Johnny Walker Ready to Defend DARE Stock Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — For Ludlow, MA native Johnny Walker, the 2016 season at Stafford Speedway was the realization of a dream come true as he won the DARE Stock track championship.  Walker had been agonizingly close to winning the championship in 2013 and 2014, finishing second in the standings each season before taking the 2015 season off.  Now that he has a championship under his belt, Walker is ready to go for two in a row in 2017 with his #01 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair / Garrett’s Carpentry & Drywall Chevrolet.

“It’s been a couple of months, but it’s actually just now setting in that we won the championship,” said Walker.  “We love Stafford and the track has always treated us good.  Racing for the championship and points was really stressful last year and now that we got that monkey off our back with the championship, the goal is to have fun and try to win as many races as we can.  We don’t want to worry about points like we did last year.  If we can go back to back and add our name to the Stafford record books, that’s a pretty small list of drivers who have done that and it would be pretty special to add our name to that list.”

The 2016 season was a class in both domination and consistency for Walker and his #01 team.  Outside of a 12th place finish on July 8th, Walker finished each of the other 16 races on the schedule in the top-5 with 13 podium finishes.  While Walker says the pressure of the championship chase started to wear on him during the season, his results on the track didn’t show that as he finished the final 8 races of the season on the podium.  Walker and his team have been hard at work replacing the body on his #01 Chevrolet during the winter and he will debut a new paint scheme for the 2017 season in the Stafford booth at the Frank Maratta Auto Show on March 10-12.

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Mike Wray Ready to Pick Up Where He Left Off in 2016 in Stafford’s Late Model Division

Stafford Springs, CT —  In only his second season of Late Model competition at Stafford Speedway, Northford native Mike Wray strung together an impressive season.  Wray and the #42 DMW Graphics team posted 2 wins with 14 top-5 finishes in 17 races.  Wray’s worst finish of the entire season was a 7th place finish and his consistency helped move from a 7th place points standings during his rookie season to a 2nd place finish behind Tom Fearn in 2016.  Wray is looking to continue his high level of performance once the 2017 season kicks off.

“We’re feeling good about the 2017 season,” said Wray.  “We won the Fall Final last year so we have some good momentum coming into the new season.  We have a good piece and we learned a lot last year as a team so I don’t see any reason why we can’t be just as good as we were.  We’re definitely excited to get started.”

Wray’s performance during the 2016 season was quite a turnaround from his rookie campaign in 2015.  During that season, Wray notched a win but he was only able to record 2 top-5 finishes.  Wray credits his improvement to a Jay Stuart chassis that his team purchased prior to the start of last year.

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Eric Berndt Ready to Challenge for SK Modified® Championship at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2017 season on the horizon at Stafford Motor Speedway, Cromwell native Eric Berndt is preparing to embark on his 23rd consecutive season of SK Modified® competition at the half-mile facility.  Berndt began his modified career in 1995 at the age of 16 and has been part of the SK Modified® landscape at Stafford ever since. 

Berndt has finished in the top-5 of the points standings 6 times in his career and the top-10 13 times.  He has recorded 6 consecutive top-8 finishes in the points standings and he is looking to build some consistency in order to capture his first career Stafford championship with his #66 Cos Williams owned Cos’ Central Auto / North End Auto Parts machine.

“We had a pretty good 2016 season so we’re hoping we can take some of what we had towards the end of the season with a couple of wins and build on that for a stronger 2017,” said Berndt.  “We’re looking to get out of the gate good because the first race of the season can be a make or break race. Last year we were in the top-4 and we lost an engine about a month and a half before the season ended and that kind of set us back.  We’re close, we just need to have a little more consistency.  You definitely don’t want to have to dig yourself out of a hole at the beginning of the year.  If we can have a good Sizzler and roll into some top-5’s from there, hopefully we can be a contender for the championship.”

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Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Returns as First Place Stafford Speedway Contingency Sponsor in SK Modified® and SK Light Divisions

Stafford Springs, CT — Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair of Brookfield will once again contribute a bonus to the winner of each SK Modified® and SK Light Modified feature at Stafford Speedway during the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season.  Dunleavy’s will provide a bonus of $150 for each SK Modified® feature winner as well as a $125 bonus for each SK Light feature winner.  With 17 races during the 2016 season, Dunleavy’s contributed $2,550 to SK Modified® feature winners and $2,125 to SK Light feature winners for a total of $4,675.

“I’ve always been a fan of the modifieds and Stafford has two exceptional modified divisions,” said Dunleavy.  “Both the SK Modifieds® and SK Lights are always exciting to watch.  It looks like the SK Lights will have a lot of new drivers moving up and the SK Modifieds® have a great field of cars so it should be another great season of excitement on the track in both divisions.”

The premier SK Modified® division provided a wide variety of recipients of the Dunleavy’s bonus last season with 8 different winners in 17 races.  SK Modified® champion Rowan Pennink led all drivers with 6 wins with Ted Christopher, Woody Pitkat, Eric Berndt, and Todd Owen all recording 2 wins.  Single feature winners were Keith Rocco, Dan Avery, and Glen Reen.  In the SK Light ranks, there were 6 different feature winners with SK Light champion Tony Membrino, Jr., leading the way with 7 wins.  Dan Wesson had 5 wins and Joey Ferrigno won twice with Joe Graf, Jr., David Arute, and Marcello Rufrano all winning a single feature.  Graf, Arute, and Rufrano were each rookie winners.

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DIRTcar Nationals Night Three Recap

Ruhlman Rallies for Second Career Gator Win
BARBERVILLE, FL – February 17, 2017 – Brian Ruhlman devised a perfect plot and forced Ken Schrader from his preferred line as he engineered a pass in the outside groove with two laps to go for his first win of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Thursday night.
After passing Schrader, the Clarklake, Mich. driver took the checkered flag by over two seconds for his second career Volusia win, extending his point lead in the week long chase for a Big Gator trophy.
Ruhlman started fourth in the 20-lap main event and ran second to the polesitter Schrader until he took advantage of a lap 17 restart. Ruhlman showed the nose of his No.49 to the inside of Schrader’s No.9 several times before the final restart on lap 17, which he revealed was a setup move to make the winning pass.
“Kenny’s a smart racer and he’s one of my heroes,” Ruhlman said in Victory Lane. “He was in the rubber and I had to get him out of the rubber to where I could pass him. I kept showing him the nose on the bottom so he would move down to the bottom, then I could roll the top [lane]. To say I shnookered Kenny Schrader is pretty cool.”

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Coming Up: ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints Opener at East Bay Raceway’s King of the 360’s

TULSA, Okla. (February 16, 2017) The first nights of competition of the 2017 season for the American Sprint Car Series are just days away as the 154 plus race schedule that makes up the ASCS Nation kicks off at East Bay Raceway Park, located just outside Tampa, Fla., with the King of the 360’s and Ronald Laney Memorial.

The race is sanctioned with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints, which will see their second season of competition under the ASCS banner in 2017.

Taking place February 23 through February 25, the annual $10,000 to win event is attracting a stout list of competition. Among the entered is Terry McCarl.

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Evergreen’s “March Enduro Madness” Triple Crown Finale is Slated for March 18

St. Johns, PA (2/16/2017) Thanks to the support received from the first two of three “Triple Crown Series” events, it’s been a successful start to the 2017 season at Evergreen Raceway. The final leg of the series is slated for Saturday, March 18 and the first two events have been nothing short of exciting and entertaining.

The “Triple Crown Series” are points paying events. The top five finishers in each 4-Cylinder and 6/8-Cylinder Enduro will receive a payout and trophy, in accordance with Evergreen’s Enduro payout schedule, which is listed on their website.

Drivers will receive one point per position based on where they finish after tech inspection (one point per position. Ex: 20 cars, winner gets 20 pts, 2nd gets 19, etc).

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2016 First-Timers Plan to Continue Momentum into 2017

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (February 16, 2017) – Three drivers concluded the 2016 Super Cup Stock Car Series with their first ever top 10 points finish. With a few months behind them to reflect on their results, each now have their sights set to learn from and improve toward 2017.

Trent Gossar’s 2016 season saw some career highs as well as some race weekend lows that took him out of contention for the overall championship. Best finishes of third at Columbus Motor Speedway and second at Lonesome Pine Raceway garnered the Markleville, Indiana driver the rookie of the year award.

“I think it was a pretty good season overall,” Gossar recapped. “We ran into a few problems, but I was happy with it.”
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DCRP & Longdale Speedway Working Together to Better Racing in the Region

DODGE CITY, Kan. (February 16, 2017) – In an era in which some racetracks seem to come and go on a frequent basis, the two most well-established tracks in the Northwest Oklahoma-Southwest Kansas region continue to work together to establish the stability and strength of racing in the area.

Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS, and Oklahoma’s Longdale Speedway both rank as the premier dirt track racing facilities within their respective states.

Individually, both tracks have worked successfully to build solid regular programs along with special events.
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Utica-Rome Speedway Ready for Ambitious 2017 Schedule

VERNON, NY – After a 2016 season that saw Mother Nature take her toll on the Utica-Rome Speedway, owners Bill and Kim Shea are ready for a fresh start in 2017. The schedule for the speedway is jam packed with some new events as well as old as the track looks to diversify its offerings to reach a wider variety of race fans.

New for 2017 is the Chill Factor 40 for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds scheduled for April 2. This is one of the first events, if not the first, scheduled in New York for the Modified and 602 Sportsman divisions. The 40-lap feature offers a $3,000 to win purse with $300 going to drivers who qualify. Also on the docket that day is the DIRTcar 602 Sportsman. Their 30-lap feature is set to pay $1,000 to win with $100 reserved for any drivers that qualifies. Drivers from other divisions are welcome to attend with several open practice sessions scheduled throughout the day for them regardless of division. The nightcap for the race is the only appearance in 2017 by Kings Smash’em Crash’em Demolition Derby.

After the Chill Factor the speedway goes silent for two weeks before returning for the traditional season opener for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stocks on April 23. This year these divisions are joined by the Gladiator Twin 20’s for the 360 Sprint Cars. For first time at Utica-Rome, Sprint Car teams have the chance to compete in a pair of $1,500 to win 20-lap features. Rules and qualifying procedures for the event will be announced in the coming weeks. This visit by the 360 Sprint Cars is the first of many as Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints return for their traditional dates on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekends while the 360 Sprint Car open Cole Cup is set for October.
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FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions Commemorate Jeff Gordon’s First Daytona 500 Victory in Original Documentary

Actor Luke Wilson Narrates Tonight’s “Beyond the Wheel” Short Film in One of Three Daytona-Themed Specials

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2017) –- In advance of the 59th annual Daytona 500, FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions have teamed up to deliver a rare behind-the-scenes look at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s first win in the “Great American Race” with an original film entitled “Refuse to Lose.” On the 20th anniversary of Gordon’s milestone triumph, the documentary takes viewers inside his journey to victory lane using never-before-seen footage of the No. 24 team captured in the 10 days leading up to the event.

Featuring interviews with Gordon and crew chief Ray Evernham, both executive producers on the project, the film premieres on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET immediately following FS1’s coverage of the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

“I forgot that Ray had secured a camera crew to document the No. 24 team heading into the 1997 Daytona 500,” Gordon said. “There is footage included in ‘Refuse to Lose’ that even I hadn’t seen before we started this project, and I think it helps paint the picture of why this team led by Ray was so successful – especially from 1995 to 1999.”

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Special Offer On Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News

Find Out Reasons Companies Get Involved in Sponsorship and it is Not Always Exposure; Special Two for One Offer on Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News

LANGHORNE, PA February 16, 2017 . . . “Most of the racers that we hear from about sponsorship still think that logos on the race car or media exposure are the main reasons for businesses getting involved in sponsorship,” said sponsorship expert Ernie Saxton. The latest edition of his Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News newsletter offers an article penned by Kristin Swartzlander of dirtymouthcommunications.com that includes at least ten reasons why companies get involved in sponsorship and it is not always exposure.

Swartzlander includes increased brand loyalty, drive retail traffic and/or sales, entertain clients and a number of other reasons. Media exposure did not make the top ten.

Joe Verdegan offers a great article titled “Dealing With Social Media” and handling social media is becoming more important for racers and event organizers every day.
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Leilani Münter, Lone Female Driver, Bringing Vegan Message to Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida (February 16, 2017) – A dream that has been five years in the making will become reality this weekend for environmental activist and race car driver Leilani Münter. Münter, in partnership with A Well-Fed World, will drive the first ever vegan-themed race car at Daytona International Speedway during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener.

After spending several years pitching the idea to vegan companies, the break came last summer during Münter’s acceptance speech of the Vegan Athlete of the Year Award at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles.

“I talked about how I have this dream of bringing vegan food to the race track and exposing it to this whole new demographic of people, especially because I’ve had some success getting my race team to open up to vegan foods,” Münter said of the speech.

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NASCAR Unveils Enhanced Format Stage Lengths for All Three National Series

Fuel Mileage, Tire Wear Among Determining Factors for Lap Counts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) –- NASCAR today announced the 2017 stage lengths for each race in all three of its national series. A number of factors went into determining the lap count for Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage of each race, with a singular goal in mind – the best racing for NASCAR fans.

“Every track is unique for its characteristics in length, surface, and overall racing conditions,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “We worked closely with race teams on expected fuel and tire runs over the entirety of an event when considering stage lengths. And in the end, stage lengths were decided based upon what would provide the best race for fans.”

Last week, NASCAR announced the stage lengths for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening DAYTONA 500 (Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). For the Great American Race, the stages are scheduled to end on lap 60, lap 120 and lap 200.

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Red Bull GRC to Open 2017 Season in Memphis

Memphis International Raceway to Host Season Opener April 28-29

Los Angeles, CA — The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will kick off with a brand new event at Memphis International Raceway. Taking place on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, the new event will represent the first of 12 rounds on this year’s championship schedule.

“We’re looking forward to bringing wheel-to-wheel Red Bull GRC action back to Tennessee with our new partners at Memphis International Raceway,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Memphis is a perfect host city for our 2017 kickoff round, as our teams get back to action after an exciting offseason and start the chase for our next title.”

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No Shortage of Support for Rookie Noah Gragson in Daytona Debut with Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce

Concord, North Carolina (February 16, 2017) – There are few venues in sports which stand-alone and bring out the raw emotion of anticipation and excitement quite like Daytona. Eighteen-year old driver Noah Gragson is about to experience that moment with his first career start at the World Center of Racing in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series season-opener.

Gragson, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, will make his highly anticipated first start behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsport’s No.55 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota Camry in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.

“This is a dream come true,” says Gragson. “There’s probably no other track in the world that commands this much attention – ever. Between late January with the Rolex 24 and the running of the Daytona 500, this track becomes the center of the racing universe. It’s just simply and honor to be here and have this opportunity. It’s humbling and hard to explain just how much I appreciate the support I’ve received leading up to this moment.”

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Screven Motor Speedway is Familiar Terrain for Two Drivers

Brandon Overton and Shane Clanton Look Forward to Racing in Their Home State

Concord, N.C. – Feb. 16, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. is familiar terrain for Georgia natives Shane Clanton and Brandon Overton. The track is nearly a stone’s throw away from the drivers’ hometowns when considering the number of fans who traveled from 42 states last year to see the first green flag of the season at the red clay oval.

Overton grew up nearly two hours away in Evans, Ga. and began racing at Screven Motorsports Complex long before he or the track ever thought about running Late Models.

“The second time I ever drove a Late Model was at Screven,” said Overton. “Screven started out as a go-kart track, and I grew up racing go-karts there. I’ve been racing there since I was seven.”

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Evans Moves to Title Winning Seat in 2017

GT3 Cup Challenge Runner-up Confirms Carrera Cup Campaign

New Zealand born, Gold Coast based racer Jaxon Evans is the latest young gun to join the country’s premier one-make series, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, following two seasons in the feeder Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia category.

Having finished a close runner-up in last season’s GT3 Cup Challenge series, Evans will now follow in the footsteps of another young Porsche star, Matt Campbell, when entering the 2017 Carrera Cup season and stepping into Campbell’s title winning McElrea Racing 911 GT3 Cup car.

The 20-year-old Evans is the latest drivers to ascend the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, joining the likes of Campbell, Fraser Ross, Dylan O’Keeffe and James Abela as a driver to enter Carrera Cup having gained experience behind the wheel of a race-bred 911 in the GT3 Cup Challenge series.

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McDonald’s® Restaurants Returns to Brewerton & Fulton Speedways’ in 2017

Fast Food Chain Signs On Again with Both Speedway as Major Marketing Partner

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – February 15, 2017 – The Brewerton and Fulton Speedways are proud to announce that McDonald’s® Restaurants has renewed its major partnership at both Speedways for the exciting 2017 racing season.

After being a big hit in 2016 with fans of all ages, the real Ronald McDonald® and Hamburglar ®will be making a visit to both speedways on McDonald’s® Restaurants Family Weekend. Circle your calendars for Friday, July 7th at the Brewerton Speedway and Saturday, July 8th at the Fulton Speedway on fan favorite Family Autograph Night.  Both nights will include fan giveaways and Jr. Fan Club activities.

Thanks to the McDonald’s® Restaurants fans will be able to register at Brewerton and Fulton area McDonald’s for race tickets throughout the summer for a night of fast, family, affordable fun.

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No. 14 Mobil 1 Racing: Clint Bowyer Daytona 500 Advance

CLINT BOWYER
New Team, New Manufacturer, Same Desire to Win Daytona 500

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Feb.15, 2017) – Let us re-introduce you to Clint Bowyer.

You might remember him. He finished second in the 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship and third in the 2007 title chase. He has eight NASCAR Cup Series victories and won the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series title after leaving his hometown of Emporia, Kansas for racing glory in 2004.

He’s NASCAR’s everyman, whose collar is as blue as his Kansas City Royals hat and his smile as wide as a wheat field.
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INDYCAR News and Notes — Feb. 15, 2017

 

  1. Ed Carpenter Racing hits road course at Sonoma: Ed Carpenter Racing tested Tuesday on a road course for the first time in 2017, as teammates JR Hildebrand and Spencer Pigot completed a one-day session at Sonoma Raceway, home to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma that will conclude the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season in September.

It marked Pigot’s first time in an Indy car this year. The 23-year-old Floridian is driving ECR’s No. 20 Chevrolet at road- and street-course events this season, with team owner Ed Carpenter in the car for the six oval races. Hildebrand is driving the entire season in the No. 21 Chevy and tested Feb. 10-11 on the oval at Phoenix Raceway.

The Sonoma test also served as a homecoming for Hildebrand, a native of Sausalito, California, who got his start at Sonoma Raceway driving karts and formula cars before making the jump to professional racing in 2010.

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Solomito Scores Second Title at Riverhead

Helps Whelen Modified Legend Score First Title as Owner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Shawn Solomito helped a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour legend complete his bucket list in 2016 at New York’s Riverhead Raceway.

Solomito, who turns 28 this week, captured his second track championship at Riverhead in the modified division and in doing so helped 1994 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Wayne Anderson claim his first Riverhead track championship as a car owner at the quarter-mile speed plant.

“We had one of those seasons that was like a dream season,” said Solomito, who also won the Riverhead track title in 2012 driving a family-owned car. “We won five features, we hardly tore up any equipment and I think we finished top three every night except for like three nights last year.”

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Northwest Qualifiers for Oxford and Hickory, Entry Forms, and Lap Boards Keep PASS Busy

CHARLOTTE, NC (February 15) – Although the 2017 Pro All Stars Series (PASS) season is barely under way, North America’s most prominent Super Late Model tour is already looking towards two of the biggest events of the year, the 44th Annual Oxford 250 in August and the recently announced Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 in November.  Today officials from PASS, the Northwest Super Late Model Series, and Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval (WVSO) announced that two events at the Washington State speedway will serve as qualifiers for each of the premier events in PASS.

“I met Tom [Mayberry] at North Wilkesboro about five years ago and since then we have become good friends and shared a lot of late night talks while on the road traveling,” said Garrett Evans, a multi-time Super Late Model champion in the Northwest.  “It was a great honor to have the PASS Northwest Triple Crown at WVSO, my hometown track, a few years ago.  The timing wasn’t right for a series in our area then, but I feel things are getting closer for PASS to possibly return next year.”

As part of the agreement, the top two finishers in the Leonard Evans Memorial 150 at WVSO on April 29 will be on “The Road To The Oxford 250” and will have guaranteed starting spots in the prestigious race.  Additionally, the top two finishers of the Neal Newberry 125 at WVSO on September 23 will have guaranteed starting spots in the Mason-Dixon MegaMeltdown 300 at Hickory Motor Speedway in November, which will pay $15,000 to win, plus additional lap leader money.
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Reutzel Ventures to Volusia after Strong Ocala Finish

CLUTE, Texas (February 15, 2017) – It will be new territory for Aaron Reutzel this week as the Clute, TX, racer takes to the lightning-fast, ½-mile Volusia Speedway Park clay oval for five nights of DIRTcar Nationals competition beginning on Wednesday night.

The five-night run at the Barberville, FL, track not too far away from Daytona Beach includes two nights of All Star Circuit of Champions competition on Wednesday and Thursday followed up by the opening three rounds of 2017 World of Outlaws Sprint Car action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“I’ve never been there, so it’s all new to me right now,” the 2015 ASCS National champion commented of Volusia Speedway Park.  “I know I have a good motor and we’re usually good on big tracks, so we’ll see.”

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NASCAR Becomes First Sports League to Launch DeskSite Video App

New HD Video Platform Delivers NASCAR.com Content On-demand to Desktops, Laptops, and Tablets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 15, 2017) –- Just in time for the 2017 DAYTONA 500®, NASCAR and DeskSite jointly announced today the official launch of the NASCAR DeskSite, an interactive and personalized video app that delivers premium, high-definition video content on-demand to NASCAR fans – for free.

NASCAR is the first professional sports league to launch DeskSite, which has partnerships with individual NFL, NHL, and MLS team franchises.

Described as a “DVR for the Internet,” the NASCAR DeskSite serves as a digital fan hub for NASCAR.com video content including interviews with drivers, post-race recaps, in-depth coverage, driver spotlights and breaking news. The content is available to fans at any time, even offline.

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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: New Smyrna

Analyzing the Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East begins with the Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sunday, February 19. Below is a look at the Jet Tools 150 and some of the selected participants.

Jet Tools 150 Race Setup:

  • For the fourth consecutive season, New Smyrna Speedway hosts the opening race of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.
  • The three drivers that finished in the top three positions in this race last year are the only drivers who finished in the top 10 entered this year — Todd Gilliland (won), Spencer Davis (second) and Ronnie Bassett Jr. (third).

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Racing Junk.com Back on Board as Official Classifieds of Seekonk Speedway for 2017

RacingJunk.Com Continues Partnership with Seekonk Speedway

North Adams, MA – RacingJunk.com, the world’s largest online motorsports marketplace, is glad to continue its partnership with Seekonk Speedway. This partnership will help spread the word about Seekonk Speedway’s events while providing the speedway’s competitors and fans with RacingJunk.com’s services.

RacingJunk.com is a subsidiary of MotorHeadMedia.com. It has over 850,000 registered members and connects to more than two million buyers and sellers every month, generating 30 million+ page views.

Seekonk Speedway is a 1/3 mile paved oval speedway which opened May 1, 1946. The track features eight divisions of racing weekly on Friday and Saturday nights. NASCAR takes the stage every Saturday with Pro Stock, Sportsman, Late Model and Sport Truck racing while Fast Fridays feature Pure Stock, Legends, Sport Four and Bandoleros. The Speedway is also famous for its Sunday Thrill Shows, held five times a year, which feature enduros, figure eights and spectator drags along with many other exciting events and big races.

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K&N Pro East News & Notes: New Smyrna

Faces New and Old Begin March to Season Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A host of new drivers, and a crop of talented racers returning to the series, begin the march toward the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship when a brand new season takes the green flag in the Jet Tools 150 at  New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Sunday, February 19. For the fourth consecutive season, K&N Pro Series teams begin their season during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna.

Of the 28 drivers entered in the Jet Tools 150, the first of 14 races for the series this season, a full third of those drivers have participated in the K&N Pro Series previously. All three of last year’s top three finishers, including race winner Todd Gilliland are entered this week. Collin Cabre and Jay Beasley are back in the Rev Racing fold for 2017, while Harrison Burton, Hunter Baize and Tyler Dippel all had strong 2016 season in the series and are looking to back that up with good opening runs at New Smyrna.

While getting the season off on the right foot with a trip to Victory Lane is the goal for most teams this week, winning the season opener has not proven necessary for championship hopes. No driver to win the Jet Tools 150 in any of the first three years went on to win the title — in fact, Ben Rhodes fourth-place finish in the inaugural event in 2014 marks the highest Jet Tools 150 finish by a championship winner. William Byron placed seventh at New Smyrna in 2015, while Justin Haley finished fifth last season.

And while none of the previous New Smyrna winners ended up winning that year’s K&N Pro Series East championship, all have gone on to great things in their own careers. Daniel Suarez, who won the inaugural event in 2014, won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship last year and is replacing Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 2015 New Smyrna winner Austin Hill is entering his second full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

RACE: Jet Tools 150
PLACE: New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
DATE: Sunday, February 19
TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .480-mile banked asphalt oval
2016 WINNER: Todd Gilliland
2016 POLE WINNER: Todd Gilliland
EVENT SCHEDULE: Sunday, February 19 – Garage opens: 11 a.m.; Practice: 2:45-3:30 p.m.; 3:45-4:30 p.m.; Group qualifying: 5:05 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6:30 p.m.; Jet Tools 150: 7:30 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Kim Brown, (386) 427-4129; kbrown@newsmyrnaspeedway.org
TWITTER: @newsmyrnaspway
EVENT HASHTAG: #JetTools150
NASCAR IMC CONTACT: Brooke Franceschini, (386) 631-6142), bfranceschini@nascar.com.

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: ENTRY LIST & EVENT SCHEDULE

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The Jet Tools 150 will be the first of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will secure starting positions based on the group qualifying process. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (72 miles) with a five minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 75.

The Track: New Smyrna Speedway opened in 1964 and has a grandstand capacity of 8,000. The .480-mile banked oval has 600-foot straightaways and 720-foot turns with 23 degrees of banking. The track was repaved in January 2007. Additionally, it’s a part of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and plays host to its annual February showcase, the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Race Winners: There have been three different winners in the three previous K&N East races at New Smyrna. Daniel Suarez, Austin Hill and Todd Gilliland are the only race winners at New Smyrna in series history.

Pole Winners: In the three previous events, there have been thee different pole winners. Cameron Hayley won the pole for the inaugural race at the track in 2014, while Austin Hill and Todd Gilliland each won races from the pole. Gilliland set the track qualifying record last season of 18.318 seconds (94.333 mph).

Jet Tools 150 Notes:
Double Duty: Defending race winner and reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion Todd Gilliland returns to New Smyrna this weekend with an eye on a busy 2017 season. The 16-year-old Gilliland, of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, plans on running the full schedule in both the K&N East and K&N West this season for car owner Bill McAnally. Gilliland won six of 14 starts in the West series last season, and won his East debut at New Smyrna. Gilliland will have company for the East series run, too, as his father, former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver David Gilliland, will field cars for Chase Purdy. The Mississippi native Purdy, 16, spent part of last season in the Late Model division at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

Return Engagement: Including Gilliland, all three drivers who were part of an exciting, down to the wire finish at New Smyrna last season are entered in this year’s edition of the Jet Tools 150. Joining Gilliland are Spencer Davis and Ronnie Bassett Jr, who finished second and third, respectively, in this race last year. The trio of drivers combined to lead all but nine laps in 2016 at New Smyrna. In fact, of the drivers who finished in the top 10 in this event a year ago, only Gilliland, Davis and Bassett are entered in this year’s race. Davis, who won the Pro Late Model championship at New Smyrna’s World Series in 2014, is driving a part-time entry for former series regular Ben Kennedy. His teammate for New Smyrna will be Anthony Sergi as part of Kennedy’s two-car operation for New Smyrna.

Multicultural Flair: Diversity is well-represented in the K&N Pro Series field at New Smyrna. Collin Cabre returns to the seat of the No. 2 for Max Siegel as part of the Drive 4 Diversity program, while his brother, Chase, is alongside as a teammate in the No. 4 for the first time. Jay Beasley is in the No. 42 as part of the D4D program, too, as is Reuben Garcia Jr. of Mexico City. Two cars are entered for owner Troy Williams in the event, with Mexican driver Enrique Baca and Floridian Luis Rodriguez Jr. entered.  Amber Balcaen of Winnipeg, Manitoba will be behind the wheel of the No. 39 for McClure/Martin Racing, and Jesse Iwugi will make his series debut in the No. 36.

Home Cookin’: Two drivers with a track record of having plenty of success at New Smyrna will make their K&N Pro Series debuts in the Jet Tools 150. Travis Cope will make a start this week in the No. 31 for longtime car owner Ted Marsh, and while Marsh’s roots are in racing in New England, Cope has made his mark at New Smyrna. Cope, of Weeki Wachee, Florida, has won three of the biggest non-World Series Super Late Model events held annually at New Smyrna. In 2013, Cope won the Governor’s Cup at the track, following that effort by winning both the Orange Blossom 100 and the Red Eye 100 there the following season. But Cope isn’t the only Super Late Model driver from the Whelen All-American Series ranks expecting to break through this weekend. Zane Smith of Huntington Beach, California, won the 2015 Super Late Model crown at the 2016 World Series at New Smyrna.

New Rules: Two new race and qualifying procedures will make their K&N Pro Series debuts at New Smyrna. Qualifying times will be recorded through the group qualifying process, with NASCAR determining the number of groups that will run in five-minute segments. Drivers may run as many laps as they wish during their five-minute session, with their fastest posted lap counting for their qualifying time. The green-white-checkered finish is gone this season, too, replaced by the overtime line currently used in NASCAR’s national series. Once the field reaches the designated overtime line on the track, the race will be deemed official in case of a late caution flag.

NASCAR Home Tracks: New Smyrna Speedway

For the fourth straight season, New Smyrna Speedway hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series opener as part of the 51st annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Modifieds, Super Late Models, Pro Late Models and more are part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

Sources: Travis Barrett, Special to NASCARHomeTracks.com

NKNPS East New Smyrna 2/19/17 Schedule
K&N Pro Series East
Time Event
11 a.m. Garage opens
11:30 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
11:45 a.m. Inspection begins
1:30 p.m. Rookie/Spotter Meeting
2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Practice
3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Final Practice
5:05 p.m. Group Qualifying
6 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
6:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session (On Track)
7:15 p.m. Driver Introductions
7:30 p.m. Jet Tools 150

NKNPS East New Smyrna 02/19/17 Entry List
K&N Pro Series East
Series:
K&N Pro Series East
PRINTABLE VERSION
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
2 Collin Cabre, Tampa, Fla. UTI/NTI Toyota Max Siegel TBA
04 Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C. Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet Ronnie Bassett Kris Bowen
4 Chase Cabre, Tampa, Fla. * Eibach Springs Toyota Max Siegel TBA
5 Luis Rodriguez, Jr., Miami, Fla. * PEAK Chevrolet Troy Williams TBA
6 Ruben Garcia Jr., Mexico City, Mexico UTI/NTI Toyota Max Siegel Steve Plattenberger
9 Enrique Baca, Monterrey, Mexico * PEAK/Telmex Chevrolet Troy Williams TBA
12 Harrison Burton, Huntersville, N.C. DEX Imaging Toyota Matthew Miller Mardy Lindley
13 Hunter Baize, Bremen, Ky. EcoWater Systems Naples/KnT Sports Cards Chevrolet Eric McClure Teddy Brown
14 Trey Hutchens, Lexington, N.C. TBA Chevrolet Bobby Hutchens Bobby Hutchens Jr.
16 Todd Gilliland, Sherrills Ford, N.C. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Bill McAnally Chris Lawson
17 Chase Purdy, Meridian, Miss. * Bama Buggies Toyota David Gilliland TBA
19 Chuck Buchanan, Jr., Hildebran, N.C. Spring Drug Ford Chuck Buchanan Craig Wood
20 Anthony Sergi, Oviedo, Fla. * MJS Concrete Toyota Benjamin Kennedy TBA
23 J.P. Morgan, Mooresville, N.C. www.soldbyjackiemorgan.com J.P. Morgan James Beck
30 Tyler Dippel, Wallkill, N.Y. TyCar Ford Mark Rette Mark Rette
31 Travis Cope, Weeki Wachee, Fla. * Whelen Engineering/Best Line Ted Marsh Todd Fisette
36 Jesse Iwuji, Carrollton, Tex. Red List Group/Lights Out/Rabbit Shawne Merriman John Wood
38 Salvatore Iovino, Los Angeles, Calif. Shakeaway Shakes/Twin Peaks Mike Holleran Sonny Wahl
39 Amber Balcaen, Winnipeg, MB * Shead Racing/Glen McLeod & So Hal Martin Doug Chouinard
40 Sheldon Creed, Alpine, Calif. * A.M. Ortega Toyota Mark McFarland Doug Howe
41 Vinnie Miller, Metamora, Mich. * MasterMFGInc.com Toyota Doug Fuller Jamie Jones
42 Jay Beasley, Las Vegas, Nev. Max Siegel, Inc. Toyota Max Siegel TBA
43 Zane Smith, Huntington Beach, Calif. * Diamondback Towing Toyota David Calabrese TBA
44 Dillon Bassett, Winston-Salem, N.C. Bassett Gutters and More Ford Ronnie Basset Kris Bowen
49 John Holleman, IV, Winston-Salem, N.C. Midway Mobile Storage Ford Zeno Marshall Jr Kevin Hollenbach
66 Reid Wilson, Huntersville, N.C. * TruNorth Warranty Programs Barry Wilson Andrew Abbott
96 Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga. * TBA Toyota Ben Kennedy Mike Fritts
99 Derek Kraus, Stratford, Wis. * Carlyle Tools Toyota Bill McAnally Ty Joiner
* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender

Ben Kennedy Racing Announces Plans

Davis & Sergi to Run K&N Pro East Opener at New Smyrna

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As he looks to make the move to NASCAR XFINITY Series this year, Ben Kennedy is continuing his presence in the series that started his NASCAR career.

Ben Kennedy Racing announced Tuesday morning two new additions to the 2017 roster for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Spencer Davis and Anthony Sergi will compete in Sunday’s Jet Tools 150 at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway for the team.

Davis, a NASCAR Next driver, will field the No. 96 Davis Poultry Toyota for several events throughout the season, starting with the season-opener at Kennedy’s home track. Davis will team with Mike Fritts as his crew chief.

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Phoenix Construction Returns to Daytona with Dalton Sargeant

Charlotte, N.C. (February 13, 2017) – This year’s Lucas Oil 200 from Daytona International Speedway will carry a long list of firsts for 2016 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year Dalton Sargeant. None more exciting than Phoenix Construction and Billy Ballew Motorsports’ return to the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway where they have each found victory lane before. The race also marks the first time that 18-year old Sargeant will compete at the famed racetrack, as well as his debut with Cunningham Motorsports in the Chad Bryant led No. 77.

“The No. 77 Phoenix Construction, Billy Ballew Ford Fusion looks great and I couldn’t be more excited to make my first start with Cunningham Motorsports,” said Dalton Sargeant. “To have the opportunity to race a car with Phoenix Construction on the hood is really cool, James Finch and Billy Ballew had some great drivers in their cars throughout the years so it’s an honor to include my name on that list. There’s a Florida connection with these group of guys and we’re all looking forward to a bit of a homecoming at Daytona this weekend. Hopefully, with all of us being from the sunshine state, it will bring us some luck.”

James Finch and Billy Ballew individually have an extensive history in NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series. Between the two of them, they have achieved a total of 44 wins in Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, Truck Series and ARCA competition as team owners. Billy Ballew Motorsports is a car dealership with two locations, one in Daytona Beach, FL and the other in Blairsville, GA while Phoenix Construction has its headquarters in Lynn Haven, FL.”

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