Archive for September, 2015

Little prepares for The Monster Mile and the Drive Sober 125

Jesse Little, a member of NASCAR’s Next class for 2015, returns to Dover International Speedway this weekend for the running of the Drive Sober 125 on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit.

Little will be back behind the wheel of the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota and Performance Friction Brakes Toyota at a track he’s had a great deal of success at during his NKNPSE career.

“Our team has a good one-mile program over the years and we’re excited to get back to Dover for this weekend’s Drive Sober 125. In the past, we’ve been able to run up front and challenge for a win and solid top-5 finishes. This weekend we’re going in with the same focus,” Little said.

Each start in the 2015 season for Little has been geared towards racing for victories. Over the year, the 18-year old has run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series while also making several starts in the NKNPSE.

“This year our goal has been to compete on bigger tracks such as Chicagoland Speedway (for ThorSport Racing on the NCWTS) so it can add to my racing experiences in preparation for more starts on the Truck Series. Each time we’ve run on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with our Toyota we’ve been good right off the trailer and this Camry should be ready to go for the Drive Sober 125on Friday.”

Known as the Monster Mile, Dover International Speedway presents a one-mile racetrack with plenty of challenges. Little and his team are undaunted by the track heading into the weekend, he noted.

“You have to have patience at Dover and be prepared for a few surprises along the way with a track that has the kind of banking that Dover has. It’s a momentum situation as a driver, you have to be in a good rhythm, hit your marls and keep an eye on what’s going on around you to be successful in this race. Dover is a track where handling and a good setup package can make all the difference. Our Toyota has been on the pole this year (at Bristol in April) so we expect to have a mixture of good qualifying speed and something that can go 125 lap to get us in contention for the victory.”

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NASCAR Penalty Report / Kentucky Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (September 30, 2015) — 

NASCAR XFINITY Series
NASCAR members Brian Allen, Whitney Scott and Darrell Wallace Jr. have been penalized for infractions that occurred during
post-race on Sept. 26. These are behavioral penalties (Sections 12.1 and 7.5 of the NASCAR rule book). Allen has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR. Both Scott and Wallace Jr. have been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31, 2015.

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PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models Set For Season Finale This Weekend At Oxford

NAPLES, ME (September 30) – Following the grind of a season that began back in April, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models will conclude their 2015 campaign this Sunday afternoon at Oxford Plains Speedway.  While veteran Mike Rowe is on the verge of capturing his first title since the 2006 PASS South Super Late Model championship, several drivers would like to end the season on a high note.

Fellow veteran and former 6-time series champion Johnny Clark has reason to be excited heading to this weekend’s 150 lapper.  Clark recently ended a long dry spell by capturing his fourth checkered flag in the prestigious Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway.  But, Clark credits his recent turnaround with a decision to step back and compete in several local shows at Oxford Plains Speedway prior to the 42nd Running of the Oxford 250 in late August.

“We needed to get our baseline back,” says Clark, a winner of over 30 PASS Super Late Model races during his legendary career.  “Running weekly at Oxford Plains Speedway allowed us to work on one setup.  We were lucky enough to find ourselves in victory lane the week before the 250.”

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Speed51.com’s Battle at the Bridge Announced at Millbridge Speedway

51 Partners with NC Track to Sponsor & Broadcast its Season Finale

(Concord, NC) – 2015 has been the most competitive season in the history of Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, NC, and in a little more than a month a new event will close its regular season.  Track officials announced today they have signed a partner for their season-ending event.  On Wednesday, November 4th, the Speed51.com Battle at the Bridge will take place at the North Carolina track.

With the Battle at the Bridge slated to take place the Wednesday before the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the North-South Shootout at Concord Speedway, a high car count is expected as well as top tier drivers.
“We are thrilled about our new partnership with Millbridge Speedway and are looking forward to the relationship growing even more,” said Bob Dillner, TV Broadcaster and Executive Editor of Speed51.com.  “Millbridge is really a special place with a lot of great racing, so to kick off a speedweek of sorts in the Charlotte, NC area that week with this event will be pretty special.  Some great drivers and a bunch of fans are expected to be on hand.” Continue reading ‘Speed51.com’s Battle at the Bridge Announced at Millbridge Speedway’

Patrick Emerling In Search of First NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Victory in NAPA Fall Final Weekend at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — Throughout his first three seasons of Whelen Modified Tour competition, Orchard Park, NY native Patrick Emerling’s best finish at Stafford was an 11th place finish in the 2013 NAPA Spring Sizzler.  The 16 races he had competed in at Stafford prior to the 2015 season yielded one top-5 and two top-10 finishes.  But that all began to change with the 2015 season as Emerling has finished each of the first three races at Stafford this season in the top-9 and he recorded his first career pole position at Stafford back in August.  Emerling will be looking to continue his wave of success at Stafford when the Whelen Modified Tour cars return on Oct. 3-4 for the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend.

“We’ve gotten better at Stafford and we’re looking forward to coming back for the Fall Final,” said Emerling.  “We have better cars than what we had in the past and the cars are handling much better.  Another thing is where most of the drivers on the Tour have grown up on tracks like Stafford and they have tons of laps, it took us a little while to figure the track out and what our car needed.”

Emerling had high hopes for the Call Before You Dig 150 at Stafford in August after winning his first career pole position, but Emerling was only able to lead the first four laps of the race before falling back and then recovering to post a 6th place finish.  Emerling says that the lessons he and his #07 Buffalo Auto Auction team learned in that race should have them prepared for not only a good qualifying effort, but an even better race finish in the NAPA Fall Final 150.

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Stafford Speedway to Auction “Welcome to The Show” Banner for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund at NAPA Fall Final

Stafford Springs, CT — To celebrate the final race of the 2015 season, Stafford Speedway and NAPA Auto Parts will be auctioning off the “Welcome to the Show” banner currently displayed at the General Admission entrance.  The banner will be auctioned off to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity set up to support the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.

The “Welcome to the Show” banner would look great in your race shop, garage, or anywhere!  Bidding for the banner will start at $200 and bids can be made prior to this weekend by calling the Stafford Speedway office.  Throughout the NAPA Fall Final weekend, the bidding will continue and the announcers will keep the fans apprised as to the current bid amount.  Bids may be made by visiting the announcer’s tower or stopping by the NAPA Auto Parts display at the NAPA Pit Party.  The highest bid and winner of the banner will be announced prior to the start of the NAPA Auto Parts 150 Whelen Modified Tour event on Sunday afternoon.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established in 2000 and has since provided close to $150 million dollars in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation as well as support for severely wounded military personnel and veterans.  Efforts by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund are funded entirely with donations from the public, to date hundreds of thousands have donated.

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Championship Races Taking Shape for Stafford Speedway’s NAPA Fall Final Weekend

Stafford Springs, CT — With the NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway set to take the green flag this weekend, four track championships remain up for grabs.  Michael Bennett and Devin O’Connell have clinched the Late Model and Legend Cars championships, but four Stafford crowns remain to be decided.  Stafford’s SK Modifieds®, SK Lights, Limited Late Models, and DARE Stocks will all see a champion crowned at the conclusion of the weekend.

Stafford’s SK Modified® division has been led by Rowan Pennink and the #99 NAPA Van Wickle Auto Supply / Monk Hand Wipes team since winning the season-opening NAPA Spring Sizzler.  After the Sizzler triumph the #99 team went on to score 6 SK Modified® victories in 2015 while holding the point lead all season. Chasing Pennink in the championship standings all season has been the 2011 SK Modified® champion Ryan Preece and the #6 J.G. Poulin Drywall / East West Marine team.  Just 2 races ago, Preece trailed Pennink by 48 points, but has chopped 36 points off of that lead with a win and a fifth-place finish in the final 2 races.  Preece will be looking to continue his positive momentum as he has finished second in the SK Modified® standings by 2 points each of the last 2 seasons.

Entering the NAPA Fall Final SK Modified® feature event, Pennink leads Preece by 12 points, 6 positions on the track.  Pennink also holds the tiebreaker over Preece by a 6-3 margin in wins.  Should Preece win the race, Pennink would need to finish at least in the seventh place to win the championship.  If Preece doesn’t win the race, all Pennink will just need to finish within 6 positions of Preece on the track.  But Pennink says his plan will be to go out and try to win the race.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The NAPA Fall Final 150 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2015) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to headline Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway’s 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend with the NAPA Fall Final 150 on Sunday. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

NAPA Fall Final 150 Setup:

  • Woody Pitkat leads Ryan Preece by eight points and Doug Coby by 11 in the championship standings entering the next-to-last race of the season. Preece, Coby and Pitkat finished 1-2-3 in the last NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visit to Stafford Motor Speedway in August.
  • Preece and Pitkat have combined to win the last five races at Stafford. Preece is the defending winner of the NAPA Fall Final 150, and won the two Friday night races there this year.
  • Prior to the run of Pitkat and Preece, Coby and Bobby Santos compiled eight wins in a 10-race stretch at Stafford from 2012-14.
  • Eric Goodale will make his 100th career start in this race. He maintains the active starts streak lead, currently at 97 races entering Stafford.

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Capps, Scully Attend NAPA Grand Opening

Wheelock’s NAPA Auto Parts had the grand opening for his 11th store in Middleborough, MA today. Two race car drivers were in attendance in Ron Capps and Tom Scully, Jr. Capps is sixth in NHRA Mello Yello Drag racing Series Funny Car points with the Countdown to the Championship Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA October 1-4. Scully finished second in Pro Stock points with the $5,000 to win DAV Fall Classic at Seekonk (MA) Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Attendees could get a picture with the three World Series trophies the Boston Red Sox won in 2004, 2007, and 2013. Here are our interviews with Capps and Scully.

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Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The NAPA Fall Final 150 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to headline Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway’s 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend with the NAPA Fall Final 150 on Sunday. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

TRACKSIDE REPORT – STAT PACK (PDF)  |  EVENT INFORMATION

NAPA Fall Final 150 Setup:
• Woody Pitkat leads Ryan Preece by eight points and Doug Coby by 11 in the championship standings entering the next-to-last race of the season. Preece, Coby, and Pitkat finished 1-2-3 in the last NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visit to Stafford Motor Speedway in August.

• Preece and Pitkat have combined to win the last five races at Stafford. Preece is the defending winner of the NAPA Fall Final 150, and won the two Friday night races there this year.
• Prior to the run of Pitkat and Preece, Coby, and Bobby Santos compiled eight wins in a 10-race stretch at Stafford from 2012-14.
• Eric Goodale will make his 100th career start in this race. He maintains the active starts streak lead, currently at 97 races entering Stafford.

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Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing The NAPA Fall Final 150 At Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour is set to headline Stafford (Connecticut) Motor Speedway’s 43rd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Fall Final Weekend with the NAPA Fall Final 150 on Sunday. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the tour and selected drivers at the track:

TRACKSIDE REPORT – STAT PACK (PDF)  |  EVENT INFORMATION

NAPA Fall Final 150 Setup:
• Woody Pitkat leads Ryan Preece by eight points and Doug Coby by 11 in the championship standings entering the next-to-last race of the season. Preece,
Coby and Pitkat finished 1-2-3 in the last NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour visit to Stafford Motor Speedway in August.
• Preece and Pitkat have combined to win the last five races at Stafford. Preece is the defending winner of the NAPA Fall Final 150, and won the two Friday night races there this year.
• Prior to the run of Pitkat and Preece, Coby and Bobby Santos compiled eight wins in a 10-race stretch at Stafford from 2012-14.
• Eric Goodale will make his 100th career start in this race. He maintains the active starts streak lead, currently at 97 races entering Stafford.

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Statement from Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, On Tony Stewart

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2015) – “When I think of Tony Stewart, unmatched passion and a pure love of the sport come to mind. He has won championships and millions of fans. But he has given back so much more, and that’s what I admire most. Today’s news was bittersweet for all, but we know Tony will continue to be a big part of our sport in his roles as a team and track owner. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Tony for his many years of excellence and competitiveness, and wish him nothing but the best in his final season as a driver in the Sprint Cup Series.”

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Southern Mod Tour Stat Advance: Hickory

Analyzing The MTP Tire 150 At Hickory Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for Saturday’s MTP Tire 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Hickory 150 Setup:
• George Brunnhoelzl III is the only driver entered in this weekend’s NWSMT race at Hickory Motor Speedway to win there. He won in 2011 in his lone start at the track.  
• Burt Myers, Jason

Myers

and Frank Fleming are the only drivers entered in this weekend’s race to start both previous races at Hickory.
• Two-time NWSMT champion Junior Miller won the inaugural NWSMT event at Hickory in 2006.

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Southern Mod Tour Stat Advance: Hickory

Analyzing The MTP Tire 150 At Hickory Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour heads to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for Saturday’s MTP Tire 150. Below is a statistical look at the performance of selected drivers at the track:

Hickory 150 Setup:
• George Brunnhoelzl III is the only driver entered in this weekend’s NWSMT race at Hickory Motor Speedway to win there. He won in 2011 in his lone start at the track.  
• Burt Myers, Jason Myers, and Frank Fleming are the only drivers entered in this weekend’s race to start both previous races at Hickory.
• Two-time NWSMT champion Junior Miller won the inaugural NWSMT event at Hickory in 2006.

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K&N Pro East Stat Advance: Dover

Analyzing The Drive Sober 125 At Dover International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season will come to a close and a champion will be crowned at Friday’s Drive Sober 125 at Delaware’s Dover International Speedway. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at the track.

EVENT INFORMATION | CHAMPIONSHIP GRID

Drive Sober 125 Setup:
• William Byron, Scott
Heckert, and Austin Hill are all in the running to be crowned the 2015 K&N Pro Series East champion.
• Byron needs to finish ninth of better to wrap up the championship. If he leads a lap or leads the most laps, he can clinch the title with finishes of 10th or 11th, respectively.
• Bryon could become only the fifth rookie to win the championship title and would join the likes of Joey Logano (2007), Ryan Truex (2009), Kyle Larson (2012) and Ben Rhodes (2014).
• Defending winner Austin Hill and Corey LaJoie are the only previous Dover race winners scheduled to compete Friday.
• Hill has won the last two races at the Monster Mile and a win in the Drive Sober 125 would make him the first driver in series history to record three or more wins at Dover.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Dover & Las Vegas

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Harvick On The Ropes Heading Into Dover
Defending champion Kevin Harvick has two options heading into Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN) – the first cutoff race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – win or go home.

The No. 4 Chevrolet driver ranks 15th out of 16 drivers on the Chase Grid and sits 23 points below 12th-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the cutoff line. He mathematically can still make the Contender Round on points, but it would be a tough task, requiring him to jump three drivers.

Basically, if Harvick doesn’t visit Victory Lane, he will be knocked out of NASCAR’s playoffs as one of the four winless drivers lowest in points.

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Super Dirt Week Moving to CNY Raceway Park in 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that Super Dirt Week will move to Central New York Raceway Park in Hastings, NY. The facility will have a road course and dirt oval. A 10-year contract will be signed to retain the event in Central New York.

The New York State Fairgrounds will host its final Super Dirt Week October 7-11 before being redeveloped to “maximize the economic impact of the state fair.”

New York State is investing $5 million into the facility and use it in I Love NY promotional advertising.  

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Tanner Gray Joins 2016 LFR Driver Development Group Lineup

16-Year-Old Dirt Racer to Make Super Late Model Debut

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 30, 2015) – The LFR Driver Development Group is thrilled to announce the addition of another fresh face to its roster, as Tanner Gray will be joining the group for the 2016 season. Gray, a 16-year-old originally from Artesia, N.M., grew up competing on local dirt tracks and is now ready to make his move to asphalt.

“Tanner is a great addition to our development group,” said Rob Fuller, President of LFR Chassis. “He comes from a racing family that knows what it takes to be successful in this industry. That is a huge advantage in itself. It’s a great feeling as a company to be announcing our lineup this early in the year. Now we can focus on building top-notch race cars and securing the right crew members for these young drivers. Next season can’t come soon enough!”

Both of Gray’s father and grandfather are experienced race car drivers themselves. His father ran dirt modified cars and his grandfather ran everything from late models on dirt and asphalt to sprint cars and some drag racing.
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Snowball Derby Bounties Posted for Midwest, Northeast & West Coast

Speed51.com Offering $551 Bonuses for Highest-Finishing Regional Invaders

(Pensacola, Florida) – For the third straight year, Speed51.com, powered by JEGS, will be challenging drivers from outside the Southeast region to make their way to Five Flags Speedway (FL) for the prestigious Snowball Derby in the form of a bounty.

In a partnership with event officials, Speed51.com will be putting up three bounties worth $551 each for the 48th Annual Snowball Derby the weekend of December 2 – 6, 2015. Each team must be based in the designated areas to be eligible for the award.

Three separate cash awards will be up for grabs for teams based in the Midwest, Northeast and, for the first time, the West as well. In 2013, DJ Shaw failed to qualify for the Snowball Derby and still received the $551 bonus for being the highest-finishing car from the Northeast.

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Stafford

Three-Way Battle Returns To Stafford

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Doug Coby-Woody Pitkat-Ryan Preece battle has played out across the northeast the last two years, but nowhere has it been more magnified than at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway – the venue for Sunday’s NAPA Fall Final 150.

The trio has won 11 of the previous 15 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races at the historic half-mile, including the last six in a row. Coby claimed five of those checkered flags from 2012-14, but Pitkat (two) and Preece (three) have won the last five in a row while Preece garnered a fourth win in the midst of Coby’s run.

In the tour’s last visit to Stafford in August, Preece, Coby and Pitkat finished 1-2-3, which was a microcosm of the season-long championship battle between the three. All three have taken their turn atop the standings – the only drivers to do so this year – and the margin between first and second has never reached double digits.

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“King of the Clay” 100 Features Sportsman Showdown in Devil’s Bowl Dirt Finale

Brown leads tight title race; support division specials on tap

WEST HAVEN, VT – Modified stock car driver “Downtown” Jackie Brown Jr. has found a comfortable groove on The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2015, but he’ll be anything but relaxed on Sunday, October 4 in the track’s season finale. The Stove Depot presents the 100-lap “King of the Clay” event for the track’s Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modified division, and Brown has plenty on the line.

The former Accord (NY) Speedway champion has finished sixth or better each time that he has made the 300-mile round trip from his home in Hurley, NY. Brown and car owners Albert and Florence Sanville of Canaan, NH find their No. 92 Flo’s Concessions entry with a slim three-point lead on Josh Sunn entering the championship finale for the Berlin Optical Expressions Dirt Track Series, and will try to lock up the title with their first victory in the “King of the Clay” 100.

Sunn, of White River Junction, VT, is also seeking his first Devil’s Bowl win, but has three runner-up finishes to his credit on The Dirt Track since its opening last fall. Kenny Tremont Jr. and Tim Hodge are also well within reach of the title, as both sit within 13 points of Brown’s lead. Tremont is a two-time winner on The Dirt Track, and Hodge has been a consistent threat all season. Other top contenders expected on Sunday include feature winners Tim LaDuc and Bobby Hackel, young guns Justin Comes, Trevor Rocke, and Anthony Alger, veterans Vince Quenneville Jr., Billy Lussier, and Jack Gentile, and 2014 champion Adam Pierson.

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Southern Modified News & Notes: Hickory

Tour Returns To Track For First Time Since 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The penultimate event on the 2015 schedule will be held this Saturday as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for the MTP Tire 150.

One driver who is looking forward to returning to the track is four-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III. Brunnhoelzl has rebounded from a tough start to the season with three straight podium finishes to get back in contention for a potential fifth championship.

Brunnhoelzl won at Hickory in 2011 when he took the lead from Zach Brewer with two laps to go in the race. The West Babylon, New York, native will be the only driver in the field this weekend that has won a NASCAR-sanctioned modified race at the historic track.

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Southern Modified News & Notes: Hickory

Tour Returns To Track For First Time Since 2011

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The penultimate event on the 2015 schedule will be held this Saturday as the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Hickory Motor Speedway for the first time since 2011 for the MTP Tire 150.

One driver who is looking forward to returning to the track is four-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III. Brunnhoelzl has rebounded from a tough start to the season with three straight podium finishes to get back in contention for a potential fifth championship.

Brunnhoelzl won at Hickory in 2011 when he took the lead from Zach Brewer with two laps to go in the race. The West Babylon, New York, native will be the only driver in the field this weekend that has won a NASCAR-sanctioned modified race at the historic track.

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Dover

The 2015 Champion To Be Decided In The Drive Sober 125

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Three drivers have the opportunity to walk away from Delaware’s Dover International Speedway as 2015 champion of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

William Byron, Scott Heckert, and Austin Hill will be fighting for the title Friday during the Drive Sober 125 presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. The crowned champion will become the 29th in series history.

William Byron, 17 years-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, looks to cap off his season by becoming only the fifth champion to earn the elite title during their rookie season. The points leader would join Joey Logano (2007), Ryan Truex (2009), Kyle Larson (2012) and Ben Rhodes (2014) on the list of rookies to accomplish the feat.

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Corey LaJoie Makes 36th NASCAR K&N Start at Dover this Weekend with Precision Performance Motorsports

China Grove, N.C. (September 28, 2015) – Precision Performance Motorsports is excited to announce the addition of Corey LaJoie to the PPM driver stable in the K&N Pro Series East. LaJoie will be behind the wheel of the No. 12 Fronius and ComServe Wireless, TCC Verizon Wireless Agent, Toyota Camry in the Drive Sober 125 at Dover International Speedway on October 2nd.

LaJoie has 25 K&N starts and has earned five wins, 17 top-5 finishes, 20 top-10 finishes and one pole win. With four previous starts at the “Monster Mile,” the North Carolina native is looking to capture his second win in Dover this weekend.

“Its always exciting going to the Monster Mile no matter what series,” said Corey LaJoie. “PPM has been building some really nice race cars. I feel honored they chose me to get behind the wheel and to help build their program. I am looking forward to working with their crew chief, Charles Denike. It would be great to get back to victory lane at Dover with this team, they deserve it.”

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Brennan Poole to Make NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Brennan Poole to drive No. 21 DC Solar Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing

Statesville, N.C. (September 28, 2015) – Brennan Poole will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut with GMS Racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Saturday, October 3 in the Rhino Linings 350.

Though Poole is new to the NCWTS circuit, he is no stranger to the racing world. The 24-year-old has accumulated 216 wins and nine Championships in 24 different states with a background in dirt and asphalt racing. Before making his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debut this season. Poole cut his teeth in his Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) debut in 2011, winning in his first ever start at Salem (Ind.) Speedway.

The Texas native will return to the site of his NASCAR debut and first career top-10 finish, which occurred in March in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Poole has long been sponsored by DC Solar, a green energy company that specializes in mobile solar products, including generators, light towers and electric vehicle charging stations.
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Kasey’s Coming Back Down Under for Ultimate Sprintcar Safari

American motor racing superstar Kasey Kahne has confirmed that he’ll be returning to Australia in 2015/2016 to race an exclusive Ultimate Sprintcar schedule at Valvoline Raceway.

Kahne, a household name in NASCAR and Speedway dirt track circles the world over will bring his own first class equipment including two complete cars and spares to race at VR on December 26, December 28, December 30, January 1, January 3 and January 5.

Kasey will bring his long time right hand at KKR Justin Adams and possibly another team member to facilitate the Sydney tour.

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New Format for October 25 at New London-Waterford

All the marbles will be on the line at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl when the Northeast Race Cars and Parts Tri-Track Open Modified Series concludes an action packed weekend on October 25.

Unlike the four races prior in 2015, the series season finale will be a non-points event. At the Speedbowl in September, Matt Hirschman was crowned the 2015 Tri Track Series champion after finishing on the podium in the Dunleavy’s 100.

This event will also hold a completely different format than any of the other four races this season. There will be no short distance heat races followed up by consolation races and a B-main feature. Instead, this event will be started with two 35 lap “qualifying feature’s” that will determine who will advance into the big show.

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SPOTTER BYTES

By Wayne “Muffy” WildermuthSpotting Avitar

 

Lots of road time for the racing this week. I headed to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Friday and Saturday racing with the Whelen Modified Tour and then to northern New York (near Buffalo) to Lancaster National Speedway on Sunday for the Race of Champions 125 lap event. Friday we got the #13 James Civali car out and get her all ready to practice. We run a few laps and all is going well. We put our mock run (practice qualifying) tires on and head out to see what we really have. We have nothing! The car developed a motor problem which later actually turned out to be the fuel pump that let go. With parts in the oil pan from the fuel pump, it was determined that the risk was not worth it, why blow a motor on the track and risk wrecking our car and possibly other cars as well. So without a backup motor or backup car, we decided to load it up and not run it. I saw Bob (Bob Katon, the car owner) a little while later and he told me that he was working on something; by that I thought maybe he wLoudon-20150925-00254as borrowing a motor from someone, little did I know, he was
borrowing a whole car. Chris Our (the team owner for the team that now has our original driver, TC) was loaning us his backup car. Kind of ironic don’t ya think? Well, then we set to working on the black #22 to change it over to the #13 (James did a lot of the vinyl work) and get it ready for qualifying as practice was already complete.  So James’ only laps would be the 2 for qualifying. He would need to diagnose what it needs in those two laps. She was a little tight, so adjustments were made and we were hoping for the best. We wanted to race, but didn’t want to damage the car doing so, so we needed to race hard, but smart. Continue reading ‘SPOTTER BYTES’

Cody Coughlin Continues to be Consistent in Indy

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – Cody Coughlin is one of the most consistent Super Late Model drivers in the country. The 19-year-old proved that Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway, just outside Indianapolis, IN, by scoring his fifth-straight top 10 finish in that style of racing.

Coughlin started third, finished fifth and led a bunch of laps as well in the Fall Brawl, 100-lap race for the ARCA / CRA Super Series at LOR.

The Delaware, OH native charged to the lead a the onset of the race. Then Coughlin and veteran Brian Campbell waged war for the top spot for several laps. As the race progressed, the handling on the no. 1 JEGS.com Toyota Camry went away. The end result was a fifth-place finish, his fourth top-5 and sixth top-10 finish in seven Super Late Model races this year.

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