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My trip to Daytona Speedway

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on Monday, 27 February 2012
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Shortly after returning from North Carolina I was back on the road. The destination was Daytona, Florida. The trip started on Wednesday the 15. My dad and I would be driving the whole trip. On Wednesday evening we drove to Mount Laurens, New Jersey, where we stayed for the night.

Thursday was going to be long day of driving. We drove all the way to Savannah, Georgia (700 miles) where we would stay for the night before departing to Florida. That night we stopped by a small local pizza place, which was delicious. I love these small pizza joints. They always have great pizza. Friday morning we set our way to Daytona, Florida and arrived about 11am.

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Race 101 Graduation Weekend

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on Saturday, 18 February 2012
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My trip down to North Carolina started very early in the morning. We had a 6 am flight to Charlotte. Once we landed in North Carolina we headed straight to down town Charlotte. The one place a racer always visits is the NASCAR Hall of Fame!

The Hall of Fame was a great way to start my trip off. Walking down glory road really set the tone for the Hall of Fame. Watching how the cars changed over the year and seeing the banking change was awesome. Seeing Richie Evans car was just awesome. Seeing his hall of fame exhibit was also very cool.

From there we went to floor 2. Being a racer you always have to do the pit stop challenge. I lost both times to my crew chief and dad, but the second time was not easy for him to win.

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A busy December

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on Monday, 26 December 2011
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In the month of December I’ve been really busy. It has been a time of focusing on school and indoor track. With a bunch of homework and practices everyday it has been tough to work on the car regularly.

Though in late November and early December we did get the car down to a base chassis and re-painted it. The new chassis new color looks real sharp, and will make the car look even more appealing than it did last year! Next step as I head hang out during winter break is to start reassembling the parts to make it a roller again. Then it will be on to the motor.

In early December I also won the RACE 101 social media contest. This contest was about the person who get the greatest number of like on Facebook, connections in LinkedIn, Twitter Followers, and websites hits. It is because of all you great fans I won this contest, So thank you for helping me out. The prize for the contest is two garage passes for the 2012 Bud Shootout at Daytona Speedway on Feb 18. I can’t wait to enjoy these prizes. You can bet I will be posting a bunch of pictures.

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Latest Interview on SMR Internet Radio

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on Friday, 25 November 2011
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On November 22, I did a radio interview with Southeastern Motorsports Internet Radio and its hosts Greg Kreutzer and Russell Lovett. I was also joined on the show with fellow driver John Holleman.

The show designed to talk about my up and coming racing career. The only bad part about the show was it was only 2 hours long and we had to end it early.

I had a great time talking about all my marketing opportunities and my journeys thru RACE 101. I talked about how I learned to market myself and how to talk to prospective sponsors, the media and fans. I also talked some about the car mechanics we learned.

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Last Race101 Classroom Session for 2011

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on Thursday, 10 November 2011
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Nov. 8 - This past weekend I continued my RACE 101 schooling, as I traveled to Denver, NC for my final formal classroom session. This trip would have us in North Carolina from Thursday to Sunday.

On Thursday I tested the RACE 101 house Super Late Model at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway. Accompanying me at the test was fellow RACE101 students Anthony Perez, and Shayne Pierce. My first run, a shake down, went very good. The biggest problem I had was getting used to having so much power, and of course having fenders on a race car! During the second session, Tony Blanchard set a goal for each of us. It was to hit our mark every lap. During my run I found a soda can in turn one right where my line needed to be. This helped me hit my mark every time, and it helped me be smooth and run the correct line every lap. Throughout the run I felt hit my line every time but twice during the 20 lap run. The third and final run, Tony brought out the stop watch, something he didn't care about the whole day. This run would be 10 laps and designed to continue the forward progression I had during the day. Around lap 8 I had a scary moment, as I came out of turn 4, the car jump out from under me and I lost control of the car. I spun down the front stretch but was able to keep the car from hitting the wall. I would pull car into the pits to check for flat spotted tires and end my day. Overall I deemed the day a complete success. I learned techniques on how to slow down and hit my marks; this will help me out with the tracks I'm still struggling at. After the test I went out with my parents and visited some race shops which I hadn't had the time to do before. We also got to have dinner with our old neighbors, which was awesome to see them again.

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