UNOH Battle At The Beach Final Event Details Announced
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Nearly 11 months ago, NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway announced the concept of a unique short-track event to take place Feb. 18-19 during the 2013 Speedweeks. With the kickoff just over five weeks away, the anticipation and excitement around the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach continues to rise.
Friday, NASCAR released the entry blanks to the competitors that outlined the complete details, from the final event schedule to the complete race format for the special non-points events.
“Our team has devoted a great deal of time generating feedback from not only drivers and owners, but fans and media as well, to work to create a truly special event that will serve as the crown jewel of the short-track calendar,” said Brad Moran, NASCAR touring series director. “The end result is a format and rules package designed to showcase the best talent throughout NASCAR’s regional and touring series.
“The benefit of this being a completely new and unique event is we were able to take a fresh look at everything and really create something special and exciting.”
LINKS: TRACK MAP | LOCKED-IN DRIVERS | LATE MODEL RULES
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– National Champion’s awards to include chassis and helmet
– 40th Annual TD Bank 250 at Oxford to pay PASS Super Late Model winner $25,000, plus $25,000 in guaranteed lap leader money
– 3rd Leg of Autobus La Quebecois Triple Crown at Chaudiere Will Pay Winner $10,000 to win, plus $20,000 in guaranteed lap leader money
– Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Continues Tradition as Spring’s Premier Super Late Model Event
NAPLES, ME — Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officials have released the six races that will make up the 2013 PASS National Championship Series. The schedule is comprised of six premier Super Late Model events in both PASS North and PASS South that will determine an overall PASS National Champion. The PASS National Series will be highlighted by the return of Super Late Model action to the 40th Annual TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in July. And, for the first time, the PASS National Series will take on a more international flavor with an event scheduled in Canada later this year. While awards are currently still being finalized with sponsors, Bull City Race Cars has announced it will award the 2013 PASS National Champion with a chassis and Bell Helmets will provide a helmet to the new title holder.
“Thanks to a lot of time and effort by a group of really dedicated people, we are very pleased to announce our 2013 PASS National Series,’” said PASS President Tom Mayberry. “These events exemplify what’s great about short track racing and we feel each of them will attract the best Super Late Model drivers competing today. All of these events are unique and will prove to be a challenge for our competitors. And, with the addition of races in Florida and Canada, a broad base of fans will get to see racers from all over North America come together and compete to see who truly is the best of the best.”
The PASS National Series gets underway in less than a month with the Inaugural Florida Winter Meltdown at Auburndale Speedway on February 8-9. In addition to a talented group of PASS regulars, former PASS National Champions Ben Rowe and Jay Fogleman hope to contain a strong contingent of Florida Super Late Model standouts on the tricky quarter mile oval.
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Coventry, Rhode Island’s Mike Stefanik is one of the latest drivers to enter the NASCAR Tour-Type Modified portion of the 47th Annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Joining Stefanik are long time WS competitors Chuck Hossfeld in his familiar #22 driving for Jerry Gradl Motors, and J.R. Bertuccio will also be back in action this February.
PRE-ENTRIES: as of: 1/11/13, 10:30 am
Super Late Models:(10)
# NAME AGE HOMETOWN SPONSORS
03 Dylan Kwasniewski 17 Las Vegas, Nevada Royal Purple | Curb Motorsports
3 Gary Terry 34 St. Joseph, Michigan Quickfuel Technology | GT Products
6 Austin Luedtke 19 Beachwood, Wisconsin Luedtke & Assoc. | Spring Valley
12 Derek Griffith 16 Hudson, New Hampshire LCM Racing | Black Water Firearms
13 Frank Alberson 61 Lakeland, Florida
36 Tim Russell 29 Longwood, Florida Barn Light Electric | Insurance Office of America
58 Michael Lira 15 Port Orange, Florida Gary Yeomans Ford
71 Kyle Benjamin 15 Easley, S. Carolina
74 Ryan Moore 29 Mooresville, N. Carolina
129 Spencer Davis Dawsonville, Georgia Port City Racecars
NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds:(8)
# NAME AGE HOMETOWN SPONSORS
2 J.R. Bertuccio 31 Statesville, New York Gershon Recycling
10 A.J. Russell 28 Clovis, California
13 Al Emmarino Brook Haven, New York
22 Mike Stefanik 54 Coventry, Rhode Island Robert Bar Co.| Canto & Sons Paving
22 Chuck Hossfeld Lockport, New York Jerry Gradl Motors, Inc.
58 Eric Goodale Wading River, New York Riverhead Building Supply
59 Matt Hirschman 29 Northhampton, Pennsylvania B.C Brennensthul | Long Island Mod Mania
79 Woody Pitkat 32 Stafford Springs, Connecticut Hill Enterprises | Coors Light
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Stafford Springs, CT — For Dave Secore, Jr., the 2013 season at Stafford Motor Speedway will be a season of chasing after a dream of winning a race. Secore is a fourth generation racer at Stafford Speedway who has ties all the way back to the Stafford Springs Agricultural Park days of the track.
A near fatal accident in the winter of 2001 moved Secore from the driver's seat into a car owner's role. As a car owner, Secore won the 2006 DARE Stock track championship with Norm Sears and Secore has won races with Dan King, Sears, and Don Wood as his drivers. Secore is still without a victory as a driver, which he is hoping to change this season.
"I have a lot of personal connections to Stafford and a win at Stafford is an item that's on my bucket list," said Secore. "A win at Stafford something that has been eating at me for many years, and now that I have medical clearance to drive again, we're going to have some fun this year and try to get that win that has eluded me for so long."
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Stafford Springs, CT — After a successful rookie season that saw him drive to victory lane and finish 9th in the points standings behind the wheel of the #19 Steve Greer owned entry, North Haven native Tyler Hines will return to the SK Lights with a new car. Hines and his family have purchased from Gunsmoke Stables the #27 car that was formerly driven by Earl Pelletier and they will renumber the car to 25 to match Hines' hockey number with Greer providing the engine for the car.
"We bought Earl Pelletier's old car and Steve Greer is going to let us use his engine for this year," said Hines. "We found out at the end of the year that Steve was going to use the car as a backup car for his MRS team, so we needed to find a car. We can't thank Steve enough for letting us use that engine, it really makes things a lot easier for us this year and I'm excited to have my hockey number back on the car. I've had 25 as my hockey number for about 10 years, so it's going to be nice to have my number back."
With his feature victory last season, Hines was one of three rookie drivers and one of seven first time winners in the SK Light division. Hines reached victory lane in only his third start in the division, and while he says he and his team were disappointed that they couldn't add a second victory to their tally, he says the win was a bonus and something that the team can use to build on for his second full season of SK Light competition.
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Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Motor Speedway’s SK Modified® 2013 rookie class has added SK Light standout and Waterbury native Joey Cipriano, III to its roster for the upcoming season. Cipriano will pilot the Steve Greer owned #19 Gunsmoke Stables entry and will try to win SPAFCO Rookie of the Year honors. Cipriano debuted with the Greer team for the final SK Modified® feature event of 2012 at the CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend, and he earned a top-10 finish coming home in 7th after starting the race in 18th. With limited practice leading up to his debut SK Modified® effort, Cipriano is looking to build on his Fall Final experience and carry over the momentum of that top-10 finish to his rookie season and the season opening CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler.
“I’m really excited about the season,” said Cipriano. “At the Fall Final we had the Friday practice get rained out, so we only had the Saturday practice and heat race to get the car ready for the feature. We lost a couple of spots in the final laps with all the restarts, but we still finished 7th after starting 18th, so I’m really looking forward to it. We have a lot of things that we can try on the car this year.”
After Cipriano’s top-10 finish in the 2012 CARQUEST Fall Final, he had no plans to run in the SK Modified® division for the 2013 season. But after sitting down and talking with his car owner, Steve Greer, a deal was worked out for Cipriano to drive the full 2013 season.
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