No Joke: Weatherly Earns NASCAR’s Highest Honor

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Brief Yet Prolific Career Lands ‘Clown Prince of Racing’ In Hall

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

Joe Weatherly’s time in NASCAR’s premier series was short, just two fulltime seasons.

But what an impact the Norfolk, Virginia, native had on NASCAR racing in those brief, 24 months.

Weatherly, previously a winner of American Motorcyclist Association and NASCAR modified titles, claimed back-to-back premier series championships in 1962-63. He posted 25 victories in 229 starts before his untimely death in January 1964 at Riverside (California) International Raceway. Read the rest of this entry

Wendell Scott: Legend, Trailblazer, and NASCAR Hall of Famer

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Scott’s Legacy a Story of Perseverance, Excellence

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

During a 13-year premier series career, Wendell Scott likely never considered he was making NASCAR history. The Virginian’s sole concern was getting to the next race on a miniscule budget.

Scott wasn’t the only driver to struggle financially. The odds of making a good living racing stock cars were long in the 1960s and early 1970s when purses were small, large sponsors unheard of and manufacturer support came and went with the turning of the calendar’s pages. Read the rest of this entry

The Battle: Part I

10947823_856305071078095_794650604_nDear Friends, Family, and Readers,

If you have read my Twitter and Facebook feeds over the past few weeks – you know it has been one of the most emotional and hectic time periods of my life. A lot has happened as after fighting a courageous battle with cancer for almost three years, my mother passed away.

The story I am about to share has been building ever since my mother’s journey began in 2012. You may have seen bits and pieces before, but I am going to inform you on life changing past few years I have experienced. Read the rest of this entry

“Golden Boy” Lorenzen Reaches NASCAR Pinnacle

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Winning Percentage Ranks Fifth All-Time

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

Fred Lorenzen’s NASCAR career was brief, just 158 premier series starts over slightly more than a decade.

The Elmhurst, Illinois, native never ran a complete season, his Holman-Moody Ford team choosing only to compete in the schedule’s most prestigious events.

But when Lorenzen did buckle into his white, No. 28 Ford, it could be argued the rest of the field was running for second place. He was the “Golden Boy.” Read the rest of this entry

Legend Of ‘Awesome Bill’ Started From Meager Beginnings

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Elliott’s NASCAR Hall of Fame Career a Story of Perseverance

(Note: This release is part of a series in advance of the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Jan. 30, broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly and Rex White are the five 2015 inductees.)

When Bill Elliott climbed into his Ford on a late-winter afternoon in 1976, little did fans at North Carolina Motor Speedway know they were witnessing the birth of a NASCAR Hall of Fame career.

The 20-year-old Elliott, whose car was fielded by his father George and crewed by brothers Ernie and Dan, didn’t last long in his NASCAR premier series debut. Engine problems sidelined the Elliotts early for a finish of 33rd in the 36-car field.

In fact, Elliott’s first campaign of eight races – four for his father and four with Bill Champion, another independent owner-driver – produced six DNFs. Read the rest of this entry

2014 Fan Favorite Driver Contest Results

cms_051614_kahneAfter two weeks of voting, over 16,000 votes, and the most popular tournament to date – the 2014 Fan Favorite Driver has been decided. With 10,159 votes in the final poll, Kasey Kahne has won the tournament over Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 3,474 votes.

Kahne becomes the fourth different tournament winner in its four years of existence. He joins 2011 winner Tony Stewart, 2012 winner Kyle Busch, and 2013 winner Joey Logano. He is the first Hendrick Motorsports driver to take the title of the “Fan Favorite Driver.” Read the rest of this entry

2014 Fan Favorite Driver Contest Polls

77LateRestartToDecideChampionThank you for voting in the 2014 Fan Favorite Driver Contest! Results can be found here.

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2014 Fan Favorite Driver Contest

kCq9tt-nFor the fourth consecutive year, Turn 4 Racing News presents the Fan Favorite Driver Contest. The contests’ original purpose was to make the off-season move a little quicker, and it continues to do so each December.

This bracket-style tournament is designed to allow the most dedicated fans in the sport to vote for their favorite driver. While NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award has been won by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the past 12 seasons, this Past Winners Inforgraphcontest has yet to produce a repeat victor. It allows fans to carry their favorite through the tournament by voting in each round. The ultimate winner may not be the most well liked, however their fans will have proven to be the most dedicated. Read the rest of this entry

Picture Perfect: The 2014 Season in Photos

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The 2014 NASCAR season was one to remember. Through action, drama, and intensity, each race featured excitement around every corner. From the drop of the green flag in Daytona back in February, to the final checkered-flag in Miami a few weeks back – many memorable moments came out of the last nine months.

Some of the most popular include Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Daytona 500 victory, Chase Elliott rising to fame with three NASCAR Nationwide Series victories and a championship, and the next generation of drivers succeeding in the Camping World Truck Series. Whichever highlight happens to be your favorite, it likely was captured in a photo. Relive one of the most exciting seasons the sport has ever seen through these pictures. Read the rest of this entry

Passion, Intensity Create Thrilling Finale and Crown a Deserving Champion

KHChampEvery hope and vision NASCAR had for the newly formatted Chase for the Sprint Cup played out over the past ten weeks.

Week after week, fans were treated to some of the most intense, dramatic, and thrilling racing the sport has ever seen. Every race had its twists and turns, which set up for an incredible season finale.

Going into the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the possibilities were endless. For it being the first finale under the new format, no one knew what to expect.

How would the championship contenders stack-up? How will the race finish? What role would strategy play? All these questions were valid going in, and now the answer can be summed up in one world – incredible. Read the rest of this entry

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