Jennerstown Speedway Complex
Jennerstown Speedway Complex is a racetrack in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania. Built on land, once home to the Jenners Fair the track had its start in the 1920s as a flat, half-mile dirt track. After several changes and owners the track closed in 2009 until early 2014 when it was reopened. A NASCAR certified track, racing greats such as Dale Earnhardt, Sterling Marlin, Ken Schrader, Darrell Waltrip. Jennerstown Speedway, one of the oldest short-track facilities in the United States, has undergone a number of transformations leading up to today’s state-of-the-art motorsports complex. Constructed in the late 1920s as a flat half-mile dirt oval, the Jenners Fairgrounds, as the speedway was known, played host to ‘big car’ racing during the 1930s. Among the leading local drivers of that era were Butch Gardner and the ‘Pennsylvania coal miner’, Mike Serokman. Following World War II a smaller, lighted dirt quarter mile track was built in the infield in 1953. Laird Brunner became the first weekly promoter to present stock car racing, which had replaced the midgets as the post-war entertainment craze sweeping the nation.
At that time the half-mile was abandoned. The half mile track was used briefly. Brunner was followed by the successful promotional team of Carmen Amica/Dick Basserman, who guided the speedway during the early 1960s. Other promoters during the quarter mile era included George Kittey; the half-mile was restored and used in the mid-1960s, but was closed again due to poor track conditions. During this early era, drivers such as Fuzzy Rubritz, Blackie Watt, Jimmy Burns, Joe Viglione and Johnny Grum thrilled motorsports enthusiasts at the track which featured outlaw and Penn Western Racing Association-sanctioned contests. In 1967, local businessmen John Frambaugh, Sam Turrillo, Bill Philson, John Philson, Doc Whiney, Harry Horne and Piney Lasky purchased the grounds and rebuilt the track into one of the fastest half-mile dirt ovals in the nation and began a major modernization project. Over time Lasky became the sole owner of the facility, in 1987 made the decision to move Jennerstown to the next level by paving the track and bringing asphalt racing back to Western PA for the first time since the Heidelberg Raceway closed in 1973.
Lasky upgraded the grandstand and concession areas, as well as affiliated the track with NASCAR, brought major sanctioned events to the Somerset County speedplant. After Lasky died unexpectedly in 1994, his son, Stanley Jr. took over and ran the operation for the next five seasons, before selling to former speedway late model champion Steve Peles and Hooters Restaurants founder, Bob Brooks, in 2000. After three seasons and Brooks sold the track to Dave Wheeler, who initiated an immediate upgrade in operations. Wheeler repaved the oval in 2004 with a $350,000 polymer-based racing surface. At the end of the 2008 season, it was rumored that the track, beginning to fall into disrepair, wouldn't reopen. In February 2009, Wheeler said in an interview that the speedway won't open this season and is listed for sale. Claiming he wouldn't be able to continue his full-time job and run a speedway, Wheeler blamed a decrease in attendance as another reason to cease operations. Race enthusiasts and racers themselves, new owners Bryan Smith, Rob Beck and John Taylor held a meeting at a local fire hall to discuss the details of the former raceway.
After a larger than expected crowd made up of drivers and owners, it was decided the vandalized track would reopen in May 2014. In addition to local divisions, the track hosts series such as the International Supermodified Association and ROC Mofifieds. Aside from the usual races planned were events such as swap meets, car shows and educational classes. Jennerstown Speedway Complex race results at Racing-Reference Official website
The Government Employees Insurance Company is an American auto insurance company with headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland. It is the second largest auto insurer in the United States, after State Farm. GEICO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway that provides coverage for more than 24 million motor vehicles owned by more than 15 million policy holders as of 2017. GEICO writes private passenger automobile insurance in all 50 U. S. states and the District of Columbia. The insurance agency sells policies through local agents, called GEICO Field Representatives, over the phone directly to the consumer, through their website, its mascot is a gold dust day gecko with a Cockney accent, voiced by English actor Jake Wood. GEICO is well known in popular culture for its advertising, having made a large number of commercials intended to entertain viewers. GEICO was founded in 1936 by Leo Goodwin Sr. and his wife Lillian Goodwin to provide auto insurance directly to federal government employees and their families.
Since 1925, Goodwin had worked for USAA as an insurer who specialized in insuring only military personnel. He decided to start his own company after rising as far as a civilian could go in USAA's military-dominated hierarchy. Based on Goodwin's experience at USAA, GEICO's original business model was predicated on the assumption that federal employees, as a group, would constitute a less risky and more financially stable pool of insureds compared to the general public. Despite the presence of the word "government" in its name, GEICO has always been a private corporation not affiliated with any U. S. government organization. In 1937, the Goodwins relocated GEICO from San Antonio, Texas to Washington, D. C. and reincorporated the company as a D. C. corporation after realizing that their business model would work best in the place with the highest concentration of federal employees. An important figure in GEICO's history is David Lloyd Kreeger, who became president of the company in 1964 and helped steer it into a major insurance enterprise.
In 1948, he formed a group of investors. He became senior general counsel of the company. Six years after becoming president of GEICO, Kreeger was named chairman and chief executive officer, he retained those titles until he retired in 1975. Kreeger continued his role as chairman of the executive committee until 1979, when he was named honorary chairman. In 1974 under Kreeger's leadership, GEICO began to insure the general public after real-time access to computerized driving records became available throughout the United States. At this time, GEICO was the fifth-largest U. S. auto insurer. By 1975, it was clear that GEICO had expanded far too when it reported a $126.5 million USD loss. To prevent GEICO from collapsing, a consortium of 45 insurance companies agreed to take over a quarter of its policies, it was forced to issue a stock offering to raise money to pay claims, it took a massive reorganization to set GEICO on the path to recovery. GEICO has offered other types of insurance besides auto, including homeowner's insurance from 1962 to 1996.
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In 2012 GEICO spent over $1.1 billion 6.8 % of its revenue. All campaigns are produced by The Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia. GEICO ads have featured several well-known mascots, including: The GEICO Gecko is the most prevalent spokesperson mascot and speaks with a Cockney accent; the GEICO Cavemen. Maxwell, the GEICO "Piggy" who shouts a long "Whee" and appears in more radio and TV commercials. Actor Mike McGlone, who uses film noir-style narration to compare the ease of GEICO to things, famous people, or idioms; the scene is acted out, with humorous results. In addition to Johnson, other ads have included Charlie Daniels, Andrés Cantor, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, R. Lee Ermey, Ed "Too Tall" Jones among others; this campaign is notable for the creation of the "Maxwell the Pig" commercials. The "money savers" campaign enlisted actors to portray average consumers who have resorted to various humorous extremes in order to save money, such as teaching a dog to sing or teaching a group of Guinea pigs to row a boat and perform some mundane task for the consumer
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company, best known for stock-car racing. Its three largest or National series are the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Regional series include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, the Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Pinty's Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 48 US states as well as in Canada and Europe. NASCAR has presented races at the Suzuka and Motegi circuits in Japan, the Calder Park Thunderdome in Australia. NASCAR ventures into eSports via the PEAK Antifreeze NASCAR iRacing Series and a sanctioned ladder system on that title; the owned company was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1948, Jim France has been CEO since August 6, 2018. The company's headquarters is in Florida. Internationally, its races are broadcast on television in over 150 countries. In the 1920s and 30s, Daytona Beach became known as the place to set world land speed records, supplanting France and Belgium as the preferred location for land speed records, with 8 consecutive world records set between 1927 and 1935.
After a historic race between Ransom Olds and Alexander Winton in 1903, the beach became a mecca for racing enthusiasts and 15 records were set on what became the Daytona Beach Road Course between 1905 and 1935. By the time the Bonneville Salt Flats became the premier location for pursuit of land speed records, Daytona Beach had become synonymous with fast cars in 1936. Drivers raced on a 4.1-mile course, consisting of a 1.5–2.0-mile stretch of beach as one straightaway, a narrow blacktop beachfront highway, State Road A1A, as the other. The two straights were connected by two tight rutted and sand covered turns at each end. Stock car racing in the United States has its origins in bootlegging during Prohibition, when drivers ran bootleg whiskey made in the Appalachian region of the United States. Bootleggers needed to distribute their illicit products, they used small, fast vehicles to better evade the police. Many of the drivers would modify their cars for speed and handling, as well as increased cargo capacity, some of them came to love the fast-paced driving down twisty mountain roads.
The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 dried up some of their business, but by Southerners had developed a taste for moonshine, a number of the drivers continued "runnin' shine", this time evading the "revenuers" who were attempting to tax their operations. The cars continued to improve, by the late 1940s, races featuring these cars were being run for pride and profit; these races were popular entertainment in the rural Southern United States, they are most associated with the Wilkes County region of North Carolina. Most races in those days were of modified cars. Street vehicles were lightened and reinforced. Mechanic William France Sr. moved to Daytona Beach, from Washington, D. C. in 1935 to escape the Great Depression. He was familiar with the history of the area from the land speed record attempts. France entered the 1936 Daytona event, he took over running the course in 1938. He promoted a few races before World War II. France had the notion. Drivers were victimized by unscrupulous promoters who would leave events with all the money before drivers were paid.
In 1947, he decided this racing would not grow without a formal sanctioning organization, standardized rules, regular schedule, an organized championship. On December 14, 1947, France began talks with other influential racers and promoters at the Ebony Bar at the Streamline Hotel at Daytona Beach, that ended with the formation of NASCAR on February 21, 1948; the first Commissioner of NASCAR was Erwin "Cannonball" Baker. A former stock car and open-wheel racer who competed in the Indianapolis 500 and set over one hundred land speed records. Baker earned most of his fame for his transcontinental speed runs and would prove a car's worth by driving it from New York to Los Angeles. After his death, the famous transcontinental race the'Cannonball Run' and the film, inspired by it were both named in his honor. Baker is enshrined in the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame; this level of honor and success in each diverse racing association earned Baker the title of "King of the Road".
In the early 1950s, the United States Navy stationed Bill France Jr. at the Moffett Federal Airfield in northern California. His father asked him to look up Bob Barkhimer in California. Barkhimer was a star of midget car racing from the World War II era, ran about 22 different speedways as the head of the California Stock Car Racing Association. Young Bill developed a relationship with his partner, Margo Burke, he went to events with them, stayed weekends with them and became familiar with racing on the west coast. "Barky", as he was called by his friends, met with Bill France Sr.. In the spring of 1954, NASCAR became a stock car sanctioning body on the Pacific Coast under Barky. Wendell Scott was the first African-American to win a race in the Grand National Series, NASCAR's highest level, he was posthumously inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N. C. January 30, 2015. On March 8, 1936, a collection of drivers gathered at Florida; the drivers brought coupes, hardtops and sports cars to compete in an event to determine the fastest cars, best dr
My Bariatric Solutions 300
The My Bariatric Solutions 300 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series race that takes place each spring at Texas Motor Speedway, was first held in 1997. In 2005, TMS was rewarded with a second Xfinity Series event in November, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. In 2011, the race became a Friday night race after being held on Saturday afternoon since 1997, returning to Saturday afternoon in 2017. Kyle Busch is the defending winner of the event after winning it in 2019. 1999 and 2002: Race shortened due to rain. 2006: Race extended due to a green–white–checker finish. 2010: Race postponed twice from Saturday to Monday due to rain. 2011: First scheduled night race in Texas Motor Speedway history. Carl Edwards gives the Ford Mustang its first Nationwide win since the introduction of the series new car. 2014: Chase Elliott gets his first career win and is the second youngest Nationwide Series at Texas with 18 years, 4 months and 7 days after Joey Logano. 2015: Erik Jones got his first career win after 8 starts and is the third youngest Xfinity Series winner at Texas with 18 years 11 months, 18 days, after Joey Logano and Chase Elliott
Chicago Motor Speedway
The Chicago Motor Speedway at Sportsman's Park located in Cicero, just outside Chicago, was built in 1999 by a group including Chip Ganassi, owner of Chip Ganassi Racing. In 2002 the 1.029-mile oval shaped track suspended operations due to financial conditions in the motorsports industry. The track was the site of horse races, when the track was called "Sportsman's Park"; the track was one of two racetracks. Before 1999, the Sportsman's Park was one of the premier locations for horse racing in the area. Hawthorne Race Course, located right across the street to the south from the track, is the current host of the Illinois Derby; the two tracks operated together for decades. In 1999, after the final season of the old Sportsman's Park, the main grandstand and infield were demolished to make way for the massive grandstand, to follow, it was regarded as one of Chicago's most fateful days, as the end of the once grand racetrack drew near. The track held CART races from 1999–2002, the Toyota Atlantic Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races in 2000 and 2001.
Chicago Motor Speedway held American Speed Association races. Traditional horse races remained. Problems with the hard surface led to several scratches by races being cancelled. In 2001, Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet was built in the hopes of attracting more racing fans and upper-level races; the few remaining horse races were transferred to Hawthorne. Portions of the motion picture Driven were shot at Chicago Motor Speedway. In 2003 the town of Cicero purchased the track for $18 million. During 2005 the main grandstands were torn down but the track. On October 31, 2008 it was reported that contracts for the demolition of the remaining structures and track had been awarded. Demolition of the remaining Sportsman's Park structures and the track itself began January 5, 2009; the western portion of the site is now a Wirtz Beverage Group distribution center, while the eastern portion is home to a Walmart supercenter removing any last remains of the track. Part of the parking lot to the west across Laramie Avenue has been converted into a public park.
2001 Robbin Slaughter 2000 Joe Ruttman 2001 Scott Riggs 1999 Mike Monroe 2000 Nate Clatfelter Retro Racing article about Chicago Motor Speedway on NASCAR.com NASCAR CTS track history at racing-reference.info Track statistics Cicero racetrack will be razed to make way for mall So Long Sportsmans - Good Riddance
OneMain Financial 200 (spring)
The Allied Steel Bulidings 200 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series stock car race that takes place during May at Dover International Speedway. Held the day before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism, the race was broadcast in the United States on ESPN until 2015, when the race moved to Fox Sports networks. In 2016, the race was moved to the second week of May because of the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, was 200 laps in total with two 40 lap heats and 120 lap main as part of the Xfinity'Dash 4 Cash' program. In 2017 the race would not use the heat races and would utilize NASCAR's new stage format with stages 1 and 2 being 60 laps each, with stage 3 being the final 80 laps. 2010 and 2011: Race extended due to a green–white–checker finish. 2016: The main event was reduced to 120 laps, while 80 other laps were divided into two heat races for the Xfinity'Dash 4 Cash' program. 2010–2014: ESPN 2015–2016: Fox 2017-2019: FS1 Racing-Reference.info – Dover International Speedway Race Results
NASCAR Rookie of the Year
The NASCAR Rookie of the Year Award is presented to the first-year driver that has the best season in a NASCAR season. Each of NASCAR's national and regional touring series selects a RotY winner each year; the Rookie of the Year award for NASCAR's premier series was first presented to a driver named Blackie Pitt by Houston Lawing, NASCAR'S Public Relations director, in 1954. While it wasn't an official award, it would help set the standard for the top rookie prize. An official award started with the 1958 season. From the 1958 through the 1973 seasons, NASCAR did not have an official points system to determine the Rookie of the Year, so NASCAR's officials gathered together to select a winner; some years were straight forward, such as James Hylton's selection in 1966, when he finished second in the overall championship, the highest finish for an eligible rookie. In other years, the system came under controversy, as officials didn't consider former champions from rival racing series and there were no transparent and consistent criteria for selecting the winner.
Since 1974, the Rookie of the Year points system described below has been used if it meant the winner was not the highest finisher in championship points. As of the 2018 season, the rookie of the Year points are the same as the championship points; the award is sponsored by Sunoco. Drivers competing for the award must display the Sunoco contingency decal. Drivers must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to run for or receive the Rookie of the Year award. Must have run no more than five or seven, have been declared to race for driver points in that series, races in any previous season. Drivers who compete in more than five races in a higher NASCAR-sanctioned series are not eligible for the award in a lower series if they have not declared for the higher series. A Truck Series driver, under 18 may participate in all nine eligible races without losing rookie eligibility. Truck Series drivers who turn 18 during the year may participate in up to ten races without losing rookie eligibility.
If a driver does not start eight races before the end of Race 20 on the schedule, they will become ineligible to earn rookie points for the rest of that season and starting in 2011, remained declared for that series. Drivers may change series declaration. A driver may not receive rookie points if they start a race for a team that they did not qualify with. However, they are still eligible for championship points in that race. There have been a few cases before the 2011 rule change where aspiring Cup drivers have sacrificed their future eligibility to be Rookie of the Year candidates by driving part-time schedules including more than seven Cup races. For example, in 2009, Brad Keselowski ended up running 15 races, including a win at Talladega. Two other famous drivers who did the same thing are Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose. On the other hand, 2007 Rookie of the Year winner Juan Pablo Montoya was eligible though he had been the 1999 Rookie of the Year in the CART series The 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year was Johnny Sauter, a veteran of both the Nationwide and Cup Series.
He had never run more than three Truck races in any previous season, made no 2009 starts at all in either of the two higher-level series, hence he was eligible for the truck series' rookie award. The 2006 Busch Series ROTY runner-up John Andretti was a veteran of the Cup Series but had made only one prior Busch Series start, making him eligible for the award. In 1992, Ricky Craven, the Busch Series Rookie of the Year had run seven races when the limit was five in 1991. However, Craven was only credited with two Busch-only starts, as the other five starts were in combination races with the Busch North Series, which he was a full-time regular at the time; the races were registered in the Busch North Series, so he could enter the race in that series and not compromise his eligibility in the "South" series. Beginning in 2011, drivers that are ineligible for points in one series cannot earn Rookie points in that series. For example, Trevor Bayne ran 18 races in 2011. Bayne therefore retained the right to declare for Rookie eligibility at a date.
However, when Bayne declared for Sprint Cup points in 2015, a little-known provision came into play that places a limit on the cumulative number of races a driver can run without declaring for points before he loses future Rookie eligibility. Bayne was confirmed by NASCAR to have exceeded this limit and is therefore ineligible to run for Rookie of the Year in 2015. Danica Patrick ran 10 races in 2012 in Sprint Cup, though she declared she would race for the Nationwide championship, allowing her in 2013 to declare in Sprint Cup, race as a rookie; this allows lower-tier drivers to substitute for injured drivers in higher-tier series without risk of losing rookie eligibility. Furthermore, in 2013, NASCAR added rules where drivers 16 and 17 years of age may race in the Camping World Truck Series and not lose rookie eligibility because a driver can only race 10 of the 23 races on the schedule. In 2015, two rookie contenders in the series – Erik Jones and John Hunter Nemechek – were declared rookies though they had exceeded the seven-race lim