POPULAR SPEED: Some Drivers In Desperate Need Of a Date with Daytona Victory Lane

With this year’s Chase format, NASCAR Sprint Cup victories become more and more precious as the opportunities to earn them dwindle with every race, and victory lane real estate at the Coke Zero 400 is looking pretty valuable. This track plays to the strengths of a few drivers who excel at superspeedways, but in stark contrast, is also known for elevating some of the weaker ones with its unexpected nature.

While Daytona is always a prime chance for lower-tier teams to make waves with a win and a Chase berth,

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POPULAR SPEED: Hillman Racing Setting Their Sights on Superspeedway Success

A crapshoot.

That’s what many teams and drivers chalk up Daytona to be, but at Hillman Racing, they’re not settling for the luck of the draw that is characteristic of this superspeedway. Driver @LandonCassill will start third in the Coke Zero 400 after qualifying was cut short due to rain, but he thinks it’s no coincidence his team will be at the top of the heap come green flag on Saturday.

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My Ocala TV July Episode

 

Tori co-hosts the July episode of My Ocala TV with fellow host Daniel Link at Ocala Comic Con 2014. In this episode, the Modern Muscle segment takes you paddle boarding, Louisa Barton gives you an inside look at Ocala Breeder’s Sales in the heart of Horse Country, and Tori has a surprise for her co-host at the end of the show.

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“The Great Race” Vintage Car Rally Finishes in The Villages on Sunday

A 2,400-mile, 9-day, 12-state journey of nearly 100 antique cars known as “The Great Race” ended in The Villages on Sunday.

In a vintage car show meets rally race spectacle, this year’s Great Race followed a route of back roads from Maine to Florida, and thousands of spectators showed out to see the competitors from around the country cross the finish line at Lake Sumter Landing.

“I knew it was a car-crazy place,

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Interview with Humpy Wheeler at The Great Race Finale

Sunday afternoon I went to the finale of The Great Race, a cross-country antique car rally, in The Villages to talk with some of the drivers about the 9 day drive down the eastern seaboard. Legendary NASCAR promoter Humpy Wheeler was there after driving the Fabulous Hudson Hornet tribute car in the race, and I got to talk with him about talks about running the car in honor of his late friend Paul Newman,

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Post-Race Interviews at Citrus County Speedway Super Late Model 100

The Florida Sports Talk live race broadcast at Citrus County Speedway two weeks ago didn’t exactly go as planned. Technical difficulties at the track forced us to go off air early on, but fortunately, it takes more than that to get the Racin’ Nation crew down! We managed to squeeze in part of my front stretch interviews during the autograph session before we shut down our operation for the night, and it was a blast.

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Interview with Rico Abreu on Florida Sports Talk’s Racin Nation

Sprint car & midget driver Rico Abreu joined the Racin Nation crew on Saturday, June 14, 2014 to talk about competing in USAC’s “Indiana Midget Week”. Abreu went on to victory in the race at Lawrenceburg that night and two days later, he won the “Indiana Midget Week” championship for the 10th time in his career after 4 straight podium finishes.

Listen to the segment to hear what he had to say on Saturday about coming back from injury,

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Powell Memorial Race Broadcast on Florida Sports Talk

Saturday night, the Florida Sports Talk team broadcasted from the Powell Memorial at Volusia Speedway Park and despite the rain, the night was a success – both on the racing and broadcast fronts! Mark Whitener took home his first official Powell Memorial win and I clocked my first race as pit reporter for the NBC Sports Radio turn-by-turn team.

If you don’t know about the Powell Memorial already, it’s a late model race that commemorates the family of James Powell,

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My Ocala TV June Episode

Tori co-hosts the June episode of My Ocala TV with fellow host Daniel Link at Ocala’s own Silver Springs State Park. In this episode, the Mayor tries his hand at serving tables and making pizzas at a popular pizza joint, My Ocala TV tells the story of a Ocala high school sports play gone viral, and a local couple takes a Segway adventure.

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2014 Association for Women in Sports Media Convention

Two years ago, the Association for Women in Sports Media gave me the opportunity to intern as a production assistant at the ESPN headquarters and to attend their 2012 convention in Chicago. Ever since that summer, my career will never be the same.

When I applied for the internship, I didn’t know much about the Association for Women in Sports Media, affectionately called AWSM (pronounced “awesome”) by its members for short.

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