Bayne targets another Ford milestone

first_img__________________________________________________________________________________________ READ: Post-Pocono driver reports Next win will be 1,000 for manufacturer at NASCAR national series level Bayne has three career victories across both the Cup and Nationwide series. Ford has a combined 999 wins in Cup, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.There are no guarantees, but Ford officials already have a banner celebrating win No. 1,000 waiting to be unveiled, just in case.“They told me when we were getting off the plane this weekend we were going for the 1,000th win and for some reason we love getting those milestone victories,” Bayne said Friday at Michigan International Speedway. “I feel kind of bad because those guys worked hard to get 599 (in Cup) and I came in and got the 600th, and then I did get to contribute to another one of the 199 (in Nationwide) before last weekend, but it’s so cool to be a part of Ford.”Bayne qualified 25th Friday for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race. Qualifying for Saturday’s Alliance Truck Parts 250 is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. ET.Riding a streak of three straight top-10 Nationwide Series finishes, Bayne has climbed from 12th to ninth in points in the past three races.His team, which won back-to-back titles with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is beginning to come around, he said.“We just needed to stick to the basics, not try too hard and just realize that other teams have gotten better this season,” Bayne said. “What Ricky had might not work for me and don’t be so scared to change the cars. I was like, ‘Man, this car won here last year, I’ve got to leave it alone.’ I was kind of scared to change things. I’d give feedback, but I wanted to stay with the basics.”The Iowa win “really helped” open him up to making changes, he said. After Stenhouse won three consecutive races there, the team struggled when Goodyear changed the tire combination.“So I knew we’d have to work on the package,” Bayne said. “We went there with the mindset, ‘let’s rip this thing apart, change everything on it and get it dialed in.’ We got it fixed for me, (got) what I needed and it paid off.”JR Motorsports driver Regan Smith leads the points standings, with Sam Hornish Jr. (Penske Racing) second and trailing by 23 points.Justin Allgaier (Turner Scott Motorsports), Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) and Elliott Sadler (Joe Gibbs Racing) round out the top five in the standings.Bayne trails Smith by 80 points. He says he’s confident his team, led by crew chief Mike Kelly, can make up the deficit. The group, he said, has remained focused.“After coming off of two championships it would be easy to get down if you had a couple bad races,” Bayne said, “but they stayed motivated and didn’t let that snowball. A lot of that is because of Mike Kelley’s leadership and the guys on the team want to win races.READ MORE: READ: All news from Michigan READ: Michigan Paint Scheme Preview FULL SERIES COVERAGE• View all articles • View all videos • View all photos Related: Nationwide Series qualifying order | Full coverage from Michigan | Weekend scheduleBROOKLYN, Mich. — When it comes to big moments, Trevor Bayne seems to find himself in the right place at the right time.In 2011, he became the youngest winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ biggest event, capturing the Daytona 500 a day after celebrating his 20th birthday.It was the 600th victory in the series for Ford Motor Co. and ended a lengthy drought for the legendary Wood Brothers Racing organization.A week ago in Iowa, Bayne was making milestone news again. His NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was No. 200 in the series for the automaker. READ: Power Rankings Week 14last_img read more

Alure Home Improvements Seeks to Inspire ‘Raving Fans’ [Sponsored]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When it comes to levels of appreciation, some people are enthusiasts—they express themselves politely but they don’t let themselves go. Some folks are fans—they don’t hide who they favor, they let everybody know what side they’re on. And then there the raving fans!You know who they are: They’re the fanatics shouting in the stands in sub-freezing weather, icicles in their beards and the letters of their team painted proudly on their bellies. And they’re like the ones who Sal Ferro, president and CEO of Alure Home Improvements, wants for his customers and employees.He’s one to know. A huge New York Giants fan himself, Sal admits, “I put blue on my eyes for the Super Bowl! My daughter is putting blue on her face! I wore a Giants jersey! I’m jumping up and down for the Giants!”Sal wants to create the same intense culture of loyalty at Alure, both inside and out.“I want raving fans for Alure Home Improvements!” he tells sports marketer Tyler Pyburn in this accompanying video. “I want people who want to wear our shirts, who want to talk about us, who go to our Facebook fan page, who come to our showroom, who come to our events, and who refer us. Those are the people I want to follow us on Twitter.”Sal’s hope is that when raving Alure fans hear the company name, they’ll go: “Oh, I love them! They did a great job for us! They’re good people! They stand behind their work!”The analogy is simple.“Who would you rather have as a customer?” asks Sal rhetorically. “A happy, pleased customer or a raving fan?”At Alure Home Improvements, the answer is clear: Happy is nice, but raving is fantastic. That kind of wild excitement comes from not just meeting expectations but exceeding them, time after time.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsIt starts with building a foundation of employees who truly appreciate what Alure does, are great at doing their jobs and are clearly invested in helping the company surpass all its goals. As Sal puts it, he has assembled a team of people who love working at Alure so much they’re willing “to go through a wall for you!”And fostering that spirit is the driving force behind Alure Home Improvements’ philosophy of customer service.It’s nice to have customers say they like you. It’s not easy to have them rave about you.“But you can do it if you focus on it!” says Sal Ferro. “It’s part of our culture—and that’s what we’re doing here!”last_img read more