Vergne edges out di Grassi in nail-biting finish in Punta

TECHEETAH driver extends gap to rivals in title fight with narrow victory after tense scrap on shores of Uruguay

PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY (March 17, 2018) – Jean-Eric Vergne extended his lead at the top of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, narrowly edging out Lucas di Grassi in a nail-biting finish on the shores of Uruguay for the CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix.
The Frenchman stood firm with persistent pressure from reigning champion Lucas di Grassi throughout the race. Despite close competition from behind in the closing stages, Vergne kept his nerve to seal victory at the scene of his first-ever race in Formula E where he made his debut for Andretti in 2014.
It’s Vergne’s third E-Prix win and his second of the season, meaning the TECHEETAH driver now heads his nearest rival Felix Rosenqvist by 30 points at the top of the standings.

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Jon McKennedy Knocks One Off His Bucket List

Scores First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Win at Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Even though both Jon McKennedy and Tommy Baldwin have put together a long list of accolades in their racing career, both entered the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season looking to prove a point.

Saturday, McKennedy took the new pairing between the two veterans of asphalt modified racing right to the winner’s circle.

McKennedy captured his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

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Night 2 of Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals Called Ahead Of Worsening Forecast

MESQUITE, Texas (March 17, 2018) Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials have made the call to cancel the second night of the 45th Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals. The decision comes as the night’s forecast for rain and severe Thunder Storms continues to worsen.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by is slated to return to the Devil’s Bowl during the ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek on June 12, 2018. Those who already purchased a Pit Pass forMarch 17, 2018, will be able to use it for the Speedweek event. Any other questions regarding tickets or Pit Passes must be directed to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway by calling (972) 222-2421.
The next event for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by is Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track for Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals. Tickets are on sale at
For other news, notes, and information on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the Regional Tours that make up the over 150 across the ASCS Nation in 2018, log onto, follow on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter (@LucasOilASCS).

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Beam Mack Sales & Service to Present Hall of Fame 100 on July 28

Hall of Fame Weekend (July 28-29) Opens with Beam Mack Sales & Service Hall of Fame 100 for SDS Big Blocks

WEEDSPORT, NY (March 15, 2018) – The all-new Hall of Fame Weekend at Weedsport Speedway on July 28-29 will feature another stop from the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds on Saturday, July 28 for the $10,000 to win Hall of Fame 100 with all of the night’s action presented by Beam Mack Sales & Service.

Central New York’s blockbuster summer weekend will see two nights of action with the SDS Big Blocks and Vintage Stock Cars taking to The Port on July 28 followed by the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the Spano Container Sportsman Shootout Series on July 29.

Weedsport Speedway promoter Jimmy Phelps is excited to welcome Beam Mack Sales & Service to the Saturday night portion of the overall program.

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Keith Rocco Looking to Carry Momentum into 2018

Stafford Springs, CT — With the 2018 season at Stafford Speedway less than 6 weeks away, defending SK Modified® champion Keith Rocco is looking forward to getting back to his winning ways on the track.  The driver of the #88 Wheelers Auto Chevrolet scored his third career SK Modified® track title last year and his 2 wins moved his career SK Modified® win total to 45 races, only 2 wins behind Bo Gunning for second place on Stafford’s all-time SK Modified® wins list.

“We’re really excited for the season,” said Rocco.  “We’ve been working hard over the winter and it was really great to finish last season off with 2 wins and end on a high note.  It’s always a morale booster for everyone to end the season like that.  It definitely sends you into the next season full steam ahead and ready to pick up where we left off.  I have to thank Wheelers Auto with John and Maina Rufrano, Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair, FK Rod Ends, and Pettit Racing Engines for their support.”

While his championship effort last year was the third of his career at Stafford, it might have been the most impressive title that Rocco has won.  Rocco entered the final 2 races of last season with no wins to his credit and he trailed Chase Dowling by 34 points, or 17 positions on the track.  With only 2 races left to determine the champion, Rocco and the #88 team were able to deliver their 2 best performances of the season and they won both races, which was good enough to give the championship to Rocco by a 6 point margin over Dowling. 

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Must See Racing Partners with SPEED SPORT for Five Races on MAVTV

HOLLY, Mich. — Must See Racing officials have released the tracks and dates of the events that will be televised this season through the organization’s partnership with SPEED SPORT and MAVTV.

Five Must See Racing sprint car events will be taped for airing on MAVTV, with a two-hour telecast of the 70th running of the Pay Less Little 500 presented by the UAW-GM on May 26 at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway headlining the schedule.

This year’s Little 500 has a stellar entrant list including past winners Jeff Bloom and Kody Swanson, Brian Tyler, Chris Windom, Shane Cottle and Jacob Wilson, plus a host of racing stars from across the country and Canada.

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Live Streaming of Motorsports Can be a Huge Part of Sponsorship Success

Special Two for One Offer for Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News

LANGHORNE, PA March 16, 2018 . . . More and more sports programming is now being streamed live. Every major-league sports along with most minor league sports have live streaming capabilities for their content and auto racing is included in that category.

Unfortunately, according to an article in Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News by Attorney Michael K. Spotts, grassroots racing at the local level has by and large lagged behind.

In his article, Spotts shows that live streaming is an efficient and cost-effective way to bring TV to racing at the local level and provide that valuable platform for sponsorship and marketing that would otherwise be unaffordable at the grassroots level. Giving more platforms to a sponsor will translate into an increase in the value of your marketing program.

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Enduro March 24, Practice March 31, Rogers Memorial April 7th at Grandview Speedway

Practice Day, Enduro/vintage Car Racing and VP Racing Fuels Bruce Rogers’ Memorial Money Maker Classic Set at Grandview Speedway

BECHTELSVILLE, PA March 16, 2018 . . . The auto racing season is just a couple weeks away so let’s get some practice in and be sure we are ready.

On Saturday, March 31st, at Grandview Speedway the traditional Free-to-the-Public practice session will feature racers in all types of race cars testing their equipment before the season officially starts on Saturday, April 7th with the running of the VP Racing Fuels First annual Bruce Rogers’ Memorial Money Maker. The race is expected to attract a number of area dirt track Modified standouts especially with $7,500 as the top prize for the 50-lap main event. Each starter will receive at least $1,000.

Rain date for the Memorial is Saturday, April 14th.

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Rain Forces Cancellation of Night One of FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout at Stockton

Rain Forces Cancellation of Night One at Stockton

STOCKTON, CA – March 16, 2018 —The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series has lost another event to Mother Nature, as weather has forced officials to cancel night one of the FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track tonight. The first day of the two-day event will not be made up, but racing will continue tomorrow, Saturday, March 17 as planned.

Those who have purchased tickets for Friday night can use the tickets on Saturday night with a $5 upgrade. Those who purchased a weekend package, or who cannot make the event tomorrow, can call 844-DIRT-TIX to apply their credit to another race or request a refund.

The Greatest Show on Dirt continues the West Coast Swing — and its 40th anniversary season — on Saturday, March 17, at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, CA. Tickets are still available.

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iRacing Announces Two World of Outlaws eSport World Championship Series

March 16, 2018- Bedford, MA — Two new World Championship eSport Series will be launched this spring on iRacing – the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Championship Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Championship Series. These series will pit the world’s fastest online racers against each other on digital replications of some of the most iconic dirt tracks in the United States – battling for more than $34,000 in cash and prizes.

iRacing, the leading online racing simulation has been sanctioning professional eSport racing series since 2010, and recently added dirt racing to the online service. The addition of these two World Championship level series shows iRacing’s commitment to being the leader in racing eSports.

The World Championship series will be broadcast live at on Monday nights – alternating between the two series, beginning on May 7th and ending on October 29th.

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Roger Crockett Strikes First with Lucas Oil ASCS at the Devil’s Bowl

MESQUITE, Texas (March 16, 2018) Rolling into the Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the first time in 14-years, Roger Crockett made a 3:00 A.M. mad thrash to finish is Rocket Designs / KPC No. 11 worthwhile as the newly relocated Oklahoma driver picked up his first career victory at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and seventh with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by 

“Al Parker got this thing done in less than two-weeks. I wasn’t sure when I was really going to be able to run my car, so to be here is amazing,” stated Roger. “I left about 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday to get the engine from Al, drove back, then me and Brandi [Crockett] got everything put together. If it wasn’t for her and the how fast Al got the engine done, there is no way I could have made this races plus Johnny and Ann [Herrera] helped get our Generator fixed too.”

Third, to second in the fourth Heat Race, the move put Roger in the redraw.

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Davison Confirmed for WEC Super Season

Sports car ace Alex Davison will return to international Porsche duties this season after confirmation the Australian will contest the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship ‘Super Season’.

Davison has joined the LMGTE Am classified team Gulf Racing for the eight round season, which spans across 2018 and 2019 and includes two 24 Hours of Le Mans events. Davison will team with former Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia runner Ben Barker and team owner Mike Wainwright in the Porsche entry.

Davison will couple his FIA WEC duties with a part-time 2018 Carrera Cup Australia campaign, which he begins at next weekend’s second round at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

The announcement marks a decade since Davison last competed in a European series. After a stint in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Davison raced in the 2008 European Le Mans Series, placing second in the GT2 Class alongside co-driver Marc Lieb.

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Lee USA Speedway Announces Changes to 2018 NASCAR Sanction

Lee, NH. – Lee USA Speedway Announced today that effective the 2018 Season the R&R “the tool Store and More” Late Model Sportsmen will be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Premier Division. Along with a bump in the progressive pay off to car count will bump to $500/$700/$1,000.

The Rodfather Super Modifieds who have been the Premier Division since 2011 will move to the Division 2 slot along with the Rodfather, NASCAR and the track providing a $10,000 Points fund. The Supers Schedule and payoffs will stay the same as posted.

Track Promoter Norm Wrenn III said “We feel this move is in the best interest of the track continue the track’s commitment to the NASCAR sanction and the weekly Whelen All-American Series. The Sportsmen have the best car counts week in and week out to bring the NASCAR State of New Hampshire awards back to Lee USA Speedway. We also will be looking at the Schedule to try and add some races to the Sportsmen to make it happen.”

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2018 Midwest Thunder Midget Season Kicks Off April 7

Kicking off its third year, the USAC Midwest Thunder Midgets (MTM) Series has planned its most ambitious season yet. The series has added new race facilities and a number of special races, including a co-sanctioned special four race series with the USAC SpeeD2 Illinois Midget Racing Association. This schedule was made possible by the growing support of D2 racing, as nearly all series regulars from the past two years are returning, and a significant number of new racers have committed to support the series.4

Once again, the MTM series will partner with Montpelier Motor Speedway to support the Montpelier Midget Series, now in its seventh year of bringing grassroots midget racing to Indiana. Big news this season is a special D2 only race at Montpelier, recognizing the support D2 racers have provided to the series since its inception in 2012. Racing action kicks off on April 7th and April 28th with the first two of 11 Montpelier Midget Series races, where the MTM SpeeD2 cars compete in a ‘race within a race’ format with open midgets, but eligible to earn MTM points toward the USAC ‘Race of Champions’ season championship. A special MTM Speed2 only bonus is paid to the highest finishing D2 car for each race, in addition to Montpelier’s regular $700 to win, $125 to start purse structure.

The month of May opens with Race One of the USAC SpeeD2 Midwest Championship series at Kokomo Speedway on Sunday, May 6th as part of its ‘King of Kokomo’ event, recognizing the support that D2 racers provided to Kokomo’s 2017 midget schedule. GYATK! The famed bullring will host the first of four MTM/IMRA co-sanctioned races restricted to D2 midgets only. The series will feature the premier D2 racers from across the country, competing at some of the finest Midwest racing facilities, with a focus on fair and fun grassroots racing, bringing midget racing back to the working man’s budget. A separate points series will be maintained for these four races, with USAC recognition and its own points payout.

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Plott Hoping for Strong Start to SSS Season at The Rattler

If there is one race and one race track that Kyle Plott is most looking forward to, it is the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Not simply because it is the first race on the 2018 Southern Super Series calendar, but also because it is also the first major Super Late Model race that the Georgia driver competed in back in 2015.

Since that time the 4/10-mile track in Opp, Alabama has become a favorite of his. Despite battling mechanical difficulties, he has wielded strong showings at the track.

“It’s always been a good track to me. I enjoy the place and I like the way they run it.  It’s just a cool track out in the middle of nowhere,” Plott said.  “The Rattler brings out some of the best and that’s why a lot of people like it so much. A lot of people try to get out to Opp, it’s a track that’s got so much character and it’s unique compared to other ones. If you’re off just a little bit you’re going straight to the back. Really excited to see how it plays out.”

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Brett Gonyaw Has The Spark of a Champion

Stafford Springs, CT — For the 2018 season, SK Light driver Brett Gonyaw will be looking to pick up right where he left off after a breakout 2017 season at Stafford Speedway.  Prior to last year, Gonyaw had made only 3 starts at Stafford, but made the most of his first full season by posting 2 wins, 9 top-5, and 12 top-10 finishes.  Gonyaw’s breakout season also saw him emerge as a championship contender, not only at Stafford but through the Champions Spark Plugs Search for A Champion contest.  With a stellar campaign under his belt, Gonyaw is looking forward to returning and once again running up front at the Connecticut half-mile facility.

“The whole team is pretty pumped as far as getting back to racing,” said Gonyaw.  “Last year was our first full season at Stafford and we came with high hopes after some good runs at some other tracks and we wanted to race a full year at what we feel is the best track around.”

Gonyaw’s 2017 season didn’t get off to the best of starts, with finishes of 26th, 27th, and 14th sandwiched around a 3rd place finish in the first four races.  But Gonyaw’s season turned around for the better with the big money, extra distance Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night race on June 9th.  Gonyaw and the #81 Johnny’s Mud Runs team took the checkered flag to pick up his first career Stafford win and take home an SK Light record payday of $2,025 between purse and contingencies.

“That race was kind of funny because we had some bad luck in the races before that and had to race our way into the field through the consi,” said Gonyaw.  “We started deep in the field but with the extra laps, we had plenty of time to get to the front.  With 19 laps to go, we started picking guys off one by one and when the two leaders got together in front of us and we were in the right place at the right time to take over the lead.  We started out as a learning team and after that race, we were pumped up looking for wins.  It took us a while to get another win but that race really set the bar for the rest of our season.  I think I have a target on my back this year for the Dunleavy’s Modifiedz event.  Everyone is going to be hunting for us for that race.  That was 100% a turning point for us last year and it was great to put some money in the bank that we were able to use for parts and pieces on the car that we needed to finish the season out.”

Gonyaw will be looking forward to Dunleavy’s Modifiedz Night on May 25th this season but also has high hopes for his entry in the 2018 Champion Spark Plugs Search for a Champion contest, which will award the grand prize winner $50,000.  Gonyaw entered the contest in 2017 and was one of the 10 runners-up.  Stafford fans can help Gonyaw become the 2018 winner by visiting his website and clicking the link to vote.

“We found out about the contest 2 years ago right after the season ended,” said Gonyaw.  “We submitted some photos and a video to the Champion website.  We had to promote it and get likes and shares through the Champion website to make it to the next round.  There is one grand prize winner for $50,000 and they have 10 runners-up.  We were one of the 11 finalists last season and received about $6,000 from Champion.  That money really helped complete the puzzle for us since we started off the year with a very small budget.  They determine a winner through a combination of depiction of a champion, inspirational quality, and the number of votes you get.  Winning the $50,000 prize this year, would be a huge weight off our shoulders with funding the car for the entire season.  We could worry about what we need to do instead of what we have to do.  I always say if we can start the season as a Champion then we should be able to end the season as a Champion.  To vote for me, just go to and there is a link that will bring you to the voting section on the Champion website.  Fans have to register with Champion and then they can vote for us once a day.  The last day to vote is March 23.”

The 2018 SK Light season kicks off with the 47th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® on April 27-29. Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office. Tickets are priced at $40.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating is priced at $42.00 for all ages. As always, Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with overnight parking available. All tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday admission. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Discount Spring Sizzler® tickets will be available beginning the week of Monday, March 19 at participating NAPA Auto Parts stores.  For a list of the participating NAPA stores for the 2018 season, please go to http://staffordmotorspeedway. com/participating-napa-auto- parts-stores/.

For more information contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at

Sources: Scott Running/Stafford Motor Speedway PR

Red Bull GRC Atlantic City Doubleheader Returns on August 25-26 

Bader Field to convert into rallycross course for third straight year

Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2018) – Atlantic City returns to the 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross schedule Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26 with a stop at historic Bader Field for the third consecutive year. The Red Bull GRC Atlantic City doubleheader will play host to Rounds 8 and 9 of the championship schedule.

“After successfully expanding the Atlantic City event into a doubleheader last season, we made sure a return to Atlantic City was a priority for this year’s schedule,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Bader Field has become such an important home for our series in the northeast, and we look forward to being back in New Jersey while in the thick of our 2018 championship chase.”

Fans can expect even more adrenaline pumping race action as both the Red Bull GRC Gold and Polaris classes take to the Bader Field track for the first time in series history. Also expected to return for 2018 is the series’ annual Boardwalk Parade, as the world’s premier rallycross cars drive down the iconic Atlantic City Boardwalk for a fan festival the night before taking to the track.

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Lucas Oil ASCS Opening 2018 Season with Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals

TULSA, Okla. (March 14, 2018) The first rounds of the 2018 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by have arrived, as the series begins its 27th year of touring at the famed Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17.
A part of the American Sprint Car Series since 1994, the famed half-mile has seen the National Tour in action 91 times with 31 winners. Defending series champion Sam Hafertepe, Jr. has topped action at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway five times, including a sweep of the Spring Nationals one year ago. The Sunnyvale, Texas driver is back in 2018 to defend his 2016 and 2017 championships with a new team thanks to Canadian based Hill’s Racing.
In all, 14 drivers from three countries have announced their intentions to run the 2018 Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by making this year’s field among the most diverse in series history with 10 drivers from the United States, three from Canada, and for the first time a driver from Australia will chase the full tour.

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Rising Stars Set Aim for Doug Coby

New Crop of Challengers Head To Myrtle Beach for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Opener

As the green flag gets set to fly on the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, all eyes are on the fight for the championship. Doug Coby enters the new campaign having won the last four titles, and five of the last six, as he continues to shatter the record books on NASCAR’s oldest touring series.

However, when the season revs up on Saturday at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway, Coby has a long list of rising talent looking to chase him down and make a name for themselves in the process. An early-look at the season shows that some of the youngest drivers in the history of the series could be the ones challenging Coby for victories through the 16-race points schedule.

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NASCAR to Expand In-Car Camera Live Streams on Twitter in 2018

Beginning This Summer, Fans to ‘Ride Along’ with One Driver Via @NASCAR for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2018) — NASCAR® announced today it will live-stream one in-car camera on Twitter for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ races during the second half of the 2018 racing season, including all 10 NASCAR Playoffs races.

Beginning with five regular-season races this summer, the experience will once again provide fans a unique look from inside the race car with a live camera stream that can be accessed via NASCAR’s official Twitter handle, @NASCAR.

Fans can watch full broadcasts of these regular season and NASCAR Playoffs races on NBC or NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app (full schedule here).

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CARS Response Energy Tour Returns to Dual Division Format at Myrtle Beach with $10,000 on the Line for Super Late Models

Mooresville, NC 3/14/18 – The 2018 season for the CARS Response Energy Tour kicks into high gear with the season kick off for the Super Late Model division next weekend March 24th at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway. The $10,000 to win 200 pres. by Honeywell is expected to draw a hefty car count to the half mile beachside South Carolina track.

The race will feature 100 green flag laps of racing for both divisions, however; the Super Late Model feature will feature a six tire strategy element, with a four minute break for tires and adjustment on lap 70 of 100. While all teams in attendance know that name of the game at Myrtle Beach is tire conservation, the element of the two tire change could really mix things up in the final thirty laps.

A few of the early entries include Raphael Lessard, now driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Lessard will compete full time on the tour in hopes of becoming the first driver in CARS history to win two championship titles. Jared Fryar transitions from the Late Model Stock division to the Super Late Models for the 2018 season. The Trinity, NC driver captured a Late Model Stock victory a season ago at Dominion Raceway. Preston Peltier will travel from his home, now located in snowy Colorado, to pilot the #33 Newton Concrete Chevrolet for the Roger Lee Newton owned team. Series newcomer Molly Hulmuth will also travel from “out West”, as she makes her series debut driving for Will Jones in 2018. Ryan Moore is another driver in the fold that comes to the Beach to make his series debut.

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Cole Anderson Prepared for Two-fanged Approach at Rattler 250

NORTHFIELD, MN (Mar. 14, 2018) – Not many people are keen on two-fanged approaches when dealing with rattlesnakes, yet Cole Anderson is hoping both teeth sink in for him this weekend during the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Anderson will be racing the marquee event each night of the event, piloting both a pro late model on Saturday and a super late model on Sunday. If he succeeds, he’ll be greeted in victory lane by a genuine, live rattlesnake as is track tradition.

The attempt at a double is nothing new for Anderson, who has done it multiple times before in his career. Doing it at the Rattler with a relatively new team is the difference this weekend, as Anderson is hoping to build on the championship he earned at the World Series of Asphalt in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, nearly a month ago.

“New Smyrna went pretty decent since we ended up winning the pro late model championship and five out of the seven races,” the driver of the No. 97 Toyota said. “That was pretty special for our whole team considering it’s our home track and neither one of us had ever won a Speedweeks championship. Our run at New Smyrna definitely turned some heads and we’re looking to do the same thing at the Rattler. Even though we’ve never run a super race together, I’m confident it will begin to come to us by Sunday.

“We’ll be running the pro and the super this weekend, but obviously our main focus is the 250-lapper on Sunday,” Anderson continued. “I think we’ll have a good shot with the pro car on Saturday night, considering we’re with the same team led by Dustin and Jamie Skinner that we won with in Florida.”

Anderson has had success at South Alabama Speedway in the past, winning a Southern Super Series event there two years ago. His on-track experience and success with the team, owned by former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner, has him pumped to travel to various tracks chasing trophies this season.

In addition to a new experience together as a team, Anderson is already noting the things which may play a factor in Sunday’s 250-lap contest.

“I’m not sure how much rubber we will lay down on Saturday to affect the racing surface, or if it will have any effect at all. It’s a bit of a coin toss,” Anderson explained. “I feel like the track is pretty sensitive to that kind of thing, I feel like usually the more rubber gets laid down, the better our car gets.”

Opening activities for the Rattler 250 weekend kick off Thursday and Friday with practice, while qualifications for the 250-lap super late model event take place on Saturday evening ahead of the pro late model feature. The 125-lap pro late model race is scheduled to take the green on Saturday night just after 7pm local time. The 250-lap super late model race, a points-paying Southern Super Series sanctioned event, takes the green at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

For more information on Cole Anderson, visit his website at Fans are also encouraged to follow him on Facebook (@ColeAndersonRacing), Twitter (@Cole_Anderson97), and Instagram (@cole_anderson97) for the latest updates from race weekends.

Sources: Tony Stevens/Pit Row Media

Stafford’s SK Modified® & Late Model Weekly Purses Increasing in 2018

Stafford Springs, CT — Capping off a pre-season of improved purse structures, Stafford Speedway management is proud to announce the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions will be receiving an enhanced purse in 2018.  These increases for the SK and Late Model divisions follow the previously announced purse increases for the SK Lights, Limited Late Model, and Street Stocks.

“Our commitment is 100% behind our weekly competitors and we will continue to focus our efforts in supporting their programs,” explained Stafford Speedway General Manager Mark Arute.  “We are looking at a strong contingent of drivers and teams for the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions and the increased weekly payouts will ensure an exciting season.”

Both the Late Model and SK Modified® weekly purses will increase by just under 10% for the new season.  The SK Modified® division will have a base purse of $1,500 to win with a total purse of $8,560 while the Late Model base purse will be moved to $800 to win with a total purse of $5,375.  Last place payout will move to $150 and $120 for the SK Modified® and Late Models respectively. 

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PASS South to Headline “MegaShow” at Caraway on Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 14) – After being delayed a week due to weather, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models will return to action Sunday afternoon at Caraway Speedway.  The RGS Products 125 will pair two of the regions premier touring divisions as the PASS South Super Late Models will be joined by the season-opening event for the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Tour Modifieds.  With the last weekend’s cancellation, officials from PASS and Caraway Speedway decided to take this already huge weekend of racing up another notch by also including the 602 Super Limiteds, 602 Modifieds, and Limited Late Models to create a huge day of short track action on Sunday. 

Over the last two seasons, Kannapolis, NC’s Matt Craig has been one of the most dominant short track drivers in the country.  In addition to becoming the first-ever competitor to ever capture two PASS South championships, he has won the last two races at Caraway Speedway, including in 2016 when he came back from being two laps down.


“I’ve done good at Caraway, ever since my first Legends car race there, I like it a lot,” says Craig, driver of the C&C Boilers Sales & Service Chevrolet #54.  “It has hard breaking and long straightaways.  I have to thank my team for the cars they bring me to the track.  I’m not sure what it is at Caraway, but we always seem to have speed there.”

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‘Case’ Study: NASCAR, Busch Beer Announce Return of Busch Pole Award

Anheuser-Busch’s Busch Beer Becomes ‘Official Beer of NASCAR,’ Fastest Qualifier to Earn Busch Pole Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2018) — NASCAR and Anheuser-Busch announced today a multi-year agreement that welcomes the global brand back as an Official Partner and designates Busch Beer as the “Official Beer of NASCAR®.” The new partnership builds upon Busch’s industry-wide presence and includes sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ Busch Pole Award, rewarding the driver with the fastest qualifying time each week.

“We are continuing to evolve our presence in NASCAR because we believe in the power and loyalty of NASCAR fans,” said Chelsea Phillips, Vice President, Value and Beyond Beer brands, Anheuser-Busch. “Returning as the Official Beer of NASCAR strengthens our deep-rooted history in the sport and will provide fans with even more opportunities to enjoy a crisp, cold Busch beer on race day.”

Anheuser-Busch’s history in NASCAR dates back decades to 1978, when it sponsored the Busch Pole Award. Additionally, Busch was the “Official Beer of NASCAR” from 1988 through 1997. Beginning in 1998, Anheuser-Busch sponsored the Bud Pole Award through its Budweiser brand, which also became the “Official Beer of NASCAR” through 2007.

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2018 Speed2 Calendar Opens Saturday at Madera

Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. hopes to increase her lead in USAC’s all-time female feature victory total when the USAC Western Speed2 Midgets open the 2018 campaign Saturday at Madera (Calif.) Speedway.

She’s won 14 races, eight of which have come at the one-third mile paved Madera oval. She won four times there last year on her way to fourth in the Western Speed2 Pavement standings behind Jesse Love IV, her sister Annie and Adam Lemke.

Lemke won a pair of races at Madera last year and Annie won once there in 2017.

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Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 Announces 2018 Schedule Changes

Millstream and McKean County events canceled, Atomic, Attica, and Waynesfield add dates
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 12, 2018) – Since its initial release just before Thanksgiving, the 2018 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 schedule has undergone a number of changes, one of which involving Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket.
All three previously scheduled events at Millstream Speedway in Findlay, Oh., have been canceled. Despite the loss, two out of the three events have been replaced including the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale.
Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, already hosting the All Star Circuit of Champions twice in 2018 including the point-season opener on Friday, April 6, will host the Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale, paying $10,000, on Saturday, June 23. In total, the Atomic highbanks will feature All Star competition twice during Ohio Sprint Speedweek, first welcoming the All Stars on Wednesday, June 20. The Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale will be known as the Rick Ferkel Classic.

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SUNY Canton to Continue their Tradition of Supporting the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – The Brewerton and Fulton Speedways are happy and proud to announce SUNY Canton will continue their strong support at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways in 2018, their tenth consecutive year as a major marketing partner.
SUNY Canton will continue as the divisional sponsor of the popular DIRTcar Sportsman division at both Brewerton and Fulton. SUNY Canton also returns as the presenting sponsor for two of the biggest events in the Northeast: the 33rd  Annual Outlaw 200 Weekend at Fulton Speedway (September 28-29) and the 26th Annual Hurricane 100 – 358 Modified Championship during Super DIRT Week on Thursday, October 4th .
Both speedways feature one of the strongest and most competitive DIRTcar Sportsman fields anywhere in the region. The 2018 season should be wide-open with the recent group of top runners moving into the headline DIRTcar 358 Modified class at the Fulton Speedway. From the first green flag of the season to the final checkered flag this fall it’s anyone’s guess who will be crowned the 2018 SUNY Canton Sportsman Track Champions at both speedways.

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Bourdais Collects Second Straight St. Pete Win in Wild Finish

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Sunday, March 11, 2018) – If the first race is an indication, the Verizon IndyCar Series is in for a wild, unpredictable and most exciting 2018 season.

Sebastien Bourdais repeated as winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg today, but only after rookie Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi collided while battling for the lead on the next-to-last of 110 edge-of-your-seat laps. It was the first of 17 Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.


For Bourdais, the spoils of being in the right place at the right time were the 37th victory of his Indy car career, which ranks the four-time season champion sixth on the all-time list. The driver of the No. 18 Team Sealmaster Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan trails Al Unser by two wins for fifth place.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a messy P7, but for us it was a good top 10. It’s a decent start to the year. We had a great Chevy package – it’s just sad we couldn’t take better advantage of it. I felt we had really good power today from Chevrolet. The Hitachi car, overall, was pretty strong. We were just fighting all day to catch back up and we were on the wrong end on the fuel mileage and getting run into and cutting the tire didn’t help us. But I think if a couple of things would’ve gone differently, I really think a podium finish was in the cards for today.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “This was a pretty good weekend till now. Pretty happy with the performance we had – we were fast in all of the sessions. Today it was unfortunate. We had a shifting problem when I was running fourth, so I couldn’t change gears up or down. I stayed in pit lane for like 10 laps trying to solve the problem. (They went back out on track.) Then we had another problem and came back to the pits. The third time I went back on the track, I had a mega understeer going into Turn 3 and I missed the corner and hit the wall. Happy for the performance – we had a fast car. I think it was my fault when I hit the wall that time. The car was good. It happens, so we’ll go to the next one.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda): “It wasn’t quite the ending we wanted, but it was a good race. I tapped the wall in Turn 8 early in the first stint, and that kind of bent it out of whack a little bit. Man, on our own in clean air, the Arrow Electronics car was a rocket ship, we were setting fast laps at one point on Firestone red (alternate) tires and black (primary) tires, but once we got into traffic, I think we lost the front end too much and couldn’t do anything about it. At the end there, Graham (Rahal) had a lot more push-to-pass than we did, so I was trying to threaten him and make him use up as much as he could, but it is what it is. Gutted for Robbie (Wickens) obviously, it was a storybook race from pole, but a few laps to go going for the win, Alex (Rossi) is a fast, aggressive guy and we knew something was going to be tried at least, and it’s unfortunate he ended up there. Huge congratulations to the team for a solid result.”

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