Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blog Review

I have looked at two really fantastic blogs this week, Late Model Stock Car Racing in Northern California and Chump to Champ-A Racing Drivers Blog. My favorite one of the two is Late Model Stock Car Racing in Northern California, because this blog is all about races at Redwood Acres Raceway. That is the same track I've been talking about and the same one that my family races at and I work at. The post that I was looking at made it feel like I was right there watching that race again. He created the exact type of blog I want mine to be more like in the future. As he was highlighting the top 3 spots in each race, he linked their Facebook pages to there names.

Now when it comes to the setup of the blog it wasn't as great as the content. Including: black background and unloadable pictures, but the words were still visible and plain to see. This blogger (I couldn't find out his name) has really perfect links, like Facebook pages and the Redwood Acres Raceway page. This blogger also has a lot of comments and keeps his blog going. He started his blog about 6 years ago and is now the weekly blogger for Redwood Acres Raceway.

This blog has inspired me to keep my blog going after this assignment because this blogger started off as doing a school blog and now he gets paid per person who reads his blog. He also has not as much advertising as most blogs which is why it is my favorite. What I didn't realize when I first looked at this blog is that I've met the author of this blog. He also includes highlight clips of each race of the night so it's almost like watching NASCAR.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NASCAR Jokes (humor blog)

NASCAR Jokes And Memes
The definition of NASCAR: Non athletic sport created around rednecks

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

On Your Marks, Get Set, GO!!! (A Poem)

The sun comes up 
Jump in the car
The suns in your eyes
Your car's ready to roar
Heart's beating fast
Can't wait to floor it
On your marks, get set, GO!!!

Coming down the track
Nothing in your way
Whizzing by the stands 
Thousands faces flying by all day
Wind flying through the car
Couple of bugs in your teeth 
Couple of tears in your eyes
On your marks, get set, GO!!!

The thrill and fun
When I won
The loss and pain
When I wrecked and spun
The pride in a car well done
The tears in your eyes
When you see what you won
On your marks, get set, GO!!!

The sun goes down
Jump out the car
Car's on the trailer
Ready to go celebrate
A race well won
Can't wait to floor it home
On your marks, get set, GO!!! 

  



Friday, February 27, 2015

Some Insight On What it Takes To Race

This week I have interviewed three experienced race car drivers/mechanics that I have been helping to build a classic Mustang Cobra 2 into a race car, in the past 6 weeks. Their names are Robbie Robinson/the welder, Timothy Abeyta/main mechanic, and Ryan Walters/the technician, they are all experienced racers and qualified mechanics. Robbie has been racing for over 30 years, Tim has been racing for 6 years, and Ryan has been racing for 8 years.Ryan is the owner of Fortuna Wheel and Brake, and is the head mechanic at his shop. I asked each of them five questions about how they build the best race car, I asked them: What websites do you use to track down local cars? How much do you usually spend on a car every year? How long does it normally take to build a race car? Do you ever race out of the county? How much does it usually cost to race a car for one season?

First I interviewed Robbie Robinson and this is what he said " I usually check Craigslist and Trader Joe's for used cars". I asked him the second question and he said " I usually spend between $1,000-$10,000  depending on the class ". His next response was " It usually depends on the type of car and how easy it is to find parts". " But I usually spend 6-8 weeks on a car". Next he said " I have never raced farther than four hours away because any farther than that gets really expensive". Finally I asked him how much it costs him each race season, and he said " It usually costs between $500 and $800 if I don't get wrecked".


Next I interviewed Ryan Walters and this is his response " I normally check Facebook, Craigslist and some other local websites, but mainly Facebook". " I try not to spend more than $1,100 on lower class cars and the most I spend on upper class cars is $15,000". In response to that I asked him " Why does it cost so much for upper class cars?" ,and he said " The higher the class the more modifications there are". His response to the next question was " It usually takes me a month depending on the class because I own a shop, and I only ever go to the Ukiah track when I race out of town". His last response was " Normally if I don't wreck it cost about $600-$800 depending on the class of course"

Finally I interviewed Timothy Abeyta( my god father) and this is response " I always check Facebook first then Trader joes  and finally Craigslist". " I have all ways spent less than $1,100 on my car, except for this year I'm spending over $10,000 on my mini stock ". " It usually takes me 6 weeks if I have help, but this year it will take me 12 weeks". Finally he said " I've never raced out of town because it costs too much, and it costs about $500 for gas and tires for the whole year".        

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How to Find And Build The Perfect Race Car

This is a step by step process of how to research and pick the right car. I will be sharing the best websites and companies to use, such as transport and mechanics. Here are some important things to think about before you start your research. One essential thing to check is local websites such as Facebook or Craigslist before searching out of the area. Another consideration is to ensure the car is located within four hours of where you live so that your not spending extra money. You also might want to bring a mechanic with you when you go to check out the car unless you are a mechanic yourself.

STEP ONE: The first thing you do is go to Google Chrome (in my opinion, the best search engine) and type in what kind of car you want to look for. If you don't know what kind of car to use this is an informative website that has important specifications for lower class racers. The best class to start in is the Roadrunner division, which is an all stock 4-cylinder car. This class includes any production passenger car, but no convertibles and no Mazda Rx-7's are allowed.

STEP TWO: The next step is to go to  Craigslist.com and search for a used 4-cylinder car for $500 or less. Once again, make sure it is with in four hours of where you live. In my opinion, a 1999-2001 Nissan Sentra is the best and cheapest car to start in. It takes about three consecutive weeks to transform a basic Nissan Sentra into a racing machine.

STEP THREE: When you have found the right car make sure you bring an experienced mechanic and a trailer with you. It is also really good to bargain some extra parts into the deal, or trade a vehicle that can be used for parts for the car you want. If you can't find a mechanic to go with you, make sure that you hear the car run before you buy it.

FINAL STEP: When you have found the right car, the first thing you want to do is strip everything out. This includes the interior, the windows/windshield, mirrors, radio, spare tire compartment and the gas tank. The best thing to start with is building the roll cage, NEVER cut the top off of the car to build the roll cage. It is really risky and dangerous to have a welded roof. Make sure you have a bar-bender and a welder to secure the bars in place. Next, bolt the fuel cell in were the spare tire was. Next put a race seat in place, and make sure you have all the specific safety equipment. Next, make all qualified adjustments to the motor. Finally, paint the car make sure not to spend more than $150 on paint, and put on your sponsors decals.

TIME TO RACE: After you are done building you should have spent no more than $2000. The usual time for building a roadrunner is between 4-6 weeks (depending on the shipping of parts). Keep in mind, when you are choosing where to race that most tracks require a racing fee unless you are a member of that track. Some tracks have cash prizes for winning and special events like: boat races, demolishen derby, and monster trucks.        

Friday, February 6, 2015

Book Review of STOCK CARS!

The book STOCK CARS! was written by John Carollo and Bill Holder in 1999, and illustrates the whole world of racing. This book is both a guide on racing and the history behind it. The structure of this book is well organized, it starts with the World of Stock Car Racing and ends with a list of the biggest names in racing. The most informative and interesting part of the book is the chapter about the birth of racing. It seems like this book has the full picture of racing all in one book. This book also includes a biography of NASCAR driver Ken Schrader.

Author Bill Holder, is a retired aerospace engineer from the Foreign Tech Division at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He currently lives with his wife Ruthanne in Riverside, Ohio. Holder has also written almost four dozen aviation and automotive books, and some of the money compensated from his books goes to injured racers. Co-author John Carollo is an internationally published automotive writer and photographer. Whose work is displayed in over 75 auto related publications. Carollo has been a stock car racer, a flagman, announcer and now a writer.       
This book keenly illustrates  how stock car racing came around and the history behind it, this Includes the first Indy 500 which was raced on Daytona beach where there is a NASCAR circuit track today. Before NASCAR even began they had street races, or beach races that were more like a point A to point B race. These races would usually have 15-30 all stock cars with numbers painted on them. The first type of stock car was a coupe which didn't go faster than 10 mph, but they were still entertaining.  

The next part of the book talks about the evolution of stock car racing and the different types of cars used in the sport. Next, the author discusses the different tracks, both dirt and black top in circuit racing, and ends the book by showing all the top Hall of Fame racers in history. This includes Richard Childress, Dale Earnhardt SR. and Richard Petty.

Over all I think this is a good factual book for beginners, or for those looking for more knowledge of stock car racing. What got me interested in this book was both my love for stock car racing and NASCAR. My two favorite racers are Dale Earnhardt SR. and Jeff Gordon, who is retiring after the 2015 racing season. If you are interested in learning more about stock car racing, or if just want to find out about the history this is a great book to read about it. Before I read this book I didn't know much of the history of stock car racing. This book was very factual and historically correct, so I hope you will read it.

  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Racing Legend Jeff Gordon Announces Retirement

Last Thursday, racing legend Jeff Gordon announced that after the 2015 season, he will be retiring from being a full time NASCAR driver. Gordon has won four NASCAR championships in his 23-year career in the #24 car, with Rick Hendrick as the team owner. Last year was one of Gordon's best seasons in years, coming out of it with four wins including the Brickyard 400. Gordon has become known as one of the biggest racing legends since Dale Earnhardt SR. He won 58 races before his 30th birthday, and collected four championships in seven years. Gordon also has 3 Daytona 500 wins, and 5 Brickyard 400 wins. Jeff Gordon made his debut in the last race of 1992, which was even more memorable because it was the last race for Petty. He is also third in career victories just behind Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty and David Pearson. He also earned the nickname "Rainbow Warrior" for the majestic colors used on his car. Race car driver Kyle Busch once said during a press conference that "it looked like a care bear threw up on his car".

My whole family and I have followed Gordon through his whole racing career, and besides Dale Earnhardt SR., Gordon has been my favorite driver. In fact I got to meet Jeff Gordon when I was 4 years old at the same race that Dale Earnhardt SR. died at ( according to my dad). I don't remember much because I was only 4 at the time, but I remember riding in Jeff Gordon's car before the race. The only way that was made possible was through the Shriners hospital, which I went to because I needed surgery on my feet. I will be very sad to not see Jeff Gordon in the #24 after this race season. Although he is stepping down from racing, he is going to stay involved with the his team and the company.    

   

  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Thrill of Racing (A Poem)

There is nothing like the thrill of racing
Zooming down the track like there's nothing stopping you
Smelling the fumes from the other cars
The smell of burnt rubber and fresh paint   
Bumping and grinding your way to the front
Bumper to bumper down the straight away 
The thrill of racing is like jumping out of a plane at 100 mph
The sense of freedom all around you
Feeling the wind fly through your car
When you zoom past the crowd 
Watching a fireworks display
Thousands of sparks around you


The thrill of the race is like the thrill of the hunt
You finally catch up to your quarry and your heart is pumping
The prize is right in front of you
Everything counts on this one second
The spotlight is on you
Everything slows down for that split second 


Zooming past the finish line
With a gleam in your eye and a chuckle in your voice  
A fulfilled sense of accomplishment
They snap your picture with your trophy and you feel the memories being saved
That flash of light captures the whole experience
A picture is worth a thousand words 
  
   

Friday, January 23, 2015

My Biggest Pet Peeve About Racing

I love almost every aspect of racing except for one thing. My biggest pet peeve about racing is unsportsmanlike incidents. For the most part everyone in racing becomes like a family, but there's always that one guy that has to ruin the whole night. For instance, last year on March 12th, there was this one guy that showed up with his #4 Roadrunner and decided to run everybody off the track that night including my godfather. After the race the guy decided to come over and tell him to stay out of the way. Well this of course made him really mad and it took my dad and 2 other racers to keep him in his car. Another incident was when a sportsman racer got in a fight with another racer and slapped her, everyone was after him then. Another way of looking at the race family is a pack of wolves. An example of that is when a student racing the high school race car took out Kayla, another driver making her hit the wall. All the other racers were wanting to beat him up. This just shows that we are all family at the race track and when someones in trouble mostly everyone wants to help. So if you are feeling alone, and your looking for something to do in your community come to the race track; we are all family there.
This is a picture of my godfather Tim Abeyta, in the #9 and his team mate Grey Ethridge in the #3.
This is the first race of the year when he hit the wall and wrecked his car the first time.

This is a perfect example of unsportsmanlike racing; most of them don't go out there to wreck each other. There is always that one jerk that doesn't want to play by the rules.                   

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Birth of Stock Car Racing

Many people believe that stock car racing started during prohibition, but in reality it started around the time of the first automobile . It started in November of 1895 and stretched an estimated length of 52.4 miles. It started near the present-day Midway Airport in Chicago, Illinois and ended in Evanston, Illinois. This very first race was won by a racer by the name of Frank Duryea in a car he had designed and built himself! Surprisingly after that race things got more scattered, there were no organized races and the cars were still slower than horses. The earliest stock cars were open wheeled coupes  that were known as "true" racers, because they would dominate in races like the Indy 500.


    
      First ever Indy 500 winner  Ray Harroun in 1911.


The first official stock car race took place 14 years after the first car race it was called the "Long Island stock car classic". On August 7, 1915 Ralph Depalma won a stock car race at Chicago Speedway, on a track made entirely of wood. This type of racing led to modern day Nascar. One of the most famous racers was Dale Earnhardt senior, he drove the #3 car sponsored by Good wretch. Earnhardt senior became a well known race legend, winning several races including 4 Daytona 500, which was developed from the Indy 500. Dale Earnhardt senior died during the Daytona 500 on February 18, 2001. Earnhardt got in contact with Ken Schrader sending him nose-first into the wall then into the infield. Earnhardt's death did not come to be an all out loss, his death led to the making of the 5-point harness.This Is all that I know so far about racing history, I will update you with another post when I find out more about racing history.

  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Why I'm Interested in Stock Car Racing

I am very excited to learn about stock car racing, seeing as I am going to be helping build a race car. I'd say my interest for this comes from being in a long line of mechanics in my family. This last summer I had the chance to work at a race track in Eureka, CA. My family and I are building a Mustang, Cobra 2 for the coming up race season, it will be in the mini stock class. We found the car on Craigslist for $500 in McKinleyville, CA. We even had the guy tow it to our house, and he did it for free. Another reason very interested in stock car racing, for one I haven't missed one race since I was three years old. The past four years, I have been helping my godfather build his race cars each race season. In a couple years after I find out how to build, tune, and race; I hope I will have my own race car.

So far what I have learned from working at a race track is, Road runners are the lowest and best class to start in, Mini stocks are the second lowest class and one of the least expensive classes. The Bombers are the third lowest and older looking cars, they are also a lot bigger. The Real stocks are the most expensive class below the Pro-fours, and they look a lot like a Nascar class. I have also learned from working at the race track that all the racers and track staff are like family; they may fight a lot but when someone wrecks, everyone is there to help. My family has experienced many crashes through the years, for example my godfather wrecked his car four times into the wall last year. The year before that my grandma hit the water barrels at 80 mph, breaking her arm, wrist, and leg. This year I'm looking forward to learning more about stock car racing, and sharing it with you.