Archive for February 8th, 2017

Reutzel Begins 2017 Effort at Bubba Raceway Park

CLUTE, Texas (February 8, 2017) – Another full season of racing is about to fire off for Aaron Reutzel as the Clute, TX, racer is set to take on the All Star Circuit of Champions in this weekend’s trio of events at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

While Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team set sights on a second Lucas Oil ASCS National Championship in three years after capturing the 2015 title, a full dose of Florida action is on tap first as Reutzel embarks on an ambitious schedule of more than 80 events.

“We’ve always got around there pretty good, we just haven’t always had the greatest luck,” Reutzel relates.  “We won an ASCS race there a couple of years ago and were leading one All Star race when we had engine problems.  Hopefully, we can have a little luck on our side and get 2017 off to a good start.”

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McLaughlin and Hearn Team Up for 2017

CONCORD, N.C.- January 7, 2017 — The young gun from Mooresville, N.C., Max McLaughlin, has his site set on big things for this upcoming season as he will have a new crew chief by his side for his run with the Super DIRTcar Series.

Heinke-Baldwin Racing has added Matt Hearn to the team as crew chief of the No. 6H machine. McLaughlin’s father, ‘Magic Shoes’ Mike McLaughlin, was his son’s crew chief for his first season with the Series. ‘Magic Shoes’ will now be overseeing the entire HBR team in the shop and on the road.

Hearn, former crew chief for modified driver Tyler Dippel, will be following McLaughlin for the entire Super DIRTcar Series tour as well as select shows at Brewerton Speedway on Friday nights.

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MAVTV Motorsports Network to Film 15 Lucas Oil ASCS Events in 2017

TULSA, Okla. (February 8, 2017) The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network will see another year of stellar coverage on the MAVTV Motorsports Network as 15 nights are slated to be taped for broadcast throughout the 2017 season.

“MAVTV is perfect for anyone who’s a race-fan and ASCS has seen a lot of benefit from being featured on MAVTV all these years,” said ASCS owner and founder, Emmett Hahn. “I can’t thank Forrest Lucas and Bob Patison enough for their support, and providing these teams with a way to be seen all over the world.”

First on the list of feature event is April 7 and 8 as Tony Stewart presents the Texas Sprint Car Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

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Eckes Scores Runner-Up Finish in PASS Winter Meltdown

GREENVILLE, NY — Christian Eckes appeared to be the driver to beat Saturday afternoon at Dillon Motor Speedway (SC) during the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) season opener. The 16-year-old driver led much of the 200-lap Winter Meltdown event, but lost the lead on a late-race restart, bringing home a second-place finish.

“I’m definitely disappointed,” Eckes said. “I’m not really sure what happened there. The No. 28 [Jared Irvan] was the class of the field I guess. I don’t really know what happened there. I’m really proud of my Fury Race Car guys, we had a really good car and I’m just excited to be here.”

The Greenville, New York driver was the fast qualifier earlier in the day and had a strong No. 15 machine for the Winter Meltdown 200. Eckes jumped out to the early lead and held the top spot through the break at lap 125.

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Fremont Speedway – the Backbone of Sprint Car Racing – Set for 67th Season

FREMONT, Ohio –Since 1951 Fremont Speedway has been the center of dirt racing in Ohio. The 2017 season will continue to provide the entertainment that has lead Fremont Speedway to be known around the world as “The Track That Action Built.” The 67th season of racing will kick off on April 22nd.

“Fremont Speedway has such an electric, exciting atmosphere as well as a rich history and traditions that give fans and competitors a place to have fun every week. Fremont Speedway has paved the way for many drivers and crew members to move on to traveling series. Defending All Star champion Chad Kemenah and his brother, Brian, the All Star mechanic of the year nearly a dozen times, started their racing careers at Fremont Speedway. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductees Fred Linder and Rick Ferkel started their careers at Fremont Speedway,” said Rich Farmer, Fremont Speedway Promoter.

The 2017 season will have something exciting for everyone with our weekly classes that feature 410 and 305 sprint cars as well as the very popular dirt trucks and the body banging action of the 602 late models.
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INDYCAR News and Notes – Feb. 8, 2017

1. Phoenix open test gets 2017 season rolling: For the first time in 2017, all of the full-season entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series gather this week for the open test at Phoenix Raceway.

Twenty-one cars are entered for the two-day test Friday and Saturday on the 1-mile oval in Avondale, Arizona, steeped in Indy car history. From 1964-2005, 61 races were contested on the track, with legendary names the likes of A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al and Bobby Unser, Johnny Rutherford and Rick Mears among the winners.

For the Phoenix Raceway open test entry list, click here.

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NASCAR Bolsters Emergency Response System

Expands Capabilities of NASCAR’s Medical Support Model with AMR Partnership

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2017) – NASCAR announced today it is partnering with American Medical Response (AMR) to expand the capabilities of NASCAR’s medical support model and enhance on-track incident response. AMR, a recognized leader in the emergency medical services, will add a doctor and paramedic to the on-track safety team for each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend.

NASCAR’s industry-leading medical standards remain in place; Infield Care Centers will continue to be staffed with experienced local emergency room physicians, maintaining the valuable connection with local medical facilities at every track. Combining the experience of local emergency practitioners with the familiarity that the AMR team will develop with drivers will positively impact the process for years to come.

“This partnership further strengthens NASCAR’s medical response capability, making our well-established, medical response system even better,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. “AMR is a leader in the emergency services sector, and its doctors and paramedics add another layer of expertise to the immediate response team.”

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Arctic Cat the Official Side-by-Side Recreational Vehicle of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

CONCORD, N.C. – Feb. 8, 2017 – The World of Outlaws welcomes Arctic Cat as the official side-by-side recreational vehicle of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series.

Arctic Cat – a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and recreational off-highway vehicles – will leverage its partnership with World of Outlaws to reach dirt racing fans at over 90 races across the country.

“The geography of our race tracks lines up with the geography of their customer and dealer base,” said World of Outlaws Chief Marketing Officer Ben Geisler. “Our customers align. They’re avid outdoorsmen with a thirst for adventure.”

Last Friday, Arctic Cat announced a partnership with Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) and eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz that includes primary sponsorship of the TSR No. 15 that Schatz will drive this season, beginning next week in Florida. In addition, Arctic Cat will also be co-primary sponsor on the TSR No. 14 that Tony Stewart will pilot in more than 50 races on dirt in 2017.
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Prodrive and Chicherit join forces for World RX campaign

Frenchman Guerlain Chicherit and British-based company Prodrive will develop an all-new rallycross car – the new Renault Megane RX – for the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. The Renault Megane RX Supercar will be unveiled at this year’s World RX of France in Loheac (1-3 September).

Chicherit, a former World Champion in free skiing and Dakar Rally regular, has already entered select World RX events in 2015 and 2016 but has now decided to build his own team, GCK, to enter the 2018 season.

The new Supercar will be based on the Renault Megane IV and will be designed from the ground up by Prodrive to the latest World RX regulations. The entire car will be designed at its headquarters in Banbury, UK, including developing a bespoke two-litre turbocharged engine. Chicherit will continue to use the 2017 season to enter select rounds and begin testing the Megane RX in autumn 2017, ready for the 2018 season start.
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