Coughlin’s Marathon Week Rolls into Eldora

DELAWARE, OH – Cody Coughlin’s marathon week continues on Wednesday night at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby at the famous dirt track of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Coughlin will be back behind the wheel of the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra for his maiden voyage on a dirt surface.

“I’ve never raced on dirt before,” Coughlin said. “This is going to be interesting, but I’m excited. I’m looking forward to trying something new and learning a new discipline of racing.”

The 20-year-old Delaware, Ohio native will lean heavily on his Kyle Busch Motorsports team throughout his two days at Eldora Speedway.
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Coughlin Keeps Points Lead After Redbud 300

ANDERSON, IN – When Cody Coughlin left Indiana’s Anderson Speedway in May, he left a winner, and now, despite a race that ended early for the 20-year-old, he is still the ARCA/CRA Super Series point leader. Coughlin will head to Indianapolis on Friday night on top of the standings after an early race parts failure resulted in a 19th-place finish for the No. 1 Toyota Camry.

The day started off about as well as it possibly could for Coughlin and his Team JEGS crew. They were near the top of the board in practice, they qualified second and ran in the top five for much of the early part of the 300-lap affair.

During a restart on lap 54, the Ohio native and another driver bounced off of each other numerous times on the first lap after the restart. During the confrontation, the driveline broke on his Super Late Model. As a result, Coughlin’s car spun to bring out a caution.

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Stewart Has Wicked Good Run at New Hampshire

Haas Automation Driver Finishes Second in New Hampshire 301 

Date:  July 17, 2016

Event:  New Hampshire 301 (Round 19 of 36)

Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location:  New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Start/Finish:  12th/2nd (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standing:  28th (287 points, 67 ahead of 31st)

Winner:  Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Tony Stewart had a wicked good run Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, wheeling his No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to a second-place finish in the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was Stewart’s third top-five result this season and his 15th top-five in 34 career Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire.

Stewart made the most of three restarts that took place during the race’s final 33 laps, driving from ninth to second and finishing 1.982 seconds behind race winner Matt Kenseth.

“The last three restarts were pretty intense,” Stewart said. “This track has always kind of had a history of one lane prevailing over the others. It seemed like it took a couple laps after the restarts for the track to rubber back in, and I think it was the best tire that Goodyear has brought here that I can remember in the 18 years I’ve been here. You could race all over the racetrack today. It was a fun race.”

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Austin Kochenash Bests Tour Modified Field for $2K at Evergreen Raceway

St. Johns, PA (7/17/2016)- The Tour Type Modifieds were back in action Sunday at Evergreen Raceway. With $2,000 on the line for the 50-lap main event winner, Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, PA took the checkers and the big prize. Randy Schlenker of Whitehall, PA took top honors by scoring his third Street Stock win of the season and Frank Hughes of Pittston, PA grabbed his second Four Cylinder win of the year. Out of Long Island, NY, Kevin Nowak notched his second INEX Legends win of the year and Gage Michael took home the trophy in the INEX Bandolero division.

Following a nine car redraw for the Tour-Type Modifieds, Matt Hirschman started from the pole position. He led the opening circuit over Brian DeFebo, Jonathan Mandato, Austin Kochenash and Brandon Oltra.

With Hirschman still showing the way, Oltra got by Kochenash on lap three. However, after losing more positions early on, Kochenash began to fight his way back toward the front and battled hard with Oltra to move into fourth on lap 10.

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Power catches good break to win Honda Indy Toronto for third time

TORONTO (Sunday, July 17, 2016) – Will Power feels he’s been on the wrong side of enough caution periods in the Verizon IndyCar Series that he’ll gladly accept the timely one that helped him win the Honda Indy Toronto.

The 2014 series champion claimed his third win of the season and third on the streets of Exhibition Place by 1.5275 seconds over teammate Helio Castroneves, driving directly into the 2016 championship conversation in the process. Power now sits second in the standings despite missing the season opener, 47 points behind teammate Simon Pagenaud.

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“What They’re Saying” from the Honda Indy Toronto

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “Yeah, it’s terrible. On Friday, I made a mistake and went into the wall so we got behind. In the morning yesterday we had a misfire with the engine and didn’t do any laps before qualifying. We didn’t qualify as well as we could. We knew we had a good race car though. The DeVilbiss Chevy was really good. I passed a lot of people and had a lot of fun. I thought I had an easy podium if not more. We missed a pit call by about two seconds. I started at the back. I was running with the No. 28 (Ryan Hunter-Reay) there late and went to turn with him, but the No. 41 (Jack Hawksworth) was in the wall and there was nowhere to go. It seems like every weekend there is something, and it’s getting really old really fast.” 

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3. Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “I’m smiling because I know we didn’t win, but the Pennzoil Chevrolet car was really strong. When we felt the car vibrating and I was just telling Roger, ‘Hey listen, it’s just vibration. But let’s not pit.’ Then, all of a sudden I felt the car pulling and the tire just gave up. I’m not sure why. I noticed the curb in Turn 5, it could be. I don’t know. Finally, we got a little break on the yellow. It put us back in the position to fight. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to pass so I tried everything I could, and in the end I was like, ‘OK this is the chance,’ but Will had like six push to pass. I only had three. It was very difficult to get the tires going but Roger and the entire Pennzoil Chevrolet guys, man, I’m so proud to be part of this team. These guys are never giving up. Thanks everyone. Let’s keep going. Let’s move to the next one.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “As we’re coming out of that last restart, I saw everybody in the last section get to their feet and I was just hoping I didn’t screw it up. It was obviously a great day to have a good day and for once we caught a lucky break in Toronto. I’m not going to lie and sit here say we had third place pace. We really struggled on blacks in the middle stint. But as the cloud cover came out in that last stint, the track really kind of came to us so we had to save fuel. The car was there. Can’t thank Arrow Electronics and the Schmidt Peterson guys enough. To do it here in Toronto, Petro Canada, Pizza, Pizza on board for the weekend. There’s going to be a party tonight in Hinchtown for sure.”

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Harvick Finishes Fifth at New Hampshire

Jimmy John’s Driver Extends His Sprint Cup Series Points Lead to 14

Date: July 17, 2016

Event: New Hampshire 301 (Round 19 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Start/Finish: 8th/4th (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standing: 1st (636 points, 14 points ahead of second)

Winner: Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), overcame pit road misfortune early in Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon to finish fourth, marking his eighth top-five result of 2016 and his eighth top-five in 31 career starts at New Hampshire.

Harvick started eighth and immediately showed he had one of the fastest cars on the racetrack as he advanced to the third position by the competition caution on lap 35. However, an issue with the pit gun used by the rear-tire changer resulted in a slower than normal stop which, paired with a two-tire strategy by several cars, dropped the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet back to the 12th position for the lap-40 restart.

The Bakersfield, California, native quickly worked his way back into the top-five and was racing in the fourth position by the following caution on lap 101. Harvick again came to pit road for a four-tire stop, but the left-rear tire briefly got hung inside the wheel well, causing another slightly slower stop. As a result the No. 4 Chevrolet restarted in the 11th position.

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Garrett Krummert Tops Modasaures X at PPMS

Imperial, PA (July 16, 2016) The Modified Tour for Big Block Modifieds visited Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night with Garrett Krummert holding off Jeremiah Shingledecker to win the 35-lap “Modasaures X.” Other winners on the program of racing were John Mollick in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, A.J. Poljak in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Chas Wolbert in the visiting RUSH Modifieds, Dave Sheriff in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, and Marc Simmons in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns.

A strong field of 26 cars assembled for the first visit by the Modified Tour in five years. Rex King, Sr. and Garrett Krummert led the field to the green flag, with Krummert taking the lead at the start of the 35-lap event. King, Dave Murdick, Brian Swartzlander, and Jeremiah Shingledecker settled into the top five in the early laps as the big field of cars raced all over the spaciously wide racing surface. Erick Rudolph was on the move forward from seventh starting position, and passed Shingledecker for fifth on lap 7. Continuing on, he moved to fourth on lap 8, and to third on lap 9. With ten green flag laps scored, Krummert led King, Rudolph, Murdick, and Shingledecker. Rudolph passed King for second on lap 11, with Shingledecker continuing his charge by moving to third before the first caution period of the race slowed the action with 13 laps completed. Krummert, instead of the 6.607 second lead that he had built up, would find Rudolph alongside for the restart. But Krummert regained command once racing returned, leading Rudolph, Shingledecker, King, and Kevin Bolland. The next caution period would be for Rudolph who slowed off turn two with 17 laps complete. Krummert again held control when racing resumed over Shingledecker, Bolland, King, and Swartzlander. King took third from Bolland, with 19th starting Randy Chrysler entering the top five on lap 19. What would be the final caution period of the event came on lap 21 for Dave Murdick’s slowing car. Krummert and Shingledecker would decide the race over the remaining laps. Krummert was not as dominant as he was in the early laps, and Shingledecker’s mount was getting better. The pair raced close through bouts with race traffic on lap 29, and Shingledecker nearly pulled off an inside pass with two laps remaining. He tried one last shot on the final lap, but it was Krummert taking his first victory at the track by .734 seconds over ninth starting Shingledecker. Bolland was third, with Swartzlander fourth. Chrysler was fifth as Rex King, Jr., King, Sr., Brad Rapp, Rudolph back from the tail, and Rick Richner completed the top ten. Bolland, Shingledecker, and Murdick were heat race winners. The staff and management of PPMS thanks the series and their drivers for their great support of the show.

Scott Schempp and John Mollick led the 20-lap Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature to the green flag with Mollick leading from the start. The first of two caution periods in the event came on lap 2, as Steve Beatty moved to second on the restart, bringing Russ Kolesar with him as they both passed Schempp. Daryl Charlier passed Kolesar for third on lap 7, with the final caution period coming with 8 laps scored. Mollick again controlled the restart, with Charlier moving to second. As the laps ticked by, Charlier slowly moved closer to Mollick in the battle for the lead. On the final lap, Charlier made a hard charge to the inside, but Mollick was able to use his momentum on the outside to win his third feature of the season. Charlier settled for a close second, and remains the division’s point leader. Beatty was third ahead of Ben Policz and Justin Lamb. Heat race winners were Lamb and Michael Reft, as that was the highlight of the night for Reft, as he was unable to start the feature race due to problems that developed with his car.

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Strunk, Schutz, and Henn are NASCAR Point Leaders at Grandview Speedway

21 Different Feature Winners Spread Over Three Divisions this Season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 17, 2016 . . . Shooting for his 11th TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified title Jeff Strunk currently sits on top of the standings in the premier division of Saturday night racing at Grandview Speedway with 2903 points. Jordan Henn continues to be the leader in the Sportsman division while Chuck Schutz, the current point leader seeking his eighth title leads the BRC Late Models with 2318 counters.

The battle for the title in the TP Trailers division is tight between Strunk and defending champion Craig VonDohren who is just 11 points behind in second with 2892 points. Mike Gular, without benefit of a win, is third with 2726 points.

Henn has lead the Sportsman point battle for most of the season and his 2111 tallies give him a comfortable lead over second place Brian Hirthler with 1964. Craig Whitmoyer is third with 1934 points.
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This Week Ahead: Super DIRTcar Series Gears Up For Historic Week in Ohio

Heads to Eldora and Sharon Speedway

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – July 17, 2016 – One of the biggest weeks in Big-Block Modified racing is here as the greatest drivers from northeast converge to Eldora Speedway July 19-20 and Sharon Speedway July 21.

Tim Fuller, the last Super DIRTcar Series driver to win at Eldora Speedway says there is absolutely no comparison going into Ohio.

As Fuller looks to defend his title, his fellow competitors look to beat him. Fuller knows how to win not only at Eldora but Sharon too. Will he be the man to beat this week?

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Jon Henry Scores at Oakshade as Bobby Pierce Wins the Championship

Pierce walks away with championship after a dominating season

WAUSEON, Ohio – July 16, 2016 – Jon Henry dominated the DIRTcar Summer Nationals finale at Oakshade Raceway on Saturday night as he scored the 18th Annual Birthday Race. As Henry of Ada, Ohio, celebrated his race win, 19-year-old Bobby Pierce celebrated his second straight series championship.

Henry started the night’s feature on the outside pole and quickly took control of the race. Henry held off Jason Feger, who took the previous night’s win and Pierce who charged into second late in the race.

Through three restarts Henry easily dispatched his competition and even with lapped traffic late in the feature, Henry crossed the finish line nearly two seconds ahead of Pierce, who finished in second.

The $10,000 victory is the biggest of Henry’s career.

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Wayne Pfeil Wins Chapman Auto Group of Horsham Firecracker 40 BRC Late Model Race, Kyle Weiss and Brian Papiez also Visit Victory Lane at Grandview Speedway

21 Different Feature Winners so far this Season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. July 17,2016 . . . Wayne Pfeil, behind the wheel of his own/J & H Automotive & Custom Exhaust No. 72, scored the biggest win of his career when he took home the $2,000 first prize money in the Chapman Auto Group Firecracker 40 NASCAR BRC Late Model feature on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway. He dedicated his first win of the season to his dad, a former racer, who was at home with some health issues. “The car has been good all season, but we just had bad luck.” He gave a lot of credit to his crew because they stick by him and continue to try to make improvements to the car. He collected the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie bonus in addition to $100 from T. P. Trailers, Limerick.

The 30-Lap T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified All-American Racing Series 30-Lap was up for grabs right until the wave of the checkered and it was Kyle Weiss, the “Jalapa Jet” standing in victory lane for the first time of the season. He was happy how good the car was working since he and the crew spent several hours preparing the Blue Knob Auto No. 21K. In addition to the top prize, he also received $250 from T.P. Trailers.

Brian Papiez, a rookie this season in the NASCAR Sportsman division, held off the challenges of another rookie Andrew Kreis, who destroyed his car a few weeks ago, but had rebuilt the car and returned to the racing wars, to win his second 25-Lap feature. Papiez also received the $100 T.P. Trailers monetary award and the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie bonus.
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Nick Hoffman Makes It a Weekend Sweep at Oakshade

Series returns to action on July 29 and 30 at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway

WAUSEON, Ohio – July 16, 2016 – Saturday’s DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals feature at Oakshade Speedway was again the Brian Ruhlman and Nick Hoffman show – and again, it was Nick Hoffman who came out on top.

Ruhlman started on the front row and quickly pulled to the lead. It took Hoffman slightly more time to clear for second, but once he did, the two leaders pulled away from the field.

A mid-race restart gave Hoffman the shot he needed – when the green flag flew Hoffman took the highline and battled around Ruhlman. Hoffman maneuvered through traffic late and held off Ruhlman through a restart to sweep the weekend double-header at Oakshade Raceway.

The win is sixth of the season for Hoffman who leads the series points going into the final events.

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Eldora Speedway Crowns King Donny XXXIII at Kings Royal

Schatz scores his third Kings Royal title and 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the year

ROSSBURG, Ohio – July 16, 2016 – It has been nearly a decade since he last stood in victory lane at the Kings Royal, but Donny Schatz looked like a natural as he was crowned King Donny XXXIII – his third Kings Royal title since 2007 – on Saturdaynight at Eldora Speedway.

Schatz who drew number 15 in the qualifying pill draw and was looking to get his 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season had the luck on his side, he just needed the hard work to push him through – and that’s exactly what he and his team did.

“This is unbelievable,” Schatz said. “It’s been a challenge here all weekend and it’s one of them places, we felt like we’ve been good at the Royal and we’ve maybe just done the wrong things. But not tonight. We were awesome all night. These guys got the car qualified well, got through the Heat, the car was awesome in the Heat races. It’s such a blast.”

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Jonathan Cornell Notches ASCS Warrior Win No. 29 With Randolph County Raceway Score

MOBERLY, Mo. (July 16, 2016) For the 29th time against the Speedway Motor ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps, Sedalia’s Jonathan Cornell parked the Kiowa Line Builders No. 28 in Victory Lane.

Cornell’s fourth win of the season with the ASCS Warriors, the Saturday night triumph came at the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo. The make-up from the rained out event during the Red, White, and Blue Tour, the event still carried the $1,776 top prize.

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Chasing Randy Martin the first 17 rounds, a Lap 16 restart proved useful for Cornell as the No. 28 shot the high line to the lead.
Kyle Bellm came from seventh to second in the Jeff Smith Racing No. 86 with Tyler Blank scoring a $300 bonus as the night’s Hard Charger thanks to Valley Park West and Key Choice Realty. Blank came from 11th to third with John Schulz and Randy Martin slipping back to round out the top five.
Curtis Boyer was sixth with Danny Thoman, Evan Martin, Lanny Carpenter, and Broc Elliott making up the top-ten. Heat Races were won by Austin Alumbaugh and Randy Martin with the Heats presented by Midwest Specialty Flooring and Overhead Door of Columbia. The A-Feature was presented by Tiger Towing.

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Tim Crawley Is Super at Superbowl Speedway With ASCS Red River

GREENVILLE, Texas (July 16, 2016) It is rare to say Tim Crawley is a first time winner, but it does happen on occasion, and Saturday was just right for that as the wily veteran picked up his first career victory with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products at the Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas.

The eighth different ASCS Region that Crawley has at least one victory in over the years, Saturday’s win by the Arkansas native is the second time in as many days for a driver to add their name to the list of winners with the Red River Region to bring the year’s total to 11 winners.
Overall, Tim has 18 ASCS Regional triumphs to go along with 45 Lucas Oil ASCS National victories.

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Payea in Right Place at Right Time for Propane Plus 150 Win

Seekonk, MA – Scott Payea was the last man standing on a wild night at Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, July 16, taking the lead with three laps to go en route to his second American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season in the Propane Plus 150.

Colchester, VT’s Payea had run a distant second to Brad Babb for much of the second half of the event, but the 12th caution of the night for ACT Late Model Tour point leader Nick Sweet’s spin on lap 141 set up a showdown between Babb, Payea, Eddie MacDonald, and Dillon Moltz. After Babb got off to a strong restart, Payea began inching back up on the outside as the laps wound down.

As Payea drew even with three laps remaining, MacDonald – who started last after arriving from Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway shortly before the green flag – dove three-wide on the backstretch, and contact entering turn three allowed Payea to leap out to the top spot. MacDonald and Babb continued bumping and eventually ended up in the turn two wall to bring out the red flag with two laps to go. Payea then held off Moltz on the race’s final restart for the victory.
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Marion County Fair Blue Ribbon Knoxville winners Dollansky, Beaver & Logan

Saturday, July 16, 2016

KNOXVILLE, IOWA –Craig Dollansky led the 20-lap distance in sweeping the feature event during the annual Marion County Fair at Knoxville Raceway Saturday night. Joe Beaver found his way to victory lane in the 360 division and Ricky Logan took the 305 feature during HyVee Night at this central Iowa racing facility.

A red flag flew immediately at the beginning of the 410 feature.Dakota Hendrickson became crossed up in turn one forcing Scott Bogucki to strike the turn one fence and end up upside down. Hendrickson and Bogucki were unable to restart.

When the race resumed with a complete restart, Dollansky took charge withBrooke Tatnell in tow. They ran like that through the first seven laps with Dollansky hitting lap traffic before a yellow flew for Jeff Swindell who spun on the bottom of turn two. Dollansky resumed his point position on the restart and at the half-way point he had forged a 100-yard lead.

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Solid Weekend in New England Ends Abruptly for Blake Koch

Blake Koch, No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Auto Lotto 200
Race No. 17 of 33


Started: 11th
Finished: 32nd
Laps:  159/200
Status: Running
Driver Points: 12th
Owner Points: 17th

Loudon, N.H. (July 17, 2016)- Kicking off his weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway posting the 15th and fifth fastest times in both of Friday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) practice sessions, Blake Koch continued the trend qualifying a track-best 11th for Saturday’s Auto Lotto 200.

Settling into the top-15 once the initial green flag dropped on the 200-lap event, Koch radioed in, just 20 laps into the green-flag run, that his No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection™ Chevrolet Camaro was “plowing tight” and that he needed “a bit more forward drive.”
Able to maintain his track position despite fighting an ill-handling race car, Koch was able to come to pit road on lap 52 when the first yellow flag of the race was displayed. Coming to the attention of his Kaulig Racing™ team, crew chief Chris Rice made the call for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help better Koch’s corner exit.

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Rocco, Meyer, Gibbs, Perry, Morga, Correll Win at Waterford

WATERFORD –Keith Rocco said you can’t compete against Ted Christopher without having some respect. It also helps to have a fast race car.

Rocco had both as he blistered his way into the lead with 11 laps remaining on his way to his fourth win of the season in the 35-lap SK Modified feature Saturday at New London Waterford Speedbowl.

Jacob Perry, a 14-year-old from Pawcatuck, won his first 25-lap Ministock feature while Chris Meyer and Monte Gibbs each captured 25-lap Sportsman features. Chris Correll won his first SK Light feature, while Cameron Morga, a visitor from New Mexico, was a winner in the 25-lap U.S. Legends feature.

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Coby Claims Another ‘Magic Mile’ Win

Moves Into 7th All-Time On NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win List

LOUDON, N.H. (July 16, 2016) — By any measure, Doug Coby has compiled quite a decorated career. But the three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion is far from done piling up the accomplishments.

The 36-year-old from Milford, Connecticut, added to his length resume Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Coby drove the No. 2 Dunleavy Repair/A&J Romano Construction Chevrolet to win in New England 100.

Coby led the final six laps and crossed the finish line .037 seconds ahead of Donny Lia.

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Dixon uses extra lap to secure Honda Indy Toronto pole

TORONTO (Saturday, July 16, 2016) – Scott Dixon took advantage of a welcome bonus lap in qualifying and used it to score the Verizon P1 Award for the Honda Indy Toronto.

Dixon’s fast lap of 59.9073 seconds (107.326 mph) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, the final lap of the session, earned his first pole of 2016 and 24th of his career, snapping a tie for 12th place on the all-time Indy car list with Johnny Rutherford. The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion will lead the field to the green flag in Sunday’s 85-lap event, the 32nd Indy car race on the storied 1.786-mile temporary street course.

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“What They’re Saying” from Honda Indy Toronto Qualifying

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “I thought the DeVilbiss Chevy recovered well. It was tough in qualifying with the used tires, but I am happy with how we recovered from the weekend. We have a great race car and I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3. Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “What am I going to say? What am I going to say? I can’t believe it. What is it, two hundredths of a second? Congrats to them but the Shell Pennzoil Chevrolet car is really fast. We made a lot of change, I’m talking about a lot of change. All the changes we made seem to be working. Gosh! Come on, (Scott) Dixon! Really? Really? The first session was not good. All credit to (engineer) Jonathan (Diuguid). He hit the right spot on the car on the setup. The second I put the reds (alternate tires) on the second session, my car was like ‘Whoa. Back in the game here.’ When we went out again on the third one, about to repeat the same lap time we did on the first run. But again, we did not want to wait until the end, since the track always got a little bit better, we did not want to wait till the end because of a yellow or red flag coming out and then would have screwed up with our laps because we knew we were only dealing with two laps. Ganassi is not a rookie team. They’re champions. They know what they’re doing. Good job by Scott.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “I’m really pleased with the result today. We got back into the Fast Six after two weeks of shot-gunning the field. It’s kind of nice to be back at the sharp end of the grid. The Arrow Electronics guys did a great job. It’s such a tough track out here with the conditions, the surface changes, the bumps obviously, but they did what they had to do and gave me a car that could get up there. I’m proud of all of them and hopefully the best starting spot I’ve ever had here turns into the best finish I’ve ever had here.”

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ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints Rained Out at Deep South; Race Rescheduled For July 22, 2016

LOXLEY, Ala. (July 16, 2016) With rain pouring down, officials at the Deep South Speedway have made the call to cancel events scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2016 with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints.

Upon receiving news of the cancellation, track and series officials have already set the make-up date toFriday, July 22. The newly added date will now give fans and teams two shots at action with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints Deep South Speedway as the series takes on the Toccoa Speedway in Toccoa, Georgia on Saturday, July 23.
The ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints is powered by Lucas Oil, Brodix, Schoenfeld, Hoosier Tire, and Team Lucas. More information on the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints can be found online at Fans can also follow the series on Facebook.

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Pagenaud leads practice on reconfigured Toronto track

TORONTO (Friday, July 15, 2016) – Even before he took to the newly configured track on the streets of Exhibition Place in an Indy car, Simon Pagenaud said he was excited at the opportunity. Following Friday’s practices for the Honda Indy Toronto, it’s easy to see why.

The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader set the pace on the 1.786-mile, 11-turn temporary circuit in the last of the day’s two 45-minute practice sessions, at 1 minute, 1.7081 seconds (104.194 mph) in the No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet. He edged teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power for top honors.

“I kind of like changes so I’m good with it,” Pagenaud said of the altered track layout that’s seen pit lane moved from one side of the main straight to the other and the final four turns tightened. “It’s definitely a big change to the last few years. We’re never used to changes but personally I enjoy it.”

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“What They’re Saying” from Honda Indy Toronto Practice

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “Nothing broke on the car. I went in a little out of shape and caught a piece of the wall and I ricocheted across the track. The DeVilbiss Chevrolet was really good before that, but I have complete faith in my crew and we’ll be fine. That’s the thing with street courses. Sometimes there just isn’t enough room to recover from a mistake. I’m anxious to get back out there.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3. Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “Very good to be back here in Toronto. With the new changes on the track, it’s just like a new track. You’ve got to learn. You’ve got to try new things. No question, we just start all over again. I guess tomorrow is going to continue going faster. Great for the Pennzoil Chevrolet. Seems to be very good in this session. We learned a lot from the first one. I’m glad that we’re able to share information with my teammates, which worked very well for me.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “We had some issues with the car this morning but we were able to sort it out. It’s tough because the conditions out there are bumpy and there are so many surface changes. I bet even the fastest guy out there is saying how bad his car feels. It’s all relative. The guys did a great job over lunch and even during the session to slowly make the Arrow Electronics car better and better. We don’t know exactly what we need out of the car here just yet, we’re still learning. But so far, so good. It’s good to end the first day with a reasonable time and position, and hopefully we can just build on that for tomorrow.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss New Hampshire race

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in the July 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after experiencing concussion-like symptoms.

Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, was evaluated this week in Charlotte and today was not cleared by physicians to race. Alex Bowman will be the team’s substitute driver this weekend at New Hampshire.

“I wasn’t feeling great the week going into Kentucky (Speedway) and thought it was possibly severe allergies,” Earnhardt said. “I saw a family doctor and was given medication for allergies and a sinus infection. When that didn’t help, I decided to dig a little deeper. Because of my symptoms and my history with concussions, and after my recent wrecks at Michigan and Daytona, I reached out and met with a neurological specialist. After further evaluation, they felt it was best for me to sit out.
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Four Races in Seven Days up Next for CRA Points Leader Coughlin

COLUMBUS, OH – Cody Coughlin is about to begin one of the busiest weeks of his racing career.  Four races in seven days.  That’s something a dirt driver would do.  Coincidentally, the Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will be hitting the dirt for one of those races, but first, it all begins at Indiana’s bullring of Anderson Speedway for the Redbud 300 on Saturday, July 16.  Ironically, the busy week will end at Anderson a week later for the 100-lap JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event onJuly 23.

In between the two races at Anderson is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on Wednesday, July 20, and the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on Friday, July 22.
“This is going to be crazy, but also a ton of fun,” said the 20 year-old Coughlin.  “I’ve never done anything like this with so many races in such a short period of time.  I’ve also never raced on dirt before, so that race at Eldora is going to be interesting, but I’m looking forward to it.”

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Jimmy John’s Racing: Kevin Harvick New Hampshire Race Advance and Team Report

Track Position Is Key at The Magic Mile

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (July 13, 2016) – Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), knows track position will be key to winning when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for Sunday’s New Hampshire 301.

Winning Sunday at “The Magic Mile” is the only outcome that will help improve Harvick’s position when he pursues his goal of a second Sprint Cup championship.

The Bakersfield, California native earned the first requirement for entry into the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs in thrilling fashion when he scored a win in just the fourth race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway by .01 of a second over runner-up Carl Edwards. By finishing last weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta 382 points ahead of the 31st-place driver in the standings, Harvick is now guaranteed to finish in the top-30 in driver points after race No. 26 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in September. A second win and attempting to qualify for the remaining eight regular-season Sprint Cup events would guarantee Harvick a spot in the Chase.

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INDYCAR News and Notes – July 12, 2016

1. Filippi returns to Coyne for Honda Indy Toronto: Luca Filippi is returning to drive this weekend at the site of his best Verizon IndyCar Series showing – the Honda Indy Toronto.

Filippi will pilot the No. 19 IMPCO ComfortPro Honda for Dale Coyne Racing for the 32nd Indy car race on the streets of Exhibition Place in the 30th anniversary of the Toronto event. Filippi drove in the first four races this season for Coyne with a top finish of 17th place at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. He finished a career-best second at Toronto in 2015 to teammate Josef Newgarden for CFH Racing.

“I’m very excited to be back with Dale Coyne Racing this weekend and to have the chance to race in the Honda Indy Toronto again,” Filippi said. “I want to thank IMPCO Technologies, the ComfortPro team and Dale Coyne for giving me this opportunity. It’s one of my favorite races, not just because I finished on the podium in Toronto last year, but because it’s one of the best events on the schedule and I love to race on street circuits. I can’t wait to get back on track.”

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