August 28, 2008
On Tuesday, at the Toledo Speedway, while Steve, Charlie and I were preparing for the On Pit Row radio show, I could hear the sounds of a car outside on the track. It was ‘rumored’ that Brad Kesolowski was testing. I decided to go check it out and possibly capture a picture or two of the guys on the track.
The track is right outside of building where the show is broadcast. So I stepped out the door, into the track facility, and I looked over towards the pit area and sure enough, there was a Hendrick Motorsports hauler. As it turns out, the rumor was true. Brad and teammate Landon Cassill were both testing cars.
The #5 was running most of the laps while I was there. Brad’s #88 was being busily adjusted in the back of the track. He did eventually, get his car out for some laps right before dark.
I found a nice spot in the front stretch where there was a hole in the fence just wide enough to fit my lens through and waited. It wasn’t long before Cassill’s car came around turn 4. I felt the ground rumble, then the whoosh of the wind as the car went flying by within 4 feet of where I was standing. It was a little scary and I had to fight the urge to jump back when the car got that close; even though there was a wall and a chain link fence protecting me. It was also electrifying and an incredible rush.
A man came up to me and told me Brad and Landon had been there since 7:30am. We chatted a bit about how Kesolowski specifically wanted to come to Toledo for testing because it was a track he was familiar with and he needed to work on his short track program.
Mostly though, he wanted to warn me about the dangers of standing so close to the wall. I thought about the dangers involved with racing…even testing. I was done anyway, but I thought, I’d rather go out doing something I loved than wasting away alone in a nursing home. It was a good afternoon.
Photo credit: BethAnne Heisler – ON PIT ROW
August 22, 2008
The program will run for eight weeks in conjunction with ON PIT ROW and INSIDE ARCA sponsored by Team Glock Racing, the two radio programs that are co hosted by Steve Wronkowicz and Charlie Turner from the Toledo Speedway Bar & Grill each week.
“We are just trying to help,” said Mark Gundrum, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for ARCA. “There are people who are associated with ARCA and the sport of auto racing who need help, and we have formed a small group of people who are willing to help if they
You can read the entire ARCA press release here.
We’re proud to be a part of the ARCA Angels effort and we hope to help continue the good work far beyond the initial eight week promotion. We presently have plans for several different fund raising activities, many of which will center around the live broadcasts of the radio shows. But we want to include the internet community in the program too. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.
We have wanted to get ON PIT ROW and OnPitRow.com involved in some kind of charitable program for some time now. As NASCAR observers, there is a tendency to immediately think of Victory Junction Gang Camp or one of the many driver foundations. They all support great causes. ARCA Angels is a start-up. Something to help build from the beginning. We are directing the help towards three specific situations. It will be great to see, from close up, how the efforts benefit those who need it. As I said, this just felt right, right from the beginning.
August 22, 2008
Scott Wimmer, who until recently has been rumored as a possible driver in the new Richard Childress Racing #33 ride, will not return to the Chevy team in 2009. Wimmer and Jeff Burton combined to win a Nationwide Series owners championship for RCR in 2007. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Wimmer hasn’t posted enough wins in the car and was not the new sponsor’s driver of choice.
RCR has announced that Clint Bowyer will move to the #33 next year with the General Mills sponsorship and soon to be ex-Hendrick driver Casey Mears taking over the #07 Jack Daniels ride for ’09. It seems general Mills wasn’t trilled with the former Kellogg’s driver hawking Cheerios. Will Mears be able to do at RCR what he has not been able to do on a consistent basis at Hendrick Motorsports or at Chip Ganassi Racing? It will again come down to the equipment that he is given. Casey could argue that his stuff has been at the bottom of the pecking order at both shops.
Speaking of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates; Chevron-Texaco dropped their little bomb this week that they will no longer be supporting the #42 car of Juan Pablo Montoya after this season. It seems the Texaco brand is going the way of DeSoto, and they will be investing their advertising monies in a different direction. Sirius Speedway/Motorsports Soapbox is also reporting that the Target sponsorship that has been gracing the #41 driven by Reed Sorensen may be gone as well. Chip will have to do some serious sponsor work in the off season to fill the quarter panels of those rides while trying to get the #40 back up and funded.
Maybe the 2009 version of Silly Season is still going strong. Not only are there still seats to be filled, but more importantly, there are hoods and quarter panels to be filled. When long time sponsors leave the sport; as Texaco will, Target might and Kodak, Pfiser and Goodwrench have, the impact can have a long term affect. Lets hope there are enough new willing partners to keep the NASCAR ship afloat.
Photo credit: Icon Sports Media
August 16, 2008
Steve Wronkowicz and Charlie Turner will call the race live for the ARCA Radio Network. We hope you listen live starting with Sim Factory Pole qualifying at 10:45 am. The race coverage will start at 12:30pm.
Go to arcaracing.com and listen live!