The Balance Special Broadcast “Remembering Justin Wilson” – 8/29/2015

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The Balance Special – “Remembering Justin Wilson”

The Balance Special Broadcast on Saturday August 29th, 2015 9-11 AM EST. LIVE broadcast with a special encore episode on Yahoo Sports Radio Indiana 1-3 PM EST. JustinWilson

The entire broadcast will be dedicated to the memory of Justin Wilson. The Balance Team and host Tom Marquis will be joined by a special “A” list guest line up. Our guests include:

  • 9:05-9:30 – Matt Hicks from The Jersey Johnny Show and Matt Hicks from 1070 The Fan
  • 9:30-10:00 – Steve Wilson from Speedway Digest
  • 9:30-10:00 – Matt Embury from Open Wheel & Sports Car Journalist for
  • 10:00-10:15 – Jason Hammer from 93..1 WIBC & Host of Hammer and Nigel Show
  • 10:15-10:30 – Kent Sterling, host of the Kent Sterling Show CBS Sports 1430
  • 10:45-11:00 – Rich Nye The Sports Guy from WTHR/NBC Indianapolis

Listen LIVE – If you want to call in live and speak with the host, dial 917-889-8516. You will be placed into the caller queue where you will still be able to hear the show while you are on hold.


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Justin Wilson Children’s Fund Update

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway & INDYCAR Press Release
For Immediate Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 – INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage racing fans to make donations to a new fund established to support the family of Justin Wilson. Donations to the Wilson Children’s Fund can be made online at or sent to the following address:

Wilson Children’s Fund
c/o Forum Credit Union
P.O. Box 50738
Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738

“Justin Wilson gave so much to his teammates, fellow drivers and INDYCAR fans,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The best way for the racing community to show our appreciation and preserve his legacy is to express our unwavering support for his children, wife and family members during this heartbreaking time. I encourage fans across the nation to donate to the Wilson Children’s Fund.”

“Justin Wilson was a beloved and admired member of our INDYCAR family who touched the lives of countless individuals both stateside and in the United Kingdom,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “I encourage fans to make donations in his honor to the Wilson Children’s Fund. I know Hoosiers will do their part in lending a helping hand to Justin’s loved ones during this very difficult time.”

If you previously sent a donation to INDYCAR, it will be forwarded to the new address. All donations will be kept confidential.

In addition, commemorative decals and T-shirts are available at, with proceeds going directly to the Wilson Children’s Fund.

Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died Monday from a head injury suffered in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.


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BlueGrayOctoberSky Blog/Pick Your Candidate

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BlueGrayOctoberSky Blog/Pick Your Candidate

As the new season approaches, we always take a look at the new Heisman hopefuls that merge onto the scene in the preseason talks. This year has a different feel than recent years past as to the number of candidates in discussion, and Dark Horse contenders.
We’ll start with Ohio St because, lets face it, they possibly have 2 players in the running, and can go 1-2 in the voting at seasons end. JT Barrett, and Ezekiel Elliott both pretty well had a “Big Play” montage of highlights on every college recap show all season long. By now you’re thinking JT Barrett hasn’t been named the starter over Cardale Jones yet, but c’mon, he’s gonna start. Should we talk Braxton Miller being a dark horse candidate as a WR? Staying in the B1G, we keep an eye on Conner Cook (Mich St), and Christian Hackenberg (Penn St). Arguably the 2 most pro-ready QB’s in the conference, both look ready to have big seasons with great talent around them.
The SEC once again goes a little lite on QB’s this year, but goes RB heavy with Nick Chubb (Georgia), and Leonard Fournette (LSU). Just say Hike! hand the ball off, and watch the destruction. Both are very powerful runners with the speed to break plays wide open. I wouldn’t want to stand in front of either one of those 2.
In the BIG 12, its Trevone Boykin (TCU). He’s on most people’s radar as the favorite, and for good reason. TCU is loaded with talent, the schedule isn’t bad, and it looks as if the stars have aligned for him to put up about a million yds of offense this year.
In the ACC its Deshaun Watson (Clemson). The concern here is health. He suffered a torn ACL last season, and all indications lean toward him being stronger than ever for this season. If he has monster games against Notre Dame, and Florida St, he’ll be thrown right at the top of the discussion list.
The PAC 12 goes to QB Cody Kessler (USC), and RB Royce Freeman (Oregon). Kessler might be the most pro-ready QB in the country, and with the talent that USC has every year surrounding him, big numbers are gonna come by in scary fashion for opposing teams. If Oregon wants to hang onto the Heisman, give the ball to Royce Freeman. With Mariota gone, they don’t have proven leader under center. Look for Freeman to follow up his freshman year by shouldering the load for the Ducks this season.
I wouldn’t be able to live with myself without giving Jaylon Smith LB (Notre Dame) a mention. Manti Te’o finished runner-up to Johnny Maziel, and it’s not too far fetched that Jaylon Smith could find himself in the discussion at this seasons end.
I’d love to read your comments on other players worthy to make the list. This discussion is open…….

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IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson

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IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson
August 24, 2015 | By IMS
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of Indianapolis 500 and United States Grand Prix veteran Justin Wilson:

“We’re saddened to have lost such an exceptional driver, friend and role model to many in the INDYCAR community. Justin was one of the most versatile and talented drivers of the last 15 years, as evidenced by his wins in sports cars, Champ Car and INDYCAR. More important than his driving ability was his approachable personality, his calm spirit, and the respect he earned throughout the racing community for the tremendous person, friend, father and husband he was. Justin made innumerable friends and admirers throughout the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR communities. All of us at IMS extend our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Wilson family.”

Wilson first competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2003 United States Grand Prix, finishing eighth and scoring his lone Formula One championship point of his career. Beginning in 2008, Wilson had competed in eight straight Indianapolis 500 races (2008 – 2015), finishing in the top 10 three times, with a best finish of fifth in 2013. Wilson also competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014 and 2015. He is just one of three drivers who has competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the United States Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500, and the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

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August 25, 2015 / Comments Off on A Statement from the family of Justin Wilson

Allentown, Penn.
24 August 2015

With deep sadness, the parents of Justin Wilson, Keith and Lynne, his wife Julia, and his brother Stefan share the news that Justin passed away today after succumbing to injuries suffered during the Verizon IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, August 23.

Justin was a loving father and devoted husband, as well as a highly competitive racing driver who was respected by his peers.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital, Pocono Raceway, Andretti Autosport, and the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as the entire racing community for the amazing outpouring of support from fans around the world.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wilson Children’s Fund care of INDYCAR.

Wilson Children’s Fund


4551 West 16th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46222

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IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died following crash

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Justin Wilson Fatal Crash – IndyCar @ Pocono 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2015) – INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury suffered in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.

“This is a monumentally sad day for INDYCAR and the motorsports community as a whole,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility – which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock. As we know, the racing industry is one big family, and our efforts moving forward will be focused on rallying around Justin’s family to ensure they get the support they need during this unbelievably difficult time.”

Wilson was struck by debris from a single-car crash on Lap 180 of the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangular oval. Wilson was attended to by the Holmatro Safety Team and airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa.

A native of Sheffield, England, Wilson recorded seven career Indy car victories – the most recent in 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway – and eight pole starts in 174 races. He totaled 711 career laps led, including two in the Aug. 23 race. He competed in Formula One in 2003 with Minardi and Jaguar, and his initial F1 points were scored that year in the U.S. Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He co-drove a Michael Shank Racing sports car entry to the overall victory in the 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2012.

Wilson, a road cycling and mountain biking enthusiast, also was an ambassador for dyslexia, a learning disorder characterized by difficulty reading that challenged him as a youth. He often would speak to groups at the racetrack and visit schools near INDYCAR race venues.

Wilson is survived by his wife, Julia, and two daughters. His younger brother Stefan is an accomplished race car driver who has competed in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights. Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for Wilson children. Donations may be sent to: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222.

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Featured Blog from On Pit McCubbin

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NCWTS: Youth Impress Under Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway
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Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for NASCAR

Photo Credit: Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for NASCAR

If there was any doubts about the future of NASCAR, those doubts are shattered each weekend by the Camping World Truck Series as once again, a young crop of drivers continued to impress. While Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch took the top-two spots, the rest of the top-five was swept by the youth of series.

18-year-old John Hunter Nemechek picked up his best career finish, finishing third after running as high as second in the closing laps of the UNOH 200.

“We had an up-and down night,” he admitted post-race. “We took four tires on the pit stop and never pitted again. I didn’t think we were going to be able to make it back up through the field. Those guys all took two tires and it was really hard to pass on the bottom. The set that we put on was a really tight set. You had to run the top, and it’s what it was. You had to get all of your positions on the restart. I’m kind of glad that we went back green there. The top-side rolled pretty good which was good, and an advantage for us. Got to give it to my crew chief. I didn’t think the call was worth it. We finished third and got beat by tires.”

In the late stages after a restart with 34 laps to go, it looked as though Nemechek would have a good shot at winning his first career race, running second and chasing after Matt Crafton. However, Ryan Blaney was even quicker than Nemechek and made the pass, bumping him back to third.

“I thought we had something for Crafton,” Nemechek commented. “I knew Blaney was coming there at three tenths a lap. You just had to race smart there at the end. You wanted to win, you wanted to keep him behind you, but he was going to get by you one way or another – whether move you or wreck you. You had to be smart with how you were going to race him and my crew chief just said let him go, and that’s what we did, and got beat by it.”

Nemechek was then able to maintain his spot despite a late-race green-white-checkered restart.

Daniel Hemric finished fourth, continuing his strong rookie season with NTS Motorsports. He now has a pair of top-fives and eight top-10s in 13 races.

“We had a really fast Chevrolet tonight,” Hemric commented. “We had a good truck all night and wanted to come down pit road to make one more adjustment, but track position was key. We made positive gains all weekend. It was great to get a top-five for Brennan Newberry in the 125th start for NTS.”

Brandon Jones rounded out the top-five, finishing fifth for his first career top-five finish in the Camping World Truck Series.

While the veterans continue to prove they have what it takes, youth is certainly showing that they’re just as strong at each turn on the schedule.

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Featured Blog from Speedway Digest/Written by Brett Winningham

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<br /> NCWTS: Ryan Blaney Captures UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP Victory at Bristol<br />

NCWTS: Ryan Blaney Captures UNOH 200 Presented by ZLOOP Victory at Bristol

Ryan Blaney stole the show on Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP. Blaney started the night in the runner-up spot behind the wheel of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford.

After staying in the runner-up position, Blaney was popped for jumping the restart after the caution on lap 31 that forced the team to serve a pass through penalty under green. Caution would fly on lap 78 that would allow Blaney to get the free pass. Blaney got back on the lead lap and worked his way to the front.

A caution would fly once again on lap 195 that sent the race into over-time. This would bunch the field up once again and allow Blaney to make the pass around leader Matt Crafton. Crafton would lose seven positions after spinning his tires on the restart.

Pole sitter Kyle Busch will leave the Bristol Motor Speedway with the runner-up spot. Busch came into the weekend making his third start of the season in the series for his own racing team. The Las Vegas native will walk away with his third top 10 finish in three starts.

John Hunter Nemechek will walk away with his second top five finish of the season in his No. 8 Chevrolet. Nemechek had a smooth night as he started in the seventh position. The finish will give him his best so far in 2015.

Tyler Reddick continues to lead the series standings by six points over Matt Crafton. Erik Jones will leave the Bristol Motor Speedway sitting in third after a sixth-place finish. Johnny Sauter and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

The NASCAR Camping World Series will head to Canada for some road course racing. Coverage will begin next Sunday on FOX Sports 1 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The Motor Racing Network will carry the live radio broadcast. (Brett Winningham)

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