What’s Ahead in 2016


GEICO 500As the engines sit quiet in race shops and the high banks of Daytona International Speedway await the return of the thunderous pack of cars, final preparations are made for the 2016 season.

The upcoming year has the potential to be the most thrilling and intense season NASCAR has seen in quite some time. Through the implementation of the low-downforce package, abundance of rookie contenders and the third year of the new Chase for the Sprint Cup format; 2016 has the making to be epic.

Entering my twelfth year as a fan, I have never been more excited for the season to come. Why? It comes from a combination of the factors described above and knowing NASCAR is in a great position as the energy that once defined the sport returns.

I also believe the sport is heading in a positive direction as NASCAR has an eye on the future. They proved this by unveiling the Chase system in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series’. This format will change the face of both series’ and add another level of excitement.

In addition, I couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunities ahead of me. As I turn 18 later this month, I plan on attending more races and being in the media center for the first time. I’ve dreamed of the day I would get to cover a race at the track since I began writing in 2011 and having that dream fulfilled this year will be very special.

I’ll attend my first race of the year by visiting a track for the first time as I head to Talladega Superspeedway in April. Talladega has always been a favorite track of mine and I look forward to witnessing the spectacle of racing at the largest speedway on the circuit.

Two weeks later, I’ll be back at the track as I head to Dover International Speedway for the third consecutive year. I’ll start the weekend off at the Drive for Autism Celebrity Golf Outing again as I return as the social media correspondent. Look for plenty of updates, pictures, videos and more of your favorite NASCAR drivers and personalities on tournament day.

Once I return from a couple of weekends at the race track, I’ll finish my senior year of high school and graduate. It has been a wild ride throughout the last four years and knowing I’m graduating in less than five months is a crazy thought.

I plan on attending some more races during the summer in my final months in the Northeast before venturing south and beginning a new chapter in my life.

Once August arrives, I’ll be packing my bags and heading to college in the Carolina’s. I’ve been accepted to UNC Charlotte, High Point University and Coastal Carolina University and I’m awaiting a decision from the University of South Carolina. UNC Charlotte is my top choice and all indications point to the university being my future home.

Moving to the “Queen City” has always been a goal of mine as it allows me to progress further in chasing my dream of working PR in NASCAR. Having this opportunity in front me is incredible and I look forward to what’s ahead this fall.

While college comes first, I plan on attending additional races when in the Carolina’s and will hopefully make it out to Darlington, Charlotte and Martinsville.

In terms of content this season, I plan on having many articles right here on Turn 4 Racing News and on PopularSpeed.comI will also have plenty of new graphics and infographs throughout the season. From the fan-favorite Weekly Racing Schedule to new concepts featuring different content, I’ll have plenty of information for race fans in 2016.

What’s the best way to keep up with my travels and content? Stay socially connected by following me on Twitter @NASCARJason, on Instagram @JasonSchultz, add me on SnapChat j_schultz18 and on Facebook Jason Schultz.

Check Turn4RacingNews.com and PopularSpeed.com daily for my stories and to stay up to date with all the current happenings in NASCAR.

With Daytona and Speedweeks right around the corner, I’m stoked for the cars to roar back to life and for what’s to come throughout 2016. Cheers to the new season!


Photo Credit: Chris Trotman (Getty Images)


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