Archive for March 3rd, 2017

Danny Bohn Set for Doubleheader

Danny Bohn of Freehold, NJ has a doubleheader weekend in front of him after the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) season opener was postponed. Saturday is the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway and Sunday the SMRS runs at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC.

Bohn has never been to Myrtle Beach. He has heard of the need to “be conservative” to save tires. His only experience of the track came from the online broadcast last month. Bohn believes his seat time on dirt tracks will help make him a contender.

Bohn plans to run the SMRS full time after the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour ended last year. He also plans to run a partial NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule for Fleming Family Racing. It may include a couple of northern races and all of the southern races at Myrtle Beach, Langley, Bristol and a non-points event at Charlotte.

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Jeff Ramsey Carpentry Renews DARE Stock Contingency at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway has announced that hometown company Jeff Ramsey Carpentry will once again be a part of the track’s contingency program for the 2017 season. Jeff Ramsey Carpentry will provide a $50 bonus to each second-place finisher in the DARE Stock division throughout the 2017 season for a total contribution of $1,100.

“We’ve always liked racing at Stafford, my family has been coming to Stafford since the ‘50s when the track was dirt,” said Jeff Ramsey, Owner of Jeff Ramsey Carpentry. “My uncle worked on Roy Messick’s car back in the day and I’ve been coming to the track since the ‘80s. We’re going to be coming to the track again this season and rather than helping out one driver with sponsorship, we want to help out a division. Last year, and I know $50 doesn’t sound like a lot, but all the DARE Stock drivers were so appreciative of our bonus and they took the time to write us thank you notes, which was pretty cool. We got to know a bunch of the drivers and it helps them with buying fuel or tires. With the drivers having to finish second in order to get the bonus, they have to go out and earn it rather than us just handing it out and the DARE Stock drivers always put on a great show for the race fans.”

Jeff Ramsey Carpentry is a locally owned business with expertise in a wide variety of carpentry needs. They do kitchens and bathrooms, windows, roofing and additions, barn building and restoration, decks, siding, doors, concrete work and repairs, property maintenance, and snow plowing.

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Tom Fearn Going for Back to Back Late Model Championships at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — East Longmeadow, MA native, Tom Fearn completed a remarkable 2016 Late Model season that saw him claim the track championship and complete every lap during the Late Model season. Fearn finished all 17 races in the top-10 with 7 wins and was seen on the podium in 13 feature events. As the 2017 season draws nearer to taking the green flag, Fearn and the crew of the #92 King Ward Coach Lines Chevrolet are ready to defend their crown.

“Last year we had a pretty good season with a lot of podium finishes,” said Fearn. “Something we’re all really proud of was the fact that we finished every lap of the season. That means a lot for our reliability and not having any mechanical issues. We have a few ideas that we’re going try during the Sizzler practice and see if we can get the car even faster. It was great to win the championship and it’s going to be even harder to win it again. We’re going to give it our best shot and we have some great sponsors with King Ward Coach Lines, SAFCO Foam, and Sarat Ford that allow us to get whatever we need for the car.”

Fearn and the #92 team have been the ones to beat for the last 2 years in the Late Model division, racking up 17 feature victories in that span. Although Fearn won 10 times during the 2015 season, he had several DNF’s during the year that left him second behind Michael Bennett in the final standings. After taking the 2016 season off, Bennett will return to the Late Model ranks in 2017 along with a fine mix of veteran and up and coming drivers, making the task of repeating a tall one for Fearn.

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Consistency the Key for Gerry

Takes Home First Championship at Beech Ridge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For Curtis Gerry, consistency was the name of the game at Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 2016.

The 46-year-old driver from Waterboro, Maine, finished in the top-five in 10 out of 11 starts at the third-mile asphalt oval. That was enough for him to capture his first NASCAR track championship at Beech Ridge as well as the Maine state championship.

He did all that without finding victory lane once last year at Beech Ridge.
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Lilly Diabetes Becomes ‘Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR®’

New Relationship Builds on Partnership with Roush Fenway Racing™

NASCAR® and Lilly Diabetes announced today that Lilly is expanding its involvement in NASCAR with a multi-year official partnership with the sanctioning body. The new collaboration designates Lilly Diabetes as the “Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR.”

The partnership with Lilly Diabetes builds upon its primary sponsorship of the No. 16 Ford Mustang driven by Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed, who last weekend won his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, as a part of this new partnership, Lilly Diabetes will work with NASCAR on multiple health and wellness initiatives, including launching an editorial series on NASCAR.com.

“As a leader in diabetes care for more than 90 years, we understand the daily challenges that millions of Americans face managing this disease,” said Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes. “Our partnership with NASCAR, along with our continued relationship with Ryan, emphasizes the critical role of ongoing discussions with your doctor about how to best manage the disease.”

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Nasse Records Second Podium Finish of 2017 at SpeedFest

Pinellas Park, FL — Stephen Nasse kept his 2017 string of podium finishes alive with a third-place finish in the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of SpeedFest Sunday at Crisp Motorsports Park (GA). The Pinellas Park, Florida driver finished third in the Red Eye 100 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) earlier in the month and feels good about the momentum his team is building this year.

“Overall we were good,” Nasse said. “We had a great long run car. We struggled to be fast on the short runs, but luckily there weren’t a lot of cautions so that worked in our favor.”

The 21 year-old driver qualified 10th for the 200-lap ACRA/CRA Super Series event. By lap 69 he worked his way into the top five and broke into the top-three on lap 124. Nasse battled hard with NASCAR Monster Energy Cup driver Erik Jones for the second position over the final 75 laps before settling into a third-place finish.

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USAC Weekly Rewind 03/02/2017

Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida hosted the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars last weekend for the annual Winter Dirt Games VIII. The first night fell to rain. Justin Grant won the season opener and Hunter Schuerenberg won on February 25.

[Photo Gallery] by Dave Higgins

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Kiwi Newcomers Star in Adelaide Opener

Andre Heimgartner Wins, Jaxon Evans Third in Race One

Andre Heimgartner has taken victory in the opening Porsche Carrera Cup Australia presented by TAG Heuer race of the season upon his return to the competitive one-make series, while rookie Jaxon Evans impressed with a top-three result on debut.

Heimgartner claimed the TAG Heuer Pole Position earlier in the day and gained the race one lead at the opening chicane after entering the corner side-by-side with his teammate Nick McBride.

The 21-year-old New Zealander then held the front position from McBride until the second-placed racer spun on lap 13 and dropped down the order to eighth after sustaining rear end damage.

Thursday pace-setter David Wall then pressured Heimgartner for the lead in the closing laps in what was his 100th Carrera Cup race; however Heimgartner was able to hold off the charging Wall to take the chequered flag by just 0.16secs for his first Carrera Cup win.

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