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1. Baseline Concussion Testing Required
It was recently announced that NASCAR would require baseline concussion testing for its top tier series drivers. In previous years, the sanction had only recommended drivers get tested, but for 2014, it will be mandatory. The move was made to help doctors more accurately diagnose concussion after accidents on track.
"NASCAR made this decision because we think it is important to drivers' health for doctors to have the best information and tools available in evaluating injuries," explained Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR vice president of racing operations.
The baseline testing will utilize the widely used neurocognitive assessment ImPACT test. This evaluates an athlete's verbal and visual memory, processing speed, and reaction time.
"Before announcing this rule, we provided drivers concussion and baseline testing education and created opportunities for them to ask any questions they may have to a top neurosurgeon that specializes in traumatic brain injuries," O'Donnell added. "ImPACT tests are not new to our sport and have been used for treatment through the years."
2. Champion Racing & Performance Products Now Available at Summit Racing
Champion Oil announced recently that Summit Racing Equipment, headquartered in Tallmadge, Ohio, now offers the complete line of Champion Motor Oils, Chemicals, Additives, and Lubricants.
"It is extremely important for Champion to identify a partner that shares the same goals and has the ability to provide our customers with first class service, support, and distribution," stated Karl Dedolph, Director of the Racing and Performance Division for Champion Oil. "Summit Racing clearly fits the stringent criteria we identified to distribute our motor oil, chemical, additive, and lubricant line in key enthusiast demographics, applications, and strategic markets.
"For over 40 years, Summit Racing Equipment has set the standard for fast shipping, customer service, and technical expertise," added Dedolph. "Since its beginning, Summit has followed a simple formula: give customers the parts they want at a fair price, deliver those parts fast, and back them with top-tier customer service."
3. CARS Pro Cup Series 2014 Schedule Announced
Officials from the CARS Pro Cup Series recently unveiled the 2014 season schedule that will feature 12 events at 10 different facilities. Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama will host the season opener (March 22, 2014), marking the first time the series will start its season in Alabama. The CARS Pro Cup Series made its returned to the famed half-mile track after a 7-year absence in 2013, and everyone involved is excited to open the season on such a high note.
From there the series moves on to Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina and Memphis International Speedway in Millington, Tennessee to finish out the month of April.
For the rest of the 2014 schedule and all of the latest news and info on the CARS Pro Cup Series, visit www.carsprocup.com.
4. The 2014 Battle At The Beach
Daytona Beach, FL
The UNOH Battle At The Beach will return to Daytona International Speedway during Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 on Tuesday, February 18. The action-packed day of practice, qualifying, and racing will be headlined by two 150-lap events with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. For competitors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 150-lap race will be a championship points event while it will be a non-points 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
"The UNOH Battle At The Beach is a great opportunity for short-track racers from around the country to compete on racing's biggest stage," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We're looking forward to some intense competition with two exciting main events."
In last year's inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach, NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, Cameron Hayley came from behind during a green-white-checkered finish to capture the victory. In the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, NASCAR veteran Steve Park finally earned his first Daytona victory.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model series will compete just miles away at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
5. Rugged Radios Moves To New Location
Arroyo Grande, CA
Rugged Radios is excited to announce it is moving to Arroyo Grande, California. To meet the high demand of its customers and growing business, Rugged Radios is relocating to a larger facility—three times the space of its current location.
The new Rugged Radios compound will offer many new and exciting features including a new showroom floor with products on display. Customers are encouraged to stop by, ask questions, explore communication options, or schedule vehicle installation. Rugged Radios will be moving through December and is expected to be operating out of its new facility by January 1. Be sure to follow Rugged Radios over the next few weeks as it announces many new things including moving sales and specials.
6. Chase Elliot—GRHOF Driver Of The Year
Chase Elliot has had a stellar year on-track. Between NASCAR and ARCA wins and writing Short Track racing history, the second-generation racer has added a lot of new trophies to his collection this year. The Dawsonville, Georgia racer has been chosen as the 2013 Georgia Racing Hall of Fame's Driver of the Year.
The award honors a current Georgia race driver who has a Hall of Fame worthy season on the track. Elliott's 2013 season was one that wrote history and cemented the 17-year-old as a potential future Hall of Famer. Elliott joins Bubba Pollard (2011) and Shane Clanton (2012) as a recipient of the award.
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Elliott, the son of Georgia Racing Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, became the youngest Superspeedway winner in ARCA history with win at Pocono on June 8, 2013. He followed that be becoming the youngest (at the time) NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner with a thrilling September 1 win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Elliott also saw a significant amount of success in 2013 on the Short Track scene. He became the first driver to win all four Super Late Model majors with a win in the All American 400 at Nashville (along with previous wins in the World Crown 300 at Gresham Motorsports Park in 2012, the Snowball Derby at 5 Flags Speedway in 2011, and the Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway in 2010).
2013 also saw Elliott score Asphalt Late Model victories at Gresham Motorsports Park; South Alabama Speedway in Opp, Alabama; 5 Flags Speedway; Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama; Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia; and Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri. Circle Track would like to congratulate Chase on all of his accomplishments in 2013.