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As the sun is about to rise on another NASCAR season, this is no usual start….first up is the Clash...at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The structure was built in 1923 as a memorial to WWI veterans…. and it is one of those places that represents a slice of Americana…so much so that in 1984 it was designated a National Historic Landmark, and now almost a century after being built, is still is as relevant as ever as it serves as the home of the USC Trojans football team.
The resume of events include: the 1st Super Bowl, Super Bowl VII….. the 1932, 1984, and in 2028 the Summer Olympics which will become the first stadium in the world to host 3 games…….the 1959 World Series which was the first on the west coast. It became the home to the LA Rams, beginning in 1946 when the Cleveland Rams, who in 1945 had won the NFL Championship in Cleveland then moved there to become the first of only two professional football Champions to play the following season in another city (frown emojie Cleveland fans)…. the Rams remained at the Coliseum from 1946 until 1979 when they moved to St. Louis…..then moved back to LA, where it was home again to the Rams from 2016-2019. It also has been the home of the Chargers, Raiders, and the UCLA Bruins football teams.
Folks might say the LA Coliseum has seen it all…well, until now….when NASCAR roles up with a whole new sport to highlight at the venue, featuring a brand-new race car that has a brand new wheel. Call it historic, one for the record books, something else to add to the lore, whatever descriptor to use… this venue with its unparalleled history of events, is going to have one more story to tell by the end of the weekend. All systems are on Go-Status in Los Angeles. It’s time.
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a current champion, a past champion, a legendary champion owner, and the champion's crown jewel....makes for pretty nice Champion team photo.🏁
Leaving the shop today from P-1 (because if you a’int 1st your last!) & headed to Talladega was something we’ve all waited a long time for….the bring-back & unveiling of what is known as ‘the Ricky Bobby’ wrap….call it the sequel of the Talladega Nights wrap. The original wrap was retired back in 2013….for the stretch of time that it did travel the circuit, it had to be, or at least pin’tnear, one of the most photographed haulers in NASCAR (M&M’s hauler excluded). Ever since that day in 2013, there was just a yearning for the return….and what a better place to make it’s return appearance than Talladega itself. The world will be a better place when the trailer arrives at the track tonight to help get everything on Go-Status. The legend lives on.
There is perhaps no other place on the circuit with as much history, legend, and pageantry as Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The first race was a mere 102 years ago in August of 1909. That 1st race didn’t go so well….the surface of crushed rock and tar was a bit of a disaster…breaking up in several places and causing the deaths of 2 drivers, 2 mechanics, and 2 spectators……the surface was then replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks…hence the name “The Brickyard”.
Throughout its history, the track has been known for some very unique peculiarities - such as a pagoda….and something called “Gasoline Alley” - which was, and still is the entrance to the garage area. The origins of the name - Gasoline Alley - dates back a century…. and as you might expect there was a bit of lore with that as well. Apparently in 1919 there was a newspaper cartoon strip called "Gasoline Alley" and for some reason not totally known, people started referring to the garage area as Gasoline Alley….the name stuck and became part of the landscape & tradition. On race day, emerging from Gasoline Alley were the cars that were entered into the race…and it was sort of a revealing to the world that all the prep work is done and this is the hand about to be played.
Very few places can match the influence on the evolution of the automobile and racing than Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A trip to the hallowed grounds of Indy to take it all in – is a bucket-list item & good for the soul. This is Champion’s 20th trip to the Brickyard and first for the IndyCar and NASCAR Cup series at a companion event. Just somthin’ else to add to the history of the joint….All systems on go-status in Gasoline Alley
Each year the freedoms we all enjoy are on full display the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend with the racing & pageantry of the Indy 500 & the Coca-Cola 600. Nothing seem more red-white-n-blue & apple pie than this day.
To the men & women that have defended our freedoms generation-after-generation, we say thank you & honor the ones that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Their commitment to those freedoms are what allow us to what we do. To the Champion employees who have served, we salute you. It is a full-slate of duties for Champion with the NBC broadcast pit box & 6 Air Titan track dryers in Indianapolis, and 600 miles worth of tires, wheels, pit equipment, & 11 Air Titans in Charlotte. Spread out and a lot of work to be done but we are honored, on this day especially, to be a part of it
new venue on tap for the weekend at the Circuit-Of-The-Americas in Austin, TX. Had to contend with Mother Nature getting there....the Jersey barrier image is actually water on I-10 outside of Houston...come hell-or-high water, Champion will deliver the goods. All systems on go-status Austin.
not a Talladega race goes by that you don't wish that Ricky Bobby can be the grand marshal......the irony of this trailer is that it got burned in an axle fire...just like Ricky Bobby did in the movie. It seemed to be a bit of destiny that it would be retired in such a way...down in flames n' all. The trailer has been replaced but the stories & the legend lives on. Even without it we're still fixin' to everything on go-status at this iconic venue.
When it comes to dirt track racing, the state of North Carolina has really been ground-zero for competition & milestones. * The first NASCAR premier series race was held at the ¾ mile Charlotte Speedway in 1949 * Richard Petty’s 1st career win (of 200) came on dirt in 1960 at Southern States Fairgrounds in Charlotte * The last NASCAR dirt race was in 1970 & held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh…but..it is the littl’ ol’ track in Tennasee that is the site of the resurrection of this 50 year hiatis of racing on dirt.
The bill-of-lading is different this week. No AirTitans – which means no track drying capabilities. No Pitboxes ..… which means the mobile command & control center that serves as the teams headquarters for race control…won’t be there ….. a crew chief working without the pitbox is sort of like working without a right arm - this is gonna be interesting.
Hopin’ & Prayin’ the rain holds off & if not…Lord have mercy on our freshly polished trucks. All systems on go-status in Bristol, TN.
those trailers in the background are fixin to be loaded with tires/wheels in Vegas before a 2,200 mile trek back to Cornelius, NC....then 2,100 miles back to Phoenix for next week's race...plenty of work to do this week. Time to flex some muscle.
It is with the heaviest hearts that today we had to say goodbye to one of our own. Bruce Bates has spent 15 years of his professional life earning the respect and confidence of the race teams, NASCAR, and the tracks - piece-by-piece, week-by-week. He built and nurtured so many relationships with his gruff, direct, straight-talkin way about him, and it was something our customers came to expect and admire. When Bruce told a customer we would deliver on something…there was no question in their minds that it would get done He was a trusted, loyal ambassador for the Champion Tire & Wheel brand, and his ex-Marine's work ethic, mentorship, and steady hand in times of turbulence will truly be missed. His place awaits in the Champion Hall of Fame.
If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week your gonna have something special – Jim Valvano
God Speed brother Bruce Bates, God Speed.
Mason Jennings wins Champion Tire & Wheel ‘Consistently Smooth’ award | Hendrick Motorsports 9 1 day ago Article Mason Jennings wins Champion Tire & Wheel ‘Consistently Smooth’ award By Gabrielle McMillen CONCORD, N.C. -- Members of the No. 9 team continue to be honored more than a month after Chase Elliott brought home the NASCAR Cup Series championship. Mason Jennings, the tire speci...
congratulations to Hendrick Motorsport's Mason Jennings for winning the 2020 'Consistently Smooth' Championship Tire specialist award. It was pretty cool to be able to present the award at the Dawsonville Pool Room. It's now time for you to take your rightful place on the 'The Most Coveted Wall in Nascar' in the halls of Champion. Nicely done Mason
One of the most sought-after & prestigious awards within Champion is the King-of-the-Mount’n award. This is the winner of the annual dismount competition. The spirit of the competition is to recognize & showcase the talents of the folks that turn around, sometimes up to 4,000 tires/wheels a week during the race season. More than the monetary reward, it is the fact that their name will be enshrined forever in the halls of Champion, and the bragging rights that go with that. Congratulations goes out to the podium finishers: 3rd Place Charlie Hester, 2nd Place Derek McCloughlan (last years winner), and the 1st-time winner Jacob Ray, who laid down some incredible times en-route to the championship.
This event is no-holes barred event - in the competition…and the masquerade ball dress, as you can see. Everyone has come to realize that each year ya just don’t know what to expect. Also thanks goes out to the Derek groupies that showed up this year. You can describe the Champion folks many ways….but dull and boring…not so much. Hail to our victors.
Salute to our Champion Tire & Wheel veterans, and veterans everywhere. thank you for your service. respect.
Right up there with the biggest things’ teams miss in 2020 (besides not seeing the fans) is seeing & interacting with everyone at the track each week…& the friendships and comradery that comes with that. Attached is a dusted-off example of that from 1989 Talladega with Dale Earnhardt, the man who was thought to be able to ‘see the air’ at Talladega, couldn’t see anything on this particular day due to a birthday pie in-the-face. Goodyear’s Gary Rogers, who has been around NASCAR since Hector was pup, finished what Earnhardt began with a pay-back pie from the week prior when Gary was the recipient (their birthdays are a week apart).
On that day when it all went down, legendary #3 car crew members, Will Lind and Chocolate Myers, advised Gary if you do this ‘You better run like Hell’. It was a bit of genius to get Earnhardt while he was strapped in the race car to give Gary a chance to escape. Earnhardt eventually found Gary, put him in his signature head-lock and called a truce. One has to think no farther than the Roger’s brothers, Doug and Gary, to think that there is something to look forward to in getting back to normal at the race track. The cast-of-characters in NASCAR is 2nd to none and the Rogers’ Brothers are certainly part of that cast. They are as top-shelf as it gets, and great friends to Champion despite being fair-to-middlin fishermen. Just to be safe though you would want to sleep with one-eye open if your birthday is this weekend. All systems on go-status in Talladega.
It was the last Bristol night race of the century…and it became cemented in time back in 1999 when Earnhardt “Rattled Terry Labonte’s Cage” to gain the victory. With Bristol on tap this weekend what a better time to unveil the newly refurbished Pepsi, now Coke machine at Champion. The Intimidator made the journey from upper Michigan that involved current & former employees, a Michigan race, and some good ol’ race country fabrication that brought him home where he belongs. All systems on go-status in Thunder Valley……there is cool, very cool, drink waiting for everyone back in Cornelius.
Webster says “Having your Ducks in a Row” means to be prepared or well organized for something that is fixin’ to happen. Here is a visual definition of what that means. All systems on go-status for back-to-back double-headers at the Dover Monster Mile.
an inaugural race on the road course at Daytona is certainly front page news. All systems on go-status for what is going to be a prettyhistoric event for NASCAR.
“I hope he chokes on that $200,000”, as Darrell Waltrip so famously said about Rusty Wallace after the 1989 version of the All-Star race….Waltrip was leading until Wallace drove, without regret, into Waltrip's car which sent him spinning as Wallace drove by to score the $200,000 win.
Then there was The Winston in 1987 that featured Earnhart’s much talked about “Pass in the Grass” of Bill Elliott.
Fast-forward to 2020 & bring on $1MM, a hot summer night, bright lights, & Bristol Motor Speedway a venue capable of producing moments frozen in time…and it seems the July 4th fireworks were not cancelled…just post-poned.
This race was called The Winston from 1985 to 2003, then the Nextel All-Star Challenge from 2004 to 2007, then the Sprint All-Star Race from 2008 to 2016, and then the All-Star Race from 2017 to now. All these different names for really what is a racing win-at-all-costs-free-for-all…. 35 years of this race, it is finally widely recognized in classical literature circles, albeit small circles, that this is the true meaning of what Shakespeare had in mind when he said a race by any other name would be just as sweet.
Batton down the hatches….All systems on go-status at the gladiator-style oval.
different place for the Firecracker 400....the venue is just as legendary.....all systems on go-status in the heartland. Happy Birthday America!
not for the faint-of-heart!
You know a place is special when movies are made, and songs are written about it… Talladega is one of those places. Eric Church captured the essence of the place like no other with his song “Talladega”. Church says that no matter where he performs in the world & whether they speak English or not… they know what Talladega is, and even if they’ve never been to Talladega, they’ve been in that song.
The story behind Eric Church writing the song is one that we all can relate to. In a much different way, the movie “American Pie” captured this era in life….
the final stanza of life's unbridled freedom, devoid of real-life pressure and responsibility. You kinda sense, right then, you're experiencing something you're never going to experience again.
The fact that Church chose NASCAR’s epic racetrack to convey the message only adds to the mystic & legend of the place.
Church said “I didn't want it to be about racing, I wanted it to be about the emotional attachment that people have to a memory that involved going to a race”…..we could all use a dose of that right now.
“It was the summer before the real world started
Five best friends on four bald tires
I can still see Billy smiling, when we finally made it
Boys, raise the whiskey in your glass
Here's to turning up, slowing down
And cars that go real fast
We were laughing and living, drinking and wishing
And thinking as that checkered flag was waving
Sure would like to stay in….Talladega”
Here’s to the 2020 graduates that got cut short of those moments that form the final frontier of their youthful innocence….and here’s to the race fans that won’t get to go to Talladega to rekindle those same emotions…….”When the winds go cold and it blows October I think about us shoulder to shoulder Like those cars my thoughts roll over and over and over In my mind. Tonight in Talladega”
All systems on go-status at the legendary track in Alabama.