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  1. NASCAR Roots Derby

    So I read this article by Bob Pockrass, ESPN's NASCAR writer. It basically says that NASCAR has chased money and left smaller tracks that have a history in NASCAR feel disconnected from the NASCAR world with their local short track series. He talks about how Winston did a lot for the small tracks and you still see Winston logos around these tracks, 15 years after they left the sport. http://www.espn.com/racing/nascar/story/_/id/19110879/nascar-embracing-roots-racing-sport-needs-most It's a fairly decent article, and brings up a good point. Every time they run a short track race, just like this weekend at Bristol, the drivers and fans love it and want more gritty short track racing. The truck series runs at Tony Stewart's dirt track Eldora every summer, and it's a fun event and when that gets ran, people say that a weeknight race would be very cool to see in the top series. Brad Keselowski is a big proponent of this, and would be considered the poster boy of the weeknight race movement. So in my typical fashion, I ran with an idea. I had huge plans, but couldn't come up with much graphics outside of a logo. Think of this as a big connected series with my race track restoration concepts. Did you know the day after the MLB All Star game is the only day of the year there isn't any scheduled game of the big 4 sports? I would want to take advantage of that. Introducing the Roots Derby. So this is a mix of the Winter Classic and the Kraft Hockeytown events. The tracks listed above hosted the Cup series at one point, and all are in the Southeastern USA, or close to Kentucky, a trip that would be manageable on a short week. Each year, the host track would be announced and on a rotating basis would host a single cup race for the first time in decades. The idea would be that renovations up to spec give these tracks as close to a cup facilities they can, and letting the track keep most of those things. That includes fences, SAFER barriers in the turns, and pit walls when needed. No repaving or anything, just the simple fixes and a fresh coat of paint. NBC Sports could broadcast out of a mobile studio, instead of the equivalent of a high school football media center. Also split the cost of a new leaderboard branded with Monster logos. (This is Talladega, but very similar to what most tracks have) Well what about seating? I've looked at the capacities, and most of these are around 10,000. I propose decent sized temporary grandstands, like a street circuit. Why? Well there's a few reasons. A track like Gresham Motorsports Park doesn't need 40,000 seats permanently, but would take a small expansion. NASCAR tracks also make more TV money than ticket money, something there would be an explosion of when you only have to compete against the WNBA and the AAA baseball All Star Game. Most, if not all of these tracks are in big spaces of land, so temporary seats would be easy to accommodate. Not to mention, these tracks don't have the amenities to host much more fans than they can already. Lastly, you won't have people driving from out of town for a Wednesday night race, so mostly locals would be at this event. That brings me to another point, this race would be 300 laps. Segment wise, 75-75-150. Bristol and Martinsville run 500 laps, which is great but just so long. More and more people are advocates of shortening races, and this would be a good platform to do this. A 500 lap race on a weeknight would take forever, especially if there is a delay. Cup would take up the whole day on the track. Do practice during the day, qualifying at about 6, and race at 7:30. The day before would be all to the local promoters. Asphalt racing pales in comparison to dirt tracks on a weekly basis. My idea is to have a Stock Showcase, a televised appetizer to the event the next day. This would be where the track makes most of it's money. Have locals get some spotlight and possibly a doorway to the better series. The main event purse would be significant, something a lot of small time racers would value. I don't imagine a back marker NASCAR team offering a ride in the Roots Derby due to NASCAR licensing, but hey maybe a streamlined process could get these guys in. Finally, financials. Split the Roots Derby cash between the promoters, NBC Sports, and whoever else gets a cut(me, it was my idea after all). The track would have a decent nest egg to possibly renovate media centers to get a legit shot at hosting some form of NASCAR on the regular. I think that's it! A lot to take in after about 3 weeks of planning. If you're somehow brought here from twitter or whatever, check out this big thread where I have a fictional track company and I renovate tracks. http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/103202-raysoxs-racetrack-restoration/
  2. NASCAR New Era Caps

    Happy Daytona Day Weekend folks! Had this idea a few nights ago. Monster took over the sponsorship for the Nascar Cup series, which is a great move to try and attract younger fans. You know what else would do? Make some sick caps. I believe 2 years ago, or maybe last year, Fanatics and Nascar teamed up for basically a streamlined shopping center, replacing merch haulers. Fanatics is a great website with tons of gear for all sorts of sports. Moving on, if you watch practice or anything where drivers are more relaxed, you'd see sponsor caps done by New Era, which is good because fitted caps are better made than floppier adjustable caps, and they just add to the billboards drivers are at the track. But what about fans? At the track a DOW hat would show you're an Austin Dillon fan, but away from it, you just look like you really like chemicals and plastics. Doing research after the fact, there are some hats like the one below. I thought it was inevitable with the Monster sponsorship, but you don't see too many hats without crazy designs or the numbers being the main focus of the hat. So what I did was make some caps designed a lot like baseball caps. Few base colors, a New Era logo, a league logo on the back, and of course sponsors because who am I kidding of course there would be. Just because I know I didn't do everyone, I'm releasing the file for the hats above and my number font file I created. Feel free to make some of your own! http://www.mediafire.com/file/gr63i3qxys2uvn2/NewEra_Fitted.ai http://www.mediafire.com/file/pqy9xerbguuch4c/Numbers.ai
  3. Template: BER Logo: Google Number: BER Paint Scheme: Paint by rah
  4. 2017 NASCAR Season Thread

    Happy 2017 everyone, just felt like yesterday that the 2016 season ended & now it just seems like a bit of a whirlwind now especially with Monster Energy becoming the new sponsor, Stewart Haas switching to Ford & Jimmie Johnson winning his 7th championship. However, I think this will be an interesting season coming up, the next thing we know, they'll be starting to test in Daytona. I'm looking forward to the new season, to see what happens next... Well let's get started, here's what we saw at SHR earlier today...
  5. 2017 Austin Dillon concept

    2017 Austin Dillon concept. More white on the car makes it look more clean and sleek. Door number is a matte silver texture.
  6. 2017 Jimmie Johnson "Legendary" scheme. This car is Metallic Blue with Gold door numbers, sponsor decals and stripes. This is my second scheme I am trying to actually get on a car. I would like to see this run at the 2017 Daytona 500. (So far no luck contacting Hendrick Motorsports)
  7. Post pics of your Diecasts

    Kyle Busch Action Racing 2015 Ford EcoBoost 400 Race Winner 1:24 Platinum Die-Cast Car
  8. Toyota NASCAR

    Thoughts?
  9. NHL Jerseys as NASCAR Cars

    Created by /u/bmc53rocks on Reddit, thought this was really interesting and something you guys here would enjoy http://imgur.com/a/fUpoI
  10. NASCAR Sprint Cup Numbers

    Like the last 3 years, I've been modding the old computer game Nascar Racing 3. Since the last time I did it, I started using Adobe Illustrator. In the process of transferring the .svg files to .ai files, the numbers got warped. I could probably get by, but decided the better tracing program that Illustrator is, I could make an even better set of numbers. Here is the numbers of 40 different cars that have lined up in Cup this year. Since I'm a good guy, I'm gonna give you the download link. Here is the Illustrator file Here is the SVG file
  11. 2016 NASCAR Season Thread

    Another year has drawn to a close, meaning it's time for new faces in new places. Here's a quick preview on the upcoming 2016 season and some things to look out for during the offseason: 1. Michael Waltrip Racing, as we all know, has closed. Clint Bowyer, former driver of the 15, will pilot the #51 5-Hour Energy Chevrolet for H-Scott Motorsports. David Ragan, former driver of the 55, had yet to sign with anyone as of December 1st. 1a. Clint'a arrival means Justin Allgaier will leave the 51 crew. He has since found a ride, replacing Regan Smith as driver of the number 7 JR Motorsports Chevy in the XFINITY Series. Regan has yet to find a ride in either the NSCS or NXS. 2. Out with the old and in with the new: Jeff Gordon calls it a career after 24 seasons, 4 championships, and 93 victories. Young superstar Chase Elliott will take over for the legend as he brings NAPA with him over from the XFINITY Series. 2a. Axalta will make the switch over to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88. 2b. Elliott Sadler, former Roush-Fenway Racing driver in the XFINITY Serues, wI'll replace Chase at JR Motorsports. Potential number change TBA. 3. Sam Hornish Jr. Will not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports after an abysmal 2015 campaign. No driver gas been announced, although David Ragan and Regan Smith have been rumored to replace the Ohio native. 4. After finishing 4th in the Chase to the Sprint Cup, Furniture Row and Martin True Je. Will switch to Toyota from Chevy, aligning themselves with Joe Gibbs Racing. 4a. Speaking of manufacturer changes, according to MRN, Front Row Motorsports may be switching to Chevrolet from Ford, creating an aliance with Richard Childress Racing. This could open the door for Brian Scott to finally make the switch to full-time NSCS competition. 5. Wood Brothers Racing announced that they will be returning to full time competition in 2016 with rookie Ryan Blaney behind the wheel of the 21 Ford. 6. Robin Pemberton, Senior Vice President of Competition, announced today that he will be stepping down at the end of 2015. http://www.mrn.com/Race-Series/NASCAR-Sprint-Cup/News/Articles/2015/12/Robin-Pemberton-to-Depart-NASCAR-Competition-Post.aspx?s_soc=social_20151201_55847086&adbid=10153857873779208&adbpl=fb&adbpr=47438839207 His replacement has yet to be announced.
  12. Stewart's career could be done http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2542551-tony-stewart-sued-by-kevin-ward-jrs-family-for-wrongful-death
  13. These were in show rooms,sometimes on the race track for practice,but wrecked and never was in the race.
  14. Raysox's Racetrack Restoration

    A while ago, of all places, North Wilkesboro Speedway was trending on facebook. It was because this video of a guy flying his drone over the dilapidated speedway surfaced. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyfn-_AW1h4 The track was one of those good ol' tracks in the south that hosted NASCAR events since the beginning, but got pushed out of the sport due to not being in a major market. My dad went to the last Winston Cup race there, in 1996. The track would probably need millions put into it to even host anything, let alone the top racing series in the country. But I'm coming to the rescue! The track lies pretty close to the other true short tracks of Bristol and Martinsville. My thinking is that nostalgia would be the driving force into restoration. Many drivers think that more tracks like this should be put on the schedule, so here's my attempt to make it. So North Wilkesboro is outside a small town of the same name. There isn't much of a population, but neither does Bristol and Martinsville. The track lies right next to some houses and a highway. There isn't much parking, so that would be the biggest thing. There is space, so a ramp from the highway and pedestrian bridges from a massive parking lot on the other side of the highway would be two things that would help the track. The track itself may need to be scrapped. It needs new stands, to be weeded, and paved. But the somewhat flat track still remains. My plans is to keep the track the same, and build around it. The walls are old, and would need to be replaced. Since the incident at Daytona with Kyle Busch, I made sure every inch of wall that could be hit from the track was protected. The walls would also be painted like the old days, red and white stripes to add to the nostalgia. The infield would be completely paved and have a garage for teams, a media building, and a tunnel leading outside, where the haulers would be. My thinking was to make the inner buildings one story for sight lines. The tunnel would be somewhat shallow, since only cars, and emergency vehicles would have to go through. The haulers take up a lot of space, and would have more space for 3 series to run at in a weekend. The tunnel would also make the stands go completely around, and no wall would have to be temporary. Outside the track, they would repave over all the empty areas for easy walking capability. Now to the stands. I designed this after a football stadium. The current covers about 3/4ths of the bottom bowl. I would raise it up, then complete it around. Raising it helps the fans get out through tunnels under the stands leading to the outside. There would also be a walkway on top of the stands that more people could walk around, or head up to their 2nd deck seats. There would be ramps to the ground level near the press boxes that tower over the stands. I put a big video board on the end zone, so there wouldn't need to be several. There would be advertisements behind the end zones to keep the sound in for the surrounding area too, and for highway advertisement for tickets. Finally, I put a lot of solar panels because I think renewable energy should be put into any new stadium built. I made the initial plans a month ago, but I finally finished the master plan, and thought everyone would love to see just how this turned out.
  15. Well now that school is done for a while, I can focus on continuing my never ending concepts for my imaginary country of Tamaria. In case you don't know - which I assume would be most of you - I have an imaginary country designed up complete with nearly everything imaginable. Only recently I have been putting my creation to paper - or digital paper - so it's not complete but the idea is there. For more information, it can be found here. So I've been working on a NASCAR series that runs in the South East (of the world) with a few races in Australia and New Zealand, but its based in Tamaria with a majority of the races occurring there. I figured the best sponsor would be Qantas as it is the most recognizable company from Australia, it provides air services for the series when needed and doesn't conflict with good/services that have many companies (such as a Busch series with Coors Light, Budweiser and Molson cars). Speaking of Alcohol, due to Tamaria's leniency towards Tobacco and Alcohol sponsoring in Motorsports, there will be plenty of popular designs you may remember form decades ago. It is a 33 race season that runs on Thursday nights (because in Tamaria the weekend is Friday and Saturday rather than the traditional Saturday and Sunday) from mid-August to May with the final race being held in the first week of June. There is a 2 week break around Christmas time and occasional bi-weeks. The season is referred to as the starting year - for example, the 2015 season runs from August 2015 to June 2016. The reason for this is because back in the late 70's and 80's when the series was still young, the final race occurred the week after New Years so a majority of the season was in the preceding year. Here is a rough list of the dates and track info. Here is a map of the locations of the track. The actual track designs will be up soon and once complete, I will get to the good stuff - the cars. The tracks are a mix of traditional ovals (D-Oval, Tri-Oval, Quad-Oval, etc) as well as some resurrections and tracks strongly influenced by famous tracks. A little more info regarding the cars... I am planning to have about 50 or so cars even though the field is 42 cars. The cars will have 2-3 different schemes per driver. Most of the number logos are the same from Sprint Cup. Race teams are made up of a minimum of 2 drivers and maximum of 4 drivers. Each team must run the same manufacturer and other teams running the same manufacturer are considered semi-teammates and often use tactics to help each other out as there is a bonus for the manufacturer with the most points. Cars will run in a V6 or V8 class. Specs remain the same, I just felt it was more appropriate for those companies with existing V6's and I6's to use their respective displacements. The race in Thornhill features all throwback or fauxback liveries on the cars. Some teams opt to use different sponsors. The race is called Throwback Thursday at Thornhill and is where the term "Throwback Thursday" originated from Cars: V8's Ford Taurus SHO Chevrolet Lumina SS (Chevrolet SS) Holden Commodore SS Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Jaguar XKR V6's Subaru Impreza WRX Nissan GT-R R35 Audi S5 BMW M4 and here is a timeline for all the cars ever used in the Qantas series since its foundation in 1978. I know there is probably a lot I'm missing, it is a big task especially considering it's based in a fictional place so if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
  16. 2015 NASCAR Paint Scheme Thread

    Figured I would stat a new thread. Last year's stalled after a short while. Let's see how far this one gets Anyway, I was scrolling through Facebook when this beauty caught my eye: This is Jimmie Johnson's Primary 2015 Lowe's Chrvrolet. I imagine there will also be a black version for Kobalt Tools, a Disney/Pixar for a movie in the summer (been doing that for the past few years), and a JJ Foundation scheme similar to this. Other notable paint schemes for this season: Carl Edwards's new ride at Joe Gibbs Racing: Denny Hamlin's New design (Expect a Red, Green, and Blue version for the different branches of FedEx) : Expect Kyle Busch to run this car for majority of the early part of the season... or Daytona, who knows? New look for Ryan Newman's #31 CATERPILLAR Chevy: Kurt Busch going with Red instead of black like last year in the #41 Haas Automotive Chevy: ^^^Just noticed that the H from the HAAS wordmark is the striping on the sides of the car. Nice. Ty Dillon will run a limited schedule in the #33 Chevy. He will have Cheerios for the Daytona 500, but I'm really diggin' this Yuengling scheme, which is slated to run at Pocono in June: Dale Earnhardt Jr. loses National Guard, but Nationwide is there for the save in 2015 as the Primary Sponsor: Ty's brother, Austin (2014 ROTY Runner-Up), will run this Bass Pro Shops Paint scheme at Talladega in May: And finally (Since I'm at my limit for number of pics in one post), from the XFINITY Series (the Nationwide Series), Elliott Sadler moves from Joe Gibbs to Rough/Fenway Racing, taking OneMain Financial with him and will drive the #1: CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPRINT CUP PAINT SCHEMES CLICK HERE FOR MORE XFINITY PAINT SCHEMES With that, I'll open it to discussion. Post Away!
  17. 2015 NASCAR Season Thread

    Figured we should at least have a separate thread for off-season news instead of having it collide with the 2014 season thread. Well, the first year of the New Chase is in the books. Congratulations to Kevin Harvick on his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. Shout-outs to Chase Elliott, the youngest ever to win one of NASCAR's top three series after winning the 2014 Nationwide Series title, and to Matt Crafton, the first driver in the Camping World Truck Series's 20 seasons to win consecutive titles. Now let's get down to business. Here are the top stories heading into the offseason: - Whether you liked the format or not, you can't deny that this was one of the most competitive and nerve-wracking Chases we've ever seen. Brian France spoke to the media before the season finale at Homestead and stated that he does not anticipate any changes to the Chase format for the 2015 season. However, this Chase was introduced only a few weeks before the opener at Daytona, so I guess we'll have to wait and see if France stays true to his word. - What will happen to Kurt Busch? Just before the finale at Homestead, news broke that Kurt was being investigated after being accused of beating his now-ex-girlfriend back in September at Dover. - Moving down the totem pole, Nationwide bids farewell, as they will no longer be the title sponsor for NASCAR's second-tier of racing. Instead, Comcast's XFINITY will sponsor the series, making it the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Nationwide is not completely gone, however, as they will become Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Primary Sponsor in 2015. - As always, there is a driver change or two to report, but not as many as last season. They are: Carl Edwards finally jumps the ship from the #99 Roush/Fenway Racing Ford to a fourth car out of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, as he will drive the #19 Stanley/DeWalt Toyota. The new deal also requires Edwards to drive in a handful of XFINITY races next season. Marcos Ambrose is making like a kangaroo and hopping back across the Pacific to Australia and is returning to the Australian V8 Cars to drive for Roger Penske. Ambrose will be replaced by Sam Hornish Jr., who is making his second stint in the Sprint Cup Series. Hornish will drive the #9 Ford, but a sponsor has yet to be announced.Trevor Bayne is taking his talents to the Sprint Cup Series level full-time for the first time in his career as he will drive the #6 Ford for Roush/Fenway Racing in 2015. AdvoCare is providing full-sponsorship for the season. It is likely that the 99 crew will simply become the 6, owners points and all.With the #21 car open, Ryan Blaney was announced shortly after Bayne's announcement to drive the #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford part-time in 2015. The Wood Bros. have not had a full-time driver since 2006.Over in the XFINITY Series, Elliott Sadler announced that he will be moving over to Roush/Fenway Racing from Joe Gibbs Racing, taking his sponsor, OneMain Financial, with him. Sadler will drive the #1 car, leaving the #11 car open for JGR. Chances are that it may become a car similar to that of the #20, where they mainly use it to develop talent and have Kenseth/Hamlin/Edwards drive once in a while.So with that, I open it to discussion. Who will be the next break-out star in 2015? Will the likes of Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, or Erik Jones continue to rise? Who will dominate next season? Way-to-early Chase predictions? Who will be the first to throw a punch? In NASCAR, anything can and will happen
  18. Stewart's in trouble https://twitter.com/TheAlexHayden