Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Will Again ‘Light It Up Blue’ for Autism Awareness Month

dovermonsterDOVER, Del. (March 30, 2015) – Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino are pleased to once again support Autism Speaks’ global Light It Up Blue campaign. The Monster Monument and hotel exterior will participate by both being illuminated in blue throughout the month of April.

With both companies partaking in this event, this will mean that two of the most distinguishable landmarks in Delaware will be lit up blue during April. The Monster Monument, made of fiberglass and standing at 46-feet tall, is also known as Miles the Monster, the track’s recognizable icon. Located in Victory Plaza, it is one of the largest fiberglass sports monument in the country. The 500-room hotel, Delaware’s largest hotel, will also be lit by blue lights. Continue reading “Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Will Again ‘Light It Up Blue’ for Autism Awareness Month”

The 2015 Revival

twitt4logoAfter surviving the seemingly long two plus months without racing, NASCAR is back. Teams are packing up to head to Daytona International Speedway in less than two weeks for more exciting racing during SpeedWeeks. As everyone in the industry makes their final preparations for another successful year, I wanted to unveil my 2015 plans for Turn4RacingNews.com.

Following producing limited content last year, I have prepared for a full revival during the new season. My goal is to bring as much excitement in my coverage as fans will find on the track throughout the ten-month schedule.

In addition to the new site design you are currently viewing, there will be many new features posted throughout the year. Continue reading “The 2015 Revival”

Rex White: Small Stature, Giant Legend

at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.1960 NASCAR Premier Series Champion Earns Sport’s Top Honor

(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.)

Over the years, NASCAR premier series champions have come in all shapes and sizes – tall, short, muscular and lean.  The single constant? It’s impossible to judge a book by its cover.

Based upon first impressions, Rex White – at 5 feet 4 inches, weighing just 135 pounds and with his right leg withered by childhood polio – might have seemed the unlikeliest championship contender of all. Continue reading “Rex White: Small Stature, Giant Legend”

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. Continue reading “No Joke: Weatherly Earns NASCAR’s Highest Honor”

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. Continue reading “Wendell Scott: Legend, Trailblazer, and NASCAR Hall of Famer”

“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.” Continue reading ““Golden Boy” Lorenzen Reaches NASCAR Pinnacle”

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. Continue reading “Legend Of ‘Awesome Bill’ Started From Meager Beginnings”