Archive for July, 2016

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 – Orange County Speedway

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 – Orange County Speedway

7:30PMJuly 30, 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 26, 2016): The CARS Tour returns to the thrilling Orange County Speedway after a midsummer break marking the mid-season point of the 2016 schedule. The major headline of the event in the Late Model Stock division is the absence of JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry, who will be competing in the Iowa Xfinity Series race Saturday night. Berry, who is the only LMSC repeat winner, is just seven points behind point leader Deac McCaskill. However, the JR Motorsports team can still win the series owner’s championship as they have tapped newcomer Scott Bishop to drive the #88B ride. The Super Late Model division will see several newcomers this weekend including Chandler Smith, Wade Day, and dirt ace Tanner Thorson in what looks to be a stacked field at Orange County. No driver has been able to repeat as a winner in the division, will this weekend make six different winners in six races, or will a driver double up for the first time this season making a serious bid toward winning the championship?

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The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, July 29 – Sunday, July 31

Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio

Race distance: 90 laps / 203.22 miles

Entry List: The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (pdf)

Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each

Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate

Twitter: @Mid_Ohio @IndyCar, #Honda200, #IndyCar

Event website: www.midohio.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

2015 race winner: Graham Rahal (No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda)

2015 Verizon P1 Award winner: Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), 1:04.5814, 125.869 mph

Qualifying record: Scott Dixon, 1:04.5814, 125.869 mph, Aug. 1, 2015

NBCSN television broadcasts: Practice, 2 p.m. ET Friday, July 29 (live); Qualifying, 2 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30 (live); Race, 2 p.m. ET Sunday, July 31, CNBC (live); 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 31, NBCSN (re-air); Brian Till is the lead announcer for the NBCSN broadcasts this weekend alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Katie Hargitt and Robin Miller.

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Mike Bugarewicz: One of the Keys to Tony Stewart’s Success

Lehighton, Pennsylvania Native Leads No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevy’s Resurgence

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (July 26, 2016) – Many factors contribute to Tony Stewart’s recent success. Excellent engines, cars, crew, fast pit stops and historic driving talent have propelled the No. 14 Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to be the third-highest scoring team in the last five races and have turned it into a real contender to win NASCAR’s 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs as the regular season continues with Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

Perhaps the leading factor in the three-time champion’s recent resurgence is the rookie crew chief with the really difficult-to-pronounce last name. Pennsylvanian Mike Bugarewicz (Bug-ARE-avich) was an unknown to most NASCAR fans at the beginning of the season, when SHR announced he would lead the No. 14 team in Stewart’s final season in NASCAR, then prepare for the arrival of Clint Bowyer in 2017.

After 20 races in 2016, the Lehighton, Pennsylvania native has become regarded by many as one of the fastest-rising crew chiefs in the sport as he’s overcome adversity, pulled off strategic feats and earned kudos from the future Hall of Fame driver. Stewart has come to praise the 34-year-old’s wisdom beyond his experience after nearly every race, of late.
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Lee USA Speedway 7/22/16 Race Report

Lee, NH – The Valenti Modified Racing Series rolled into town for the first of two 2016 appearances at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed” on Friday night, with Jon McKennedy of E. Chelmsford, MA and Chris Pasteryak of Preston, CT taking down the wins in the twin 50-lap feature events.

McKennedy took the checkers ahead of Todd Patnode, Richard Savary, Mike Willis, Jr., Anthony Nocella, Dave Schneider, Geoff Gernhard, Donnie Lashua, Todd Szegedy, and Rob Richardi, Jr. in the first 50, while Pasteryak beat McKennedy, Nocella, Jeff Gallup, Savary, Schneider, Matt Mead, Patnode, Richardi, and Russ Hersey in the nightcap.

In the regular weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series feature events, second-year, second-generation Supermodified driver Mike Keddy of Raymond was the star of the night in the EKeys4cars Supermodifieds, taking down his first career feature win the 30-lap main event.
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Merch Madness: Top-20 Drivers Released For Superstore One-Year Anniversary

Chase Elliott Becomes Youngest Sprint Cup Driver To Crack Top-5 In Trackside Sales
Lionel’s 1:64 Scale Die-Casts Up 77 Percent Year-Over-Year 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 26, 2016) – This race weekend at Pocono Raceway marks the first anniversary of the Fanatics Trackside Superstore – the reimagined and improved at-track shopping experience. The Trackside Superstore offers fans a one-stop-shop every race weekend with the largest selection of in-store NASCAR merchandise in the world – bar none.

Halfway through 2016, photo finishes, side-by-side racing and record passing as the Chase spots are clinched has driven interest in the telecast and engagement on digital and social as well as in driver merchandise sales. NASCAR fans take pride in flying the colors of their favorite drivers and the first-half merchandise sales results are officially tallied. The top three drivers are no surprise with Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading the rankings, followed by six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and defending champion Kyle Busch.

With rising stars like Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney, there are currently five drivers in the top-20 list who are 26 years of age or younger.

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Christopher Bell Prepared for Double Duty Action at Pocono Raceway; ARCA and NASCAR Truck Series Starts Await

Concord, North Carolina (July 26, 2016) – Christopher Bell will make his third career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start driving for Venturini Motorsports in Friday’s ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway. This will be Bell’s first attempt at the Tricky Triangle and will also serve as a preamble to his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start with Kyle Busch Motorsports on Saturday afternoon.

Bell, who drove his JBL Toyota to victory lane in his ARCA debut at Salem Speedway earlier in the season, anticipates the double duty weekend challenge at Pocono.

“I’m really excited to make my first start at Pocono this weekend,” said Bell. “Pocono’s unique track configuration puts a lot of emphasis on the technical aspect behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to the challenge – running back-to-back events will be a lot of fun and give me plenty of laps to adapt to a new track. I’ve had this weekend circled on my calendar for a while now.”

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Missouri State Fair Speedway Lights Up Thursday Night With The ASCS Warrior Region

TULSA, Okla. (July 26, 2016) A nice tune up for Missouri teams and fans for the High Roller Classic on Sunday, August 21, the Missouri State Fair Speedway will see a Night of Stars at the “Historic Half-Mile” on Thursday, July 28 as the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps along with Modifieds make their way to Sedalia, Mo.

Presented by Central Bank and Subway, the Thursday night spectacular will feature not only a complete night of racing, but will also settle a burning question. Who is faster? For a best two out of three faceoff, Brian Brown and Danny Lasoski will go head-to-head to see who will claim the family honor.

Along with two of Missouri’s most noted Sprint Car names, one of racing’s biggest names will also be on hand as Kenny Schrader will bring his Federated Auto Parks No. 9 to do battle with the Modifieds.
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Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest East Bound To Texas and New Mexico

TULSA, Okla. (July 25, 2016) The Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region hits the road this weekend with tracks in west Texas and southern New Mexico on the lineup with the Western Tech Speedway Park in El Paso, Texas on Friday, July 29 and the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, July 30.

With the Western Tech Speedway Park scheduled to close at the end of the 2016 season, this Friday’s sprint spectacular could mark the final time the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region will headline races in the west Texas town of El Paso. The series stop in 2015 saw El Paso native, John Carney II in Victory Lane.

While it was Jesse Baker who topped the action at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in 2015, it was Carney who was the man to beat earlier this season in the two night Southwest Sprint Car Shootout on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.
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Park Jefferson Int. Speedway Next In Line For Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

TULSA, Okla. (July 25, 2016) The road to Knoxville is a little shorter as the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network heads for the southeastern corner of South Dakota for a little Thursday Night Thunder this week.

Thursday, July 28, the Park Jefferson International Speedway, located just south of Jefferson, S.D. will welcome the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network for the first time with the “Sioux City Summer Slidefest” thanks in part to Pepsi.

A little history on the South Dakota oval, before the sound of horsepower, headlined events at Park Jefferson, it was the sound of Horses as the facility has been a Horse Track until closing in 1982. Purchased by Ted Carlson in 1984, grandstands were trucked in from University of Minnesota football field and track reshaped to a four-tenths mile, high-banked oval. Closing in 2012, the track was purchased by Adam Adamson in February, 2014 and re-opened in June of that year.
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The Clyde Wood Memorial Goes to Jonathan Cornell at Double X Speedway

CALIFORNIA, Mo. (July 24, 2016) He won it before, and he’s won it again, Jonathan Cornell is seemingly unstoppable at the Double X Speedway, this time taking the win in the 14th annual Clyde Wood Memorial with the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps.

Podium finish No. 10 on the season, the win counts as Cornell’s 30th overall triumph with the Missouri based region of the American Sprint Car Series.

No easy task to claim this year’s $2,500 top prize, the Kiowa Line Builders No. 28 rolled off eighth in the 22 car field while California’s Randy Martin rolled from outside the front row into the lead on the start over Wyatt Burks.
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This Week Ahead: Super DIRTcar Series Takes On Quebec

The series heads to Autodrome Granby and Autodrome Drummond this week

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. – July 24, 2016 – The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds head north of the border this week for the second time this season as the series takes on Autodrome Granby on Monday, July 25 and Autodrome Drummond on Tuesday, July 26.

The series rolls north after a blockbuster week of events at Eldora Speedway and Sharon Speedway in Ohio. Tim Fuller and Matt Sheppard both found their way back to victory lane. Jimmy Phelps picked up his first victory of the season.

All three of this week’s winners look to continue momentum in Quebec. Last year at Granby Sheppard finished 3rd, Fuller finished 9th, and Phelps finished 10th. At Drummond, Sheppard finished 2nd, Phelps finished 4th, and Fuller finished 21st.

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A Little Luck and A Lot of Skill Help Lance Dewease to Summer Nationals Win

Retains coveted Morgan Cup trophy for the Pennsylvania Posse and pockets $25,000

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – July 23, 2016 – Lance Dewease’s World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory in the the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals finale at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday night took a lot of hard work and a little good luck.

Dewease, who spent much of the first two-thirds of the feature looking for a line around Joey Saldana, battled to the lead on one restart, had do it again after the caution flew before a lap was completed and then, after the caution flew on the final lap for Aaron Ott, who spun near the start/finish line, ran out of fuel as the open red was called.

“I was out (of fuel) about six laps before that,” Dewease said. “It kept shutting off going down the straight away. I just slowed way out of the throttle so I could try to make it to the end, took the white, it sputtered a little going up the back stretch, I thought I was good and we come of four for the checkered and the yellow comes out. I thought, man, we’re done… Everything went our way tonight.”

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Shane Morgan Doubles Up With Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints

TOCCOA, Ga. (July 23, 2016) Backing up his Friday night performance, Shane Morgan parked his Mercedes-Benz of South Mississippi No. 01 in Victory Lane for the 10th time with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints in the series debut at Georgia’s Toccoa Raceway.

Winning from the front row, Morgan was able to keep the hard charging No. 4m of Michael Miller to a runner-up finish. Coming from seventh, Miller was trailed to the podium by Matt Linder from sixth. Kyle Amerson from eighth and Terry Witherspoon from 10th made up the top-five.

Jay Dunham was credited with sixth with Ryan Moore seventh. Tristan Lee from 11th was eighth with Lee Moore and Brandon Blenden making up the top-ten.
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Johnny Herrera Sweeps the Lucas Oil ASCS Rushmore Rumble

RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 23, 2016) Making it a perfect weekend with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Johnny Herrera made it win No. 4 on the season with a sweep of the Rushmore Rumble at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D.

Taking advantage of track position, Herrera commented on the run by saying, “The track got rubber down a little more than last night so I was just trying to keep my stuff straight and just work to them and let them mess up until I heard or saw somebody. I never really did but I still tried to keep a good pace but I knew Sam and those guys were coming.”

Thanking sponsors, family, and crew, Herrera has now won the last three outings at the South Dakota oval with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Herrera has 17 overall victories with the National Tour.

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Shane Morgan Rolls To ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprint Victory

LOXLEY, Ala. (July 22, 2016) Returning to the Deep South Raceway after Mother Nature made work of last weekend’s events, Shane Morgan raced to his first Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints victory of the 2016 season.

Rolling third, Morgan led fourth starting Kyle Amerson to the checkered flag with Michael Miller coming from 11th to take the show position. Kevin Newton and Joey Schmidt from 10th made the top-five.

Ryan Moore was sixth with Blake Carrier seventh. Rusty Sanford, Brandon Blendon, and Timmy Thrash made up the top-ten.

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Channin Tankersley Is Hot at the Heart O’ Texas With ASCS Gulf South

WACO, Texas (July 22, 2016) Garnering his third triumph of the season with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works, Channin Tankersley scored his second win of the year at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway in Round 2 of the 2016 Waco Metals Shootout.

The opening night of the 12th annual Summer Nationals, Tankersley’s $2,000 score was ASCS Gulf South career victory No. 17, moving the Highlands, Texas shoe to sixth in the series all-time win list.

Charging from fifth, the driver of the G3 Boats No. 14 was chased to the stripe by seventh starting, Tommy Bryant. Making moves from the 10th starting spot, Jacob Lucas grabbed the final podium step. Harli White from ninth and Jacob Lucas from 12th made up the top-five.

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Daryn Pittman Pounces on Posse at Williams Grove

Posse regulars Dewease and Hodnett round out the podium

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – July 22, 2016 – Daryn Pittman held off the Pennsylvania Posse in Friday night’s Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals opener at Williams Grove Speedway to score his seventh World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

Posse regulars Lance Dewease and Greg Hodnett both tried to run down the No. 9 Great Clips car, but Pittman held tough and gave the Outlaws their second win in Posse territory this season.

“I don’t know if I’m more nervous with (Hodnett) behind me or (Dewease) – neither one of them you want to see on the scoreboard,” Pittman said in victory lane. “Man, we won again at Williams Grove… this is a special race track to win at.”

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Jimmy Phelps Untouchable at Sharon Speedway

Takes home first series win of the season

HARTFORD, O.H.July 21, 2016 – Jimmy Phelps proved that his J&B Installations, Inc. No. 98h team had what it took as he was untouchable in the return of the Super DIRTcar SeriesBig-Block Modifieds 100-lap feature at Sharon Speedway.

“I had no idea but I got nervous there in the end with all of those yellows happening with twenty to go,” Phelps said in victory lane. “The tires started to cool off and I didn’t know how good the guys were behind me. We started slip-sliding around there but we’ve been good here since we unloaded today.”

Ryan Watt and Ryan Susice were the ones to bring the field to the green. Watt’s pole position was short lived as Susice took the lead by the time they scored lap one.

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Smooth Sailing for Super Matt Sheppard at Eldora Speedway

Wins First Ever Big-Block Modified Race at Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, O.H. – July 20, 2016 – The 25-lap Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds invitational exhibition at Eldora Speedway Wednesday night saw Matt Sheppard lead the field from green to checkered to score his first ever Big-Block modified feature at the ‘Big E.’

“It means a lot to win here. I mean, after last night anything that could go wrong went wrong,” said Sheppard about his sixteenth place finish the night before. “Turning it around tonight just shows how great this team is and how fast this race car is.”

As the special feature kicked off at the legendary half-mile, Sheppard jumped out to a sizable early lead as Brett Hearn followed in second.

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Tim Fuller Conquers Return of the Big-Blocks to Eldora Speedway

Fuller fends off big field at The Big E, Captures Aspen Dental Dirt Derby 100

ROSSBURG, Ohio – July 19, 2016 – After a 10-year absence, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds returned to Eldora Speedway Tuesday night as Tim Fuller battled through the field and claimed his second series victory of the year.

For Fuller, the win was his second big-block modified victory at the historic half-mile oval in Rossburg, Ohio since 2006.

‘I’m real happy,” Fuller said. “We won the last modified race here in 2006 and then Tony Stewart buys it and I get to win it. It’s really good – it’s a very special place.”

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David Gravel Battles to Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Victory

Picks up his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season

SARVER, Pa. – July 19, 2016 – Donny Schatz did not make it easy, but David Gravel proved up to the task as he battled to his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season in the 25th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday night.

Gravel started from the front, but did not have an easy road as Schatz moved forward early and then began challenging the Watertown, Conn.-native for the lead. Through lapped traffic, Schatz closed the distance and then battled by Gravel. Gravel kept up the pressure though and, the next lap by, was in position when Schatz bobbled on the cushion. He took back the top spot and held off challenges through the end of the 40-lap feature.

“Donny is really good – Dale (Blaney) and Donny at this type of race track,” Schatz said. “I tried to keep my pace up as good as I can but it got harder and harder and harder to run. When Donny showed his nose there and passed me, I got the wing back and tried a different line down the back stretch and was able to get underneath him and slide him back and slide a lapped car. That was the winning move there really.”

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Coughlin’s Marathon Week Rolls into Eldora

DELAWARE, OH – Cody Coughlin’s marathon week continues on Wednesday night at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby at the famous dirt track of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Coughlin will be back behind the wheel of the JEGS.com Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra for his maiden voyage on a dirt surface.

“I’ve never raced on dirt before,” Coughlin said. “This is going to be interesting, but I’m excited. I’m looking forward to trying something new and learning a new discipline of racing.”

The 20-year-old Delaware, Ohio native will lean heavily on his Kyle Busch Motorsports team throughout his two days at Eldora Speedway.
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Coughlin Keeps Points Lead After Redbud 300

ANDERSON, IN – When Cody Coughlin left Indiana’s Anderson Speedway in May, he left a winner, and now, despite a race that ended early for the 20-year-old, he is still the ARCA/CRA Super Series point leader. Coughlin will head to Indianapolis on Friday night on top of the standings after an early race parts failure resulted in a 19th-place finish for the No. 1 JEGS.com Toyota Camry.

The day started off about as well as it possibly could for Coughlin and his Team JEGS crew. They were near the top of the board in practice, they qualified second and ran in the top five for much of the early part of the 300-lap affair.

During a restart on lap 54, the Ohio native and another driver bounced off of each other numerous times on the first lap after the restart. During the confrontation, the driveline broke on his Super Late Model. As a result, Coughlin’s car spun to bring out a caution.

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Stewart Has Wicked Good Run at New Hampshire

Haas Automation Driver Finishes Second in New Hampshire 301 

Date:  July 17, 2016

Event:  New Hampshire 301 (Round 19 of 36)

Series:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location:  New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Start/Finish:  12th/2nd (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standing:  28th (287 points, 67 ahead of 31st)

Winner:  Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Tony Stewart had a wicked good run Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, wheeling his No. 14 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to a second-place finish in the New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was Stewart’s third top-five result this season and his 15th top-five in 34 career Sprint Cup starts at New Hampshire.

Stewart made the most of three restarts that took place during the race’s final 33 laps, driving from ninth to second and finishing 1.982 seconds behind race winner Matt Kenseth.

“The last three restarts were pretty intense,” Stewart said. “This track has always kind of had a history of one lane prevailing over the others. It seemed like it took a couple laps after the restarts for the track to rubber back in, and I think it was the best tire that Goodyear has brought here that I can remember in the 18 years I’ve been here. You could race all over the racetrack today. It was a fun race.”

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Austin Kochenash Bests Tour Modified Field for $2K at Evergreen Raceway

St. Johns, PA (7/17/2016)- The Tour Type Modifieds were back in action Sunday at Evergreen Raceway. With $2,000 on the line for the 50-lap main event winner, Austin Kochenash of Danielsville, PA took the checkers and the big prize. Randy Schlenker of Whitehall, PA took top honors by scoring his third Street Stock win of the season and Frank Hughes of Pittston, PA grabbed his second Four Cylinder win of the year. Out of Long Island, NY, Kevin Nowak notched his second INEX Legends win of the year and Gage Michael took home the trophy in the INEX Bandolero division.

Following a nine car redraw for the Tour-Type Modifieds, Matt Hirschman started from the pole position. He led the opening circuit over Brian DeFebo, Jonathan Mandato, Austin Kochenash and Brandon Oltra.

With Hirschman still showing the way, Oltra got by Kochenash on lap three. However, after losing more positions early on, Kochenash began to fight his way back toward the front and battled hard with Oltra to move into fourth on lap 10.

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Power catches good break to win Honda Indy Toronto for third time

TORONTO (Sunday, July 17, 2016) – Will Power feels he’s been on the wrong side of enough caution periods in the Verizon IndyCar Series that he’ll gladly accept the timely one that helped him win the Honda Indy Toronto.

The 2014 series champion claimed his third win of the season and third on the streets of Exhibition Place by 1.5275 seconds over teammate Helio Castroneves, driving directly into the 2016 championship conversation in the process. Power now sits second in the standings despite missing the season opener, 47 points behind teammate Simon Pagenaud.

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“What They’re Saying” from the Honda Indy Toronto

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “Yeah, it’s terrible. On Friday, I made a mistake and went into the wall so we got behind. In the morning yesterday we had a misfire with the engine and didn’t do any laps before qualifying. We didn’t qualify as well as we could. We knew we had a good race car though. The DeVilbiss Chevy was really good. I passed a lot of people and had a lot of fun. I thought I had an easy podium if not more. We missed a pit call by about two seconds. I started at the back. I was running with the No. 28 (Ryan Hunter-Reay) there late and went to turn with him, but the No. 41 (Jack Hawksworth) was in the wall and there was nowhere to go. It seems like every weekend there is something, and it’s getting really old really fast.” 

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3. Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “I’m smiling because I know we didn’t win, but the Pennzoil Chevrolet car was really strong. When we felt the car vibrating and I was just telling Roger, ‘Hey listen, it’s just vibration. But let’s not pit.’ Then, all of a sudden I felt the car pulling and the tire just gave up. I’m not sure why. I noticed the curb in Turn 5, it could be. I don’t know. Finally, we got a little break on the yellow. It put us back in the position to fight. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to pass so I tried everything I could, and in the end I was like, ‘OK this is the chance,’ but Will had like six push to pass. I only had three. It was very difficult to get the tires going but Roger and the entire Pennzoil Chevrolet guys, man, I’m so proud to be part of this team. These guys are never giving up. Thanks everyone. Let’s keep going. Let’s move to the next one.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “As we’re coming out of that last restart, I saw everybody in the last section get to their feet and I was just hoping I didn’t screw it up. It was obviously a great day to have a good day and for once we caught a lucky break in Toronto. I’m not going to lie and sit here say we had third place pace. We really struggled on blacks in the middle stint. But as the cloud cover came out in that last stint, the track really kind of came to us so we had to save fuel. The car was there. Can’t thank Arrow Electronics and the Schmidt Peterson guys enough. To do it here in Toronto, Petro Canada, Pizza, Pizza on board for the weekend. There’s going to be a party tonight in Hinchtown for sure.”

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Harvick Finishes Fifth at New Hampshire

Jimmy John’s Driver Extends His Sprint Cup Series Points Lead to 14

Date: July 17, 2016

Event: New Hampshire 301 (Round 19 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (1.058-mile oval)

Start/Finish: 8th/4th (Running, completed 301 of 301 laps)

Point Standing: 1st (636 points, 14 points ahead of second)

Winner: Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), overcame pit road misfortune early in Sunday’s New Hampshire 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon to finish fourth, marking his eighth top-five result of 2016 and his eighth top-five in 31 career starts at New Hampshire.

Harvick started eighth and immediately showed he had one of the fastest cars on the racetrack as he advanced to the third position by the competition caution on lap 35. However, an issue with the pit gun used by the rear-tire changer resulted in a slower than normal stop which, paired with a two-tire strategy by several cars, dropped the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet back to the 12th position for the lap-40 restart.

The Bakersfield, California, native quickly worked his way back into the top-five and was racing in the fourth position by the following caution on lap 101. Harvick again came to pit road for a four-tire stop, but the left-rear tire briefly got hung inside the wheel well, causing another slightly slower stop. As a result the No. 4 Chevrolet restarted in the 11th position.

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Garrett Krummert Tops Modasaures X at PPMS

Imperial, PA (July 16, 2016) The Modified Tour for Big Block Modifieds visited Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night with Garrett Krummert holding off Jeremiah Shingledecker to win the 35-lap “Modasaures X.” Other winners on the program of racing were John Mollick in the Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models, A.J. Poljak in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Chas Wolbert in the visiting RUSH Modifieds, Dave Sheriff in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, and Marc Simmons in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns.

A strong field of 26 cars assembled for the first visit by the Modified Tour in five years. Rex King, Sr. and Garrett Krummert led the field to the green flag, with Krummert taking the lead at the start of the 35-lap event. King, Dave Murdick, Brian Swartzlander, and Jeremiah Shingledecker settled into the top five in the early laps as the big field of cars raced all over the spaciously wide racing surface. Erick Rudolph was on the move forward from seventh starting position, and passed Shingledecker for fifth on lap 7. Continuing on, he moved to fourth on lap 8, and to third on lap 9. With ten green flag laps scored, Krummert led King, Rudolph, Murdick, and Shingledecker. Rudolph passed King for second on lap 11, with Shingledecker continuing his charge by moving to third before the first caution period of the race slowed the action with 13 laps completed. Krummert, instead of the 6.607 second lead that he had built up, would find Rudolph alongside for the restart. But Krummert regained command once racing returned, leading Rudolph, Shingledecker, King, and Kevin Bolland. The next caution period would be for Rudolph who slowed off turn two with 17 laps complete. Krummert again held control when racing resumed over Shingledecker, Bolland, King, and Swartzlander. King took third from Bolland, with 19th starting Randy Chrysler entering the top five on lap 19. What would be the final caution period of the event came on lap 21 for Dave Murdick’s slowing car. Krummert and Shingledecker would decide the race over the remaining laps. Krummert was not as dominant as he was in the early laps, and Shingledecker’s mount was getting better. The pair raced close through bouts with race traffic on lap 29, and Shingledecker nearly pulled off an inside pass with two laps remaining. He tried one last shot on the final lap, but it was Krummert taking his first victory at the track by .734 seconds over ninth starting Shingledecker. Bolland was third, with Swartzlander fourth. Chrysler was fifth as Rex King, Jr., King, Sr., Brad Rapp, Rudolph back from the tail, and Rick Richner completed the top ten. Bolland, Shingledecker, and Murdick were heat race winners. The staff and management of PPMS thanks the series and their drivers for their great support of the show.

Scott Schempp and John Mollick led the 20-lap Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature to the green flag with Mollick leading from the start. The first of two caution periods in the event came on lap 2, as Steve Beatty moved to second on the restart, bringing Russ Kolesar with him as they both passed Schempp. Daryl Charlier passed Kolesar for third on lap 7, with the final caution period coming with 8 laps scored. Mollick again controlled the restart, with Charlier moving to second. As the laps ticked by, Charlier slowly moved closer to Mollick in the battle for the lead. On the final lap, Charlier made a hard charge to the inside, but Mollick was able to use his momentum on the outside to win his third feature of the season. Charlier settled for a close second, and remains the division’s point leader. Beatty was third ahead of Ben Policz and Justin Lamb. Heat race winners were Lamb and Michael Reft, as that was the highlight of the night for Reft, as he was unable to start the feature race due to problems that developed with his car.

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Strunk, Schutz, and Henn are NASCAR Point Leaders at Grandview Speedway

21 Different Feature Winners Spread Over Three Divisions this Season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA July 17, 2016 . . . Shooting for his 11th TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified title Jeff Strunk currently sits on top of the standings in the premier division of Saturday night racing at Grandview Speedway with 2903 points. Jordan Henn continues to be the leader in the Sportsman division while Chuck Schutz, the current point leader seeking his eighth title leads the BRC Late Models with 2318 counters.

The battle for the title in the TP Trailers division is tight between Strunk and defending champion Craig VonDohren who is just 11 points behind in second with 2892 points. Mike Gular, without benefit of a win, is third with 2726 points.

Henn has lead the Sportsman point battle for most of the season and his 2111 tallies give him a comfortable lead over second place Brian Hirthler with 1964. Craig Whitmoyer is third with 1934 points.
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