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The Pit Bull Sheet

“News, opinions, and tall tales………..”

Dale Earnhardt Jr driving the Petty blue Ford #”3″….

Dale Earnhardt Jr. recounts time he drove Petty-blue No. ‘3’ Ford

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a Chevrolet driver for life, through and through.

Except for that one time he wasn’t.

On the anniversary of Bobby Hamilton’s death, the former driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet told a story Sunday morning about how the 2004 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion helped him out in a dire situation at the race track one time. It was, as Earnhardt put it, “the only time I ever drove anything besides a Chevrolet in a race.”

The year was 1996, and Earnhardt was entered in a late model race at Fairgrounds Speedway (Nashville). He had the dominant car in practice and was having so much fun driving it, he wanted to make one last run around the 0.596-mile oval despite his crew chief telling him to bring it in.

Lo and behold, a wreck in front of him forced him down the backstretch where he was rear-ended by another car at full speed. Both cars burned to the ground.

While lamenting the loss of the stout entry with his crew chief at the hauler, a voice echoed from behind.

“Do you want to race?”

It was Hamilton.

“Of course I want to race,” said Earnhardt.

“Well, I’ve got a car you can drive.”

Hamilton, a four-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner, started to tell Earnhardt about the car … a Ford.

He’d been trying to sell it because his driver at the time, Casey Atwood, wasn’t a fan of it and it needed some adjustments. Thus, it was just sitting on a trailer, ready to be raced.

“I’m thinking, ‘I can’t drive it, because it’s a Ford.’ But I want to race real bad. So I’m calling my dad trying to see if I can get a hold of him and try to ask him if I can drive this Ford. It’s a Petty blue, because Bobby at the time I think must have been driving for Richard in the Cup Series and it had No. 43 on it.

“I couldn’t get a hold of dad, but I got a hold of dad’s general manager. … He said, ‘Yeah, go ahead and drive it. Just don’t talk about it and try not to make too big of a deal about it.’ ”

Earnhardt said he and his team then took duct tape and covered up the ‘4’, leaving just the ‘3’ uncovered.

(nascar.com)

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to join NBC broadcast team after season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will jump out of his No. 88 Chevy after the season and right into the broadcast booth for NBC in 2018.

Earnhardt’s multiyear deal will begin in January, but NBC has plenty of time to define his role as it carries only the second half of NASCAR’s Monster Energy and Xfinity series seasons through 2024. 

 

 

(NASCAR.com)

A look back at the life of Dale Jr … click here

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. tops best-selling die-casts from 2017

 

The die-cast car from Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final race as a full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver was the best-selling paint scheme for Lionel Racing in 2017.

Lionel Racing released its top 10 list Thursday. Earnhardt paint schemes take up five of the 10 spots. The Axalta/Last Ride car at Homestead-Miami Speedway consisted of a design Earnhardt drove early in his career.

 

The 2017 top 10 best-selling cars:

1.Dale Earnhardt Jr. Axalta/Last Ride Chevrolet SS

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Darlington Chevrolet SS

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet SS

4. Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet SS

5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Axalta/Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet SS

6. Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Pocono win Ford Fusion

7. Kyle Busch M&M’s Caramel/Bristol Win Toyota Camry

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Axalta Chevrolet SS

9. Chase Elliott Hooters Chevrolet SS

10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mountain Dew/Talladega raced version Chevrolet SS

 

(nascar.com)

 

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Andy Petree

Andy Petree retained by RCR as advisor 

In an effort to strengthen its future, Richard Childress Racing dipped into its past this week, announcing that former championship-winning crew chief Andy Petree will serve in an advisory role with the three-team organization.

Petree served as crew chief at RCR from 1993-95, winning back-to-back championships with driver Dale Earnhardt in ‘93-94. Earnhardt finished second in points in ’95.

“Richard is totally committed to winning, I can tell you that,” Petree told NASCAR.com. “And that’s the whole reason behind this.”   Petree said he will be at the race track each week for the remainder of the 2017 season. He will continue to serve as an analyst on NASCAR Race Hub, the daily NASCAR news program on FS1.

“I miss being in the game,” Petree admitted. “I see a lot of things — I still stay awake at night thinking of things to do, wondering why people do certain things. And if I have smart people to bounce things off of, that would be the ultimate.

“And I’ve got that now with Richard’s teams. I’m so excited about the potential that’s there.”

(nascar.com)

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2018 Petty Motorsports #43 Camaro with driver Bubba Wallace, Jr..

Richard Petty Motorsports announces partnership with Richard Childress Racing

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 8, 2017) – Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) announced today a new partnership between the two organizations. RCR will supply chassis and engineering support to the team. The RPM entry will receive horsepower from ECR Engines, the high-performance engine production, research and development subsidiary of RCR. With the transition, RPM will permanently move its team headquarters adjacent to the RCR campus in Welcome, N.C. The move will begin immediately and be completed by January.

 

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Danica Patrick’s talks with Ganassi break down

Talks between Danica Patrick and Chip Ganassi Racing about driving in the 2018 Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 appear to have broken down, according to Chip Ganassi, who informed a packed crowd of the news at the Performance Racing Industry Show (PRI Show) opening breakfast. Now, it looks like whatever deal may have been in the works with Chip Ganassi Racing is no longer moving forward.

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2018 #88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Sponsorship.

Bowman unveils new 2018 #88 Axalta Camaro

CONCORD, N.C. – To kick off a season of change, the #88 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will debut a fresh look when it hits the track at Daytona in 2018. Thursday afternoon, Alex Bowman removed the car cover on the Axalta machine that he will pilot next season. Featuring a predominately darker base color with bright pops of color on the sides, the unique scheme is a bit of a contrast to the fiery Axalta Chevy that Dale Earnhardt Jr. piloted in 2017.

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A Sneak preview of the 2018 paint schemes!

(nascar.com)

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Brad K driving a Dodge in its last year in NASCAR.

Dodge Won’t Return to NASCAR

It was ostensibly a press conference for Ferrari’s 2016 Finali Mondiali at Daytona International Speedway last December 4, but perhaps the biggest revelation to come out of that presser concerned NASCAR, with Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, saying he was interested in getting Chrysler, most likely Dodge, back into NASCAR.

This came as a surprise to Dodge employees at the highest level. But given Marchionne’s revelation, the company did its due diligence, researching what a return to NASCAR would involve. Company executives met with NASCAR officials more than once, including a meeting at this year’s North American International Auto Show.

Unfortunately for Dodge loyalists, the analysis regarding a return to the sport showed that it would be too complex and, more importantly, too expensive. Part of the problem would be finding a team with top-tier engine-building capability-and there just aren’t many choices now that the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series has consolidated engine-building among a handful of teams (Or in Toyota’s case, the company itself.) Dodge would prefer to supply the engine specifications and have the engines built by the team, like they were at Penske. But there are minimal options. (jayski.com)

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“Through the help of a good friend, I acquired this roof. Was from a dirt car my father drove in 1982. Very grateful to have it”…… Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

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Lights at Martinsville Speedway!

Lights at Martinsville Speedway!

70 Years, Thousands of Races, and Martinsville Speedway is proud to announce that lights will now be installed at Martinsville Speedway!

Martinsville Speedway will be the first major motorsports facility to install LED Lights through the help of Graybar, Ephesus Lighting, & Eaton Lighting.

“To be able to light this track up when the sun goes down, that’s going to be something truly special,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Our fans have told us that they want lighting. We’re pleased to provide them with another amenity which will ensure Martinsville continues to be one of the premier destinations in motorsports.”

Construction of the track lighting will begin after the fall race on October 30, 2016.

 

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Tony Stewart, Ernie Irvan Inducted into Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame: Sonoma Raceway added two NASCAR legends to its Wall of Fame during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend, June 24-26. Tony Stewart and Ernie Irvan became the newest members of the raceway’s Wall of Fame, joining fellow NASCAR stars Rusty Wallace (2005), Mark Martin (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Ricky Rudd (2007) and Rick Hendrick (2010).

Carolina Panthers and Bruton Smith?? …….Marcus Smith confirms interest in Carolina Panthers: Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO and Charlotte Motor Speedway general manager Marcus Smith, during a Wednesday interview with the Observer, affirmed what his father said last month: The Smiths would be interested in eventually purchasing the Carolina Panthers. Bruton Smith, a billionaire track owner and recent NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, told Motorsport.com last month that his sons want him to buy the NFL franchise when it becomes available. The younger Smith said there’s definitely interest. “It’s just one of those things where it’s not even on the market,” Marcus Smith said Wednesday. “Would we be interested? Yeah. It would be an incredible opportunity and such a neat opportunity and property for anybody to be able to shepherd into the future. We’re in the sports entertainment world now and we love what we do, and (I) think it’d be fun to do more of it.”(Charlotte Observer/JAYSKI.COM)

No Love? ……. No we all know about the “No Love” between Joey Lagano and Matt Kenseth, and the Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards gentle rivalry… BUT! We can now add to the “No Love” column – Danica Patrick vs Kasey Kayne. Let the Battles begin!! Hate and rivalries have always been a good thing for NASCAR….. it sells tickets……..

Amelia laid to rest……… Earnhardt said he is sending his car, which he affectionately calls Amelia, in honor of Amelia Earhart (seriously), into retirement rather than repair and patch it up after a couple of accidents from a race at Talladega. It is the same car he drove in wins in 2015 at Talladega and Daytona. Earnhardt said the car was not racing well at Daytona and Talladega this year anyway, so the writing may have been on the wall for Amelia.

So what will happen to Amelia now?

Earnhardt Jr. has a graveyard near Mooresville, NC consisting of some of his former race cars as well as race cars from other drivers he has aquired. Amelia will now have a final resting place in this junkyard museum of Earnhardt’s.

The question now is, who will Dale Jr. name his next favorite car after?

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Dirt Racing Logo tag

 

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2018 Dirt Late Model Schedules

January 2018

Jan 1 –

Iron-Man @ 411 Motor Speedway, Seymour, TN……….. $4,000 to win

Jan 4 – 7

Unsanctioned @ Talladega Short Track, Eastaboga, AL………. $6,000 to win

Jan 6 –

Unsanctioned @ Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ………… $5,000 to win

Jan 6 – 7

NeSmith Winter Series @ Talladega Short Track, Eastaboga, AL………. $3,000 to win

Jan 7 –

Unsanctioned @ Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ………… $5,000 to win

Jan 10 –

Unsanctioned @ Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ………… $5,000 to win

Jan 12 –

Unsanctioned @ Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ………… $5,000 to win

Jan 13 –

Unsanctioned @ Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ………… $5,000 to win

Jan 14 –

Unsanctioned @ Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ………… $13,000 to win

Jan 20 –

Iron-Man @ Boyd’s Speedway, Ringgold, GA……………… $3,500 to win

February 2018

Feb 2 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ Golden Isles Speedway, Brunswick, GA……….. $10,000 to win

Feb 3 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ Golden Isles Speedway, Brunswick, GA……….. $12,000 to win

Feb 4 –

DIRTcar @ North Florida Speedway, Lake City, FL…………….. $5,000 to win

Feb 5 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, FL……………………… $5,000 to win

Feb 6 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, FL……………………… $5,000 to win

Feb 7 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, FL……………………… $7,000 to win

Feb 8 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, FL……………………… $7,000 to win

Feb 9 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, FL……………………… $10,000 to win

World of Outlaws LM Series @ Screven Motor Speedway, Sylvania, GA…………… $8,000 to win

Feb 10 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ East Bay Raceway Park, Gibsonton, FL……………………… $12,000 to win

World of Outlaws LM Series @ Screven Motor Speedway, Sylvania, GA…………… $10,000 to win

Feb 11 –

Lucas Oil LM Series @ Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, FL……………….. $10,000 to win

Feb 12 –

DIRTcar @ Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL…………………. $7,000 to win

Feb 13 –

DIRTcar @ Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL…………………. $7,000 to win

Feb 14 –

World of Outlaws LM Series @ Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL…………………. $10,000 to win

Feb 15 –

World of Outlaws LM Series @ Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL…………………. $10,000 to win

Feb 16 –

World of Outlaws LM Series @ Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL…………………. $10,000 to win

Feb 17 –

World of Outlaws LM Series @ Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville, FL…………………. $10,000 to win

Feb 22 –

NeSmith Winter Series @ Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, FL………………… $2,000 to win

Feb 23 –

NeSmith Winter Series @ Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, FL………………… $2,000 to win

NeSmith Winter Series @ Cochran Motor Speedway, Cochran, GA……….. $2,000 to win

Feb 24 –

Iron-Man @ Volunteer Speedway, Bulls Gap, TN………………… $3,500 to win

NeSmith Winter Series @ Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, FL………………… $10,000 to win

NeSmith Winter Series @ Cochran Motor Speedway, Cochran, GA……….. $4,000 to win

(dirtondirt.com)

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Dirt Track Racing 2017

Mark Shrewsbury, Winner at Princeton Speedway, #7 Mini Stock.

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Dirt Late Model Drivers from the Past…….. Can you remember?

See more in the Dirt Track Gallery – click here

 

 

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* WoO – World of Outlaws

* MARS – Midwest Auto Racing Series

* SAS – Southern All Stars

* SLMRS – Super Late Model Racing Series

* FUEL – Fast Unified Engine Late Models

* UCRA – United Crate Racing Alliance

* ALMS – American Late Model Series

* NCRA – National Championship Racing Association

* NLRA – Northern Late Model Racing Association

* SUPR – Southern United Professional Racing Series

* SECA – Southeastern Crate Association

 

 

 

 

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See the 2015 Dirt Track Champions at the new “2015 Dirt Track Champions” page….. click here!