Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jeff Burton lands another new sponsor for Pocono and Martinsville

EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, along with their ODYSSEY Battery brand, will be primary sponsor of the Richard Childress Racing No. 31 Chevrolet and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton this weekend at Pocono Raceway and October 28 at Martinsville Speedway.

ODYSSEY Battery, a RCR partner since 2009, delivers the extreme power that racing enthusiasts demand and EnerSys guarantees longer service life to save time and money. The five-second cranking power of ODYSSEY batteries is double to triple that of conventional batteries. In addition, the ODYSSEY battery's sealed drycell construction makes it safe, explosion proof, leak proof and it can be mounted in any position. Its rugged construction also offers improved vibration resistance and durability.

"Our decision to become the primary sponsor for Jeff Burton at Pocono and Martinsville is an exciting opportunity for EnerSys to expand its racing partnership with RCR and introduce our products to the NASCAR community," said John Gagge, Vice President Reserve Power Sales & Service Americas. "The RCR and EnerSys partnership has been extremely rewarding. We have been challenged to deliver high performance batteries for their competition vehicles that operate under the intense conditions of NASCAR, where battery failure is not an option. We also supply RCR with ODYSSEY batteries for their support vehicles and race car haulers. We look forward to celebrating on Sunday in Victory Lane with Jeff and the EnerSys /ODYSSEY Battery Chevrolet."

Photo Courtesy RCR

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New England Patriots release Joseph Addai

The New England Patriots have released Joseph Addai.

Accord to the team website, the Pats released Addai, while signing TE Visanthe Shiancoe and defensive lineman Tim Bulman.

Again, according to the team's site, Addai, 29, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on May 10, 2012 following a six-year career with Indianapolis. He originally joined the Colts as a first round draft pick (30th overall) out of LSU in 2006 and was released by Indianapolis on March 9, 2012.

Multiple sources have him failing his physical. The Flying Elvii currently have four running backs on the roster: Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead and undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FVP Wednesday All-Star: Nicole Michelle

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AJ Allmendinger suspended indefinitely.

AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

On July 24, Allmendinger was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.

As outlined in the rule book, NASCAR next will provide Allmendinger a letter outlining a process for reinstatement. By agreeing to the letter, he will be allowed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program
Penske Racing Statement: "In accordance with NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy, Penske Racing was notified today of AJ Allmendinger's positive B sample test. We respect NASCAR's policy and the process they have taken with this matter. Penske Racing is very disappointed with the result of the B sample test and will evaluate its course of action as it pertains to AJ over the coming week. Sam Hornish Jr., will drive the #22 Dodge Charger this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono."

Walldinger Racing Statement: Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville has delivered the results of the "B" sample test for Penske Racing driver AJ Allmendinger, which confirmed the results of the "A" test. Statement from Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc. "This was not the news we wanted to hear and we will work to get to the source of what may have caused this. To that end, we have secured the services of an independent lab to conduct thorough testing on every product within AJ's home and motor coach to find what might collaborate with his test, which created results that were within nanograms of accepted standards. We are working closely with NASCAR and Penske Racing to identify the next action steps in this process. We continue to be extremely grateful by the breadth and scope of support for AJ from his fans and partners. We would like to again thank NASCAR, Penske Racing and all our sponsor partners for the open communication, and for helping us at every step in this process. We expect to have further updates in the upcoming days."

Nick Bomberg at Yahoo Sports is reporting that the failed 'B' sample has confirmed his positive test for a stimulant.

According to USA Today, "stimulants are defined as including amphetamine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy (MDMA), Eve (MDEA), MDA, PMA, Phentermine and other amphetamine derivatives and related compounds" in the NASCAR rule book. (Many ingredients that fit into the above categories are legal. Allmendinger has an endorsement deal with the energy supplement "Fuel in a Bottle," but there is no indication that product had anything to do with the test results.)

Monday, July 23, 2012

A letter to the Red Sox front office

Dear Boston Red Sox:

Please stop the charade. Please stop telling us, Chip Dillard style, that all is well. (google it) It's not. You've saddled yourself with fat contracts and players who don't want to be here. You've been far to concerned on how it plays with the media. Please take a page from Bill Belichick, and concentrate on what it takes to build a T-E-A-M team, instead of having the sexy splash to prop up TV ratings.

For a number of years, you've tried, and been rather successful at, trying to beat the Yankees at their own game. It's time for that to stop. You folks inherited a fairly decent team from the previous regime, made some tweaks by bringing in Curt Schilling, and did some addition by subtraction with the Nomar Garciaparra trade and caught lightning in a bottle. You were due. You then traded the future for the present by bringing in Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell, while jettisoning Hanley Ramirez. That also worked, garnering another championship.

But now you have a complacent core group happy to collect checks, openly admitting there are more important things than baseball. It's time to cut bait. Let Josh Beckett go. Hell, give him the Manny Ramirez "see no one wants you" outright release. If someone wants to pay him, let him go.  The next time David Ortiz cries about pay or RBI's, ship him on the Lawyer Milloy memorial bus to Buffalo.

There are some guys who can play on this squad who are not a lost cause, just yet. Carl Crawford is rumored to be considering Tommy John surgery. This will give the guy a year out of Boston, that's how bad it is. He'd rather have major surgery than play in Boston. Whatever in his head, you need to fix it. He can play, but he's not the second coming of Manny. More like Jacoby Ellsbury. Stop trying to make him into a 30-30 guy and let him do what he does best.

Speaking of Ellsbury, you'd better have a plan B, because he's going to be in NY when his contract's up. Either pay the man now or trade him and sell high.

Please stop pandering to us like we're some west coast fair weather fans. We're not. We know you're going to have to eat some or all of Beckett's deal to move him. Addition by subtraction. Get him out. Don't hand wring over the fact that he'll be great someplace else.  He will be. He'll be insulted, pissed off, and will likely lead whomever you trade him to to the World Series. Get over it. He's not going to do it here.

Oh, one more thing, Terry Francona wasn't the problem. The problem is right there in the mirror.

Red Sox Nation

Jeff Burton to have new sponsor for Indy

Rain-X®, the automotive aftermarket leader in water repellency glass treatments and wiper blades will be primary sponsor of the No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton in this weekend's Brickyard 400 at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"My family uses Rain-X® products on all our automobiles at home and we are proud to represent a great product on the No. 31 Chevrolet at a prestigious track like Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Burton. "Our goal is to get the No. 31 Rain-X® Chevrolet into Victory Lane and to kiss the bricks."

Burton, currently in his 19th full-time season in NASCAR's premier division, has amassed 21 wins, 132 top-five finishes, 246 top-10 finishes, six pole awards and led 6,510 laps during his illustrious career. Burton sits 19th in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings with four top-10 finishes including a fifth-place finish in the prestigious 2012 Daytona 500 and runner-up finish earlier this month in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Burton qualified for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup from 2006-2008 and in 2010 with 13-time NASCAR championship winning car owner Richard Childress.

"RCR, Jeff Burton and Rain-X® share a common commitment to performance and winning and we will be cheering on the No. 31 car on July 29th," says James Stone, General Manager for ITW Global Brands. "Studies show 90% of driving decisions are based solely on vision, and as the most preferred brand of windshield wiper blades and glass care, Rain-X® products help ensure ultimate visibility in any weather condition...on the roads or at the racetrack."

Monday, July 16, 2012

FVP Monday Night All-Star: Elena

Anyone for a Russian All-Star? Elena is a 24yr old hottie who's working in Spain and France this summer. She's from Moscow, and she's striking. Here's what you came for. She's on facebook, too.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Kahne holds off Hamlin to notch win at Loudon

Kasey Kahne celebrates at NHMS
A strategy filled afternoon in New Hampshire put Kasey Kahne in victory lane at the end of the race. Kahne won his second race of the season and put himself in the first wild card position. Kahne said to make the chase he “need(s) to stay after it.” This win was definitely a momentum builder for Kahne and will help him come chase time. Rain threatened but never arrived at the Magic Mile.
Pole-sitter Kyle Busch led all the laps until the first round of green-flag pit stops began on lap 60. Busch had a slow stop and then received a speeding penalty. That put Busch in 22nd position. Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin then assumed the lead after pit stops. The first caution of the day came out on lap 89 when debris was spotted on the track. Jeff Gordon did not pit and he took over as race leader followed by Hamlin, Johnson, Kahne and Earnhardt Jr. Hamlin would soon take the lead from Gordon.
Hendrick dominance was present in the race and on lap 98 we saw all four Hendrick drivers in the top five. At the halfway point in the race, Hamlin led followed by Johnson, Kahne, Earnhardt Jr and Keselowski. On lap 154 the second round of green-flag pit stops began. Hamlin still was the leader following the stops. The second yellow-flag came out on lap 191 when more debris was spotted on the track. On the restart, Kyle Busch who stayed out was the leader. Hamlin would soon pass Busch and inherit the lead.
On lap 235 the caution came out for David Reutimann who blew his engine and left liquid on the track. Just before the caution came out, we saw Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch pit and that put them both a lap down and Johnson received the lucky dog. Busch would take the wave around and get back on the lead lap. Kasey Kahne made the strategic move and took two tires and the lead for the restart. Hamlin decided to take four tires and started deep in the field on the restart.
On lap 272, Hamlin continued his quest to the front and passed Earnhardt Jr for third. Hamlin eventually passed Bowyer for second and started to charge towards Kahne. Hamlin would come up short of reaching Kahne in the final laps and Kahne would cross the line first to pick up his second victory of the season. With the win, Kahne improved his chase chances that much more. Kahne said in victory lane that “Hamlin was obviously the best car” and he was lucky to beat Hamlin in the closing laps.
Kahne moved up to twelfth in points and now holds the first wild card position. Kyle Busch now holds the second wild card position. If Carl Edwards wins a race, he will be in position for a wild card spot. Kahne showed today that he is serious about contending for the championship by winning a race and almost setting a lock on a wild card position for him. In two weeks, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Indianapolis to kick-off ESPN’s coverage of the races. Before the Indianapolis race arrives, we should know the fate of A.J Allmendinger. The championship chase will heat up after this off-week as we near the start of the chase for the Sprint Cup.
-Jason Schultz
Photo Credit: © Steve Pouliot Images for fanviewpoint.com

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Reaction to Larry Lucchino's letter to Red Sox fans

Just in case you missed it, Larry Lucchino recently sent a "keep your chin up" letter to Red Sox season ticket holders. We have the body of it here:
Dear Season Ticket Holder:
As we cross the midpoint of our 2012 season, we thank you for your loyal support thus far. We met many of you at our new spring home, JetBlue Park at Fenway South, and renewed more acquaintances as we opened the 100th Anniversary season at Fenway Park. We sensed that the nostalgia touched you, and we hope to continue to celebrate this special anniversary from time to time throughout the year.
Our play on the field has at times tested the mettle of the faithful. It could be maddening one day, enthralling the next day. Along the way, we have seen our bullpen gel, young players emerge, and veterans lead. We have watched the team coalesce into a close group. Personalities are enhancing the chemistry, such as the cheerful Cody Ross, the friendly Mike Aviles, and the inspiring story of Daniel Nava. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has shown power, in the clutch, worthy of an All-Star. And as the talented Will Middlebrooks forced his way into the lineup, we bade farewell, with gratitude, to Kevin Youkilis, who helped us win two World Championships. 
The one constant on the field has been our beloved Big Papi, David Ortiz. How thrilled we were that our gregarious leader reached the 400-home run plateau in a career that we hope will forever be with the Red Sox. 
The one constant off the field is that we have had a veritable All-Star Team on the disabled list. As we begin the second half, we look forward to the return of the “varsity,” including Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Andrew Bailey, and the ever-dirty Dustin Pedroia. 
While this infusion of such talent in late July may make other General Managers green with envy, you can be sure that Ben Cherington and his Baseball Operations Staff will approach the July 31 trading deadline with their tireless work ethic. If someone can further help this club, and if the deal makes sense, we will be aggressive. We want to play October Baseball this year.
Meanwhile, as you come to Fenway Park throughout this season, we hope you will come early—the secret to fully enjoying a sports venue. Now “A Living Museum,” Fenway Park probably leads the league in bronze plaques and commemorative displays along the concourses. Enjoy them at your leisure early, well before the escalation of excitement as game time approaches. And as always, if you have reactions, suggestions, or ideas that will make the ballpark experience even better, we invite you to send them to fanfeedback@redsox.com
By the way, if we’re in your neighborhood for a visit during “Acts of Kindness Month” this month, please come over and say hello. We enjoy listening to you, and we enjoy talking baseball with you. We’re your biggest fans. So, on behalf of John Henry, Tom Werner, our partners, and our entire organization, we thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you at Fenway Park.
Keep the Faith,
Larry Lucchino
Tell me I am wrong, you guys. I see this letter from Lucchino and I am stunned by the cluelessness of the front office. They cannot stop selling image, can't help themselves. I am flabbergasted.I realize I am back to my pre-2004 jaded fan status, but c'mon. This is a joke, right? The whole sucking up to Papi, the living museum, varsity??????? Are you kidding? Boston has some of the most knowledgeable fans out there, right up there with St.Louis, and we get this pink hat pandering AGAIN!?! 

The more I think about it, the more I shake my head. It's mind blowing. The whole tone of it is "just keep spending your money in Fenway, never mind what we're doing to fix the mess." FVP has been saying all along, Yawkey Way has serious case of Nero-fiddles-while-Rome-burns, and this is exhibit A. One game over .500, with a me-first, selfish attitude of players like Josh Beckett and the beloved David Ortiz, and Lucchino is making like The Wizard of Oz (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!)

So, everything is great in the Land of Boston. The great and powerful Oz has spoken. Good times never seem so good! New England Patriots camp opens July 26, just in case anyone is wondering. 

Denny Hamlin fastest in final practice session at NHMS

Hamlin turns laps at Loudon during happy hour. 
Denny Hamlin topped the speed chart in Happy Hour, posting a fastest lap speed of 133.338 in final Sprint Cup practice at NHMS today. Hamlin was followed on the charts by pole sitter Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, and Jimmie Johnson.

This follows up Hamlin's leading the field in the AM practice session as well.

Early morning cloud clover is burning off at Loudon as we get through the lunch our. By the time the Nationwide cars take the track at 3:30pm, it's should be hot and humid at the Magic Mile.

Photo Credit: ©Steve Pouliot Images for fanviewpoint.com

Kyle Busch qualifies on the pole for NHMS, Hamlin fastest in morning practice.

NASCAR fans favorite villain, Kurt Busch took the pole for Sunday's Lenox 301 at Loudon. Busch's speed of 133.417 circled the Magic Mile in 28.548 seconds. Rowdy edged Kasey Kahne, at 133.403, Denny Hamlin, at 133.399, and Martin Truex at 133.338. 

Denny Hamlin was fastest in Saturday's first practice at NHMS
Earlier in the week, Busch spoke about the short track tendencies of NHMS. "Loudon is definitely a short track race. It's a lot like Phoenix. You have some good speed down the straighaway, but definitely a lot of braking getting through the tight, paperclip shaped corners." 

Sprint Cup teams took the to the speedway this morning for practice, before giving way to the Nationwide teams qualifying session. Denny Hamlin was fastest in the morning practice session at 131.478, followed by Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Aric Amirola and Clint Bowyer. The Sprint Cup drivers have final "happy hour" practice at 11:20 this morning. 

The remainder of the weekend's schedule:
Whelen Modified Town Fair Tire 100: 1:00pm
Nationwide FW Webb 200: 3:30pm
Global Rally Cross: 7pm

Sprint Cup Lenox 301: 1:00pm

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NASCAR drivers discuss Loudon

NASCAR makes it's first stop at the Magic Mile this weekend, as haulers head into Loudon for this weekend's Lenox 301. NHMS originally had a bad rap as hosting a 130mph parade. Since the track was repaved and reconfigured in 2002, Loudon has been more like the biggest sort track, with plenty of beating and banging. Drivers discussed Loudon recently.

Ryan Newman heads to Victory Lane at Loudon
“That’s actually kind of funny because I used to say New Hampshire was my least favorite racetrack." Ryan Newman stated recently. "But it’s far from that now. It’s still not my favorite racetrack, but I really look forward to coming back there each year. New Hampshire has always been a good place for me. I’m not 100 percent sure why. It’s the place of my first win, and when I hadn’t won in a long while, 70-some races, I won again there. Last July, we were able to qualify and finish 1-2 at Stewart-Haas. So, I really look forward to it, obviously. For whatever reason, and I still don’t know the answer as to why, I enjoy Loudon. New Hampshire was huge for our team and even bigger for our organization. I don’t know that I realized how big until the next day when I was doing interviews and someone told me the stat about the last time a team started 1-2 and finished in those exact positions. As much as I study the history of this sport, I was stunned by that stat and was really honored that I was part of something so big. We made that race ours. All the guys came together and made it happen. And I’m just really proud of what we accomplished.”

Newman added “I think this track is the key place when it comes to being aggressive and patient all at the same time. There is a different style of driving that you have to have there. You can’t really be overaggressive at this racetrack. It’s kind of a combination of patience and aggressiveness. You want to take what the car will give you because the track is flat. With banking, the faster you go, the more it pushes the car down into the racetrack. We don’t have that there, so it’s just a matter of feeling that razor-blade-edge of grip and getting everything you can and I’ve been successful at it there. It’s kind of clicked with me since the beginning. I really like the racetrack and obviously know how to drive it, which is a big part of it. It’s a good place to start up front because it’s a short race, and it’s not the easiest place to pass.”

Jeff Burton is a four time winner at Loudon. Without a doubt, he knows his way around the magic mile. His win in 2000 marked the last time a NASCAR driver has led all circuits, flag to flag. "New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a very challenging track. It's one of those places if you are off a little bit, it shows a lot on the leaderboard. There is a fine line between being really good and not very good. It's definitely a tough race track. The car must turn in the middle of the corners at New Hampshire. Rear grip has become less of an issue since we first started racing there. When we first started going there, rear grip was everything. If you could accelerate off the corner before your competitor, you were in good shape. Throughout the years, that has really changed. You must rotate in the middle of the corners. If it doesn't rotate, your lap times will suffer. To me, rotation in the middle of the corners is the most important key to being strong." Burton said.

“Loudon is a unique racetrack." said Brad Keselowski's crew chief Paul Wolfe. "It has aspects of both Richmond and Phoenix all rolled into one. We work really hard to get the car to turn in the center (of the corners) and maintain forward drive for late into a run. It’s a very flat layout, which presents a lot of different challenges. With no banking to catch the car, it can be very hard on brakes because the straightaways are long and you can build up a lot of speed before you get to the corner. It is so hard to pass, you really need the complete package to win there – good brakes, handling and pit stops.”

“It’s a tricky track with the lack of banking and the tight, fast corners. I was able to sweep it there one year and, since then, we’ve been OK. It’s a tough track. I think, for a good day, it’s all about good fuel mileage and good track position.” Jimmie Johnson said.

Photo Credit: Steve Pouliot Images for fanviewpoint.com

Josh Williams: a driver's eye in the sky

A key component for success for a driver is the help they receive by their team each weekend. One of the most important roles on the team is the spotter. The spotter tells the driver what they can’t see on the track. Whether it’s from a wreck ahead or if a car is approaching high or low. Without the spotter, a driver would have a much harder time navigating around the track and staying out of trouble.
Josh Williams isn’t a veteran spotter but he knows what to do. He spots for driver T.J Bell in the Nationwide Series and Scott Speed in the Sprint Cup Series. Josh grew up around racing and that’s basically all he knows. His racing background led him into the type tier of racing in North America, NASCAR. Josh was kind enough to take some time out of his hectic schedule to answer some questions about his job.
Question 1: What’s a normal race day like for you?
“A normal race day for me is show up with the team early around 8 am and we usually have a strategy meeting and talk about the plan for that day. I usually head to the spotters stand about 1:30 before race time to get my spot and look at our pit box location and get sorted out for the race.”
Q2: What are the hardest tracks to spot on and why?
“The hardest for me are places like Atlanta and California where there are multiple grooves and tires fall off a lot, makes it more difficult to judge the runs and usually there are green flag stops there so a lot of different strategies going on. Bristol is a different beast but it just happens so fast there is why it’s difficult; it’s a lot of fun if you can just slow things down in your mind and not get caught up in the rest of the show.”
Q3: Have you ever had to spot through a wild wreck, if so explain how you maneuvered your driver through it?
“Not really thankfully but this year in the Daytona Nationwide race there was some big wrecks near the end and we missed most of them until the last one. Basically you just go off of your quickest judgment and try and help them one way or the other and it’s up to the drivers with a little bit of luck involved.”
Q4: Who is easier to spot for, Scott Speed or T.J Bell, and why?
“I wouldn’t say one is easier than the other because they both are very competitive people. The hardest thing for me is going between the two of them, I spot for TJ more than Scott because he runs the full Nationwide schedule so I have to remember Scott wants a little more information and remind myself of that during the race. They’re both great friends and fun to work with.”
Q5: Did you grow up around racing?
“Yes, my grandfather was the general manager at the Martinsville speedway and my dad sold souvenirs for Dale Earnhardt Sr and still works for Motorsports Authentics. I’ve been around it since I was 8 months old so pretty much all I know.”
Q6: Who was your first spotting job for?
“My very 1st spotting experience was for my cousin (Blaine Atkins) in the Allison legacy series. My 1st NASCAR spotting job was with Scott last year and my 1st race was Bristol, no pressure there!”
Q7: What are the main equipment do you use to spot with?
“I use Motorola ex 600 xls radios, 1 I use to scan NASCAR and to listen to myself and the other is strictly for our team communications. I use racing radios headset and racing radios does all of my programming for radios.”
Q8: What’s your favorite track to spot on and why?
“My favorite track by far is Daytona! It’s such a blast being in the pack trying to judge runs and which lane is best to be in! Bristol is my 2nd favorite.”
Q9: On twitter, you are always talking with Scott Speed about golf. What has been your favorite golf experience so far and who is a better golfer, Scott or you?
“I play professional golf in my free time so I have a lot of golf experiences, my favorite with Scott has to be going to play at TPC sawgrass when we were in Daytona this year and I shot 67 from the back tees. I’m definitely the better golfer but Scott is so competitive and always working at it, he’s getting pretty good and it’s not a stretch to say he’s the best golfing race car driver. I’ve seen him shoot 71 before.”
Q10: Do you like hang out with your drivers off-track? If so, what do you like to do?
“Yes definitely, Scott’s like my brother I never had so were always needling each other and giving each other a hard time. He’s super competitive so he is up for anything that can be a competition. Anything from; golf, running, swimming and to even playing games on our iPhone’s. About the only thing I beat him in is golf so I remind him of that daily!”

-Jason Schultz

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Krishtian Buescher: living in a racing world

Krishtian and James Buescher

Krishtian Buescher has always been around racing. She would spend time at her parent’s dirt track when she was young. She married Camping World Truck Series Driver James Buescher in this past last off-season and she spends almost every weekend at the track. Krishtian’s husband James Buescher was very close to winning last year’s Truck Series championship, since then he has won three races. He won the Nationwide Series race at Daytona in February and then he went on to win two truck races, April in Kansas and last Friday night at Kentucky. Krishtian has been by his side for every one of his wins. Almost every truck race on SPEED you can see the cameras showing Krishtian’s smiling face.
Recently I was able to interview Krishtian and below are the questions I asked her and her responses.
Question 1: How did you and James meet?
“James and I both used to drive legends cars, so we met racing against each other at ‘lil TMS (Texas Motor Speedway).”
Question 2: What’s your favorite quality about James?
“How humble he is.”
Question 3: Is there a certain quality you don’t like about James?
‘”When I’m telling a story, he always interrupts me!!!!!!.”
Question 4: Was racing a part of your life growing up?
“Yes, my parents owned a dirt track when I was little. I’ve been a part of racing since I was 8 years old.”
Question 5: How important is family to you and James?
“Family is VERY important to both James and I. Anytime that we have the chance to spend time with family we do.”
Question 6: How was your wedding?
“Our wedding was AMAZING!! There was not a thing about it that was not perfect.”
Question 7: What do you like to do when you’re not at the track?
“I enjoy working our flowerbeds, volunteering at our church and spending time with friends and family.”
Question 8:  What’s the toughest part about being on the road almost every weekend?
“We don’t get to see our family and friends as much as we would like.”
Question 9: Which tracks do you enjoy the most to go to and which ones the least?
“I enjoy Bristol the most because the racing is so close. The least I would have to say Daytona and Talladega because of the unknown”
Question 10: Do you ever get nervous during races?
“I do at the super speedways and also if James is leading and it is coming down to the end.”
Question 11: What’s your favorite travel destination?
“Herradura, Costa Rica.”
Question 12: Which one of James’ win did you enjoy the most?
“Last night! Kentucky was awesome!! I was actually able to enjoy the moment. Daytona was kind of a blur and then I was not in Kansas.”
Question 13: Do you and James like to hang out with any other driver’s and their wives?
“We enjoy hanging out with T.J Bell and his girlfriend Alexis Gamboa, Justin and Ashley Allgaier, Brian Ickler and his girlfriend Christie Sloan and Miguel and Patricia Paludo. “
Question 14: What’s some advice you would give to someone on life based on some of your experiences?
“No matter what happens always stay strong in your faith. God will lead you in the direction he wants you to go.”
Question 15: Do you enjoy interaction with NASCAR fans?
“I love it!!! They are all a blast.”
Question 16: What would a championship mean to you and James and Turner Motorsports?
“A championship would be accomplishing the goals that we have all set out do!!”
Krishtian was a blast to interview and I hope everyone who read this learned a little bit more about the Buescher’s.  You can follow Krishtian on twitter- @Kris_Buescher .
By Jason Schultz

Monday, July 9, 2012

Meet some of the new faces in Foxboro

It's about as quiet as it gets this time of year for NFL news. With that in mind, let's feed the football jones and meet some of the new free agent faces for the New England Patriots.

Jonathan Fanene: The seven year veteran joins the Pats via free agency, coming over from Cincinnati. The 6'4", 285 lbs DE was originally drafted in the 7th round by the Bengals out of Utah. He had six and a half sacks last year, and will add some depth to the D-line. 

Brandon Lloyd: Lloyd is the highest profile free agent of the off-season. Lloyd is a 10 year vet, oft traveled, making his sixth (you read that right) stop in his career. To say he's had a difficult time sticking is an understatement. Lloyd's best season was in 2010 with then head coach Josh McDaniels in Denver, where he caught 77 passes for 1448 yards. Other than that, he's never had over 1000 yards receiving, or more than 51 receptions. His career has been one of misses at every stop, other than with McDaniels in 2010. He could go the route of Joey Galloway or Ocho Cinqo and be a complete bust. More than likely, he'll shine, and his athletic prowess outside the numbers will free up the middle for guys like Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez. 

Will Allen: Allen represents the 2012 veteran cornerback du jour signing. Allen is a veteran of 11 NFL seasons with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins. The 5-10, 195-pounder originally entered the NFL as a first round draft pick of the New York Giants in 2001 out of Syracuse. Allen has missed substantial time  due to knee injuries, missing half of '09 and all of 2010 with knee injuries. He should be looked at as a low risk, high reward signing.

Robert Gallery: Another low risk/high reward signing, Gallery is a 31 year old guard, who last suited up for Seattle in 2011. Gallery was a high profile first round pick, going #2 overall to Oakland in 2004, as a tackle. Gallery was cut from Seattle after signing a three year deal.

Donte Stallworth: In an effort to put the band back together, Route One opted to bring back WR Stallworth.  The 10 year vet hasn't stuck with anyone since leaving NE the first time, after 2007.  He had a well publicized legal issue in 2009, landing him in jail for DUI manslaughter, which also led to a year long suspension. He's a long shot to return to '07 form.

Jabar Gaffney: Speaking of putting the band back together... 11 year vet has had a respectable three years since leaving the Flying Elvii, catching 54, 65, and a career high 68 passes the last three years. He should step right into the #3 or 4 spot, and may likely make Dieon Branch expendable.

Joseph Addai: The seven year vet's numbers in Indy have dropped substantially from his 1000 yard rushing days. Scuttlebutt is he's been brought in for his pass blocking abilities, and not for rushing. It wouldn't surprise FVP, however, if he turned into another Antowain Smith and had a bit of a resurgence. Just don't be picking him as a fantasy back. 

FVP Monday Night: Ashley

Well, this weekend, yours truely had his fill of The Walking Dead marathon, so we named us a girl with zombie pedigree. Ashley made her film debut as "Dani" in "Zombie Attack: From Outer Space" in 2010. The Vancouver native began her training in drama and dance at the age of 4 and, at the age of 11, moved to Alberta. Now she's an All-Star. Follow her on facebook, and check out her website.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

NASCAR TV coverage: the good and the bad.

A way millions of fans view each NASCAR race every weekend, has turned into a big issue. There are some good things about NASCAR broadcasts but there are some bad things as well.  This season the TV coverage from FOX Sports and TNT has been disappointing. A few of the bad aspects of the TV coverage are; not seeing great racing action because the TV is showing a driver running by himself without any cars around, and missing a spin, most notably this past weekend at Sonoma.
Most years ESPN comes in at Indianapolis with great coverage, usually the best of the season. In Danica Patrick’s three races of the season, we’ve seen more coverage of a car three laps down than ever before. Without NASCAR being broadcasted on TV, many people wouldn’t be watching the action all weekend long. So fans shouldn’t be complaining about the lack of good coverage when their lucky they can view the race each weekend. Another issue is the commercials.
We’ve seen a ridiculous amount of commercials. FOX attempted to do side by side coverage at the end of the race, but that wasn’t enough. Some commercial breaks came so close together that we saw more minutes of commercials than actual track time in a time span of ten minutes. We all know that TV needs to show commercials during any broadcast but do they need this many?
This year’s TV coverage hasn’t been all bad. Some of the good aspects of TV coverage this year are the interaction with twitter and more in-depth analysis. Twitter has become a huge part of the sport this year and TV has adapted to the new form of interaction. It all started in Daytona for the 500 when Brad Keselowski sent out the tweet heard ’round the world. During the red flag period for the famous jet-dryer issue, Brad Keselowski took out his Sprint iPhone, which was in his car, and took a picture from inside his car of his view of the jet-dryer issue.
That tweet gained him over 150,000 followers and he became the name associated with NASCAR and twitter. That started a trend where FOX showed different tweets throughout the race broadcast. TNT has picked up what FOX did with twitter and there showing a bunch of tweets from drivers, media members and even NASCAR executives. Tweets during the broadcast help fans better understand different events happening on the track.
Another good aspect of TV coverage this year is the in-depth analysis provided by lap-by-lap announcers. Larry McRenyolds has been on FOX and TNT’s coverage and he is great for helping fans better understand what happens under the cars’ hood and why different cars have certain issues. On TNT’s coverage Larry has his “tool box” of little gadgets he uses throughout the race to enhance the broadcast.
During FOX’s broadcast they used Jeff Hammond to venture around the track and find different and unique aspects of the race. During the Kansas race, Hammond went out to the track viewing area in the new casino that sits outside turn two. These good new aspects of TV coverage almost make up for the bad aspects.
Overall, NASCAR TV coverage has good and bad things about it, but we shouldn’t complain about the coverage because at least we get to view the races each and every weekend. Most of the bad issues will eventually be fixed and we can watch the race without the problems. For now, we should enjoy NASCAR coming into our homes each weekend.

-Jason Schultz

Thursday, July 5, 2012

David Ortiz still crying about money

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz hit his 400th career homer run yesterday, in a 3-2 loss to the Oakland A's, who completed a sweep of the Bosox. 

Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today is reporting that before the game, Big Papi resumed his rant about getting paid. Acccording to the story, Ortiz was "humiliated" and "embarrassed" by having to go to arbitration. 

According to baseballprospectus.com, Ortiz is the highest paid DH in the game. Furthermore, he has three of the ten highest contracts of DH's in the history of the game. It's flabbergasting to FVP that Ortiz is whining about money at all. Now, granted, David has done arguably more for the Boston Red Sox than any other player in the team's history. His clutch hitting in '04 and '07 undoubtedly was the catalyst that the team rode to World Series Championships. However, when the team is 42-40, tied for LAST in the division is likely not the time that fans want to hear him crying about his contract situation, again. 

Being humiliated is a pretty strong statement. Humiliated in sports is a 52-3 drubbing in football. A 10 run mercy rule in softball. Being humiliated is losing your house or car because you can't pay your bills. Being humiliated is having your spouse leave you, cleaning out your bank account in the process. 

Being humiliated is not being the highest paid player at your position. Ortiz needs a little humility, while giving us a break on the contract talk. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

NASCAR penalizes Austin Dillon

NASCAR has penalized the No. 3 team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as a result of rule infractions discovered during post-race inspection last Friday at Kentucky Speedway.

The No. 3 car was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20A-12.8.1C (body height requirements – car failed to meet the minimum rear car heights) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.

As a result, crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. has been fined $10,000, while owner Morgan Shepherd and driver Austin Dillon have been penalized with the loss of six championship owner and six championship driver points, respectively. In addition, Stockman and car chief Robert Strmiska continue to remain on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

FVP Monday Night All-Star: Kourtney III

July 4th... Red, white and blue...Parades....Fireworks...Whats more American than having our friend Kourtney back as our All-Star. Kourtney has some big stuff happening, You'll have to follow her on facebook to see what she's got going on. She's had a tough go of it over the past few days, and FVP stands by our girl. We love us some Kourtney! Go follow and support her. FVP does.

EDIT: Kourtney has teamed up with former Miss USA Chelsea Cooley to end bullying and cyberstalking. Their website, KourtneyandChelseaCare.com, a haven for help against stalkers, bullies, and abusers. You can help by donating on their site.