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Sunday, August 06, 2017

TMNT's Greg Cipes, Nickelodeon Exec Anthony DiCosmo And NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace Talk About “A Good Day for Play”

In the latest episode of WGN Radio's On the Road, actor Greg Cipes, who voices Michelangelo on Nickelodeon's hit animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Anthony DiCosmo, Sports Marketing & Content Development Executive at Nickelodeon, and Nascar Driver Bubba Wallace join Dane Neal in studio to talk about their appearance at the “A Good Day for Play” event held at Good Details Gallery in Chicago’s Art District. Listen to Greg, Anthony and Bubba here on!

Also, from NASCAR Talk:

Darrell Wallace Jr. not sitting still even without a ride

Darrell Wallace Jr. said he’s focused on finding a full-time ride for next season after his Xfinity team ceased operations because of lack of sponsorship in June.

“We’re already on the back half of the second half of the season,’’ Wallace told NBC Sports on Friday. “We have to weigh all our options and see what becomes available and make sure we are not taking too big of a step backwards if it is a step backwards but also keeping us relevant at the same time.

“The step back for me is looking at the quality of the opportunity and the performance side of it. I don’t think you can really take a step back by jumping down a series. Kyle Busch does that every weekend when he wants to race in Xfinity in Truck. We’re trying to weigh out all of our options.’’

Wallace filled in for Aric Almirola in the Cup series but that went away when Almirola returned from his back injury suffered in May at Kansas Speedway. Wallace has not raced since placing 11th at Kentucky last month.

While he looks for a ride, Wallace will spend Saturday in Chicago as part of “A Good Day for Play.’’ The event, sponsored by Nickelodeon, will feature carnival rides and games, NASCAR cars and more to promote the Sept. 17 Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway – the opening race of the Cup playoffs. Wallace will be a judge as Chicago-based artists compete to create custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles murals. The winner will have the opportunity to design the trophy for the Chicago Cup race.

Wallace has been involved in various programs with Nickelodeon in recent years. Whether that affiliation helps land sponsorship from the company for a ride at Chicago he wasn’t sure but added “we’ll keep our fingers crossed and see what comes about.’’

Anthony DiCosmo, senior vice president of sports marketing and content development at Nickelodeon, is a Wallace fan.

“When I was introduced to him, I was just like, ‘Got to figure out how to work with this guy,’ ‘’ DiCosmo said told NBC Sports. “Unfortunately, he’s not going to be in a car right now, but fortunately he’s available to represent the sport in an event that we’re doing in the community that I think is so important. Diversity is a huge opportunity.

“Being able to have Bubba come down, be an ambassador, he’s young, he’s a got a great social media following, he’s very charismatic. A lot of these kids that are going to be at this event are kids that look like him … and probably don’t even realize that there are drivers that look like them.’’


Also, via Fansided:

Bubba Wallace could run Chicagoland Cup Series race with Nickelodeon sponsorship

The bigger question is which team would field a car for him.

Bubba Wallace has been the NASCAR equivalent of a man without a country for a few weeks now. The affable 23-year-old driver got a dream opportunity earlier this season when Richard Petty Motorsports tapped him to fill in for the injured Aric Almirola in the fabled No. 43, a stint that lasted four races over five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stops.

Unfortunately, there was bit of a nightmare going at the same time, as Roush Fenway Racing shut down his XFINITY Series team, choosing to go with the locked-into-the-playoffs ride of Ryan Reed. That meant that when Almirola returned, as he did at New Hampshire, Wallace was left completely without a ride in any series.

But maybe not for the duration. Adam Stern of SportsBusiness Journal (via Jayski) tweeted earlier today that there was at least a chance that Wallace could run the Tales of the Turtles 400 a few weeks from now at Chicagoland Speedway.

Nickelodeon makes sense since it’s also the title sponsor of the Cup Series race at Chicagoland as the owner of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand. A bigger question would be for which team, as several users asked Stern without getting a response.

There have been reports that RPM would field a second car for Wallace for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season, but as with most things in the sport these days, it would depend on the sponsorship situation. Given that he’d be coming with a sponsor for this one-off opportunity, it’s also not completely inconceivable that a team losing a driver in ’18 might give him a shot — like, say, Furniture Row, which loses Erik Jones from the 77 at the end of this season.

Whatever the case may be, the popular Wallace should have plenty of fan support if he gets another shot this season. In fact if that’s all it took, to make the stars align, you can bet he’d be in the field at Chicagoland.

Here’s hoping …


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