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Jessica Blessing – Blessed Family

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Jessica Blessing is my guest this week. Jessica is a powerhouse of a woman. We can start with she is a mom to 2 very active children, wife, business owner, outside sales representative and a friend to many. Every time I think “I’m so busy” or “how much traveling I have done or have to do for the upcoming season” I revert back to think how busy Jessica is. Being a traveling, outside sales representative in Texas while being pregnant, then being pregnant with a toddler is beyond my comprehension. Now that her children are older they are involved with school activities, rodeo, soccer, football and raising their pets. Having a toy Aussie breeding company and now starting a pony company adds to her growing list of responsibilities. We talk about how she keeps her sanity and how for her staying busy keeps everything in line. I am very fortunate to be one of her friends she can call while we drive for hours on end for our jobs.

Good luck trying to keep up with Jessica and her family.

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Jessica’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

  • She listens to podcasts and music. She enjoys calling friends while driving to fill the time as well.

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B4 TOY AUSSIES

The name “B4” comes from our family brand.  A brand to us that stands for quality, integrity, hard work and dedication. This is carried over in everything we do…..especially in the animals we raise.   Our love and passion for the Aussie breed has transitioned into dream.   A dream to raise great dogs that have the personality and temperament someone would look for in choosing a new member of the family.   

We are a small hobby breeder only raising a couple litters a year.   Our dogs are not “kennel” dogs.   They are raised in our home with our 2 small children and around livestock.   You will often see our dogs with us at rodeos across the country as well as at my kids sporting events.   They are all truly part of our family and we want that same bond and love for any pup purchased from us. 

Our pups come from health tested parents and will be registered. 

Their tails are docked, dew claws removed, microchipped and will be up to date on shots and worming prior to going to their new homes.   Each pup will go home with a puppy “starter kit” to make the transition into their new home as easy as possible.    Please feel free to message me on Facebook or call me with any questions you have about our dogs or upcoming litters. (209) 403-7865.

Stetson Boots

“Go West”, this simple phrase captures a universal longing to leave behind the everyday and set out for parts unknown. 140 years ago, John B. Stetson needed that call and created the classic symbol of the west. Today, the un-bridled individuality of the American Spirit continues to be our constant inspiration. Stetson footwear reflects the same beliefs and traditions that made Stetson a part of America. John B. Stetson Boots are known for their strong American roots and heritage. Stetson Boots are symbols of freedom – symbols of the West. With combinations of exotic boots and several different toe types, Stetson Boots have the look you need. 

Roper

Roper is America’s authentic western wear. No imitations. You’ll find superior design and quality. Hard work, vision and a dream. That’s how the west was won. That’s why Roper is America’s first choice in authentic western wear and everyday casual fashion styles.

Tin Haul

The differences between every human being are many. But, there is one thing that is common amongst those that choose to stand out in the crowd and that’s their metal. Whether it be a buckle, championship ring, cross, custom car, trophy or a body piercing… your metal is a symbol of who you are and what you aspire to become. It’s your badge. A snapshot into your psyche. Your metal is about pushing it to the limit, having the guts to hang it out there and a reminder that says you came, you saw, you kicked ass and you’ll be back… 

Dina Parise – Fast and Fun

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My podcast today is with Dina Parise. Dina is the President of Dina Parise Racing, as well as a driver, cook, PR person, social media and marketing maestro. Parise is the 2015 IHRA Pro Mod World Champion and is the first female to hold that esteemed title, yet that only scratches the surface. How many former Professional Figure Skating, World Champion Pro Mod Drivers do you know? That’s right! Only one! That is what makes Parise one of the most dynamic figures on the circuit today.

“I will normally get my workouts in at the track in the mornings, I’ll get up a little earlier as I always do a track walk”

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Growing up on Long Island, she was a competitive gymnast all through school but her real passion was figure skating. Her ultimate dream was to skate professionally for the World-Renowned ‘Ice Capades’. She took that passion and made her dream a reality, although it almost did not come to fruition! She passed her audition with flying colors, but there was an issue. Parise was told she did not meet the height requirement. In the scheme of things, that did not seem to matter to the gentleman running the audition. He was so impressed with her, he had her ‘adapt’ her height (yes, she lied) on the application, and the rest is history. She then skated, touring with the ‘Ice Capades’ for four years.

Did you ever see something and just know you had to try it? Even if maybe you did not succeed, but you just had to try? Well, that’s just what Parise thought when she began Drag Racing. She had to try it. When your very first time down the ¼ mile is 9 seconds at 146 MPH you know you mean business! Not to mention, she was in her 30’s at the time. There was no looking back from there!

Now in her Pro Mod Cadillac ‘Stella’, she powers down the ¼ mile track in under 6 seconds at over 240 MPH. In her words, “I was born with glitter in my veins and a led foot!” Racing is not just a man’s game as some may think. The most engaging part about it is the fact that in racing, men and women compete equally and are not segregated by gender (unless you are affiliated with F1, but that’s another story).

Something many people do not realize is that Drag Racing circuits and touring Ice shows are quite parallel. Touring with an Ice show consists of traveling week to week from venue to venue. The ice surface changes, but the performer still has their ‘skates’ (to perform with) and ‘sequin costume’s. The fans wait (by the backstage door) for autographs and the children have positive role models to look up to. In Racing, the game is the same although the venue and the equipment may be vastly different. The racers race at a different track (venue) each week. The track surface changes, and racers have ‘Tires’ (for performance) and ‘Fire suit’ (as clothing). When coming back from a run, fans wait to have autographs signed, and meet the drivers. You see, it’s all relative!

DPR has a rich history in giving back to the community on many levels. DPR has always gone by the motto, ‘it’s an accomplishment to get to the finish line first, but the journey getting there is what is most important.’ DPR is very proud to take fan engagement to the next level in the way of programs Parise herself has developed to honor our nations Veterans and Military Members. Creating visibility honoring those who have served this great nation is paramount to DPR.

Having an eclectic background has led Parise into the realm of motivational speaking (not as cliché as it sounds) combined with elite athlete mentorship as well as keynote speaking for various companies and events. Parise has also ventured into the hosting side. Her days as a performer for the Ice Capades honed her skills for promotion, marketing and on-camera work.  

“I want people, (especially females) to know they can achieve anything they set their mind to.” Said Parise. “Never let anyone tell you no.”

“Follow your dreams. If you feel the need to try it, then try it! Life is not a dress rehearsal,” Stated Parise “As I always say… In life you get one ticket, and I’m using mine until it expires!”

Dina’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Podcasts – Ed Mylett, Dee Snider “I Wanna Talk”

Music – Spotify; Queen, Def Leppard, Billy Joel, Elton John, etc.

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Angela Ruch – NASCAR and Adoption

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My guest on today’s podcast is Angela Ruch. Angela is a NASCAR driver, wife, twin sister and soon to be Mom. Her recent success at Daytona International Speedway (Top 10) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Top 20) in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series will only add to the 2019 highlights for the Ruch family. Angela speaks about her hectic work/life schedule all while getting ready for the birth of their adoptive son. I appreciate Angela giving me a little bit of her day on such an important time in her life and wish her and her family continued successes.

“I remember traveling every single weekend as a kid with my dad and Amber. It was always non-stop. We didn’t have time for school dances”

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Angela Ruch Racing Background

She and her sister, Amber Cope, made NASCAR history on October 23, 2010 by being the first twins to compete in one of its top three series. That day they made their NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series in Martinsville, VA. Amber Cope, driving the No. 6 Dodge, finished 26th, while Angela Cope was involved in two incidents within 18 laps of each other early in the race and finished 30th.

The twins began racing in Go-Karts at age 9. They quickly gained attention by winning poles and races year after year. By age 15 they stepped up to late-model race cars—even before they had driver’s licenses.[1] Angela took 1st place in 2002 at the Lucas Oil Can-Am 150 at the Sun Valley Speedway. In 1995, Angela finished 1st and Amber finished 3rd in the Tri-cities Gold Cup “Yamaha Class”. By 1998, both sisters were PSGKA Gold Cup winners in the “Junior Piston Port”. Both sisters split seat time in 2006 at the ARCA Re/Max Series at Berlin, Gateway, Chicagoland, Milwaukee Mile, and Toledo, Ohio. By 2008, the twins qualified for the ARCA Re/Max Series at Kentucky Speedway, with positions 8 and 15.

She currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports.

Racing Career

Angela and Amber Cope became the third generation of Copes to enter into the world of racing, when, at the young age of nine, the girls’ parents gave them a go-kart for Christmas and thus began their road to NASCAR. Once they began competing locally, the girls made a name for themselves and became the most accomplished go-kart racers in the Greater Puget Sound region. In their seven years of driving, go-karts included 50 first place wins and setting on pole position 20 times in the Pacific Northwest. Angela also set new track records at five of six tracks in the same region.

At the young age of 15, they progressed to late model race cars even before they had their license to drive. In 2000, a very short time after their debut in late model stock cars they instantly acquired national attention when they were featured on TODAY with host Bryant Gumbel.

As Angela and Amber became more experienced and confident behind the wheel, they knew that in order to pursue a career in NASCAR they would have to leave Washington. They moved across the country to Charlotte, North Carolina to start training with their uncle Derrike. The twins put all of their focus into learning the in and outs of professional racing. They traveled with their Uncle Derrike to every Cup race that he went to and became fixtures on the track and in the pit.

In 2006, the twins split seat time at the Automobile Racing Club of America’s (ARCA) Re/Max Series at Berlin, Gateway, Chicagoland, Milwaukee and Toledo, Ohio. In 2008, they qualified for the ARCA Re/Max Series at Kentucky Speedway with positions 8 and 15. The most difficult part of the ARCA Re/Max Series was that they had to share a car. At times, there would be three weeks before one of them would get back into the seat, losing precious learning time; however, it was a great series for the twins performance-wise.

In 2011, Angela competed in four Nationwide Series races. In 2012, she shared the No. 24 SR2 Motorsports Toyota in the series with Amber Cope and Benny Gordon on a part-time schedule. Five years later, now going by Angela Ruch, she made her return to NASCAR’s Xfinity Series at Kentucky Speedway, driving the No. 78 B. J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet.

In 2019, Angela returned to the Gander Outdoors Truck Series with NEMCO Motorsports. She finished a NASCAR career best 8th at Daytona, her first lead lap finish and the second highest ever for a female in the Truck Series.