winner in the Indianapolis 500 and he’s working a part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule now for Joe Gibbs Racing after a couple of seasons with then-Penske Racing.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, Sam Hornish, Jr. talks about how he keeps the focus between races and about his outlook for tonight’s race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Sam Hornish, Jr. Behind the Wheel

 

 

INTERVIEW: Eric McClure

Published: July 19th, 2014
Eric McClure

Eric McClure signs some autographs for the fans

The paint scheme on his car looks just like the box.  Eric McClure drives the No. 14 Hefty Ultimate/Reynolds Wrap machine for Tri Star Motorsports and it always looks good going around the track.  In this interview, he talks about his season and his optimism for the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway.  Oh, and I stumped him with the cake question.

Eric McClure Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Erik Jones

Published: July 19th, 2014
Erik Jones

Erik Jones

He’s only 18 and has a couple of wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Now he’s looking to get a win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in his first attempt at Chicagoland Speedway tonight. Erik Jones talks about his work in the truck series and his Nationwide Series debut in the seat of the  Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 in this Behind the Wheel interview.

Erik Jones Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Brendan Gaughan

Published: July 19th, 2014
Brendan Gaughan

Brendan Gaughan

Since the last time we’ve heard from Brendan Gaughan he was looking for a win in NASCAR Nationwide Series for Richard Childress Racing and he found one at Road America!  He talks about his expectations at Chicagoland Speedway plus Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this Behind the Wheel interview.

Brendan Gaughan Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Ryan Reed

Published: July 19th, 2014

Even though he was diagnosed with Diabetes three years ago, that hasn’t stopped Ryan Reed from fulfilling his dream of being a NASCAR driver and driving for Roush-Fenway Racing.  In this Behind the Wheel interview, he talks about his sponsor for Saturday’s race and the season he’s had so far.  He was pretty strong in practice Friday afternoon so we’ll see how he does in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Ryan Reed Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Ryan Blaney

Published: July 19th, 2014
Ryan Blaney

Ryan Blaney

It’s Ryan Blaney’s first time in a Hertz sponsored No. 22 for Team Penske in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and it’s his first time racing at Chicagoland Speedway.  He sounds pretty confident for tonight’s race.  He was in the top ten in practice on Friday and the team is building on more.  Listen to what he has to say about the track, what he expects for the race and about the Penske Files.

Ryan Blaney Behind the Wheel

Interview: Dylan Kwasniewski

Published: July 19th, 2014

Dylan KwasniewskiDylan Kwasniewski is in his rookie season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  He had a little bit of trouble in practice on Friday, but he feels like the car will be good to go in Saturday night’s race.  Listen to what he had to say in this Behind the Wheel interview about his issues in his Turner Scott Motorsports No. 31 on Friday, his season so far and a preview of Indianapolis:

Dylan Kwasniewski Behind the Wheel

INTERVIEW: Joey Coulter

Published: July 16th, 2014
Joey Coulter

Joey Coulter

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Joey Coulter is getting better and better each race.

He finished fourth in the No. 21 for GMS Racing  in the most recent race at Iowa Speedway and he says some of his best tracks are coming up.

Find out what he’s got going for him at Eldora Speedway and more in this Behind the Wheel interview:  Joey Coulter Behind the Wheel