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Behind the Scenes at the Wawa 250 with Spider Energy

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

Are you a NASCAR Xfinity Series fan? Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at one of their races? The Spider Energy Team was lucky enough to get an exclusive look at what happened during the Wawa 250 race on August 25th at the Daytona International Speedway. The Spider Energy Team will take you behind the scenes with Ryan Ellis and the Alpha Prime Racing Team and how they operate during a NASCAR race.

Meeting Spider Energy NASCAR Driver Ryan Ellis and the Alpha Prime Race Team

Our day started driving to meet up with Ryan Ellis and the formidable Alpha Prime Racing team. Gathered around with the gleaming race cars, there was an ice chest with water, food, and, of course, Spider Energy drinks. You can almost feel the energy from the Alpha Prime Race team as they prepare for an adrenaline-fueled 2-hour race. If I could describe the Alpha Prime race team in one word, it's "family."

Each person played an essential role, from the pit crew and mechanics to the people who fed the drivers. We finally met Ryan Ellis as he talked to fans and signed autographs to talk about his team. "Having a team like Alpha Prime Racing by my side is invaluable," Ellis said, "In NASCAR, it's not just about the driver. It's about everyone on the team, from the engineers to the pit crew. Each one plays a pivotal role in our success on the track."

Role of Each Team Member in a NASCAR Race

A NASCAR race involves a team of individuals with specific roles to ensure a successful event. From pit crew to engineers, each team member supports the driver. Mechanics and technicians work tirelessly to maintain the car's performance. Strategists make data-driven decisions, while spotters provide valuable information.

The Alpha Prime Racing Team excels in NASCAR through effective teamwork and collaboration. During races, team members communicate and coordinate their efforts seamlessly. Strategies and tactics are employed to gain a competitive edge. Clear communication and trust are essential within the team, fostering success on and off the track.


As we discussed the extreme stress of NASCAR racing, Ryan shared some eye-opening facts that left us in awe.

The Average Driver Can Lose 8-10 Pounds of Bodyweight During a Race.

Ryan said, "The average driver can lose 8 to 10 pounds during a race." Dehydration is a serious issue while driving with intense heat. The importance of staying hydrated, he emphasized, cannot be overstated. Dehydration can lead to reduced reaction time and decreased performance.

Staying Calm Under Pressure Is Essential

But hydration is just one piece of the puzzle. NASCAR racing is physically demanding, but drivers face mental and emotional challenges. The high-pressure world of NASCAR can be incredibly stressful. Drivers must cope with intense demands and expectations while staying focused on the track. Strategies and techniques are used to manage stress and maintain mental resilience.

"Staying calm is crucial," Ryan continued. "Imagine hurtling down the track at an average speed of 180 mph, with the ever-present danger of wrecks. It's a high-pressure environment, and stress can slow your reaction time." Keeping a cool head is paramount in a sport where split-second decisions can make or break a race.

WAWA 250 Results

The race was intense. The total race duration was 2 hours, 12 minutes, and 14 seconds, with a razor-thin margin of victory at just 0.005 seconds. The race witnessed 6 caution flags for 32 laps and had 20 lead changes among 9 drivers. The race itself was a rollercoaster of emotions. Ryan showcased his exceptional driving skills, navigating the track with precision and determination. But as is often the case in NASCAR, unpredictability reigns supreme.

With less than 10 laps to go, a multi-car crash unfolded, and despite his best efforts, Ryan was involved in an accident that prevented his car from finishing the race.

Yet, setbacks are a part of the journey. From the tender age of 4, when Ryan first discovered his passion for racing, he has faced challenges head-on, always emerging stronger. His resilience and dedication are a testament to his love for the sport.

Race Results:

  1. Justin Allgaier (#7) - Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports

  2. Sheldon Creed (#2)

  3. Daniel Hemric (#11)

  4. Parker Kligerman (#48)

  5. Cole Custer (#00)

  6. Ryan Sieg (#39)

  7. Parker Retzlaff (#31)

  8. Anthony Alfredo (#78)

  9. Gray Gaulding (#08)

  10. Justin Haley (#10)

  11. Jeffrey Earnhardt (#45)

  12. Jeb Burton (#22)

  13. Kyle Sieg (#28)

  14. Joey Gase (#35)

  15. Jordan Anderson (#27)

  16. Garrett Smithley (#6)

  17. Josh Berry (#8)

  18. Brett Moffitt (#25)

  19. Sam Mayer (#1)

  20. Kaz Grala (#26)

  21. Sammy Smith (#18)

  22. Chandler Smith (#16)

  23. Austin Hill (#21)

  24. Riley Herbst (#98)

  25. Blaine Perkins (#02)

  26. Jeremy Clements (#51) (DNF)

  27. Josh Williams (#92) (DNF)

  28. John Hunter Nemechek (#20) (DNF)

  29. Trevor Bayne (#19) (DNF)

  30. JJ Yeley (#07) (DNF)

  31. Caesar Bacarella (#44) (DNF)

  32. Ryan Ellis (#43)(DNF)

  33. Kyle Weatherman (#4) (DNF)

  34. Joe Graf Jr. (#38) (DNF)

  35. Natalie Decker (#53) (DNF)

  36. Brandon Jones (#9)(DNF)

  37. Connor Mosack (#24) (DNF)

  38. Alex Guenette (#91) (DNF)

For more insights and thrilling updates and to follow the journey of Spider Energy-sponsored NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis, follow Spider Energy on social media. Join us as we cheer on Ryan and the entire team in their pursuit of racing excellence!

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Can Spider Energy be used as a replacement for coffee or other energy drinks?

Yes, Spider Energy can be used as a replacement for coffee or other energy drinks. It provides a boost of energy with its unique blend of ingredients such as guarana, ginseng, taurine, etc. Whether you need a pick-me-up in the morning or an extra surge of energy during the day.

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