Tuesday, December 4, 2012

High Performance CZ Chains

Many race enthusiasts will spend hours a day out in the garage making sure their ride is clean, maintained, and has the best quality parts. One of the most important parts when racing your motorcycle or ATV is the chain. Without the chain you will not go very far at all. You may be asking, what type of chain is best when it comes to high-performance? Well your answer is CZ Chains.

CZ is a European company based in Strakonice. They have been providing us with high-quality chains since 1929. With a special design consisting of specially chromized layered pins,  high quality rollers, and precise seamless solid bushings, they will outlast other brands of chains. When each chain is assembled,they are lubricated with a “high-performance lubricant”. Thus ensuring when you remove your brand new chain from the packaging, each link will move smoothly without friction. CZ chains are X-Ring chains which offer excellent sealing with less drag than O-Ring chains.

If you are looking for style as well as high-performance, you are in luck. CZ chains offers more than just the standard charcol colored chain. They have a fashionable gold chain that will provide your motorcycle or ATV with a nice, classy look.

So, the bottom line is, if you are searching for a chain that will provide you with high-mileage, high-performance, and good looks, CZ chains are perfect for you!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Roll Bars vs. Roll Cages

Racing is all about speed, who can make it to the finish line first, right? Speed isn’t just about who can give their car the most gas. There are a lot of factors that can impact how fast you can make it from start to finish. One of the most important features of your car that will affect just how fast you will go is weight. A requirement on all racing vehicles is a roll cage or roll bars which just add more weight. Depending on what type of racing you participate in, there are different requirements when it comes to roll cages or roll bars.

The purpose of roll bars and cages is to add structure to your car allowing more protection to the driver in the unfortunate event of a roll-over. It also stiffens the chassis, which is the framework plus the guts, including your engine, transmission, braking system,  etc... . For cars up to 3500 pounds, the most common material used for roll bars or roll cages is DOM mild steel, or Drawn Over Mandrel. Finding roll cages or roll bars made of DOM steel can range anywhere from $80- $2500.
Another option for your roll bars or cages is Chromoly or Chrome-Moly. Although more expensive than the most common DOM steel tubing, it is more light-weight, allowing your car to travel more quickly. Thus, being the most common choice in drag racing. Both Chromoly and DOM tubing meet race standards and are able to be MIG and TIG welded. When welded properly both methods are equally strong.
Now let’s get to the difference between roll cages and roll bars. Roll bars are a basic 4-point system. This includes a main hoop, harness bar, and at least two rear bars. They are good for dual purpose track day cars and mandatory when racing convertible cars. Roll cages are a 6-point system including pillar bars, a windshield bar, roof bar, door bar, dash bar, harness bar, and two rear bars. Both included a diagonal bar for lateral support.  You can add more points to your system, although some race classes do not allow them. All bars and cages should fit tightly to the interior of the car touching slightly at all joints.
Before purchasing or building your own roll bars or cages you want to look at your rule book. Different types of races have different rules and requirements. For instance drag racing does not have the same rules as rally racing. It is very important to know what is and is not allowed before hitting the track!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Welcome to the new Racedriven Blog!

Welcome to the new Racedriven.com blog! My name is Brian, and I am happy to be able to take over and reach out to all of you. I am the owner of Race-Driven, where we are known for our Severe Duty Brake Pads. I have been involved with power sports; ATV’s and motorcycles for the past 20 years, and a lifelong enthusiast.  I have raced flat track, moto-cross, and ice racing, so I know what it’s all about!
At Race-Driven, we do more than just sell brake parts; we take pride in working with those who put their heart into racing. We sponsor many racers and programs. One of our largest sponsorships is the Championship Mud Racing Series, which celebrated their 5th race anniversary this year!
My goal is to keep you informed on what is going on in the racing world. I take pride in racing and am excited to be able to share my enthusiasm with you. I will be sharing racing news, upcoming events, as well as what Race-Driven has to offer you to get the best out your racing experience! Check out what others have to say about Race-Driven!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Power Sports Racing and Parts!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Race-driven.com Inc. buys RaceDriven.com including blog, while Blogger Brian Vermette moves on to a new project.

Dear Readers. Today I'm proud to announce that I have sold RaceDriven.com to Race-driven.com Inc. and that the new owners will continue to use RaceDriven as a blog. The blog will retain all of my old posts/archives so readers can still access those posts.

However at the same time, I (Blogger Brian Vermette) am leaving RaceDriven.com (of course removing the email address brian@racedriven.com) and moving on to a new project. But of course readers can follow me and what I'm doing at BrianVermette.com.

Finally I would like to thank all of my readers, commenters, advertisers and more for a great seven years here at RaceDriven.com and I wish the new owners (Race-Driven.com Inc.) the best of luck with their new in the future. Here's to seven more years of blogging and I hope that the readers of RaceDriven.com will not only read RaceDriven, but continue to follow me at BrianVermette.com.

Thank You. .
Brian Vermette

Monday, September 10, 2012

Replacing Your ATV Brake Rotors

Seasonal checks on your ATV brake parts should be a given. But, many people are unaware that your ATV brake rotors are one of the most important parts of your ATV braking system. At Race-Driven, we carry only the finest stainless steel Arctic Cat ATV brake rotors, Bombardier ATV brake rotors, Honda ATV brake rotors, Kawasaki ATV brake rotors, Suzuki ATV brake rotors, or Yamaha ATV brake rotors. All of our ATV brake rotors are equal to OEM quality, making sure you get the best out of your riding experience.

Does it seem like you are flying through your ATV brake pads? You’ve replaced them recently but they are already worn out. Your ATV brake pads may not be your problem. When your ATV brake rotors are worn or even slightly bent, they will tear up your ATV brake pads, causing more money to come out of your pocket. But, how do you know if your rotors are worn or warped? Well, there are a couple of ways to find out if your rotors are warped. You can take your ATV brake system apart and lay your ATV brake rotor on a flat surface, such as a glass table. It the ATV brake rotor is not flush with the table, it is warped. Another way to diagnose a warped rotor by not taking your ATV braking system apart is, while you are riding, when you go to brake, feeling a pulsing in the lever is a very good indication that your ATV rotor needs to be replaced.

Race-Driven ATV Brake Pads or RotorsWhen purchasing your Arctic Cat brake rotor, Bombardier brake rotor, Honda brake rotor, Kawasaki brake rotor, Suzuki brake rotor, or Yamaha brake rotor, you want to make sure that you get the longest ATV brake life possible. Making sure you are choosing the correct ATV brake rotors for your make of model of ATV is very important, you don’t know what to put Honda ATV brake rotors on a Kawasaki ATV, which would call for Kawasaki ATVbrake rotors.
Putting old ATV brake pads on new ATV brake rotors can created early problems for your ATV brake rotors, by prematurely scoring your ATV brake rotor. The best thing you can do when replacing your Yamaha, Arctic Cat, Bombardier, Honda, Kawasaki, or Suzuki ATV brake rotors, is to replace all of you ATV brake parts. This includes your ATV brake rotors and ATV brake pads. Race-Driven will ensure that you get the best quality ATV brake pads and ATV brake rotors for your Arctic Cat, Honda, Bombardier, Suzuki, Yamaha, or Kawasaki ATV.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

RaceDriven.com turned 7 last week and now celebrates its 1000 posts with a looking back at the top 5 most popular posts.

Last Monday (March 12, 2012), RaceDriven.com turned 7 years old, and now just one week late, RD celebrates with its 1000th post. So with this amazing accomplishment, I take a look back at the top 5 most popular articles over the last 7 years.

1. American Chopper: The Build-Off - Paul Jr. Designs beats out Jesse James and OCC to win Build-Off.: There's no doubt about it, the TV Series American Chopper are some of my biggest posts here on RaceDriven.com. But this article itself was posted on Dec. 6th 2011 and it has over 10,000 page views.

2. TV Spotlight: American Chopper's Sr vs Jr. Production bikes and the Go Daddy bike. UPDATED: Another American Chopper article.

3. 800hp biodiesel 1965 Chevy Impala created on Pimp My Ride is worth a second look.: A dream ride in my book that I would love to own.

4. Kevin Harvick unveil 2011 Budweiser paint scheme, that's cool!: This one was unveiled and within minutes, the pictures was posted on Twitter and then I posted it here on RaceDriven.com.

5. 1970 Road Runner "The Hammer" hammered down at $175,000 at 2010 Barrett-Jackson Orange County.: One hell of a dream ride that was also the star of a movie.

Wild card: Photography: SEMA 2011: Justin Bieber’s Batman-Themed Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.: I couldn't resist posting this wild card considering I like watching Inside West Coast Customs on TV and I thought this modern ride was build just like I would love it myself if I had it built...all blacked out.

Well RaceDriven readers, that's 1000 posts in just over 7 years of blogging, what an adventure. Thanks to all of my readers for coming to RaceDriven.com and being a part of this incredible and challenging journey. See Yeah!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

12 Hours of Sebring celebrates 60 years with exciting finish; No surprise, Audi wins in R18.

Shared link: 12 Hours of Sebring celebrates 60 years with exciting finish | Autoblog.com

"My Take" While the 12 Hours of Sebring is one of the biggest races of the 2012 Motorsports season, I couldn't really tell you what happened because the race was only televised on ESPN3.com and since I didn't want to sit in front of my notebook, I didn't watch the most of the race period. Of course that would be a different story if the WatchESPN app for Android worked, but Charter wasn't on the list. No surprise there. But thanks to the Autoblog.com, they posted a good detailed article with a lot of photos. Thanks Autoblog and congrats the Audi on winning the 12 hours of Sebring in a space ship looking R18.

(Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images via Autoblog.com)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

NASCAR: Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were the headlines from the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas.

Last Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the third race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wasn't much to write home about. However while the race didn't give us those moments for a highlight reel, there were three headlines or drivers' in this case that stood out to me during the course of this race.

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Anyone surprised with that didn't watch the race. Dale Jr. lead basically from the drop of the green flag for a total of 70 laps on Sunday before a pit stop of four tires put him back in dirty air. For some reason or another, he just couldn't make his way up through the field to regain that top spot and ended up finishing in 10TH spot. Its another good run for Dale Jr.,

However it was the incident between Dale Jr. and Mark Martin during the race that have some screaming foul. Personally, its the exact same deal that happened to Dale Jr. back at Michigan when he and Mark Martin were teammates. Dale Jr. was running the high line and Mark Martin was trying to make the pass, but crowded him and one driver would end up in the wall. Dale Jr. was right to hold his line and in this case it was Martin who paid the price. Its unfortunate, but its something everyone is blowing up while these two just need to deal with themselves.

2. Jimmie Johnson: Despite the fact that the #48 Hendrick Motorsports team and Chad Knaus lost their first appeal yesterday in the fist round of the media circus, I don't think it's going to matter as Jimmie Johnson and the #48 team are showing why they are still the team to beat. Right now even with the 25 point penalty and finishing 42ND at Daytona, Johnson and his team have racked off a 4th place finish at Phoenix and a 2nd place finish last Sunday at Las Vegas. And now finds himself 23rd in points, -64 points behind leader Greg Biffle.

One writer asked, how many races before Jimmie Johnson is back in the top 10 in the point standings? My answer was before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in last May. But I wouldn't be surprised if it was sooner.

Personally this is entertaining to watch.

3. Tony Stewart: As a Tony Stewart fan myself, normally at this time of the year, Smoke is still warming up for the summer time where he starts to win races, with the exception of 2011 where he wanted until the chase to gets his five wins on the season.

But not in 2012, Tony Stewart is picking up where he left off in 2011 after winning the Cup Title by winning at Las Vegas just 3 races into the season. This win was key for Smoke considering he finished 2ND in Las Vegas last year and has rebound this time around.

Its kind of fitting that he does it with his new crew chief Steve Addington. Of course his former crew chief Darin Grubb won last weekend at Phoenix with his new driver Denny Hamlin. I have to say its great to see both crew chiefs winning already in the season. This should be a cool rivalry (at least in the media's eyes) to watch play out for the rest of the 2012 NASCAR season.

Now that Las Vegas is behind us for yet another year, its off to Thunder Valley and the day race at Bristol Motor Speedway.Personally any race at Bristol Motor Speedway needs to be under the lights. I hate this race being in the daytime and so early in the year. It just doesn't pack the grandstands and add the same excitement that the August night race. But its still a short track race and it still should be good.

And Brian Vickers will be in the #55 Toyota at Bristol, does the words "oh brother" or "fireworks" come to mind? I'll leave it at that.

Monday, March 5, 2012

5 things to take away from the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix including Denny Hamlin, NASCAR, and Jimmie Johnson all rebound while “You Can’t Fix Stupid”.

After last week’s Daytona 500, I said on ThinkingBrian.com (my lifestream) "goodbye Daytona, hello to the real start of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Phoenix" and I was dead on with that one. The Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway was one hell of a race to watch and fans saw the return of some good old fashion short track racing on the 1 mile unique track.

But in watching the Phoenix Cup race, I noticed a theme if you will, the word “rebound” seemed to come up pretty often as well as “EFI”. So here are 5 things to take away from the race.

1. “You can’t fix stupid!” What a great saying because it’s so true and unfortunately for Jeff Gordon who asked his spotter to ask the #42-Juan Montoya’s spotter if this is really how the #42 is going to race him and the spotter responded back with I’m standing right next to him and I’ll try, but “You can’t fix stupid”. (Not exact quote, except “You can’t fix stupid” part)

2. NASCAR rebounds. Last Sunday-Monday-Tuesday’s Daytona 500 was a complete nightmare for so many from a two-hours red flag for Montoya hitting the jet dryer, several wrecks, the #48 penalty and more, but the Subway 500 was a complete 180 degree turn around where fans saw the return of good old fashion short track racing and a good battle for the victory. Believe me when I say it, I was entertained and the grandstands were 80-90% full and that’s a good sign.

3. Denny Hamlin rebounds from a hard hitting 2011. I mean what can you say, after 2011, JGR made changes within the #11-Denny Hamlin including bring on a new crew chief in Darin Grubb. This combination so far is working well after a good speedweeks at Daytona and now a victory at Phoenix.

4. Jimmie Johnson rebounds. Jimmie Johnson came in with somewhere around negative 23 points in the Cup point standings because of a 42nd place finish at Daytona and that still pending 25 point penalty form the C-Post deal at Daytona. But on Sunday, Johnson rebounds to finish 4th after running well all day long. But I will stress to say that Johnson does have a long road back to the top 10 in points.

5. EFI. This new Electronic Fuel Injection or EFI for short is still a work in progress and while some teams have figured it out, others including the #14-Tony Stewart haven’t after Smoke found out that when he shut the engine off to save fuel, he couldn’t turn the engine back on. I believe it was the kill switch and it needed a reboot is what the explanation was. It’s a work in progress ladies and gentlemen.

Now all that is left to say is, NASCAR teams leave Phoenix in the rearview mirror and travel about 400 miles up to Las Vegas for next Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway…

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Why Jimmie Johnson's #48 Cup car Daytona penalty may not be as cut and dry as NASCAR thinks.

Every since not only February 17th, when NASCAR announced that they had found the C-Posts on the #48-Jimmie Johnson's Lowe's Chevrolet Impala SS illegal and made the team replace them. But earlier this week when NASCAR handed down there standard penalties for COT infractions (crew chief gets six race suspension, probation, 100k fine and docked 25 driver and 25 owner points), I have have been thinking about the illegal parts and whether or not the #48 Hendrick Motorsports team can win there appeal.

I mean let's think about it for a moment:
- NASCAR didn't eject Knaus right after they found the illegal parts. In previous infractions at Daytona, NASCAR has ejected the crew chief at least three different times, but nothing this time.
- NASCAR made there ruling on based on just a visual inspection, not a template inspection too.
- NASCAR didn't impound the racecar and make the team go to a backup. Of course the #48 hadn't even been presented for inspection yet. The racecar was just in the garage area.
- Rick Hendrick's comments that this is the same racecar that Jimmie Johnson raced several times last season including when he won the Spring Talladega Cup Series race and that the car had just been repainted.

In looking at everything, I think that once the appeals board hears the appeal, I believe that besides the media circus that will be happening outside of the building especially if Hendrick has to appeal all the way up the chair like RCR did with the #33 car after New Hampshire in 2010, I see either these penalties being cut in half or thrown out completely. Cut in half seems more likely, but you never know. Just a thought.

Related Articles:
- Why isn't anyone talking about Rick Hendrick defending the #48 car penalty and that this is the 2011 Talladega win car that is being penalized | ThinkingBrian.com

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

7 things to take away from Speedweeks 2012 including the Daytona 500: Danica Patrick, Hybrid racing, a blaze, a tweet picture, Biffle playing blocker and NASCAR vs. #48 team.

One word to best describe the 2012 NASCAR Speedweeks at Daytona is “vicious”! Glad there is only four restrictor plate races a year period. With that said, I can summarize Speedweeks 2012 in by these 7 things:

1. Danica Patrick. What a rollercoaster two weeks Danica had from grabbing the pole for the Nationwide Series race to getting wrecked in her Duel race with a hard hit to the inside wall, getting wrecked by her teammate Cole Whitt during the Nationwide race and getting caught up in a lap 2 wreck in the Daytona 500. But she did gain some experience by getting back out in the Daytona 500 to complete laps, the pole and now hopefully a return trip to Phoenix will be a good one for her.

2. Hybrid racing is here to stay throughout the 2012 restrictor plate season. During the off season, NASCAR said that they were trying to get rid of the two-car tandem racing and from what I saw in all of the racing, NASCAR has actually created hydrid racing – it was a mix of pack racing for most of the race and two-car tandem racing. It’s a mixed bag for sure with most fans saying they enjoyed, but not me. Sorry I’m just not a restrictor plate racing fan period.

3. Two first time winners are crowned at Daytona. In Friday night’s Truck race, it was rookie John King who would pick up his first Truck Series victory and in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, a last lap crash results in, James Buescher capturing his first Nationwide Series victory. Both victories were a good moment after two vicious races.

4. Brad Keselowski gives fans on track pix during red flag of Daytona 500. The main stream media is a huge buzz over this one tweeted picture that Brad Keseloski took with his iPhone in his racecar during a red flag period in the Daytona 500. What some may not understand is, Brad took the picture and tweeted it during a red flag period, not under caution or green flag racing. And as I heard yesterday, thankfully NASCAR wouldn’t penalize Brad for taking the tweet and for now will allow drivers to have their cell phones in their racecars. I wonder how long that will last? But what a great picture, thanks Brad. (Photo Credit: Brad Keseloski's Twitter Account.

5. Racecar meets Jet-dry: Under caution, Juan Montoya’s racecar breaks something in the rear end and sends Montoya out of control and into a jet drying which resulted in a major blaze. But thankfully both Montoya and the jet dryer driver from Michigan walked away and was checked out and released from the care center.

However while some are quick to blame Montoya, I’m not going to. Montoya was following NASCAR rules under caution and was safety trying to caught up to the field when something broke on his car. Once that part broke, he was just a passenger along for the ride. But I would expect NASCAR to review its policy and see what they could do to prevent this freak accident from happening in the future.

6. The final two laps and Greg Biffle trying to win the Daytona 500. Since originally writing this article and publishing it, I have been thinking about it and I'll admit it, I though that Greg Biffle was blocking for his teammate Matt Kenseth to win the Daytona 500 by holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. because Biffle wasn't making any moves in the final two laps, instead he just stayed his teammate. I'm not saying he wasn't trying to win the Daytona 500, but he didn't make any moves in the final laps to go for the win.

Since then, I have written article on my lifestream ThinkingBrian.com called "I'll admit, after the 2012 Daytona 500, I thought Greg Biffle was blocking for his teammate Matt Kenseth to win the 500...", so I conclude Biffle just couldn’t get their to win, but it would have been better if he had did something of a move a few times to try. And now I say goodbye to the Daytona 500, hello Phoenix and good racing.

7. NASCAR vs. the #48 Cup car of Jimmie Johnson. Yes once again, here were are and for life of me, fans are not getting the full story here as NASCAR is being NASCAR over penalizing the #48 Cup car over C-Posts that might have been raced several times last season with another six race suspension for Knaus, a car chief suspended, 100k fine, and 25 driver and 25 owner points being docked – As a result, Hendrick pays to appeal. I just hope that we don’t see another RCR vs. NASCAR in the appeals, what a nightmare that was.

With all that said, I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again…I’m just glad there are only four restrictor plate races a year period.

Please note on 3/1/2012, I have updated my thoughts on #6 including changing the title and adding a link to some insight on why I think this way.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

2012 NASCAR: Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth win Gatorade Duel races at Daytona while Kenny Wallace, Michael Waltrip and more DNQ for the Daytona 500.

(Photo Credit: Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

With single-car qualifying last Sunday and the Duels at Daytona in the record books, we now know the 43 starters for the 2012 Daytona 500 and we also know who is out of the Daytona 500 as well.

In the Duel #1, it was Tony Stewart beating Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the first Duel race, while three separate wrecks would claim several drivers including sending Juan Montoya, Danica Patrick and more to a backup call. And Michael Waltrip will miss the 500 after wrecking off turn 2 going from the apron to the main racing grove. Damn what a hard hit Danica Patrick took on the back straightaway, when she got send flying into the inside wall. She did get out and wall away. I guess her open wheel experience helped her as she took her hands off the steering wheel just before the crash.

But in Duel #2, it was Matt Kenseth in a late race charge to win the second duel in what was a boring race until two laps to go. Interesting seeing the teammates of Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth slice and dice for the lead, but I know that once Kenseth was left out to dry by Biffle early on, Kenseth wouldn’t run with him late in the race. Plus Kenseth really wanted that win and a tip of the hat to Jimmie Johnson, who pushing Kenseth up to the front to contend for the victory.

DNQ: 09-Kenny Wallace 40-Michael Waltrip 97-Bill Elliott 37-Mike Wallace 23-Robert Richardson and 49-JJ. Yeley

Final thoughts: Very interesting set of 150 mile qualifying races at Daytona with the first race being action packed, while the second race being well boring until the final two laps. But at the end of the day, this was a happy day for some, while others it was the end of chasing Daytona 2012 including fan favorites Kenny Wallace and Michael Waltrip. Both drivers will have to watch from the side lines at the racetrack. Now its time for Sunday’s Daytona 500, let’s go racing.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preview: Off season movers and shakers and top 10 contenders.

After a very busy off season and with the official kick off to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, The Daytona 500 is just days away. NASCAR fans and media are still trying to get use to all of the names and faces that moved around during the off season as well as who are the top 10 contenders to watch in 2012.

The biggest movers and shakers was lead by Kurt Busch. Busch found himself out of a ride after being released by Penske Racing. But in 2012, he will go back to basics and move to a single car team, the #51 James Finch Chevrolet that has Hendrick Motorsports support.

The vacant #22 Shell-Pennzoil Penske Racing Dodge was rumored to be going to several drivers, however it would be A.J. Allmendinger who went from RPM and the #43 to Penske Racing and the #22 Dodge. 2012 does mark as sort of a make it or break it season for the dinger. But personally I think he will rise to the challenge and win his first Cup Series race later this season.

That left the #43 RPM Ford open and it would be a Nationwide regular to be called up to the elite series, Aric Almirola.

Michael Waltrip Racing make headlines not only during the end of the 2011 season, but during the off season as well as they would release David Reutimann, change the #00 to the #15 and add the former RCR driver, Clint Bowyer and 5-hour energy to the seat in a multi-year deal. MWR would also give Mark Martin what he wanted in a part-time 25-race schedule driving the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine along with Michael Waltrip himself and a few other drivers filling in the remaining races.

But the biggest mover had to be the long awaited driver Kasey Kahne finally joining Hendrick Motorsports to pilot the flagship #5 Chevrolet. Kahne brings his long time crew chief with him.

And of course it isn’t just drivers that are on the move as two big named crew chiefs found new roles as well. Darian Grubb moves for SHR to be Denny Hamlin’s crew chief and Steve Addington takes on a new driver, Tony Stewart at SHR. This should be two very interesting pairings. Addington has his work cut out for him with Stewart, but they have already been jelling after a 2nd place finish in the Shootout.

The Top 10 contenders to watch in the 2012; (In no particular order)
1. Jimmie Johnson: The five-time Cup Champion is looking to rebound in 2012. Of course Johnson finished 6th in the final 2011 point standings. Predictions: 3 wins, making the chase and a top 3 finish in the final point standings
2. Tony Stewart: Stewart is looking to follow up from his 2011 Cup title and 5 wins and with another good season. But he will have to do it with his new crew chief Steve Addington. Prediction: Making the chase, 2 wins in the chase and a top 10 finish in the final point standings.
3. Kevin Harvick: Over the last few seasons, Harvick has been a huge threat for the Cup title as he has finished 3rd in the final standings in last two seasons now. But in 2012, he has a new crew chief and a good team behind him. Prediction: Making the chase, a few wins and another top 5 finish in the final point standings.
4. Kasey Kahne: Despite the fact that Kahne hasn’t made the chase in a while, he is now driving for Hendrick Motorsports driving the #5 Chevrolet and comes with his long time crew chief. But after winning a race for the now bought up Red Bull Racing team, he is poised to win races and make the chase in 2012.
5. Denny Hamlin: Coming off of a bad 2011 season not only for Hamlin, but all 3 JGR cars, 2012 comes with new engines, a new championship winning crew chief in Darian Grubb and no curse. I see Hamlin winning 2 races and making the chase in 2012.
6. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior comes off an impressive 2011 season after making chase and contending for wins several times. And in 2012, I believe Junior will continue with his success by again making the chase and winning at least 2 races this season.
7. Brad Keselowski: 2011 was a very impressive season for bad Brad after winning 3 races, making the chase and finishing 5th in the final points standings and in 2012, I see him building on that by winning races, making the chase and contending for the Cup title.
8. Jeff Gordon: It’s the drive for 5, what else can you say.
9. Matt Kenseth: The quite one that is the best chance Roush-Fenway Racing has to win the championship this season and the most consistent. I never really know what to think of Kenseth, he isn’t on the radar, but by the end of the season, Kenseth will be a contender for the Cup title just like he was in 2011.
10. Kyle Busch: The most outspoken one. 2011 showed that Busch needs to change after even NASCAR decided they had enough with him and parked him at the fall Texas race because of a dangerous incident between him and Hornaday Jr. in the Friday night Truck race. As for 2012 and after winning last Saturday Night’s Budweiser Shootout, it would be a good year for Busch if could just stay out of trouble.
Next, the 2012 Daytona 500 on February 26th, 2012.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The VW dog and Best Buy commercials are my winners for best 2012 Superbowl game day commercials.

Earlier this week, I posted two Superbowl game day commercials. The first one was "The Dog Strikes Back: VW Commercial", which was a preview to the big game and the other one was the 2011 Superbowl commercial winner, "The Force: VW Commercial".

Well after watching all of the game day commercials, I liked two of them the best:

1. "The Dog Strikes Back: VW Commercial"

This commercial is funny to watch, but its also could be inspiring for some people to get up off the couch (including me) and exercise and diet, get fit and run for our dreams. Yeah I know, a little much, but its still funny and it works for me.

2. "Phone Innovators: Official 2012 Best Buy Game Day Commercial"

I liked the Best Buy commercial from the poking fun at Airlines vs. Alex Baldwin over Words with Friends, I invented instagram and more. Of course that is a little surprising to me considering my feelings on Best Buy aren't all that good and I'm putting it loosely. I've just had a few bad experiences with them, of course that was with the Geek Squad and warranty service. But in this case, Best Buy actually came up with a good commercial and since I still do shop their when needed, I posted the game day ad here.

Now, what's next!?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Will any of the 2012 Superbowl game day commercials beat last years best "The Force" Volkswagen Commercial

Earlier today I thought I would have a little bit of fun ahead of game day this coming Sunday, I published the latest Volkswagen Commercial, "The Dog Strikes Back in latest 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial...but what's with the bar scene?". However I wonder after last years Volkswagen hit commercial called "The Force" (posted below) that was really cute and the best one, can anyone beat that commercial during the 2012 game day?

The Force: Volkswagen Commercial

By the way advertisers, not all commercials have to be terrible, take a hit, the above VW "The force" commercial is funny to watch and might sell cars.

The Dog Strikes Back in latest 2012 Volkswagen Game Day Commercial...but what's with he bar scene?

A pretty funny Volkswagen commercial with the dog getting fit, but the extension with the bar scene has a lot to be desired. Frankly, VW should have just stayed with the normal version of the dog getting fit to chase the more slimmer VW down the street.

By the way, Go New England Patriots.

Note: Besure to check out my latest project ThinkingBrian.com v3.0: My Lifestream for more of my insight.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

#60 Michael Shank Racing Ford with A.J. Allmendinger, Ozz Negri, John Pew and Justin Wilson wins the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona.

(Photo Credit: Daytona International Speedway Facebook Page)

What battle for the lead it was during the final 2.5 hours between the #60 Michael Shack Racing Ford driven at the time by A.J. Allmendinger and the #8 Starworks Motorsport Ford driven at the time by Allen McNish that was then turned over to Ryan Dalziel for the final two hours for the race. These two beat and bang on each other, swapping the lead between the two of them several times. But in the end, it was the #60 Michael Shack Racing driven by A.J. Allmendinger with co-drivers Ozz Negri, John Pew and Justin Wilson that captured the overall victory in the 50th (2012) Rolex 24 at Daytona. Hell of a job to Michael Shack Racing and the drivers. And also, great job to second place #8 Starworks Motorsport Ford with co-drivers Dalziel / Luhr / McNish / Popow / Potolicchio.

In GT, it was Andy Lally, John Potter, Richard Lietz and Rene Rast in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche over the #67 TRG. 

What an interesting race, but just one question, a family member asked me why do they run the Rolex 24 at Daytona with really nobody in the grandstands? Personally I really didn't have an answer for him other than made for television. These 24 hour races don't normally have people in the grandstands, but instead fans attend these races using their campers/RV's. Of course the Rolex 24 at Daytona doesn't draw as many fans as the 12 hours of sebring and especially the 24 hours of LeMans. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NASCAR changes policy and now will publicly disclose fines in 2012 - Fans and media cheer.

Earlier today, NASCAR issued a statement on how fines will be disclosed to the public beginning this season:
NASCAR will no longer issue fines that are undisclosed. We looked at this issue from every angle and gathered feedback from the industry. While there are always sensitivities related to sponsor relationships and other leagues may continue issuing disclosed and undisclosed fines, NASCAR has decided that all fines moving forward will be made public after the competitor or organization that has been penalized has been informed. (Read Statement at NASCAR.com)
As a NASCAR fan, I have seen this sport change over the years from its stars to its policies and while the "Boy's Have at it" policy hasn't changed that let's drivers wreck each other at will if they see fit, at least NASCAR is making the effect to make changes as needed in the sport and today's statement that NASCAR will now publicly disclose fines in 2012 is a good step forward.

Basically as one NASCAR fan commented on this article on NASCAR.com, "There is no secrets in the garage anyhow. It always gets out." And to that I give you the examples of Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and  Brad Keselowski, they are received secret fines.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Ford unveils the new 2013 NASCAR Ford Fusion during the NASCAR Media Tour.

Earlier today during the NASCAR Media Tour, Ford unveils there new 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racecar that will debut at the 2013 Daytona 500. The new racecar does in fact look more similar to the street version than the 2012 NASCAR racecar. However the new racecar add more including four doors (decals), but not bad, they are getting better.

(Photo Credit: Ford Racing via Jayski.com)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

A 1948 Tucker Torpedo, 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and a 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee stool the show at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale.

Its Saturday night and here I am still watching the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction live on SPEED which is in Scottsdale, AZ. In watching this collector car auction like I do every year for the last several years, there is always those few special vehicles that have caught my attention and on this Saturday night, there were three collector cars that were jaw droppers to say the least.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Official Website)

1. One top seller, a 1948 Tucker Torpedo from the 5000 series collection that hammered away for $2,260,000. What a work of art.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Official Website)

2. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (one of 146 in 1954) with 4,149 Original Miles, a rare car and it crossed the block and sold for $2 Million Dollars and in my opinion, it was well worth it. This car to me is considered priceless. It is the ride.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Official Website)

3. A 1969 Dodge Charger (General Lee #1) sold for $110K. Considering the fact that I'm not only a huge fan of the television show "The Dukes of Hazzard" and one of the collector cars that I would love to own before I die is a 1969 Dodge Charger, it should be no surprise that this ride got my full attention.

After all that the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction brought for hammer prices and amazing rides, I just have one question, how will 2013 top this one? 

A quick note on the 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback that sold for $350,000 at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Official Website)

One of the collector cars that crossed the auction block earlier tonight at the Barrett-Jackson really caught my attention was a barn find or garage find in this case, a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback that sat in a garage for over three decades undriven.

In my opinion, this Shelby is a classic, its original and you just don't find a classic car like this anymore. But it also begs the question, what would you do with this 1965 Shelby GT350?

Well I thought about that and personally I thought that $200,000 would be well worth it, but I have to say that I was shocked to see that a bidder paid $350k for this ride.

As for what I would do with the ride, well an option would of course be to have a full restoration done to it, but actually I would take this Shelby and just have it repainted white with blue strips like it was when it was in the showrooms, how some maintenance done, register it and drive it to car shows and Sunday drives. Its better left as much original as possible. Of course I love resto-modes, but this ride would be one that I would touch in that way, it would be a waste.

$82K takes home this 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. I love this custom ride.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson.com Official Website)

So some of my readers may be asking, why would he write about this collector car, a 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe Custom that went across the block and sold for $82k on a Saturday afternoon? Well that's easy, as a car enthusiast, I have a list of collector cars including custom ride that I would love to own one day before I died and this particular collector car is on my wish list. Yes, someday I would love to own a 1940 Ford Coupe.

However there is one more part to this story. Back in January 2009 at the World of Wheels in Boston, Massachusetts, I stood in line for 6 hours to get Chip Foose's autography. I received a picture with Chip, an autographed discast that I bought just a few hours before and a signed sketch that he did in front of me of what looks to be a 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe. The signed sketch was incredible, but the experience of meeting Chip Foose was perfect. He ended up signing autographs for over 6.5 hours straight and I couldn't thank him enough for those autographs and his time.

And yes Chip Foose is a really nice guy in person.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A jaw dropping $325k buys this 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Official Website)

My jaw just dropped with after that 1962 Chevy Corvette custom crossed the block and sold for $325k and its only Friday night. What a buy, you can't get no better than that pure custom. But I bet they will. And here I though nothing would get this crowds attention other than charity cars when it comes to high dollar bids.

A 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 with serial #00001 hammered away for $185k at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson Official website)

Moments ago at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, this (pictured above) 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 with a serial #00001 and 3600 miles on it (list price for $121k), crossed the auction block and sold for $185k. Damn, this will be a collectors dream in years to come, hell its my dream now.

Now this is Corvette is a supercar that I would drive regularly and I would pick this Corvette over a Ferrari any day.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A 1987 Buick GNX 2 door hardtop hammered down for $66k at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson.com Official website)

So some of my readers may be asking, why would he write about this muscle car, a 1987 Buick GNX with 25k original miles that went across the block and sold for $66k on a Thursday night? Well that's easy, as a car enthusiast, I have a list of collector cars including muscle cars that I would love to own one day before I died and this particular muscle car is high on my wish list. Yes, someday I would love to own a 1987 Buick GNX or more so the Grand National.

My father showed me one of these at a car show several years ago and I love it. What is better than all black, fast muscle car that could be used as a daily driver if desired. But I do have to say, as much as I would want to keep it stock, part of me would actually have the car upgraded to a turbo-charged diesel engine or even a hydrogen powered car after several years of driving it and create one hell of a ride that looks stock on the outside and interior, but under the hood its all pure power.

Brad Keselowski's Talladega 2010 winning NASCAR Nationwide Series racecar sells for $250k at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale for charity.

(Photo Credit: Barrett-Jackson.com official website)

Welcome readers, its January and that can only mean one thing for us car enthusiasts, its time for the 2012 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ. And while I'm not going to be their, I do have a great seat for the action, right in front of my television set and I'm tuned in to SPEED Channel.

One auction vehicle that rolled across the auction block that got my attention earlier tonight was Brad Keselowski's Talladega 2010 winning racecar from Penske Racing that hammered away for $250k, plus an additional $350k from 2 other people being donated to the charity with ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA.

I do love it when NASCAR invades the Barrett-Jackson especially with racecars being auctioned off for charity.

10 NASCAR drivers fans should watch during the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season after off season changes.

After a two month active off season that featured several announcements and changes, last week, NASCAR teams were hard at work at Daytona International Speedway for NASCAR’s Winter Testing. SPEEDtv.com and SPEED TV televised the 3 day event live and in watching most of the coverage, this was the first time for fans and media to see most of the off season changes at work.

1. A.J. Allmendinger: In 2012, I truly believe that this is just about AJDinger’s last chance to find success in NASCAR’s elite series, but I really do like what I have seen so far with testing with A.J. Allendinger driving the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge for Penske Racing. I believe that this is the year for him to break out and win his first Cup Series race. He has the talent, the equipment, the people and a good teammate in Brad Keselowski, so let’s see what he can do.

2. Jeff Burton: Burton hasn’t been very successful in the Cup Series in the last few years now, but he does have a new winning crew chief joining him in 2012, Drew Blickensdefer. And RCR is going back down to a 3-car team in 2012 with the removal of the #33 team due to lack of sponsorship. I look for good things out of RCR and Jeff Burton in 2012.

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: In 2011, Dale Jr. had a successful season of rebuilding and despite going winless, Dale Jr. and the #88 team did make the chase and finish 7th in the final point standings. But what will 2012 bring, hopefully victory lane and making the chase again.

4. Joey Logano: Logano has had a tough go in the Cup Series so far over the last few seasons now despite one victory in New Hampshire back in 2009 (a race I was in attendance for), but with a new season comes renewed effected to win and a new crew chief with Jason Ratcliff. I look for Logano to be a consistent top 15 driver.

5. David Reutimann: After MWR released Reutimann at the end of last season, Reutimann was able to pick up a new Cup Series ride with TBR that as of now is just for 2012 and several races. Sponsorship seems to be a keep sticking point. I’ll be interested to see what Reutimann can do with TBR in 2012.

6. David Ragan: After being released from Roush-Fenway Racing at the end of last season, Ragan was able to land a ride at Front Row Motorsports in 2012. But honestly I would say the goal here would be for Ragan to make all the 36 races, finishes races, finish inside the top 25 in points, gain experience and stay clean. Other than that, Ragan is a question mark.

7. Denny Hamlin: After a 2nd place finish in points in 2010, 2011 is a season that both JGR and Denny Hamlin will want to forget despite making the chase. However in 2012, Hamlin will be joined by a new crew chief (last season’s championship winning crew chief) Darian Grubb. This will be an interesting combo for sure and maybe a victory or two along with making the chase are in the cards???

8-9. Michael Waltrip Racing comes into the 2012 NASCAR season with two new drivers, Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer. Both drivers bring experience and victories with them.

- Mark Martin: After running full-time for the last few seasons, Martin now finds himself back to where he wants to be, running a 25 race part-time schedule for MWR in the #55 Toyota. This will be hard for me to follow in some ways, Mark Martin in Toyota, oh brother. But I do believe that Mark Martin can give MWR the help and guidance they need to contend for wins on a regular basis, which could result in wins???

- Clint Bowyer: After being unsuccessful in getting a sponsorship at RCR, Bowyer was able to land a ride at MWR in the #15 5-hour energy Toyota.

10. Kasey Kahne: In 2012, I truly believe that this will be Kasey Kahne’s season to win races and make the chase. Kahne with his longtime crew chief, are finally joining Hendrick Motorsports in the flagship ride, the #5.

I like to be optimistic when it comes to a New Year and new season especially in NASCAR. I’m really looking for 2012 to be a banner year in NASCAR for several drivers, but right now, it’s all about the Daytona 500 in last February to kick off a new season. Let’s go racin’.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Predictions: Top 10 biggest NASCAR storylines to watch in 2012.

As the start of the 2012 NASCAR season approaches towards the end of next month (February 2012) with the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway followed by the 2012 Daytona 500.

Today I want to share my thoughts and insight with my readers with my predictions for the upcoming 2012 NASCAR season including mainly the Sprint Cup Series. Here are the top 10 storylines to watch in 2012.
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1. Another “Boy’s Have at it” moment will force NASCAR to finally change the rules package in the sport and wake up at the same time. During the 2012 NASCAR season, it is a safe beat that their will be another “Boy’s Have at it” moment so long as NASCAR drivers know that there is little penalty by NASCAR. And finally that moment will lead to a reaction that NASCAR will make changes to the current rules in the sport regarding where a hard line will be and what the penalty will be.

Letting the drivers run the sport without much in the form of penalties isn’t the way to run such an amazing sport of NASCAR, I predict that changes will have to be made to restore NASCAR credibility with everyone including the fans, teams and sponsors.

2. Rule Changes: In 2012, NASCAR will be making changes at both Talladega and Daytona superspeedway races in hopes of getting rid of the two-car tandem drafting racing that fans have seen throughout the 2011 NASCAR season including the boring Coke Zero 400 at Daytona last July.
Will the new changes work? You will see a difference at the July Daytona race, but not before and I’m being optimistic.

3. Track Attendance and TV rates will have a slight increase at many tracks and on some networks:  In 2012, I believe NASCAR fans will continue watching NASCAR grow again by watching races on TV and attending races again. I also believe that attendance at several racetrack will be very strong, while others will just show a lot of empty seats, it will all depend upon the market and quality of the racing, plus the average ticket prices. One thing I can say is fans continue to attend and sell out many concerts in 2011, so that should be a good sign that NASCAR fans will once again come out and attend races so long as they get their money’s worth. …

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. rebound: Last season (2011) was a good season for Dale Jr. and while he didn’t win a race in 2011, he still made the chase and finished 7th in the final point standings. So in 2012, I believe the #88 will continue to be running up front and contending for wins and make the chase again.

5. Having sponsorship is going to be the key to survival in NASCAR: Many fans might not think of this, but it’s a reality that in NASCAR that there isn’t as many sponsors as there once was especially in the Cup Series. As of now, Red Bull is gone, Best Buy has cut back on sponsorship and moved to the #17 Matt Kenseth RFR Ford Fusion and many other sponsors will followed suit. But the magic question is, since the Cup Series is struggling, what will the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series see for sponsorship in 2012?

Bottom line, money equals racing and without sponsorship, you’re not racing period.

6. Hendrick Motorsports rebound and be the organization to once again beat: I’m looking at Hendrick Motorsports with its four elite drivers (#5-Kasey Kahne, #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.) to dominate the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship – Just one question, which driver will win the champion in 2012?

7. The Nationwide Series will see more Nationwide Series regulars win races in 2012. Yes you read that correctly, more Nationwide only drivers will win more races in 2012 and there is a reason for that.

First, we have a good crop of Nationwide only drivers in 2012.

Second, several Cup Series drivers aren’t running in the Nationwide Series in 2012. Carl Edwards will be in the booth as far as I know, Brad Keselowski is sharing the driving duties of the #22, Kyle Busch will be limited due to JGR and sponsors request.

And other drivers are running the series full-time without running Cup.

8. These 10 drivers will make the chase for the championship. In no particular order: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch.

But look for Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray to contend for the two wild card spots. BTW: I believe that Carl Edwards will have a Denny Hamlin 2011 type season as he is the runner up in the 2011 Cup Series point standings.

9. Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillion will be the Breakout star of 2012 in the Cup Series. Kasey Kahen is due and he is driving for Hendrick Motorsports, need I say more. And Austin Dillion is making his Nationwide Series full-season debut in the #3 Bass Pro Shop RCR Chevrolet Impala SS, I see him contending for wins for sure.

10. Stewart-Haas Racing will find success again in 2012: In 2011, Stewart-Haas Racing had a banner season with Ryan Newman winning a race and making the chase and of course Tony Stewart not only making the chase, but winning 5 races enroute to capturing his third Cup Series title after wining at Homestead and a tiebreaker. In 2012, SHR enters with Tony Stewart having a new crew chief (Steve Addington), Ryan Newman and Danica Patrick, along with Zippy coming on-board as Patrick's crew chief and working with all three teams.

So, how will Danica Patrick do in her 10 race season? Will Stewart contend and repeat as Cup Champion and how will Ryan Newman do? Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing is the teams to watch in 2012 for competing for the Cup Series Championships and race wins.

Hopefully the 2012 NASCAR season will be less frustrating and more entertaining then both the 2010 and 2011 NASCAR seasons.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Adam Carolla from The Car Show, legendary racecar driver Michael Andretti and American Chopper's Paul Teutel Sr. among others to be on the upcoming season of The Celebrity Apprentice, say what???

(Photo Credit: Autoblog.com via Andrew H. Walker / Getty)

Interesting, I just read (over at Autoblog.com under report) that SPEED Channel might be cancelling the Car Show with Adam Carolla. I watched The Car Show on SPEED and while it was a little weird and it reminded me of Top Gear, it wasn't that bad.

But what really caught my attention was that Adam Carolla, Michael Andretti, American Choppers own villain Paul Teutel Sr. among others will be on the upcoming season of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice. I will say that I've been watching both The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice for years now especially with John Rich and Trace Adkins being on the show and I actually for the most part enjoy the show. But this season, what I'm really looking forward to is hopefully seeing and hearing Donald Trump say those magical words to Paul Sr. "Your Fired!", its so worth it. I like Sr. vs. Jr. American Chopper, but only because Paul Jr Designs is on it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012 everyone - My New Years Resolutions.

(Photo Credit: Dreamstime.com)

Happy New Year 2012 Ladies and Gentlemen and to kick off 2012, I want to share my new year resolutions with you. 

1. Land a new job. Its a new year and finding a job is step one to happiness. 

2. Learn to let most things go, except the ones that need a voice.

3. Watch less of NASCAR's talking heads and instead enjoy more racing. During both the 2010 and 2011 NASCAR seasons, I have been growing more and more frustrating with the sanction-body especially with "Boy's Have at it" and the lack of responsibly and no real rules that NASCAR has, the negative words of the NASCAR media and listening to all of pointless hype before a race. And in doing this, it has taken a lot of my passion away from actually watching the racing either in-person at the racetrack or more so live on television and enjoying it. Key here, find my passion for NASCAR again.

4. Exercise and lose this weight.

5. Find true love.

6. Regain my passion for blogging and explore my passion for photography again. Since September of 2010, I have been trying new thing through trial and error on trying to find my passion for blogging once again. I have tried out new services including Posterous, Tumblr and more and while those sites I started on each service are basically gone now since they were test beds. 

I did  find that I really don't want to be a traditional or normal blogger anymore. I don't want to write long articles anymore. At one point, blogging has become less of a passion and more of a job that I don't get paid for. But I have found that instead of writing long articles, I actually want to share links, take photos and share small bites of insight online in a new personal stream or something.

7. Find a balance between online life (social media and blogging) and offline live (Go out and live life the way it should be): I've found that my online life tends to dominate my offline life by 2 to 1 and that is terrible. I want to sign off more often from Facebook, but instead use Twitter and Blogging to have a real voice while I'm online. But still enjoy life without a smartphone and laptop near me.

8. Separate my personal life and professional life online. If I'm going to be a professional person online, than I need to have a professional website and keep that separate from my personal website.

Ladies and Gentlemen, recently I read an article called "What I learned about the wired world on jury duty" on RedWriteWeb and it was a wake up call sort of speak. Sometimes in life, we need a wake up call and this article falls into that category when it comes to online. This is a very eye opening article that has left me thinking about my future online as well including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and my blog on RaceDriven.com.

Well that's a good start. Personally I really don't know what 2012 is going to bring me, but I know one thing, I'm really excited about 2012 (the future) and whatever life brings me.