Dixon Captures Prized Road America Win, 41st Victory of Indy Car Career

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (Sunday, June 25, 2017) – One outstanding prize eluding Scott Dixon in his illustrious Indy car career was a win at Road America’s picturesque and lightning-fast permanent road course. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver checked that box today, winning the KOHLER Grand Prix.

Dixon crossed the finish line 0.5779 of a second ahead of Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden to earn the 41st win of his impressive career. It moved the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion within one victory of tying Michael Andretti for third on the all-time list. It’s also the 13th straight season Dixon has won at least one race, extending his Indy car record.

“We raced as hard as we could,” Dixon said. “We had a little bit of luck go our way, we had good strategy, the pit stops were fantastic. These are the days you have to capitalize on.

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“What They’re Saying” from the KOHLER Grand Prix

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion): “It’s a little disappointing that a Team Penske car didn’t win today, but no complaints about the No. 1 Menards Chevy. Congratulations to the (Scott) Dixon team. They did a great job. We did all that we could do. There were a lot of different tire strategies in play. We were one of the few teams that started on blacks and it worked for us. We just never had the opportunity to get around some cars and make more noise. In the end, it was a good day for us. It’s an honor to carry the Menards name in the Midwest. The fan support was fantastic again this year.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “You can’t predict (yellow flags) and I think our strategy was spot on. We were doing what we needed to do to stay out front there all day, but you just can’t predict those yellows, and some days they fall your way and some days they don’t. Today they didn’t fall our way. (Scott) Dixon and the whole Ganassi team did a great job and they deserved to win with the job they did. I felt good about what we had and we had four strong Chevrolets all weekend with Team Penske. It stings a bit that we didn’t get the win because of how good this car was all weekend. We looked good and you couldn’t miss us.  We had the fastest lap which was pretty cool and I am just proud of all our guys. Just disappointed we couldn’t get it done.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): “The REV Group Chevy was good, especially in the beginning. I was taking it easy and saving fuel, a lot of fuel actually. When we put the blacks (Firestone primary tires) on, I knew it was going to be rough. At the end of the race Scott (Dixon) did a good job saving fuel and going a lap farther. They were fast, for sure, and it’s a shame because our car was really good without question. But when you battle this close with everyone it’s the difference of one small detail. At the end of the day, it was a good day for the points championship. It’s kind of disappointing that Team Penske didn’t get the win here today considering how strong all of the cars were. That’s the way it goes sometimes. We’ll come back ready to go for Iowa.” Continue reading ‘“What They’re Saying” from the KOHLER Grand Prix’

Cole Duncan earns Ohio Sprint Speedweek finale victory, Tim Shaffer claims third Speedweek championship

CHILLICOTHE, OH (June 25, 2017) – Ending a near-four year drought, Lockbourne, Ohio’s Cole Duncan is back in Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions victory lane, this time earning the 35th Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket finale win at Atomic Speedway over a field of 53 entries. The pilot of the Helms Construction/Motor City Auto Transport/Ohio Heating/No. 22C earned his $5,000 payday from the outside of row three, utilizing a lap 21 restart to take command officially on lap 22 over Muskingum County Speedway winner, Spencer Bayston. Duncan chased Bayston for six circuits before making the winning move, eventually driving under the familiar Kevin Swindell-owned No. 39 through turns three and four.

Duncan’s victory caps off an impressive Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket campaign for the second generation Arctic Cat All Star winner, finishing tied for second in the final Ohio Sprint Speedweek championship standings on the strength of one victory and five top-ten finishes, three of which inside the top-five. Despite ending in a tie, Duncan will be declared the official runner-up due to having a victory over Chad Kemenah.

Spencer Bayston held on to finish second on Saturday night at Atomic Speedway, followed by DJ Foos, Tanner Thorson, and Caleb Armstrong.

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Castroneves Reaches Elite Level with 50th Career Pole Position

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (Saturday, June 24, 2017) – Helio Castroneves reached a level a select few have achieved in Indy car history by taking the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America.

Castroneves collected the landmark 50th pole position of his Indy car career by running a lap of 1 minute, 41.3007 seconds (142.649 mph) in the Firestone Fast Six, the last of three rounds of knockout qualifying on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course in east-central Wisconsin. The driver of the No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet broke a tie for third on the all-time list with Bobby Unser, leaving Castroneves behind only Mario Andretti (67) and A.J. Foyt (53) atop the Indy car career poles chart.

“Our REV Group car was really on rails, especially when we started laying down laps in the end with the new red Firestone (alternate) tires,” Castroneves said. “The car was really, really good.

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“What They’re Saying” from KOHLER Grand Prix qualifying

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion): “It’s a great day for the team. I think it’s Helio’s (Castroneves) 50th pole. Congratulations to him. We seemed to have missed it in the (Firestone) Fast Six. I was pretty happy with the car in Round 1 and Round 2, but on the new set of red Firestone (alternate) tires, in the Firestone Fast Six we had no grip. Not quite sure what happened there, but we tried. I feel like we have a very good race car. Not what I expected, quite frankly, thought we had a lot more pace. But I don’t know. The tires didn’t work. I wanted them to work. It did what it did. It’s a long race. Lots of time management tomorrow in the race so a lot can happen. We’ll see.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet):
“You’d rather be surrounded by your teammates than other people you might not be able to trust as much. We’ll try to take care of each other as best as we can, then race each other. We’re still going to race, which is great. We’ve all been fast all weekend. We knew it was going to be tough to beat us top four. What is good, we’ve kind of had the top four spots with all of us all weekend. We wanted to make sure we continued that in qualifying and the race. Luckily, we didn’t really drop in performance, so that was good. I was happy for the whole group. Happy for Helio (Castroneves). I wanted to beat him, but I’m happy for him, getting his 50th pole. It’s good for the team. It’s good that we’re surrounded by people we know and can trust. We can work from there to try to win the race.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet): (About if he had a feeling going into qualifying that he could beat his teammates and competitors) “It’s interesting, because we knew we were ahead of the competitors. You guys heard me saying it two hours earlier, I’m not sure if they’re hiding, holding a little bit on the engine. So even through that, I didn’t know. As soon as the first session went out, we were in Group 2, we realize, ‘Okay, we’re still on the same direction.’ Then we just tried to set our plan in what to do, hopefully saving the best towards to the end. That’s exactly what we did. It worked out pretty well.”

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Actually, the ABC car feels really good. I’m really happy with our balance that we had that session. We improved in a lot of areas corner-wise. But there’s some things that are definitely slowing us down, which is a shame, but we are going to evaluate everything we can and see if we can eliminate some things that are definitely holding us back. I don’t think we deserve to be this far back because I think the car is quite good right now and that’s the positive.”

MIKHAIL ALESHIN (No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda):
“The car balance was pretty good and the car was fine, but we were just lacking maximum speed all day compared to my teammate (James Hinchcliffe), who had the same setup. We’re not really sure what’s going on there, but we will take a deeper look and hopefully find something for tomorrow, which is the day that really matters the most. Either way, I am very happy to be back behind the steering wheel of the No. 7 Honda and back with this team.”

MAX CHILTON (No. 8 Gallagher Honda): “It’s a good comeback for the No. 8 since we only got three timed laps in the practice this morning. I naturally feel quick around here, so I think that’s the reason we got away with it. We improved the car as well. It was really close and I wanted to get into that (Firestone) Fast Six, but Scott (Dixon) picked me right at the end. It was a bit of a messy bump for me, but I had to bear it on the first lap because I ran wide, so then I had to save the tires and had one lap to do it because we didn’t have fuel for another. I was fairly happy with the lap I did – it was just off a bit.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 NTT Data Honda, 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship leader):
“The car was decent, especially in Round 1. When we went to the reds (Firestone alternate tires) in Round 2, there was a drastic difference in balance. So we’re not really sure, because when we went back to Round 1 tires from the reds, we tried to compensate and it was very loose. We definitely had a dud set, so we’ll need to try to find out why. It is going to be difficult at this place because we know the other manufacturer kit and we know exactly where we stand against it. We’re down a ton on downforce here if you try to run the same amount of drag.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Honda): “I’m obviously not very happy with how we qualified today. We just still haven’t been able to get it right on the setup and it really showed on our qualifying run. We have a lot to do tonight for sure before the race and I’m just hoping we can get it figured out by the morning warm up session.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 KOHLER Grand Prix winner): “(It’s) definitely important to start up front. It will be an interesting race. If it’s all green, there will be a lot of fuel saved. Really happy to be on the front row. Obviously to be clipped by the old guy (Helio Castroneves) just there on the line – six one-hundredths. He gets faster as he gets older, like wine, matured. Good day for the team. Very, very good day. We just got to be good in the race tomorrow and collect some points.”

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet):
“This has been our best qualifying on the (permanent) road courses this year. It’s very close and I think we could have done a little bit better. We were fighting to be in that top 12, that was the goal. We’ve made good progress but we just need to make a little bit more grip in the car. But the good thing here is if you have a good car, you can go forward.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 GEHL/D-A Lubricant Honda): “I’m pleased that we got a good starting spot and pleased with how the GEHL car performed in qualifying. This team has worked awfully hard to get the No. 15 car a little further up there this weekend. It hasn’t come easy for us for sure. It’s been quite a challenge from a setup standpoint, but I’m proud to get in the top six, proud to take the fight to the Ganassi boys as well. We’ve been struggling with a loose condition in the car all weekend, so to make the top six was a great accomplishment for us. Obviously Penske is on a different planet, but we’ll take the fight to them tomorrow. I’m a race-minded guy and I didn’t want to use the reds (Firestone alternate tires) in Round 3. I think (Scott) Dixon did his second run on reds and I just wanted to keep them fresh. Do I think I could have gone in the two’s (1:42‘s) on reds again? Yes, but I didn’t want to. I need those for the race and wanted to keep them in as good of shape as I can. We were in the top six, so we just wanted to get a lap in Round 3, more actually to learn for the race tomorrow than anything. We’re going to have to save some fuel in the race. I wish it was longer, like 60 laps, so it (length) would take the fuel mileage issue out of the window, but it’s not, so we will have to try to overcome that and get the fuel number that we can. The Honda seems fast every time now so if we can get the mileage, we should be pretty strong.”

ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ (No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda): “This weekend has been very interesting for me with how the weather is influencing the car behavior. So, I’ve been working hard with the engineers to try and understand how we can be better. Obviously, this car, I find, is quite sensitive to every change that you do on the set up. I’m getting experience. I think it was a fair qualifying today for me. I would have liked to be much quicker than what I was today in qualifying but I’m working my way through to be better.”

ED JONES (No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda): “It was a tough qualifying. It’s a lot cooler today than it was yesterday so that has changed a few things. I was struggling with bringing the tires in and so it took too long to get up to pace. I think we have some work to do for tomorrow, if not, we might struggle in the early laps. All in all, though, it’s still good to get through to the second round of qualifying and hopefully, we can get into the top 10 tomorrow.”

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “We really wanted to get through to that next round of qualifying, I’m pretty frustrated not to. Even though we were close, it’s not really a consolation. We just didn’t take advantage of the red (Firestone alternate) tires quite as much as the other guys. We’ll see what we can do for tomorrow and try to make the car even faster for the race. I can’t thank the Fuzzy’s Vodka guys enough for everything they’ve been doing this weekend. We are getting there.”

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet): “Despite where we ended in qualifying, we made some major gains from where we have been at. It’s a little frustrating not to get that extra tenth and a half out of the car. That’s really all that we were missing to have transferred. Moving on to the second round of qualifying would have been a big win for us with how this weekend has gone so far. We can feel good about checking some boxes and now feeling more confident in the car, and also in my driving. It’s going to be a tough race tomorrow. I think there’s going to be some fuel saving going on and I’m not sure we’re going to be able to avoid that with where we are starting. We’ll see how it shakes out, maybe we can work some magic. At least Spencer (Pigot) and I should have some racy cars tomorrow.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda): “We had to change the car setup from practice before qualifying. We needed to change a few things out and the lap wasn’t really clean. It was a big step back, and unfortunately, we couldn’t make it into the (Firestone) Fast Six. The (teammates’) cars were somewhat competitive, so I think we will follow and then see what happens tomorrow in warmup.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda): “Today, we were coming off a good test. We sort of just kept it going. I’m actually disappointed we didn’t make the (Firestone) Fast Six, but that’s a good thing. I think we’ve just been chipping away at it, and that’s what we have to do at this point. We sort of made the wrong change there, it would’ve been better if we didn’t touch the car, but it is what it is. It’s still only eighth, but I think here the Penske cars are in a league of their own. We need to do it when it counts more.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “Not really sure what happened there in the second round. We were really strong in the first round of qualifying – especially on the alternate red set (of Firestone tires). We were really strong in the first round. Then the second round we went out on the alternate red set and don’t know what happened. We just had no front grip at all. Our main problem this whole weekend has been rear grip, and then that session it was front grip. Just missed it big time – not exactly sure why, but hopefully we can have a good race from 12th for the DHL team.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 98 Tresiba Honda):  “I think we were a little happier with the car actually in the first qualifying round than we were in the second round. We just missed it a little bit. I went off on the primary tires at the beginning of the run, so I don’t know if that bent something on the car or if there was something else going on. We’ll go back and look at it. Obviously good job for Max (Chilton), he was so close, and Scott’s (Dixon) been fast all weekend. We have their data to go back and look at tonight to see what direction we need to go. We’ll make some improvements and try to figure out how to make the mileage, make the tires, and make the lap times.”

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda):
“I’m not really sure what happened in qualifying. We were suffering from some issues this morning and I’m not sure if those were resolved or if our (qualifying) result was effected by those issues. It’s a bummer. We had a really good car yesterday and I think we had it in us to earn a higher starting position today. We’ll just have to push the NAPA car to the limit tomorrow and get the result we need.”

Sources: Curt Cavin/Verizon IndyCar Series

Spencer Bayston Goes Wire-to-Wire for Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Victory at Muskingum County Speedway

DRESDEN, OH (June 22, 2017) – For the second time in 2017, and for the second time in his career, Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions main event winner, this time scoring $5,000 during round six of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket at Muskingum County Speedway.

Aboard the Kevin Swindell-owned/Premier Truck Group/John Christner Trucking/No. 39, Bayston led all 30 circuits on Thursday evening at the Dresden-area oval, manhandling multiple waves of intense traffic, as well as an aggressive cushion at the top of the speedway, to clinch his first Arctic Cat All Star win since April. Fellow Indiana native Caleb Armstrong finished second, followed by Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, and Cole Duncan.

“I’m going to get most of the credit here tonight, but the people who really deserve the credit are the ones standing behind me,” Spencer Bayston said in victory lane. “This is a brand new race car. We rolled one over the other night at Wayne County Speedway, so we’ve been up until about four in the morning the last few nights working to get this one ready. Kevin and Jordan [Swindell], the whole crew; they all work so hard and make all of this happen. Without them, I wouldn’t be standing up here.”

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Reigning CARS Tour Champion Seekonk Bound

The entry has been received for the second annual U.S. Pro Stock/Super Late Model National Championship race at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Raphaël Lessard was born July 5, 2001, in St-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada. He is one of the hottest prospects in auto racing today.

At the age of 12, he became the youngest driver in history to race in the Quebec Sportsman Series.

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Humble Beginnings Mark the Start of Past Winners’ Hulman Classic Résumés

Four past winners are set to embark on a mission to obtain another Tony Hulman Classic trophy to add to their collections when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes its Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track season debut this Friday, June 23.
Each of the four – Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, Robert Ballou and Chris Windom – had inconspicuous beginnings in their first “Hulman” starts. Yet, since then, the fab four have more than made up for lost ground with their performances on the half-mile and, in their careers, in the ensuing years, demonstrating that champions do indeed rise to the forefront at the Action Track.
In fact, all but two USAC National Sprint Car champions have won a USAC-sanctioned event on the western Indiana dirt oval – a list that is absent only Parnelli Jones and Greg Leffler.

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Champion Car Owner, USAC Official Johnny Vance Passes Away

Johnny Vance, a man who was highly-accomplished in multiple roles with the United States Auto Club as a competitor, promoter, and official, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017. He was 79 years old.

Vance, of Dayton, Ohio, was a second-generation car owner whose instantly-recognizable Aristocrat Products-sponsored cars were a force on both the USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car trails for decades. For a time, his cars – numbered 2 for much of its run – were at the forefront of the sport with some of the most legendary names in auto racing.

However, his 50+ years in USAC began with a two-decade tenure as a Chief Steward, Supervisor and Technical Chairman of the Sprint Car division from the early 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s. At that point, he shifted gears to become a participant where he left an indelible mark on the sport over the next 30+ years.

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Arctic Cat All Star Visit to Merritt Speedway on July 1 Cancelled

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 22, 2017) – A collective decision between Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and Merritt Speedway officials resulted in the cancellation of the Saturday, July 1, visit to Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan. Track officials and Series representatives hope to work together in bringing the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions back to Michigan in the future.

The Arctic Cat All Star visit to Kokomo (IN) Speedway on Friday, June 30, is still on as planned. If needed, Saturday, July 1, will serve as the rain date for the Kokomo Speedway program.

The one-night All Star return to Kokomo Speedway will be complete with qualifying time trials and heat race competition, headlined with a $5,000-to-win main event. The USAC SpeeD2 Midgets will also be on the evening card, creating a “must-see” experience for any open wheel enthusiast. In addition, The Cushion will be on hand to provide a live, pay-per-view broadcast via www.thecushion.com.

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Tim Shaffer Holds Back Danny Dietrich for Waynesfield Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Victory

WAYNESFIELD, OH (June 21, 2017) – A battle that lasted nearly 15 circuits around the Waynesfield Raceway Park high banks, the “Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer held off Pennsylvania Posse invader Danny Dietrich to earn his second victory in five rounds of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket, scoring not only a $5,000 top prize, but also solidifying a $500 bonus on behalf of Cometic Gasket.

The victory, a first-ever at Waynesfield Raceway Park during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions competition, raises Shaffer’s career win total to 58 with “America’s Series.” “Double-D” Danny Dietrich held on to finish second at the conclusion of the 35-lap program, followed by Chad Kemenah, Cole Duncan and Parker Price-Miller.

“I just can’t say enough about this race team. Hats off to all of my guys tonight. They did a great job,” Tim Shaffer explained in victory lane. “I’m surrounded by great people. We are having a lot of fun right now. When we win, it’s even better. This is awesome.”

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Purdy to Honor New England Racing Legend Shaw in NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100

MOORESVILLE, NC (Jun. 21, 2017) – David Gilliland Racing and Chase Purdy released today a throwback paint scheme the No. 17 team will run in July’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series event at Thompson Speedway Park in Connecticut. A throwback to the 1994 season, the scheme mimics the one made famous by New England racing legend Dale Shaw who won the series title that year in a Pontiac owned by Quint Boisvert.

The Shaw family has been a mainstay in New England racing circles for decades, most notably in the late model ranks and a strong run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, formerly known by a handful of names including the NASCAR Busch North Series when Shaw won his title in 1994. Until Austin Dillon replicated the feat in the NASCAR Xfinity Series a few years ago, it was the only time in NASCAR history a division champion won the title without visiting victory lane during the championship year.

With 19 wins over his series career, Shaw campaigned as a frequent tour competitor until 2005 when his son, D.J. Shaw, began showing an interest in a racing career of his own. Today, D.J. continues to race a super late model built and maintained in the family business’ shop, aptly named Dale Shaw Race Cars.

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$1,000 to Win Mike Martin Memorial for Sportsman and Double Features for Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds Highlight Huge Show this Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway

VERNON, NY- Fans attending Utica-Rome Speedway this Sunday, June 25, were already going to be treated to some great DIRTcar sanctioned action that included the second annual Mike Martin Memorial for the Broedel Energy Sportsman, which will pay $1,000 to the winner, but also the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, Pro Stocks, and Novice Sportsman. And thanks to Mother Nature this past Sunday, fans will get an additional Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature event at no extra cost which will kick off the night’s action on Wilber-Duck night.

Spearheaded by Carole Martin and family plus close friends, $1,500 will be added to the weekly purse providing the top ten with some extra money plus some other bonuses. This week’s 20 lap main event will pay $1,000, while the remainder of the top 10 will pay $550, $350, $250, $200, $175, $165, $155, $150, and $140 respectively. Also, heat race winners will get $50 for efforts (based on four heats) while the ninth-place runner on lap nine will receive an additional $50. Also, our friends at Extreme Speed and Performance are offering a $100 gift card to the first car across the line that is using Fox Shocks. Like last, children in attendance can expect some additional activities or treats in addition to the weekly bike giveaway.

The race is dedicated to Mike Martin who was a lifelong racing enthusiast, engine builder, and consultant to many drivers at the Utica-Rome and Fonda Speedways. His selfless passion for supporting drivers and “joining their families” in the sport will remembered by many. Aside from his infectious laughter, he was known for his attention to detail and to “do the right thing”, a belief he learned from his family. The race bonuses and kids club sponsorship for this event was organized by Carole Martin and the Martin family.
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Indoor Auto Racing Coming to Albany, NY Feb. 9-10, 2018

Allentown, Atlantic City Return for Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels

TRENTON, NJ – The inevitable gloom of winter in central New York will be brightened considerably with the announcement by Len Sammons, promoter of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled by VP Racing Fuels, that indoor racing will return to the Empire State on Friday and Saturday, February 9-10, 2018 at Time Union Center in Albany, NY.

“Putting together a race in New York State has always been one of our Indoor Auto Racing Series goals,” Sammons said. “This is a strong market for us and we anticipate solid fan and competitor support.”

Indoor TQ Midget racing has a rich history in the state of New York.
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Granite State Pro Stocks Headed for Massachusetts

Inaugural Seekonk 100 Slated for Saturday Night

SEEKONK, Mass. – With race four of the season on the horizon, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is headed for Massachusetts and the third-mile Seekonk Speedway. The inaugural Seekonk 100, which has $2,500 up for grabs to the winner, will take place on Saturday night, June 24.

The feature event will showcase top series regulars like former Seekonk driver Mike Mitchell and veteran Barry Gray up against some of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Seekonk competitors. David Darling currently leads the Seekonk point standings and has entered for the 100 lap feature after winning the most recent Pro Stock event at Seekonk.

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Pay-Per-View Video Stream Announced for Seekonk’s Open Wheel Wednesday

Concord, N.C. — For the first time in the event’s history, the 14th annual Open Wheel Wednesday at the “Cement Palace” of Seekonk Speedway (MA) will air live on Speed51 TV, the video arm of Speed51.com, on Wednesday, June 28th.
The Open Wheel Wednesday event is one of the biggest events of the year at the Seekonk Speedway bullring. It features a $10,00-to-win Tour-type Modified feature for the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and the NEMA Boston Louie Memorial Midget race, as well as a feature for the NEMA Lites division.
“We feel that our Open Wheel Wednesday Modified race being paired up with the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and the NEMA Boston Louie race makes it one of the premier events in short track racing throughout the country,” said Ed St. Germain, the marketing, and advertising director at Seekonk Speedway. “We’re very excited to pair up with Speed51.com to be able to bring that to everybody.”

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Shane Lee Ready for Breakthrough at Madison

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 21, 2017) – Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee has been ready for his first win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since Daytona…and now he turns to Madison International Speedway with the hopes of getting just that. After coming in 15th at Michigan, the 23-year-old driver is looking to rebound as he heads back to short tracks for the Montgomery Ward 200.

“We didn’t get the finish we were hoping for at Michigan, but I’m looking forward getting back on track at Madison,” said Lee. “It feels like we just keep running into bad luck, so hopefully that’ll turn around and we can finally get that first win this weekend. Cunningham always has great cars that they bring to the track every single week and I know we have the potential to win every week. We’ll put Michigan behind us and move on to Madison and hopefully get this No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion a win.”

Just like many other tracks on the ARCA circuit this season, Lee has never seen Madison and will rely on the expertise of veteran crew chief Paul Andrews. Andrews says he’s enjoyed working with Lee and watching the progress the young driver has made throughout the season.

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Windom Guns for Terre Haute Triple in Friday’s “Tony Hulman Classic”

The number three has already played a prominent role in the pre-race discussion of this year’s “Tony Hulman Classic.” While Robert Ballou makes preparations to capture an unprecedented third “Tony Hulman Classic” in a row, a past winner of the event has aspirations of his own three-in-a-row mark this Friday night, June 23, when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship returns to Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.
Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois has the opportunity to become the fifth driver to win a third-straight USAC National event at the Terre Haute half-mile. The 26-year-old claimed victory in the 2016 USAC National Sprint Midwest season closer at THAT, then opened 2017 with a USAC Silver Crown score in the “Sumar Classic,” which leads to this Friday’s event where the reigning Silver Crown champ has a chance to join elite company.
Tucson, Arizona’s Roger McCluskey went undefeated in all three USAC Sprint Car events held at Terre Haute in 1966. Driving for Mutt Anderson, the USAC Hall of Famer won twin 30-lappers on the same afternoon in June, then concluded the season with a 50-lap score in September.

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CARS Tour “Throwback 276” at Hickory August 5th to Honor Short Track Racing’s Past in a Big Way

Mooresville, NC 6/21/17- On August 5th the CARS Tour will “throw it back” to the history of sport and short track racing when the tour visits the famed Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, NC. The race will feature special “throwback” paint schemes by competitors, traditional priced concession items, and honor several legends of the sport in attendance during a special pre-race presentation courtesy of the Hickory Soup Kitchen.

The historic presence of the event will feature 138 lap green flag races for both the Super Late Models and the Late Model Stocks. The 276 total lap count matches the 1971 and 1972 distances the now named NASCAR Cup Series ran at the .363 mile track. In addition to the race distance; a special red, white, and blue throwback “CARS Tour Late Model Series” logo will be used on all branding, including special CARS Tour official uniforms and various tour merchandise available.

The major partaking in the event will come in the form of special throwback paint schemes that will flashback to racing’s past. Through a special partnership with the following graphic companies several schemes have already been developed. Over the coming days each paint scheme will be released to the public.  

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No Racing This Week at PPMS, Racing Returns July 1

Imperial, PA (June 21) Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will not be in action this weekend, but racing will return to the speedway on Saturday, July 1. Berks/Nickles will present Dollar Dog Night, highlighting Diehl Automotive Driver Autograph Night, a favorite of the race teams and fans alike. During intermission, the race teams will bring their cars on the track, and the fans will get a chance to go on the track and visit with their favorite drivers. On the track, making their annual visit will be the exciting Rick’s Trucks and Equipment BOSS Sprint Series for traditional non-winged sprints. Unlike the pure speed of the winged sprints, the nonwinged variety places a premium on driving ability, and they put on an incredible show on the ultra wide PPMS track. Also in competition will be weekly point racing for the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sunoco Sportsman, Super6 Late Models, Miley Truck Rental Hobby Stocks, Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and CruiseAmerica Open Fours. The Twin State Auto Racing Club will be guests of the speedway.
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There will not be a racing program at the track on Saturday, July 8. However, the speedway will host the Pittsburgh area portion of national event Lantern Fest. PPMS race fans that wish to attend the event can get a 20 percent discount on tickets by clicking on the following link. https://the-lantern-fest- pittsburgh.eventbrite.com? discount=PPMS20 Use the discount code PPMS20 at checkout.

For all racing programs, the gates open at 5:00 PM, with warm-ups at 6:00 PM and racing at 7:00 PM. Follow us on Facebook at @PAMotorSpeedway or on Twitter at @PAMotorSpeedway for timely information updates. The Twitter account is used extensively on race nights for live updates. Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is located west of the city of Pittsburgh, just south of the Noblestown exit of U.S. Route 22, or 170 Kelso Road in Imperial, PA, for GPS purposes. The track phone is 724-695-3363on race days, or call 412-279-RACE. For complete information including ticket information, please visit the track website at www.ppms.com .
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Marcuccilli Battles Past Davis for Win at Outlaw

Third Different Sportsman Series Central Region Winner in Three Races

DUNDEE, NY – June 20, 2017 – Dave Marcuccilli used the track position a lap 27 restart afforded him and won a side-by-side battle with Ronnie Davis III to claim a victory in the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Feature at Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday night. Marcucciili’s victory completed a perfect night with a fast time in qualifying and a heat race win. He also became the third different winner in three Sportsman Series Central Region races this season.

The race started with Tyler Thompson and Davis on the front row while Marcuccilli and Nick Guerrerri were in row two. Davis grabbed the early lead while Marcuccilli and Guerrerri engaged in a hard-fought battle.

“I think he was on the outside of me and I didn’t see him there, so I kind of crowded him up a little bit,” Marcuccilli said. “He dove down into one and made a little contact. It is what it is. You get down in there and it gets a little rough. It’s no big deal.”
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Jesse Little Iowa Speedway Race Preview

SHERRILLS FORD, North Carolina (June 21, 2017) –
The Road Ahead – Jesse Little:
“Iowa Speedway is a track our team has been solid at throughout my career. In my NASCAR K&N Pro Series career we’ve run up front every race and with the success our JJL Motorsports NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team had at Dover (top-5 qualifying, 14th place finish) we’re on top of our game right now. It’s great to see the gains we’re making in the Truck Series and Iowa gives us another opportunity to show what this team is capable of accomplishing. We’re bringing the same truck we ran at Dover and with backing from Triad CNC and SouthMark Properties we’re going to aim for another strong qualifying run and go after our first top-5 finish in the series.”
Welcome Aboard:
This week JJL Motorsports welcomes Triad CNC and SouthMark Properties as corporate partners for the M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway.
Strong Supporter – Mark Chambers, General Manager, Triad CNC:
“In Jesse, we see a driver committed to excellence. We at Triad CNC have the same level of commitment to providing outstanding performance, service and reliability to our customers. It is a privilege to adorn his Toyota Tundra at Iowa
Speedway.”

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Midget Standout Tanner Thorson Set for ARCA Return with Venturini Motorsports and Musselman’s Apple Sauce

Concord, North Carolina (June 21, 2017) – Reigning USAC National Midget Champion Tanner Thorson returns to the seat driving for Venturini Motorsports (VMS) in Friday’s Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison International Speedway.
Thorson, who made his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut last season on the Illinois State Fairground’s dirt-mile, will pilot the team’s No.25 Musselman’s Apple Sauce Toyota for his first series pavement short track event of his career.

Thorson, part of VMS’ Family of Musselman’s drivers, joins Zane Smith, Noah Gragson, Tom Hessert, Raphael Lessard and Christopher Bell to drive the team’s Musselman’s Apple Sauce backed Toyota this season. Continue reading ‘Midget Standout Tanner Thorson Set for ARCA Return with Venturini Motorsports and Musselman’s Apple Sauce’

Coughlin is Going Short Tracking Again in Iowa

DELAWARE, OHIO – Growing up a short tracker means Cody Coughlin has raced at plenty of small tracks throughout the Midwest. As the first driver to ever win the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship in the same year, Coughlin has also won at plenty of races on the short tracks of America.  This weekend, Coughlin will head to a 7/8-mile short track that he’s yet to race on. 

Coughlin will pilot the No. 13 JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in Fridaynight’s M&M’s 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway. 
 
“I’m really looking forward to Iowa. I love racing short tracks. This is a new one for me, so I’m excited to get there and see what it’s like. I’ve been watching film to try to get ready and studying anything I can use to help me learn Iowa, so we’ll see how it goes on Friday.”

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PASS North Back On Track Friday Night at Lee USA Speedway

NAPLES, ME (June 21) – After a thriller on Sunday afternoon at Speedway 95, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models will be back on track Friday night at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire.  Coming into this weekend’s New England Paving Presents The PASS 150, several drivers are in striking distance for the championship, including home state favorite, Derek Griffith.  With a second career PASS North victory under his belt, Griffith currently sits seventh in the standings, less than 100 points behind the leader, Glen Luce.  Griffith’s confidence at Lee USA Speedway has him believing he can make it two wins in-a-row on Friday night.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had terrible luck all season, but I think we turned the corner at Speedway 95,” says Griffith, driver of the LCM Motorsports #12 Chevrolet.  “We have always ran pretty well at Lee.  I got my first PASS win there last year.  It’s like a hometown track for me, I spend a lot of my off days there.  I like coming ‘home’ and seeing all my friends at the track.  It’s always fun.”

Among the contenders, Griffith will have to deal with this weekend is Joe Squeglia, Jr., from nearby Deery.  Squeglia is also the defending winner of the New England Paving Presents The PASS 150 at Lee.  Another strong field is expected for Friday night’s action at Lee USA Speedway including former Oxford 250 winners, Ben Rowe, Glen Luce, and former two-time winner, Travis Benjamin.  Former PASS champions, Johnny Clark and DJ Shaw are also entered, along with Steve Murphy, Todd Stone, Derek Ramstrom, Tracy Gordon, and Garrett Hall, plus Granite State favorite, Joey Polewarcyzk.

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Warrior Division Returning to Thunder Road

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials have announced today that the Warriors will be returning to the Barre high banks beginning Thursday, July 20as part of Fairpoint Communications Night. The entry-level division previously competed at the track from 2003 through 2011.

A total of six events have been scheduled for the revived division, which will officially be known as the “Road Warriors”. In addition to their July 20opener, the Warriors will be on the card for WDEV/Calkins Night on Thursday, August 3; Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night on Thursday, August 10; Jet Service/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 24; and the 39th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic on Sunday, September 3. They will wrap up their season on Saturday, September 30 as part of Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day for the Vermont Milk Bowl.

The Road Warrior division will be for four-cylinder front wheel drive cars, and all equipment apart from safety modifications must remain stock for the vehicle’s make, model, and year. A $600 “Claim” rule, minus select safety equipment, will be in effect and can be invoked at any time. Drivers with extended sanctioned racing experience will not be allowed to compete, and the track will make all decisions regarding eligibility. The full rules are available at www.thunderroadvt.com/rules/.

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$5,000 to Win Ultimate Wingless Shootout this Sunday

Lucas Wolfe, Coleman Gulick Among Expected Entries

WEEDSPORT, NY (June 21, 2017) – Central New York race fans will be served a treat on Sunday at Weedsport Speedway as the ESS and URC will combine for the $5,000 to win Ultimate Wingless Shootout presented by Big Dog Country 103.5 FM, bringing the best 360 Sprint Car racers in the area together for a special non-wing event on the unique 3/8 mile.

A non-wing test session was held at Weedsport back in late April with racers Chuck and Kelly Hebing and Erik Karlsen taking laps. The sessions provided insight into the exciting action that fans will take in this weekend.

Couple the unique nature of the event, with the fact that Weedsport has yet to get a show into this point due to Mother Nature, and Sunday should prove to be a fantastic night of racing.
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Late Models Part Of Brewerton Speedway Friday, June 23 Race Night

BREWERTON, NY – June 21, 2017 — The exciting Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models that compete weekly at the Fulton Speedway will be racing at the Brewerton Speedway this Friday, June 23 on NAPA Auto Parts Night.
 
The Late Models put on some of the most exciting racing you will see coupled with them not being a weekly division at the track, it’s anyone’s guess who will be holding the checkered flag in victory lane.
 
With the Brewerton Speedway’s sister track, the Fulton Speedway having Saturday night June 24 off for high school graduation festivities, fans can still get their need for speed at the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon.”

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Doty’s Day: Outlaws Head to Attica for One-of-a- Kind Event

Attica Raceway Park to host prestige Brad Doty Classic on July 11

CONCORD, N.C. – June 21, 2017 – In the Sprint Car racing world, there are several names that automatically jump out as icons of the sport; Brad Doty is one of those names. When the drivers chasing the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series schedule fill out their calendar for the year, the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park jumps off the page. The prestige surrounding the makes the Brad Doty Classic one of those “must win” events. The Outlaws take to the Attica, OH track for a Tuesday night special on July 11.
 
Millersburg, Ohio’s Brad Doty first got his start in Sprint Car Racing in 1977 and in 1982 Doty started running with the World of Outlaws. Although it wasn’t full time, Doty still managed to finish fourth in the point standings and picked up the Rookie of the Year award. The following Spring, Doty picked up his first Outlaws Feature win at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, OK. Doty followed it up with wins at Eldora and Lincoln to name a few. Doty quickly left his mark on the sport, having won 11 Outlaw events in a short period of time.
 
Doty’s career was cut short in 1988 when he was involved in an accident while racing at the King’s Royal at Eldora leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

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Max Blair Defends Home Turf at McKean County Raceway

Devin Moran and Brandon Sheppard round out the podium

SMETHPORT, P.A.- June 20, 2017- Max Blair defended his home state by maneuvering his way to his first-ever World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series win at McKean County Raceway in Smethport, PA during the Hamlin Lake 50.

The Pennsylvania-native was joined in Victory Lane by a fan club of family and friends who rushed the track for the celebration. After embracing the moment under a shower of confetti, Blair was seemingly at a loss for words trying to describe his first Outlaw win.

“I never would’ve dreamed this would have happened to me,” said Blair. “I don’t even know what to say. I am so pumped up. We destroyed our car a couple of weeks ago and we’ve been working really hard this week to get this thing turned around and ready. We were pretty excited to come here tonight but I didn’t really know what to expect. I can’t believe it. I really can’t.”
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