Archive for February 7th, 2017

Rush Truck Centers Joins Stewart’s ‘Return to Dirt’

INDIANAPOLIS – (Feb. 7, 2017) – Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced today a continuation of its relationship with motorsports icon Tony Stewart by sponsoring his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) team. The company’s Rush Truck Centers brand will serve as co-primary sponsor on the TSR No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat J&J that Stewart will compete with in more than 50 dirt races in 2017. 

“Rush Truck Centers is extremely proud to continue our relationship with Tony Stewart in this next chapter of his career,” said Rusty Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Rush Enterprises, Inc. “We’ve had a great relationship with Tony for more than a decade and it has been an incredible partnership. Whether it’s been with Stewart-Haas Racing or as part of his Sprint car team, there has always been that championship culture with a passion and drive for winning that we have at Rush Truck Centers. As we understand it, Tony will be racing all over the country this year and that’s a great fit for us. Many of our customers and employees are race fans, so continuing our relationship with Tony makes business sense, now and for the future.”

Stewart is returning to his dirt-track roots following an illustrious 20-year NASCAR driving career. After spending the past 18 seasons competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Stewart begins what he calls the next chapter of his career behind the wheel of a 900-horsepower Sprint car this week competing in the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions-sanctioned Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

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U.S. Army Racing: Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Pomona Advance – Tony Schumacher & Antron Brown

TONY SCHUMACHER & ANTRON BROWN
U.S. Army Duo Back on the Job at Season-Opening Winternationals Seeking Army’s Fifth Top Fuel World Title in the Last Six Years

POMONA, California (Feb. 7, 2017) – Having won four of the last five Top Fuel world championships between them, the U.S. Army duo of Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown have wiped the slate clean once again and are ready for more as they open the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with this weekend’s 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.

Schumacher, the eight-time world champion in the U.S. Army Dragster for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) whose most recent title came in 2014, is coming off his most challenging season in the last decade and a half despite a pair of event titles at Denver and Indianapolis – adding a victory in the Traxxas Shootout all-star event at Indy – three runner-up finishes and a No. 1 qualifying effort. Still, Schumacher and the Army team remain undaunted by their eighth-place finish in the final standings and expect to be contending for another Top Fuel title throughout the 2017 campaign.

With crew chief Mike Green back for his ninth season at the helm of the Army team along with most of his key personnel from last year, a fresh face joins the team in the form of new assistant crew chief Phil Schuler. Neal Strausbaugh, who helped engineer 26 event titles and Schumacher’s 2009 and 2014 world titles in his seven years with the Army team, moved up to crew chief on the Funny Car team of DSR driver Jack Beckman while Shuler moves from the DSR Top Fuel team piloted by Shawn Langdon the last year and a half. Shuler and Green worked together from 2003 to 2006 on the DSR Funny Cars of drivers Ron Capps and Tommy Johnson Jr. Shuler helped engineer Langdon to four event titles in 30 events.

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Musselman’s Apple Sauce Partners with Venturini Motorsports for 2017 ARCA Season

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA (February 7, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and Musselman’s Apple Sauce have agreed to a one-year partnership for the upcoming 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

Knouse Foods, Inc., based in Peach Glen, PA, is a grower-owned producer, marketer, and distributor of Musselman’s, one of the country’s leading brands of applesauce. Celebrating over 100-years of business, Musselman’s has been winning over generations of families with their “Quality You Can Taste” products.

In effort to expand their ongoing motorsports presence, Musselman’s has partnered with well-known racing family, Venturini Motorsports, to broaden their national presence through a strategic, multi-faceted marketing campaign with special emphasis on community involvement through a national Distracted Driving Awareness campaign.

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FRP Opens Online Registration for 2017 Season

Salem, NH – Formula Race Promotions (FRP) and USAC Racing today opened their new and improved online registration system for the much-anticipated 2017 Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 Championship Series, with just under three long months before the first race of the year at VIR.

Competitors can go to www.FRPLicense.com for a USAC Racing license application and www.FRPEntry.com to register their car online for the seven-weekend season or to register on a per-race basis.

If a competitor holds a valid competition license from another recognized sanctioning body, there will be no charge for the new USAC license.

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Safety-Kleen Sponsors NASCAR Whelen Modified Opener

Myrtle Beach Speedway to Kick Off Season with Performance Plus 150

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 7, 2017) – The 2017 season for the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will kick off in a big way with its March 18 event at Myrtle Beach Speedway, as the legacy of NASCAR’s top Modified drivers racing up and down the Atlantic coast continues at the historic venue.

Adding to the significance of the event, the track announced today that Safety-Kleen will be the entitlement sponsor for the kickoff. The race event, which will also feature NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, will be the Performance Plus 300 presented by Safety-Kleen.

Safety-Kleen has been an official partner of NASCAR since 2004. The Richardson, Texas-based Safety-Kleen is owned by Norwell, Massachusetts-based Clean Harbors, Inc., and is the Official Environmental Services Supplier of NASCAR.

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Must See Racing Announces 2017 Schedule Of Events

HOLLY, Mich. (Feb. 7, 2017) — The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro is proud to announce its expanded 2017 racing schedule, featuring 16 total race dates and a chance for one driver to take home two divisional championships over the course of the season.

As announced in November, the sanctioning body will add a South division for the first time in 2017, with the first two Must See Racing dates at Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway on April 21-22serving as the season-opener for both the North and South divisions this spring.

The combined season kickoff weekend will include drivers from above and below the Mason-Dixon line competing against one another in a quest for winged asphalt sprint car glory. Two-time and defending MSR champion Jimmy McCune, 2016 American Sprint Cup mini-series titlist and two-time national champion Brian Gerster and southern 360ci sprint car star Johnny Bridges are among those expected to compete in the April doubleheader.

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Points Leader Brandon Gdovic to Compete in Race 3 & 4 of TCR Middle East

Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (February 7, 2017) – TCR Middle East points leader Brandon Gdovic returns to the United Arab Emirates February 10-11, 2017 to defend his championship lead in Race 3 and 4 of the six-race series. Gdovic will contest this new series as the first and only American in these front-wheel 330hp, 2.0L turbo engineVolkswagen Golf TCR for Liqui Moly Team Engstler on the 3.45-mile course of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.

The TCR Middle East is a brand-new regional series extending the successful and popular international TCR racing format. In the inaugural races, held in conjunction with the 24h Series and the 24h Proto Series, Gdovic made a name for himself.

In Race 1, a setback on Lap 1 forced him to start from the back of the field. Not to be deterred, Gdovic spent the rest of the race overtaking competitors to secure a podium finish. In Race 2, Gdovic was involved in a tight battle for position throughout much of the event. Due to the inversion of the field based on qualifying he started in the sixth position, but after a steady march through the field, he prevailed and earned a victory for himself and a 1-2-3 finish for Volkswagen. Gdovic’s dual podium finishes not only secured him the points lead, but also put Liqui Moly Team Engstler on top of the team championship standings.

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