Archive for March 6th, 2017

Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Blue Bunny Ice Cream Announce Five $25,000 Grant Opportunities

Public Vote To Determine 2017 Helmet of Hope Grant Recipients

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Mike Wells, president and CEO of Wells Enterprises, maker of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, announced the launch of the 2017 Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope campaign, which will award $125,000 to five non-profit organizations in May.

The announcement, made via video (2017 Helmet of Hope Video Announcement) today on Johnson’s Facebook page, revealed that not-for-profit 501c3 organizations that directly support K-12 public education will be eligible to compete for one of the five available $25,000 grants.

“Jimmie and his wife Chandra’s continued dedication to the Helmet of Hope program is inspiring,” said Wells. “Blue Bunny is honored and proud to once again partner with them on this incredible program to help continue to support academic success for kids through these local organizations.”

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Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region Heads for Arizona Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (March 6, 2017) Round two of the 2017 season for the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region heads for Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway on Saturday, March 11.

Just off the 2017 season opener this past Saturday night at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., Phoenix area native, Bob Ream, Jr. is off of a good start with his eighth career ASCS Southwest Regional victory.

While only one race in, the chase to the 2017 season championship shows J.T. Imperial chasing with 2016 Rookie of the Year, Colton Hardy, currently third. Lance Norick and defending series champion, Rick Ziehl, currently make up the top-five going into this weekend’s showdown.

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No. 14 Haas Automation Racing: Clint Bowyer Las Vegas Advance

CLINT BOWYER Living Up to No. 14 with 400th Cup Start On Tap in Vegas

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Few people must live up to a number like Clint Bowyer will in 2017.

This year, Bowyer inherited the steering wheel of the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion from three-time champion Tony Stewart, who retired last season after a 49-win Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and hundreds of other victories in many forms of racing. Since starting Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with co-owner Gene Haas in 2009, Stewart has piloted a car carrying the No. 14 to victory lane 16 times – the most of any driver in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Stewart selected No. 14 for a good reason.

His boyhood hero A.J. Foyt made the number legendary in open-wheel racing. Foyt’s driving career included four Indianapolis 500 wins among his hundreds of open-wheel victories, plus checkered flags in NASCAR’s Daytona 500 and sportscar racing’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. For the record, Foyt also drove the No. 14 in 42 NASCAR races, but with that number he was winless with just a single top-five finish.

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Lucas Oil ASCS National Lineup Updated with Two Dates in Missouri

TULSA, Okla. (March 6, 2017) The 2017 lineup for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, as well as the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps has been updated as Randolph County Speedway in Moberly, Mo. has been added to Sunday, March 26.

Originally slated for Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo. the “Historic Half-Mile” has been moved to Sunday, April 23.

“The Fairgrounds in Sedalia have been working on renovating the concession area, and right now, the project is behind so rather than try and have a race in March that would get in their way and cause problems for them, we got with the crew at Randolph County Raceway and they are willing to let us move the race over to their track in Moberly,” said event promoter, Gerry Olson.

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M&M’S Racing: Kyle Busch Las Vegas Cup Series Advance and Team Report

KYLE BUSCH Looking to Double Hometown Cup Wins

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – Aside from NASCAR’s biggest events like the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a win at the hometown racetrack is high on the priority list for many in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Las Vegas native Kyle Busch crossed off an all-important hometown win in just his fifth NASCAR Cup Series start at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of Sunday’s Kobalt 400.
The driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and 2002 honors graduate of Las Vegas’ Durango High School would like to double his number of Cup Series wins at the 1.5-mile oval after he brought home that emotional first win there in 2009.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kyle Busch’s Track Performance History.

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Monster Energy/Haas Automation Racing: Kurt Busch Las Vegas Advance and Team Report

KURT BUSCH Headed Home with the Hardware

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 6, 2017) – It all started with an idea contrived in the No. 41 hauler last Friday morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Back at the racetrack for the first time since winning the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the idea came to Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), as he explained to the team that there are just two Harley J. Earl trophies made each year – one each presented to the winning driver and car owner of the Daytona 500. Gene Haas, the listed car owner, shipped his to Haas Automation’s headquarters in Oxnard, California, where it will be displayed.

But Busch wanted to order replica trophies for crew chief Tony Gibson, sponsor Monster Energy and others. Unable to do that, he came up with the idea of sharing his trophy with his teammates and others, as is the tradition with the trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League championship-winning team, The Stanley Cup.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kurt Busch’s Track Performance History.

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At A Glance: Sides Seeks for the Up-Side at Vegas

Will try for his first career series win at the fast-action half-mile

CONCORD, N.C. – March 6, 2017 – Though they are vastly different in entertainment, there is a distinct similarity between the alluring Las Vegas, Nev. strip and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway less than 20 miles down the road. For “Double Down” Jason Sides, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series FVP Outlaw Showdown is a matter of defeating the odds for the ever-coveted $10,000 jackpot.

Since 2013, Sides has recorded four top-five performances in eight shows. Specifically in 2013, Sides finished runner-up in both shows. He has yet to win an event at Vegas in his 14 years with the series, which is a reason why he will “gamble a little more” to lead the pack into the checkers.

“There’s just something about [the track],” Sides said. “We always have done well there. We can always run the bottom though the top is there too. We seem to be quicker on the bottom, and if you can get around the bottom you should be good. We always love coming to Vegas for the racing and the atmosphere.”

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Tony Stewart Racing: World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series LoneStar Speedway Report

Schatz Dominates Outlaws’ Return to Lone Star State
TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Scores Third Consecutive WoO Victory

Dates: Friday-Saturday, March 3-4, 2017
Series: World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Locations: Friday – LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas
Saturday – Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas
Winners: Friday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
Saturday – Postponed by Rain, rescheduled for April 13
TSR Results: Friday – Started 1st, Finished 1st/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps
TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 572 points, 20 points ahead of second-place Jason Johnson)

The incredibly hot start to begin the 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series campaign continued this past weekend for Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team with a clean sweep Friday night in the East Texas Lone Star Shootout at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Schatz set the night’s quick time in qualifying, led every lap of his heat, scored a flag-to-flag win the Craftsman Club Dash and paced all 35 laps of the A-Feature to score his third consecutive victory aboard the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion was looking to add to his winning streak Saturday night at the Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas, but rain forced WoO officials to reschedule the event for April 13.

“I say it all the time, but these guys who make up this Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team are simply incredible,” Schatz said following his team’s sixth victory in nine starts this season. “Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with great people and I just go out every night and try to do my job the best I can. We haven’t been to this track in a while but, man, this place was fast tonight. I know in qualifying that we had a car that was really good and Rick (Warner), Scuba (Steve Swenson) and Brad (Mariscotti) just kept dialing it in. Starting up front helped and I just kept searching the track as the night went along. We knew as long as we got a good start in the feature and stayed patient everything would work out. I’m so happy to get another win for Arctic Cat. We spent some time at their National Sales Meeting in Minnesota earlier this week and everyone is so excited about the partnership we have. I couldn’t be prouder to be carrying the Arctic Cat brand and taking it to victory lane. The same goes for Ford Performance. They had a huge weekend winning the Daytona 500 last weekend and we’re excited about our future with them, as well. We can’t wait for the next race. This is a lot of fun.”

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