It's throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway (and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park)! The Cup Series runs the traditional Bojangles' Southern 500, while the Xfinity Series has the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 and the Trucks battle the Mosport road course in the Chevrolet Silverado 250! Last week, the Xfinity Series was the lone national series on track, racing its final road course of the season at Road America in the Johnsonville 180. Road America Xfinity: Johnsonville 180 Anyone like sausages? They're what Road America sponsor Johnsonville Foods produces. Johnsonville's involvement in NASCAR seven years before the first Road America event was held (though in the same series). In 2002, the company became an associate sponsor of ST Motorsports (now JTG Daugherty Racing)'s #59 Busch Series car driven by Stacy Compton. In two full seasons with Johnsonville, Compton recorded 22 top-ten finishes and a pole at the 2003 Kentucky race. When ST switched to Ford in 2004, Johnsonville did not return to the team. Six years after departing ST, the Busch (now Nationwide) Series introduced a race at Road America. In its eight years of existence, the race has been exclusively sponsored by Wisconsin-based companies: mining tool manufacturer Bucyrus, headquartered in South Milwaukee, sponsored the race in 2010 and 2011 (Eau Claire's Menards was co-sponsor); Plymouth cheese maker Sargento was the sponsor in 2012; Johnsonville, based in Sheboygan Falls, became a regular fixture in 2013 with the Johnsonville Sausage 200 presented by Menards. Milwaukee's Gardner Denver sponsored the 2014 Gardner Denver 200 Fired Up by Johnsonville, with the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville being the race name in 2015 and 2016. For 2017, the race was simply known as the Johnsonville 180. Darlington/Mosport Cup: Bojangles' Southern 500 Anyone like fried chicken? Bojangles' began its sponsorship in NASCAR as early as 1982, when it appeared on the bright yellow #20 of Rick Newsom in four races, with a best finish of 19th at Darlington.. J.D. McDuffie drove a Bojangles'-sponsored car at the 1983 Atlanta spring race, where he finished 36th. It wouldn't be until the 1990s that Bojangles' made its return to NASCAR, doing so sporadically with Bobby Hillin Jr. and Peter Sospenzo in the Busch Series and Eddie Bierschwale in Cup (1991). In 1993, the restaurant chain formed a partnership with Cale Yarborough Motorsports and Derrike Cope, sponsoring his #55 for the full season; he finished 26th in points. During the year, Jimmy Hensley's #7 was sponsored by Bojangles' in three races (North Wilkesboro, Martinsville, Talladega). Afterwards, Bojangles' pulled its sponsorships and didn't sponsor another car until 2001: Stanton Barrett's #90 Busch Series car. The partnership lasted through the 2004 season, the last of which also featured a one-off at the 2004 Food City 500, where he finished 32nd. Jamey Caudill also drove a Bojangles' vehicle when he piloted the #84 truck in 2002 at South Boston, though he was involved in a crash and finished 34th. In 2012, Bojangles' took over title sponsorship of the Southern 500 from Showtime, signing a five-year deal with Darlington Raceway. Two years later, a five-year extension was signed. "Just like Bojangles' famous chicken and biscuits, NASCAR is deeply rooted in the culture of the South," Bojangles' President and CEO Randy Kibler stated in 2012. "We are honored to be sponsoring the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in South Carolina, where we have been in business for more than 30 years and operate 110 of our more than 500 restaurants." Xfinity: VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Anyone support veterans or like haircuts? As its name suggests, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) supports those who were involved in military conflicts in other countries. Founded in 1899, its first NASCAR sponsorship took place 106 years later in 2005, when it sponsored the #08 truck of Rich Bickle at Mansfield; he finished fifth. During the year, fellow SS-Green Light Racing drivers Sean Murphy and Johnny Chapman also received sponsorship from the fund, though they were unable to score any top-20 finishes. In 2006, VFW itself began sponsoring one-off cars on two fronts: Kraig Kinser in the Truck Series and Joe Nemechek in the Busch Series. In 2008, VFW formed a partnership with Kevin Harvick Incorporated, sponsoring the #77 of Cale Gale in the Nationwide Series and the #33 of Ron Hornaday Jr. in the Truck Series. Harvick also drove the #33 VFW-sponsored Nationwide car in three races across 2008 and 2009 (Daytona twice and Charlotte). While the Nationwide cars were unable to win races or crack the top five (Harvick recorded its best finish of 10th at Daytona in 2009), Hornaday won twice (2008 at Texas and 2009 at IRP) and clinched the 2009 Truck Series championship at Phoenix while driving his VFW truck. Sport Clips' first NASCAR sponsorship also took place in a similar timeframe as VFW, doing so at the season-ending 2003 Ford 300 with David Stremme. In 2004, Mike Wallace's #4 GEICO car had Sport Clips as an associate sponsor for much of the season, though Sport Clips was also a primary sponsor on occasion. Hank Parker Jr.'s truck was also sponsored by Sport Clips in two races (Atlanta and Charlotte). In 2005, Nemechek was sponsored by Sport Clips for the February 2005 Daytona Busch race, where he finished seventh. In 2006, Sport Clips allied with Paul Tracy, sponsoring his #34 Busch Series car and #9 truck; Tracy ran the former in five races, while racing the latter at Texas, where he finished 20th. In 2009, the barber chain aligned with Joe Gibbs Racing, sponsoring the #20 of Joey Logano in the Nationwide Series. A year later, while continuing to sponsor Logano, Sport Clips also began doing so in the Cup Series with Denny Hamlin's #11; in their first race together at Atlanta, Hamlin won the pole before finishing last after suffering an engine failure. Over the following years, Sport Clips continued sponsoring Hamlin part-time, doing so at Atlanta and Darlington; at the 2012 Atlanta event, Sport Clips won its first Cup race with Hamlin at the wheel. In NASCAR's second series, other drivers who have piloted JGR's Sport Clips cars have included Hamlin, Drew Herring, Elliott Sadler, Erik Jones, Kyle Benjamin, and James Davison. In the Cup Series, Jones and Carl Edwards have also raced with Sport Clip liveries, the latter winning the Texas fall race in 2016 while driving the red-and-white car. As a race sponsor, VFW sponsored the Michigan Truck race from 2010 to 2013, naming it the VFW 200. Sport Clips, who has been a close supporter of VFW, sponsors the "Help A Hero Scholarship" program alongside Student Veterans of America, which provides veterans with scholarships at post-secondary and trade schools. In 2012, VFW and Sport Clips became the title sponsor of the Darlington Nationwide race, naming it the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. Truck: Chevrolet Silverado 250 Anyone like trucks? Like the Kansas race in May, Mosport's Truck race is sponsored by a manufacturer; in this case, it's Chevrolet with its Silverado brand. The Silverado was introduced in 1998 to replace the C/K line, one that had been dominating the Craftsman Truck Series' early years; in four years, the C/K had won 65 of 97 races and four consecutive Manufacturer's Championships. For the 1999 season, the C/K was phased out in favor of the Silverado, which was run by four of the top-ten championship finishers that year: Jack Sprague (Champion), Jay Sauter (5th), Hornaday (7th), and Andy Houston (8th). The Silverado won nine races that year, trailing Ford by three. Over the next three seasons, although Ford and Dodge won the Manufacturer's Championships, Sprague won the driver's title twice during that span. In 2002, Xpress Motorsports' Mike Bliss won the championship in a Silverado, part of an 11-win campaign for Chevrolet as they won their first manufacturer's title since 1998. When Bliss moved into the Busch Series for 2003, Travis Kvapil replaced him in the #16 truck, which once again saw another Driver's Championship. Further Driver's Championship wins would occur in 2007 and 2009 (Hornaday), 2011 (Austin Dillon), 2012 (James Buescher), and 2016 (Johnny Sauter). In the 19 years since its introduction, the Silverado has won 154 races, including a whopping 15 in 2011 (though just twice in 2014), four Manufacturer's Championships, and nine Driver's Championships. This season, the Silverado is fielded by seven full-time teams: GMS Racing, MB Motorsports, Copp Motorsports, NEMCO Motorsports, Premium Motorsports, Norm Benning Racing, and TJL Motorsports; Young's Motorsports, JJC Racing, and Niece Motorsports also run Silverados, though they also have other manufacturers. As a car sponsor, the Silverado appeared on Dennis Setzer's #46 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports truck throughout the entire 2004 and 2005 seasons, during which he won six races and finished second in points both years. In his part-time Truck schedule in 2005, Bobby Labonte's #47 Morgan-Dollar truck also had Silverado logos. Setzer switched numbers to #85 in 2006, while his truck featured a green-and-yellow scheme promoting the Silverado's FlexFuel E85 engine. He finished 13th in the points standings. During the year, Chad McCumbee's #08 was sponsored by the Silverado at Kentucky, where he finished 18th, while Nemechek's #46 also had the same sponsor at Atlanta, where he finished 35th. In terms of race sponsorship, the Silverado has, unsurprisingly, exclusively sponsored Truck races, first doing so in 2000 with the Chevy Silverado 200 at Nazareth. In 2001, it was increased to three races with the Silverado 350K at Texas and the Chevy Silverado 150 at Phoenix; Nazareth was dropped in 2002, though Texas and Phoenix retained the Silverado sponsorships. Casino Arizona took over sponsorship of the latter race in 2006, reducing Chevrolet to just one event until 2007, when the Daytona race became the Chevy Silverado HD 250. In 2008, the Daytona and Texas races were rebranded to the Chevy Silverado 250 and Chevy Silverado 350K, respectively, before receiving new sponsors in NextEra Energy Resources and WinStar World Casino. For the inaugural Truck race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, General Motors Canada (whose headquarters are located in nearby Oshawa) took over naming rights of the event, naming it the Chevrolet Silverado 250. "Really, it was a no-brainer for us, it being in our own backyard," GM spokesman George Saratlic stated. "What better place to showcase our product." Let's go racing.
Not sure if this is the right place to ask but here it goes. I'm a manager at my families fast food restaurant. I have worked here for 10 years and love my job. But I often have to deal with teenagers who are very immature and untrustworthy. One such teenager is on the brink of being too much to handle anymore. These are a few things she's done: Straight up stolen a shirt from the back, then told another employee sometimes she doesn't pay for them. Employee then came and told me. She admitted that she didn't pay for it and quote "just forgot to" when I confronted her about it she had literally told the other employee she doesn't pay for them less than thirty minutes before. Lied on multiple occasions about being sick (our policy is you must bring a doctor's note, but being teenagers we only enforce it when it becomes a problem. It has become a problem with her) while telling another employee that she was going to winstar casino that day. Spent over an hour and a half in total the other night while an assistant manager was working the shift actively not working at all i.e. talking to customers, employees, or on the phone. And took her phone out over fourteen times in that hour and a half. On top of those things she's been here for over a year, and is just straight up not good at her job. She doesn't care. Lies about almost everything. And no other employee likes working with her because she closes so slowly. So my question is, if I fire her, would she qualify for unemployment? How does it work? I'm new to being completely and charge and REALLY don't wanna pay her anymore than I have to. Help would he appreciated. Thanks y'all.
Hello, everyone. I was going to go to the Winstar with my wife soon and potentially see a show. I was curious if anyone has any tips or recommendations for the trip. Any good restaurants, should we stay at the casino? Anything helps. Thank you.
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