Hendrick Motorsports Brings On Veterans To Help Out Their Pit Crew

A lot of NASCAR fans are getting ready for the Bank of America 500. Even veterans are getting into the mix. To celebrate service members ahead of the Bank of America 500 next week, the bank, USO of North Carolina and Hendrick Motorsports gave three N.C. veterans a special lesson in what it takes to be a NASCAR pit crew member. Lead by Team 48 Crew Chief Chad Knaus, the vets took part in a typical pit crew workout and a hands-on pit crew training session. They were also surprised with a special invitation to the Bank of America 500.

It’s all part of Bank of America’s longstanding support for service members and veterans, especially as they transition from their service to civilian careers. The company will continue this tradition by honoring members of the military at the Bank of America 500, as well as by hosting military service organizations from across the country throughout the race weekend.

Ford Releases Details On The 2017 F-150 Raptor

Earlier this week Ford released some of the much desired info on the 2017 F-150 Raptor. Those who love Ford trucks have been waiting for the news! The F-150 Raptor is equipped with the all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo high-output EcoBoost engine, the Raptor churns out 510 lb.-ft. of torque and 450 horsepower across a wide power band.

All-New Ford F-150 Raptor Draws a Line in the Sand with 450 Horsepower, 510 lb.-ft. of Torque, Improved Fuel Economy. The F-150 Raptor combines more power and torque with a 500-pound weight reduction and advanced powertrain control technology to deliver the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup. The second-generation 3.5-liter high-output EcoBoost engine produces 450 horsepower and 510 lb. ft. of torque, plus a 23 percent improvement in EPA-estimated combined fuel economy. It has an advanced 10-speed transmission enables Raptor customers to enjoy exhilarating performance and efficiency both on- and off-road.

A Pumpkin Flavor That You Can Get Excited For

Now that fall is here you can see pumpkin flavor in a bunch of items. While some of those items that have that spice added to it in just nonsense there are some items that is a perfect match. This fall season, Captain Morgan is spicing up the shots category again with a new limited edition pumpkin spiced rum. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast is an intensely delicious shot perfect for celebrating every victory this season, whether it’s nailing the perfect group Halloween costume or dominating your fantasy football league.

Jack-O’Blast is a fall-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum with everyone’s favorite seasonal flavors – including fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other autumnal spices. The first pumpkin spiced rum to ever hit shelves, Jack-O’Blast is best enjoyed as a chilled shot but can also be served as a drop shot or in a number of fall drink recipes.

Celebrate National Coffee Day With Jack Daniels

It might sound weird, but if you are celebrating National Coffee Day you might want to add Jack Daniels. We have a cool recipe below from Los Angeles-based mixologist Eric “ET” Tecosky called the Frozen Monkey.

Jack Daniel’s has raised a glass to National Coffee Day by creating a delightfully caffeinated, sweet-meets-bold, frozen cold brew coffee-based cocktail (frozen mostly because we’re not quite ready to let go of summer) to help celebrate two national treasures – coffee and Tennessee Whiskey.


1 1/2 oz. Gentleman Jack Daniel’s

2 oz. cold brew coffee (can supplement with chilled espresso or very strong chilled coffee)

1 oz. whole milk

1/2 oz. Gifford Banana Liqueur

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup or Agave Syrup

1/4 ripe banana

1/2 oz. Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Directions: Add all but banana to a blender. Add ice to just above liquid. Add banana. Blend until smooth. Pour into a pint glass or Mason jar. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with espresso dust (crushed espresso) and add a slice of banana.

Nike Has Self Tying Shoe Coming In November

While we were waiting for the kicks Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future, we now have the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 to keep us occupied. “Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it,” says Tinker Hatfield. “We’re able to anticipate the needs of athletes because we know them better than anybody. Sometimes, we deliver a reality before others have even begun to imagine it.”

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference.

Functional simplicity reduces a typical athlete concern, distraction. “When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” explains Tiffany Beers, Senior Innovator, NIKE, Inc., and the project’s technical lead. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”

For Hatfield, the innovation solves another enduring athlete-equipment quandary: the ability to make swift micro-adjustments. Undue pressure caused by tight tying and slippage resulting from loose laces are now relics of the past. Precise, consistent, personalized lockdown can now be manually adjusted on the fly. “That’s an important step, because feet undergo an incredible amount of stress during competition,” he says.

Through 2013, Hatfield and Beers spearheaded a number of new systems, a pool of prototypes and several trials, arriving at an underfoot-lacing mechanism. In April 2015, Beers was tasked with making a self-lacing Nike Mag to celebrate the icon’s true fictional release date of October 21. The final product quietly debuted Nike’s new adaptive technology. Shortly after, the completion of the more technical, sport version they’d originally conceived, the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, confirmed the strength of the apparatus.

The first generation of the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available in the U.S. at select Nike retail locations. Appointments to experience and purchase the product begin November 28. Details on how to make an appointment will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Need For Speed

This month’s theme for Loot Crate was Speed. So obviously The Flash needed to be there and he was. Other great items that was in this month’s crate was a killer Stark Motor Racing T-shirt from Iron Man 2. There was also a speedy pin, an exclusive Battlestar Galactica Cylon Raider 4.5 Scar Titan vehicle, a Batman Stealth Edition Keychain, a Gone In 60 Seconds  Custom Eliminator Eleanor Mustang and you either got the a Arrow or The Flash collectible Auto Ornament from Hoodies.

Another month done right by Loot Crate. Like what you see? There are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

Another Bo Jackson?

Do we have another two sport athlete in the making? Well let’s not jump to conclusions just yet. Still Miami Heat star Justise Winslow was taking in the Marlins game and not only throws out the first pitch, but make a great play during the game. He caught a home run ball, hit by opposing team slugger Matt Kemp. Being the loyal Miami sports fan he is, Justise threw the ball back.Check it out over at FOX Sports!