Monday, June 21, 2010

Toyota/Save Mart 350

Starting back in 24th didn't stop Dale Jr from having a great run yesterday at Sonoma. He even ran in second for a few laps, until pitting made him give up that spot. Dale had a strong run and finished in 11th, moving him up another spot to 13th. Next week the boys head up to New Hampshire.

Junior & Shaq Set For Head-to-Head Race at Concord Speedway

Subject: Junior and Shaq ro race at Concord Speedway.

Date: Friday June 17, 2010
Further Info: Larry Thomas: (704) 782 4221

Media Contact:
Mike Davis
Communications Director, JR Motorsports

Junior & Shaq Set For Head-to-Head Race at Concord Speedway

Fans invited next Wednesday to watch Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Shaquille O’Neal battle on track during taping of ABC’s hit show “Shaq Vs.”

CONCORD, N.C. (June 18, 2010) – The challenge has been issued and accepted. Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal has swapped his size-23 basketball shoes for racing Velcro; traded his breezy, cool basketball jersey for a heavy, fire-retardant driver’s suit; forgone the familiarity of basketball hardwood for the cramped quarters of a stock-car cockpit – all 7-foot-1, 325 pounds of him.

His reason: challenge NASCAR’s most popular driver and winner of more than 40 NASCAR-sanctioned races, Dale Earnhardt Jr., to a one-on-one race in a test of skill, endurance, and speed.

The competition will be featured in the second season of Shaq Vs., the popular television series that is part of ABC’s new summer season. The show’s premise is simple: O’Neal takes his top-level skills and athletic prowess from the basketball court and transfers it to a completely different and unfamiliar sporting event.

The first season pitted Shaq in a head-to-head match-up against Albert Pujols in a homerun-hitting contest, Michael Phelps in a swimming race, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in beach volleyball, and Oscar de la Hoya in a boxing match.

Shaq Vs, which is produced by Media Rights Capital in association with dick clark productions, will begin airing its second season in early August. Season Two will not rely solely on sporting matches but will also feature fun, comedic non-sports competitions such as a spelling bee contest and dance crew battle. Each will test O’Neal’s adaptability, but perhaps none more challenging than maneuvering a 3,500-pound stock car with more than 800 horsepower against Earnhardt Jr., winner of the Daytona 500 and 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup races.

The race between O’Neal and Earnhardt Jr. will take place at 4 p.m. ET on Wed., June 23, at Concord Speedway, a tricky, half-mile tri-oval that features some of the best weekly racing in North Carolina. The event is open to the public free-of-charge. Gates will open at 1 p.m. ET. No cameras or phones will be allowed inside the facility. Terms of the race will be negotiated by O’Neal and Earnhardt Jr. on the day of the race.


Please note the media is not permitted to cover the actual race event. Shaq Vs. Season Two interview and coverage requests should be directed to Edwin Escobar (818.460.7758 / ) or Carolyn Nurnberg (212.843.9316 /


When: Wed., June 23, 2010 (Race starts at 4 p.m. ET / Gates open at 1 p.m. ET)
Where: Concord Speedway / 7940 U.S. Highway 601 South, Concord, NC 28025

Notes: The show will be taped. By attending event you agree to have your likeness shown on television. No cameras, phones (of any kind) or outside recording devices will be allowed inside. Please leave them in your car. Parking is limited. Please share a ride, when possible.

Social Media & Web Info: For more information on Shaq Vs., please visit  For up-to-the-minute information on Wednesday’s taping, please visit and,  or follow us on Twitter at @ConcordSpeedway and @JRMotorsports. Directions to the speedway can be found at


Shaq Vs will premiere its second season on ABC, Tuesday, August 3. Each episode in Season Two will not rely solely on sporting matches, but will also feature fun, comedic non-sports competitions as well, such as a spelling bee contest or a dance crew battle among others to be named. Shaq Vs is produced by Media Rights Capital in association with dick clark productions. Orly Adelson, Will Staeger and Barry Adelman of dick clark productions, Shaquille O’Neal, Trice Barto, Perry Rogers and Steve Nash serve as executive producers.


JR Motorsports is the management company and racing operation for Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s seven-time Most Popular Driver and winner of more than 40 NASCAR-sanctioned races.JR Motorsports competes in multiple racing divisions, including the NASCAR Nationwide Series.In 2008 JRM enjoyed a breakout season with four Nationwide Series victories between its two teams.The company followed suit with four more wins in 2009.The JR Motorsports facilities are based out of Mooresville, N.C., and include the JR Nation retail store, Hammerhead Entertainment, and DEJ Realty.For more information on JR Motorsports, visit

Media Contact:
Mike Davis
Communications Director, JR Motorsports

Friday, June 18, 2010

Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target & Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400

Dale Jr had a somewhat strong car at Pocono and started 3rd. He fought hard all day, but ended in 19th. He remained 16th in points.

Dale had a very good car at Michigan and looked as though he might battle for the win near the end. He started back in 27th but was able to move forward and finish 7th. This strong finish for the 88 team moved Dale back up two spots into 14th.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


I haven had time to keep with the blog this past week. My father passed away early Friday morning, so it's been a crazy period of time. Thank you for understanding and I will catch up with the blog when I get a chance. Thanks!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Road-Course Veteran Fellows Returns To Drive JRM's No. 88

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AER Manufacturing and Grand Touring Vodka on board for two races

MOORESVILLE, N.C.  (June 1, 2010) - When the JR Motorsports flagship No. 88 team travels to NASCAR Nationwide Series road-course events at Road America and Watkins Glen International later this season, it will have one of the best road-course drivers in the sport behind the wheel and two brand new sponsorship partners on its hood.

AER Manufacturing will sponsor the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by decorated road racer Ron Fellows in the June 19 race at Road America.   Fellows has driven for JR Motorsports three times before, winning at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Aug. 2, 2008. AER Manufacturing has been a world leader in engine remanufacturing for the past 60 years, and has supported Fellows in the Trans Am Series, NASCAR and the American Le Mans Series since 1990.

Grand Touring Vodka, which announced a new partnership with JR Motorsports earlier this month, will be Fellows' primary sponsor in the Aug. 7 race at Watkins Glen International. It will mark the third of 10 sponsored races for Grand Touring Vodka in 2010, as the vodka brand will be on the No. 88 at Daytona International Speedway (July 2) and O'Reilly Raceway Park (July 24).

"It's great to be back with JR Motorsports this year," the 50-year-old Fellows said. "I'm extremely grateful to AER and GT Vodka for making this program possible. I know we'll be competitive and able to run up front at these facilities." 

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Fellows owns three career starts with JR Motorsports, notching one win and two top-five finishes. In 2008, Fellows earned the team its first road-course victory at Montreal after leading seven laps. His best finish in 2009 was a fifth-place showing at Watkins Glen.

"We are thrilled to have Ron back with us," said JR Motorsports general manager and co-owner Kelley Earnhardt. "He is an incredible talent behind the wheel, and he will bring a lot of experience and insight to our program. Any time he's driving, he's a threat to win."

A longtime sports car and road-racing veteran, Fellows is credited with three class championships in the American Le Mans Series, two class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and 19 overall victories in the Sports Car Club of America's Trans-Am Series as a member of the Corvette Racing Team. His NASCAR credentials include six overall wins (two in the Camping World Truck Series), and two runner-up finishes in Sprint Cup competition. With his four Nationwide Series victories, he also has seven top-fives, eight top-10s and two poles in 15 starts.

Here is some info on both sponsors -

About AER Manufacturing: Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, AER Manufacturing is recognized as a world leader in the engine remanufacturing industry for more than 60 years.  AER continues to provide high-quality products and capabilities to the automotive industry with nine variable production lines, two manufacturing facilities and 13 strategically located warehouses throughout the United States.

 About Grand Touring Vodka: A great American tradition begins with Grand Touring's handcrafted vodka.  We combine the finest grains from America's Heartland with crisp, cool waters.  Column distilled and filtered through activated stone carbon, Grand Touring Vodka presents unmatched smoothness and quality.  The bounty of our labor will be rolling out across the country this summer.  Grand Touring Vodka reminds you to drink responsibly, "Know when to pass." For more information on Grand Touring Vodka, visit

So who is driving what and when?

Ok, so if you're like me, maybe you've heard of some of these drivers in the NNS #7 and #88 and maybe you haven't. So here is an update on both drivers that will be driving the in two JRM NNS cars. Josh Wise will drive the #7 both tomorrow night at Nashville and next week at Kentucky. JRM is doing whatever they can to keep the 7 car up in points so that when Danica comes back she won't have to try to qualify on time.

This week, the 88 is being driven by Coleman Pressley. As to whether he's driving in any of the other races, I don't know yet. If I find that out I'll post it so you know.

Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target

Wow, that's a mouth full! To Pennsylvania NASCAR fans, it's just the Pocono 500. Anyway, Dale Jr did really well in practice and qualifying today. He was 4th in practice and will start 3rd on Sunday. TNT takes over coverage of the cup series and the pre-race show begins at 1pm.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cola-Cola 600

Dale started 24th and after battling a loose car most of the night, got the right adjustments and seemed to be moving forward. Due to having to pit early, Dale went down a lap and eventually got back on the lead lap. Because others were pitting, Dale led 10 laps before he had to give the lead up and pit himself. Dale moved down one spot in the points to 17th.

This weekend, TNT takes over coverage and the guys come to my home state of Pennsylvania for the Gillette Fusion Pro-Glide 500 presented by Target (aka the Pocono 500.