Archive for February 16th, 2017

Coming Up: ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints Opener at East Bay Raceway’s King of the 360’s

TULSA, Okla. (February 16, 2017) The first nights of competition of the 2017 season for the American Sprint Car Series are just days away as the 154 plus race schedule that makes up the ASCS Nation kicks off at East Bay Raceway Park, located just outside Tampa, Fla., with the King of the 360’s and Ronald Laney Memorial.

The race is sanctioned with the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints, which will see their second season of competition under the ASCS banner in 2017.

Taking place February 23 through February 25, the annual $10,000 to win event is attracting a stout list of competition. Among the entered is Terry McCarl.

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Evergreen’s “March Enduro Madness” Triple Crown Finale is Slated for March 18

St. Johns, PA (2/16/2017) Thanks to the support received from the first two of three “Triple Crown Series” events, it’s been a successful start to the 2017 season at Evergreen Raceway. The final leg of the series is slated for Saturday, March 18 and the first two events have been nothing short of exciting and entertaining.

The “Triple Crown Series” are points paying events. The top five finishers in each 4-Cylinder and 6/8-Cylinder Enduro will receive a payout and trophy, in accordance with Evergreen’s Enduro payout schedule, which is listed on their website.

Drivers will receive one point per position based on where they finish after tech inspection (one point per position. Ex: 20 cars, winner gets 20 pts, 2nd gets 19, etc).

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2016 First-Timers Plan to Continue Momentum into 2017

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (February 16, 2017) – Three drivers concluded the 2016 Super Cup Stock Car Series with their first ever top 10 points finish. With a few months behind them to reflect on their results, each now have their sights set to learn from and improve toward 2017.

Trent Gossar’s 2016 season saw some career highs as well as some race weekend lows that took him out of contention for the overall championship. Best finishes of third at Columbus Motor Speedway and second at Lonesome Pine Raceway garnered the Markleville, Indiana driver the rookie of the year award.

“I think it was a pretty good season overall,” Gossar recapped. “We ran into a few problems, but I was happy with it.”
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DCRP & Longdale Speedway Working Together to Better Racing in the Region

DODGE CITY, Kan. (February 16, 2017) – In an era in which some racetracks seem to come and go on a frequent basis, the two most well-established tracks in the Northwest Oklahoma-Southwest Kansas region continue to work together to establish the stability and strength of racing in the area.

Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS, and Oklahoma’s Longdale Speedway both rank as the premier dirt track racing facilities within their respective states.

Individually, both tracks have worked successfully to build solid regular programs along with special events.
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Utica-Rome Speedway Ready for Ambitious 2017 Schedule

VERNON, NY – After a 2016 season that saw Mother Nature take her toll on the Utica-Rome Speedway, owners Bill and Kim Shea are ready for a fresh start in 2017. The schedule for the speedway is jam packed with some new events as well as old as the track looks to diversify its offerings to reach a wider variety of race fans.

New for 2017 is the Chill Factor 40 for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds scheduled for April 2. This is one of the first events, if not the first, scheduled in New York for the Modified and 602 Sportsman divisions. The 40-lap feature offers a $3,000 to win purse with $300 going to drivers who qualify. Also on the docket that day is the DIRTcar 602 Sportsman. Their 30-lap feature is set to pay $1,000 to win with $100 reserved for any drivers that qualifies. Drivers from other divisions are welcome to attend with several open practice sessions scheduled throughout the day for them regardless of division. The nightcap for the race is the only appearance in 2017 by Kings Smash’em Crash’em Demolition Derby.

After the Chill Factor the speedway goes silent for two weeks before returning for the traditional season opener for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance DIRTcar Modifieds, DIRTcar Sportsman and DIRTcar Pro Stocks on April 23. This year these divisions are joined by the Gladiator Twin 20’s for the 360 Sprint Cars. For first time at Utica-Rome, Sprint Car teams have the chance to compete in a pair of $1,500 to win 20-lap features. Rules and qualifying procedures for the event will be announced in the coming weeks. This visit by the 360 Sprint Cars is the first of many as Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints return for their traditional dates on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekends while the 360 Sprint Car open Cole Cup is set for October.
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FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions Commemorate Jeff Gordon’s First Daytona 500 Victory in Original Documentary

Actor Luke Wilson Narrates Tonight’s “Beyond the Wheel” Short Film in One of Three Daytona-Themed Specials

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2017) –- In advance of the 59th annual Daytona 500, FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions have teamed up to deliver a rare behind-the-scenes look at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s first win in the “Great American Race” with an original film entitled “Refuse to Lose.” On the 20th anniversary of Gordon’s milestone triumph, the documentary takes viewers inside his journey to victory lane using never-before-seen footage of the No. 24 team captured in the 10 days leading up to the event.

Featuring interviews with Gordon and crew chief Ray Evernham, both executive producers on the project, the film premieres on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET immediately following FS1’s coverage of the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

“I forgot that Ray had secured a camera crew to document the No. 24 team heading into the 1997 Daytona 500,” Gordon said. “There is footage included in ‘Refuse to Lose’ that even I hadn’t seen before we started this project, and I think it helps paint the picture of why this team led by Ray was so successful – especially from 1995 to 1999.”

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Special Offer On Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News

Find Out Reasons Companies Get Involved in Sponsorship and it is Not Always Exposure; Special Two for One Offer on Ernie Saxton’s Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News

LANGHORNE, PA February 16, 2017 . . . “Most of the racers that we hear from about sponsorship still think that logos on the race car or media exposure are the main reasons for businesses getting involved in sponsorship,” said sponsorship expert Ernie Saxton. The latest edition of his Motorsports Sponsorship Marketing News newsletter offers an article penned by Kristin Swartzlander of that includes at least ten reasons why companies get involved in sponsorship and it is not always exposure.

Swartzlander includes increased brand loyalty, drive retail traffic and/or sales, entertain clients and a number of other reasons. Media exposure did not make the top ten.

Joe Verdegan offers a great article titled “Dealing With Social Media” and handling social media is becoming more important for racers and event organizers every day.
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Leilani Münter, Lone Female Driver, Bringing Vegan Message to Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida (February 16, 2017) – A dream that has been five years in the making will become reality this weekend for environmental activist and race car driver Leilani Münter. Münter, in partnership with A Well-Fed World, will drive the first ever vegan-themed race car at Daytona International Speedway during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener.

After spending several years pitching the idea to vegan companies, the break came last summer during Münter’s acceptance speech of the Vegan Athlete of the Year Award at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles.

“I talked about how I have this dream of bringing vegan food to the race track and exposing it to this whole new demographic of people, especially because I’ve had some success getting my race team to open up to vegan foods,” Münter said of the speech.

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NASCAR Unveils Enhanced Format Stage Lengths for All Three National Series

Fuel Mileage, Tire Wear Among Determining Factors for Lap Counts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) –- NASCAR today announced the 2017 stage lengths for each race in all three of its national series. A number of factors went into determining the lap count for Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage of each race, with a singular goal in mind – the best racing for NASCAR fans.

“Every track is unique for its characteristics in length, surface, and overall racing conditions,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition. “We worked closely with race teams on expected fuel and tire runs over the entirety of an event when considering stage lengths. And in the end, stage lengths were decided based upon what would provide the best race for fans.”

Last week, NASCAR announced the stage lengths for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season-opening DAYTONA 500 (Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). For the Great American Race, the stages are scheduled to end on lap 60, lap 120 and lap 200.

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Red Bull GRC to Open 2017 Season in Memphis

Memphis International Raceway to Host Season Opener April 28-29

Los Angeles, CA — The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will kick off with a brand new event at Memphis International Raceway. Taking place on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, the new event will represent the first of 12 rounds on this year’s championship schedule.

“We’re looking forward to bringing wheel-to-wheel Red Bull GRC action back to Tennessee with our new partners at Memphis International Raceway,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Memphis is a perfect host city for our 2017 kickoff round, as our teams get back to action after an exciting offseason and start the chase for our next title.”

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No Shortage of Support for Rookie Noah Gragson in Daytona Debut with Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce

Concord, North Carolina (February 16, 2017) – There are few venues in sports which stand-alone and bring out the raw emotion of anticipation and excitement quite like Daytona. Eighteen-year old driver Noah Gragson is about to experience that moment with his first career start at the World Center of Racing in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series season-opener.

Gragson, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, will make his highly anticipated first start behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsport’s No.55 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota Camry in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.

“This is a dream come true,” says Gragson. “There’s probably no other track in the world that commands this much attention – ever. Between late January with the Rolex 24 and the running of the Daytona 500, this track becomes the center of the racing universe. It’s just simply and honor to be here and have this opportunity. It’s humbling and hard to explain just how much I appreciate the support I’ve received leading up to this moment.”

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Screven Motor Speedway is Familiar Terrain for Two Drivers

Brandon Overton and Shane Clanton Look Forward to Racing in Their Home State

Concord, N.C. – Feb. 16, 2017- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series 2017 season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. is familiar terrain for Georgia natives Shane Clanton and Brandon Overton. The track is nearly a stone’s throw away from the drivers’ hometowns when considering the number of fans who traveled from 42 states last year to see the first green flag of the season at the red clay oval.

Overton grew up nearly two hours away in Evans, Ga. and began racing at Screven Motorsports Complex long before he or the track ever thought about running Late Models.

“The second time I ever drove a Late Model was at Screven,” said Overton. “Screven started out as a go-kart track, and I grew up racing go-karts there. I’ve been racing there since I was seven.”

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Evans Moves to Title Winning Seat in 2017

GT3 Cup Challenge Runner-up Confirms Carrera Cup Campaign

New Zealand born, Gold Coast based racer Jaxon Evans is the latest young gun to join the country’s premier one-make series, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, following two seasons in the feeder Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia category.

Having finished a close runner-up in last season’s GT3 Cup Challenge series, Evans will now follow in the footsteps of another young Porsche star, Matt Campbell, when entering the 2017 Carrera Cup season and stepping into Campbell’s title winning McElrea Racing 911 GT3 Cup car.

The 20-year-old Evans is the latest drivers to ascend the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, joining the likes of Campbell, Fraser Ross, Dylan O’Keeffe and James Abela as a driver to enter Carrera Cup having gained experience behind the wheel of a race-bred 911 in the GT3 Cup Challenge series.

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