Instagram Just Launched “Stories”

Instagram has just launched “Stories” as of last night, what does this mean to all the social media junkies out there?

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Here’s how it works:

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  • Stories will be displayed at the top of your Instagram feed.
  • New stories will have a colorful ring around them.
  • Stories are used for posting live videos/photos and stay in your feed for 24 hours.
  • Once in a story – you can swipe left/right to view more.
  • If you swipe up, you can see who has viewed your story.
  • If your Instagram is private – your stories will also be private.
  • You can send a direct message by tapping on the story using Instagram Direct.

 

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Fireworks Pudding Cookie

Did you get invited to a 4th of July party and don’t know what to bring? You’re in luck – we found this awesome recipe for you! We borrowed this recipe from Dorothy over at Crazy For Crust.

“These cookies are easy and come together fast. They do require chilling, but that’s because I love an extra-soft and gooey cookie. I added 4th of July M&Ms and red and blue sprinkles so they look like Fireworks Pudding Cookies! We all know that cookies are perfect for summer parties. They don’t melt or require serving utensils, which makes these the perfect party cookie!

(BTW, if you’re having trouble finding the patriotic M&Ms, look in the actual candy aisle. I found them at Target near the regular M&Ms. You could also use any color M&M or your favorite flavor. You can find the sprinkles at most craft stores or even Target/Walmart.)”

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Here’s the Recipe:

FIREWORKS PUDDING COOKIES

yield: 24

These brown sugar pudding cookies are my new favorite cookie recipe! Soft and chewy, they’re perfect filled with patriotic colors and M&Ms!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box (3.4 ounces) INSTANT Vanilla Pudding Mix (just the mix, don’t make the pudding)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup red and blue sprinkles (or any colors)
  • 3/4 cup 4th of July M&Ms (or any color of M&M)
  1. Note: This dough requires chilling.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (You can also use a hand mixer.) Mix in egg and vanilla until smooth. Add pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined. Mix in flour, then stir in sprinkles and M&Ms.
  3. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment or a silpat baking mat. There’s no need to space them out, you’re going to chill them. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats. Place chilled cookie dough balls 2” apart on cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until the edges just start to turn brown. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to one month.
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Simple and Modern Mudroom Cubbies

Are you looking for some extra storage in your hallway or mudroom?

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One of our employees, Jaimie Kenney, completed this project in one day from start to finish. Jaimie was looking to add extra storage to her mudroom hallway but didn’t have the room to put the traditional mudroom locker storage. This project cost under $300 with all materials, hooks, paint and yellow baskets for the top.


What you’ll need:

  • 1: 1/8″ x 4′ x 8′ bead board
  • 4: 1″ x 2″ x 8′ pine boards
  • 6: 1″ x 6″ x 8′ pine boards
  • finish nailer
  • semi-gloss white paint
  • white paintable caulk

Step 1: Identify where your studs are. Jaimie put masking tape on the floor to remind herself where they are. Then she found the center of the wall and attached the bead board to the studs using a finish nailer.
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Step 2: Attach the 1 x 2 boards to the top and the bottom of the bead board.
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Step 3: Attach 2 of the 1 x 6 x 8 boards to the 1 x 2 x 8 (furring strips), these will serve as your shelves.
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Step 4: Attach another 1 x 6 x 8 to the right side of the 2 shelves.
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Step 5: Attach another 1 x 2 x 8 (furring strip) to the top, then attach the 1 x 6 x 8 shelf to the top.
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Step 6: Attach the bottom 1 x 2 x 8 (furring strip) then attach the 1 x 6 x 8 shelf on top of the furring strip. Then attach the final side to square off the cubbies.
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Step 7: Sand any rough edges and paint 2 coats of the white semi-gloss paint, let it dry, then caulk all seams to fill in the cracks. Then paint additional coats of paint as needed for desired look.
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Last step: Attach hooks for coats and shoes.
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Wurth Uses ‘Secret Sauce’ to Hold Together Hundreds of Units Across Regions, Industries

Robert Stolz, who oversees the North American Wood, Construction, Automotive and Oil and Gas operations of Wurth Group – including four cabinet supply businesses – is part of a conglomerate that encompasses 400 companies in 84 countries.

With so many pans in the fire, so to speak, he says the international giant draws on the strength of its size, among other strategies, to keep all the burners going. The success, Stolz further reveals, is in Wurth’s “secret sauce.”

StolzA key ingredient in that recipe for success is e-commerce, with Wurth’s North American companies somewhat ahead of Europe, which tends to be the front-runner in terms of design and engineering. The platform plays a critical part in making it easy for customers to do business online; but Wurth is well aware that in order to preserve the customer relationship, it also must remain wholly committed to direct sales. An equal focus on online and offline business demands a great deal of money and resources; but Stolz finds that the most successful companies figure out a way to do both. Industry insiders are weighing the pros and cons of their approach to e-commerce every day, he notes, citing anecdotal cases from people he knows personally; and he believes this is in an issue that the industry will continue to grapple with going forward.

Another consideration with today’s online-heavy culture, Stolz suggests, is the potential strain that email, video conferencing, and other electronic communications can put on relationships with manufacturers. He notes how easy it can become to “hide” behind the technology. In the past, “if you had an issue you needed to discuss with your manufacturer partner, you got on a plane and went to see them or they came to see you,” he remembers; but now, it’s much more convenient – but perhaps less effective – to address everything via electronic format. “This might be a good thing in between meetings,” Stolz acknowledges, “but at the end of the day nothing is more important than sitting down with your partners,” whether it is over dinner, at an NBMDA meeting, or even in an informal encounter during social time at one of these events. “The goal is to make both sides successful,” he stresses, “and that is still relationship-driven.”

This is truer than ever in the current business climate, he adds, as companies make management and personnel changes. “The players in the management can change and you might wake up the next morning to somebody different, but it’s still your partner,” he says, likening the distributor-manufacturer relationship to a marriage. “We can have a 35-year relationship with one company; but if the management changes at the top, then you have to be aware of that. You have to find a way to reestablish the same relationship you had before the new management came in.”

Wurth, like its partners and competitors, also is focused on management. Cultivating corporate talent is another piece to its secret sauce. High-potential programs across the organization allow it to identify future leaders from around the world and bring them together. In addition to offering formal coursework in areas such as communication and management styles, there is a day-to-day process of simply identifying and meeting with up-and-coming stars in its ranks; Stolz estimates that he spends fully 30 percent of his time working with and mentoring younger people. And he points out that the CEOs of Wurth’s North American companies have all completed the high-potential programs.

In addition to in-house grooming to prepare for their leadership roles, the CEOs also benefit from another big part of the Wurth secret sauce: decentralization. One of the biggest strengths at Wurth, Stolz says, is the autonomy that it grants its businesses, which operate independently. Rather than a “top-down environment” with initiatives pushed out from Wurth’s German headquarters, the corporate culture instead promotes collaboration and camaraderie but also individualism and independence. Stolz explains what that means in practical terms. “Sometimes companies get so big, and No. 1 Somebody in New York City will make a decision for somebody in El Paso, and that just doesn’t work – at least not in our model,” he says. “What we like about our current structure is that our companies are very regionalized. I think it’s really important to stay as close to the customers as you can – whether it’s on the sales, the operations, or the management – and that’s what we try to do.”

Even with the heads of the cabinet supply firms in North America making decisions that are most appropriate for their geographic regions and circumstances and the executives of, say, a European division doing the same, the sheer size of the Wurth empire also allows them all to be on the same page and participate together on many different aspects of business. Here is where the organization adds an ingredient called “Shared Services” to its secret sauce. “We’re developing menus for each of the companies to be able to take advantage of cash management, insurance, and other products that could be easily shared,” Stolz elaborates. “It’s a continuous process. For example, we’ve completed it with regard to our financial management, so now we’re looking at more operational roles on how we can share services together.”

For the North American companies, in particular, Stolz says there has been a concerted effort to leverage best practices throughout the brand. “They’re running their own businesses,” he reiterates, “but they’re also a champion for a strategy that we may take across all of the companies.” As an example, he points to Roger Debnam, CEO of Wurth Wood Group, who put a lean processing program in place in North Carolina. Stolz recalls initially being slightly skeptical about the initiative, and then blown away by the results. The new approach reduced the number of steps that workers in the warehouse had to take to fulfill an order, down from a couple of miles per day to just three-quarters of a mile. “This is not Harvard-MIT stuff,” Stolz agrees, “but it was so impactful. It was huge, and it’s just one example of best practices.”

In a nutshell, Wurth’s “secret sauce” really isn’t so secret at all. As Stolz summarizes, “Wurth is a great big company, and part of our secret sauce is that we’re large enough to be able to offer and take advantage of cost savings and things that a large company can offer. But we’re also independent; each company is independent enough to run their own business, depending on what the needs are for the customers in that region.” In addition, Stolz points out that despite having the resources of a large public company, Wurth is privately run – an additional factor in its success, because the company doesn’t have to push earnings from quarter to quarter to please shareholders or try to “manage expectations” that Wall Street has set for it. Stolz also gives credit to NBMDA, which he first joined when he was still new to the industry and “didn’t know beans.” He’ll never forget, he swears, how a group of seasoned distributors took him under their wing and showed him the ropes. Stolz himself eventually went on to become a past president of the association, and Wurth’s management teams in the industry also have been highly involved with the leadership of NBMDA over the last 20 years. “It’s a big part of the Wurth Group’s success,” he declares.

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NEW: Wurth Wood Group Machinery Division

Wurth Wood Group now carries machinery from SCM and SAWSTOP

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ABOUT SCM
You are striving more than ever for success, working smarter not harder. Our people listen and respond to your business challenges. At Scm Group North America we analyze your production requirements and provide high technology machine solutions.
With offices in Duluth Georgia, Ontario Canada and Guadalajara Mexico, Scm Group North America coordinates the distribution and support of the SCM product line to woodworking companies of all sizes in the US, Canada and Mexico. As a “full solution house,” Scm Group North America’s goal is to provide customers with a superior return on their investment.
We tailor woodworking solutions to meet each customer’s requirements for capacity and durability, with certified quality standards and the latest advances in woodworking technology. SCM
We offer one of the largest ranges of the best industrial woodworking machinery available in the industry. Whether you are small shop or a large corporation, build kitchen cabinets or architectural millwork, we focus on your individual production requirements to make sure we provide the best solution possible. We are experts in complete and integrated manufacturing facilities as well as individual machines like CNC Wood Routers, CNC Machining Centers, Edgebanding Machines, Panel Saws, Bore and Dowel Machines, Wide Belt Sanders plus an array of single and multi-purpose machines.
We are staffed with professionals backed by strong manufacturing, engineering, and sales backgrounds in the machinery and wood products industry. Our product experts are available to answer your questions about the industry’s most cutting-edge technology, take you on guided and webcam showroom tours and provide live machine demonstrations as well as online demonstrations.
In addition to distributing the most innovative woodworking machines, we provide exceptional before and after-sales support including training, parts availability and technical service. Our onsite showroom offers hands-on machine demonstrations.

 

ABOUT SAWSTOP

What if you could stop a saw blade and prevent a serious injury? That sounds like a really good idea.

Today, that idea is protecting woodworkers in tens of thousands of SawStop table saws in North America and around the globe. We are proud to say that it was our idea, but we are most proud that woodworking is now safer.

Here at SawStop, we make table saws. Our saws, besides being the highest quality and best featured saws in their market segments, feature the ability to detect contact with skin and stop the SSblade in less than 5 milliseconds.

The SawStop story is about a small company with a big idea. The technology was invented by Dr. Steve Gass in 1999, and the business was started by Dr. Gass and three other friends.

In 2004 the first SawStop Table Saw was sold. In the years between then and now, our saws have saved thousands of fingers. The combination of safety, unparalleled design and craftsmanship has made SawStop the #1 cabinet saw in North America.

SawStop is a privately owned company based in Tualatin, Oregon, just south of Portland. We are proud to be 100% U.S. owned and engineered.

 

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Walker Woodworking Custom Cabinets (Shelby, NC) receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Published: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 09:15 AM.

Walker-WW-Stacked-PNGWalker Woodworking of Shelby has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom cabinet shop owned by Travis Walker has been in business since 1999, building a large variety of custom cabinetry, from small and simple to large and elaborate.

Walker Woodworking was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. The design award is given to the business that was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer WalkerSatisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

Walker Woodworking has built a reputation of quality craftsmanship, service and dedication to bring you the finest materials, latest innovations and very best cabinet designs for your entire home or business.

Walker Woodworking will be at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 27 – March 1 at the Park Expo Conference Center in Charlotte.

 

 

Follow Walker Woodworking on Houzz athttp://www.houzz.com/pro/walkerwoodworking/walker-woodworking

Visit the company’s website at www.walkerwoodworking.com or call 704-434-0823.

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Wurth Wood Group and United Plywoods, partnered for success

Today, Wurth Wood Group announces United Plywoods and Lumber, Inc, of Birmingham, Alabama is joining Wurth Wood Group, headquartered in Charlotte, NC.  Wurth Wood Group is one of the region’s largest wholesale distributors of specialty interior products, including hardwood lumber, hardwood plywood, high pressure laminate, European functional hardware, decorative hardware and woodworking stains and finishes. Wurth Wood Group will expand to 18 locations, from Baltimore, Maryland, to Tampa, Florida and will now include locations throughout Tennessee and Alabama.

Roger H. Debnam, President of Wurth Wood Group states, “Wurth Wood Group and United Plywoods were founded on similar ideals encompassing a family atmosphere and entrepreneurial spirit. Both organizations believe in a strong work ethic, helping customers to be successful, serving quality products at competitive prices, with superior customer service and a winning attitude. ”

John Mims, President of United Plywoods, noted, “I’ve watched Roger and his team from afar for some time now. They have always acted in a highly professional manner, and I could not be more excited to join forces with Wurth Wood Group, to be the dominant woodworking and construction supplier in the South.”

The combined companies will employ approximately 380 associates, and distribute over 125,000 products to their many woodworking and industrial customers.

Wurth Wood Group is a member of The Würth Group’s family of businesses, operating 400 individual companies, in 84 countries worldwide. Revenues for The Würth Group will top 12 billion USD for 2014.

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Wurth Wood Group Partners With Charlotte Homeless Ministry

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Two days after New Years (’15), Wurth Wood Group Charlotte/Corporate employees partnered with a local ministry in the Charlotte, NC area called Saturday Sharing.  On Saturday 1/3/15 several volunteers gathered downtown in a parking lot and helped handout jackets, sweatsuits,  blankets, and snacks to those in the Charlotte area that are struggling to make ends meet.

2 weeks prior to the event, employees collected new and used winter coats and snack items.  IMG_2974The generosity of our employees to the cause was overwhelming.   We also partnered with Simply Pies (a small mom and pop pie shop) and Promo Logic to help make this a great event.  The folks at Simply Pies donated 100, personal size, hot apple and cherry pies and Promo Logic purchased and donated 100+ hoodies, sweatpants, and shirts.

We would also like to recognize some of our very own customers who participated in the Buy One, Give One campaign we ran.  A big thank you to JKH Cabinets and BTJ Door Company for your generosity.

After the event, we asked a couple of our employee volunteers to write a  reflection on their experience interacting with the homeless community and here is what we were told:

 

Sheron G (WWG – Charlotte/ Warehouse):

“My experience with the homeless ministry was truly enlightening.  The appreciation those men and women had for the things that I take for granted such as warm clothing, really made me grateful and cherish the opportunity to help others.  Great event glad to see Wurth active in the community.”

Sean D (WWG – Charlotte/ Inside Sales)

“I’d be lying if I said I did this completely out of the goodness of my heart. It’s probably 45% genuine altruism and selflessness. IMG_2980It’s about 55% related to the good feeling with which it leaves me. I talk a lot about my concern for the economic casualties of the country. I talk a lot about how I think our homelessness and poverty problem is often swept under the rug and mental illnesses go untreated for those who stand no chance of ever being anything but homeless without that treatment. I can’t affect the political aspect of these problems. But, you realize from time to time, am I doing anything to affect the things that I CAN affect? I was lucky to have that opportunity last Saturday.

At one point, me, Sheron, and Beth were asked if we had any duffel bags. This made quite a few thoughts and feelings hit me like a ton of bricks. Those of us lucky enough to have food, shelter, and water have, not only all of these blessings, but homes that have all of our other necessities and creature comforts inside of them. These people have carts, garbage bags, their own two hands, and, if they’re lucky, suitcases or duffel bags. Their lives are what they can carry.

I learned another very valuable lesson that day. Those without seemed more grateful and generous with one another than those that have. Some of these people were more particular than others concerning what they went home with that day. At first, it frustrated me. After sorting through that thought on the way back to my warm home that IMG_2978morning, it occurred to me that these are people who face the humiliation of feeling sub-standard on a daily basis. Something as simple as an outfit that keeps them warm that they like the look of is yet another aspect of our daily lives we take for granted. Having a favorite hoodie or T-shirt is a luxury, and many of these folks don’t have it. This is a piece of dignity that can go for miles. Something that simple is a reminder of life before such hard times. I really don’t know who got more out of this experience, myself or the people I came to assist. Final thought: I count myself among those needy people, as I need the lessons, the reminders, and the perspective. I’m very grateful to have had this opportunity and look forward to the next one. Thank you Wurth Wood Group for organizing this.”

Wurth Wood Group is committed to be more involved in our community in 2015.  We would like to do a charity event at-least once a quarter.  If you have any ideas on how we can become more involved and give of our time to help others or if you have and organization that could use our help please email us at fasty@wurthwoodgroup.com Subject Line: Wurth in the community

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Würth Extends Partnership on No. 2 Ford in Cup Series

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 23, 2014) – Team Penske has reached a multi-year extension agreement with the Würth Group to continue as a key partner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Under the terms of the new agreement, Würth will be a primary sponsor of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion for three 2015 NSCS races and Würth will once again serve as an associate sponsor for the balance of the season on the No. 2 Ford.
After initially joining forces for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Würth and Team Penske took their partnership to a new level this year with Würth stepping up as a primary sponsor of the No. 2 Ford driven by 2012 NSCS champion Brad Keselowski for select races. A leading supplier of high-quality automotive and industrial parts, cabinet supplies and fasteners that includes more than 40,000 customers across the nation, The Würth Group will continue to support Keselowski and the No. 2 Team Penske Ford team moving forward.
BK“We are proud of the relationship that Team Penske has built with Würth over the last three seasons,” said Roger Penske. “Würth has experienced great success with our teams and we will work with them to build on our accomplishments with Brad and the No. 2 Ford.”
The Würth Group first became involved in NASCAR racing through its partnership with Team Penske, but the company has been involved in motorsports since 1982, serving as a partner in both the DTM and Formula One racing series.
“Our business has enjoyed the association with Team Penske,” said Robert Stolz, CEO of Würth Line North America. “From our events at the race track to our products used in the team’s state-of-the-art racing facility – Würth has been truly integrated with Team Penske and our partnership has exceeded expectations. We look forward to growing our business and the relationship even further over the coming years.”
The No. 2 Würth Ford Fusion has produced a pair of top-two finishes among four starts in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition and Keselowski continues the pursuit of his second series championship in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup as he leads the series with six victories this season.
“It has been great to have Würth on board the No. 2 Ford this year,” said Keselowski. “One of the things that stands out about our relationship with Würth is that not only do I see their name and colors on our cars – I see their products being put to good use in our race shop. I think that says a lot about our relationship and they have been a big part of our success this season.”
About the Würth Group
The Würth Companies of North America provide professionals with everything they need to succeed in the Automotive, Industrial and Woodworking Industries. Wurth USA provides unparalleled quality and service to its partners in the Automotive & Transportation sector, helping them to operate with greater efficiency and profitability. Würth Industry of North America specializes in the implementation of vendor managed inventory programs for industrial production; with 420,000 line items available, Würth Industry is the most complete C-parts supplier in the industry. Würth North American Wood Division companies build strong partnerships for the cabinet and woodworking professional by providing premier manufacturer brands combined with superior delivery systems through their own fleet. Globally, The Würth Group’s 400 companies and 32,000 sales representatives in 84 countries serve over 3 million customers every day. www.wurthusa.com
About Team Penske
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced more than 400 major race wins, over 450 pole positions and 26 National Championships. The team has also earned 15 Indianapolis 500 victories in its storied history. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.
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There are lake [Norman] connections in Sprint Cup Chase

From: Huntersville Herald – 9/11/14

Keselowski celebrating_608a8fbf-59fa-42b7-9490-a77afa0035acHUNTERSVILLE, NC – Eleven of the 16 drivers in NASCAR’s new Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff have a connection to the Lake Norman area. Look around, one of your neighbors could be racing for a championship.

The 10-race, elimination-based Chase will create a Final Four-like showdown heading into the season finale Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Here are the 16 competing racers, ranked by their seedings:

1. Brad Keselowski  (No. 2 Ford) – Mooresville resident who drives for Mooresville-based Team Penske. His four victories lead the Sprint Cup Series this season, including a dominant win last weekend in Richmond, where he led 383 of 400 laps.

2. Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Chevrolet) – His splendid rebound season has included three wins, nine top-fives and 17 top-10 finishes.

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Chevrolet) – He lives in Mooresville and drives for Hendrick Motorsports. He’s won three races this season and unofficially leads NASCAR in loyal, rabid fans.

4. Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Chevrolet) – He knows how to win championships and this year’s slate includes three victories, eight top fives, 16 top 10s and one pole position.

5. Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford) – Lives in Huntersville and drives for Mooresville-based Team Penske. Logano has won three races this season, finished in the top five 10 times and 15 times in the top 10.

6. Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Chevrolet) – He’s won two races and ran well all season, but has struggled with pit-crew issues. Last week, Harvick commented “I can’t fix them.” Ouch !

7. Carl Edwards (No. 99 Ford) – Twice he’s visited the winner’s circle this season. Edwards is one of those drivers who won’t wow you, but look up and he’s in the lead.

8. Kyle Busch (No. 18 Toyota) – The Denver resident drives for Huntersville-based Joe Gibbs Racing. He’s dominated the Nationwide Series, but will that translate into a Sprint Cup title?

9. Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Toyota) – He lives in Cornelius and drives for Joe Gibbs Racing. His one victory cemented a Chase spot, and he’s got six top fives and 11 top 10s.

10. Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet) – Mooresville resident has one victory and six top fives, but only an average finish of 19th place.

11. Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Chevrolet) – Struggled much of the season, but he’s in the Chase and that’s all you need for a chance. He’s a Mooresville resident.

12. Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford) – With a average finish of 20th place this season, the Mooresville resident is definitely a longshot. But stranger things have happened.

13. A.J. Allmendinger (No. 47 Chevrolet) – This Huntersville resident has only been in the top five finishers twice this season. Will need a major turnaround to contend.

14. Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Toyota) – His zero victories don’t matter now. He’s in the field and has raced well enough with 10 top fives and 16 top 10s. Mooresville resident who drives for Huntersville-based Joe Gibbs Racing.

15. Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford) – It’s been an up-and-down season for the Mooresville resident, who has three top fives and 10 top 10s.

16. Ryan Newman (No. 31 Chevrolet) – He, like Biffle, didn’t win any races this season and qualified  for the Chase by accumulating enough points.

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