Archive for March 15th, 2017

Bristol Super Late Model Lock in Berth on the Line at New Track Dominion Raceway

Mooresville, NC 3/16/17-The 2017 CARS Tour season opener at Concord Speedway introduced several new formats to the series that included knockout qualifying and live pit stops. These new formats created excitement and unknowns throughout the weekend, but the CARS Tour competitors will witness a completely different format the next time they take the track.

The River City QDMA Duels at Dominion pres. by Virginia Is For Lovers on March 25th will be the first of three races in which the CARS Tour will use a duel-race format for the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock Car divisions. An event that would normally be 150 laps for both series will be divided into two back-to-back 75-lap features, and will be accompanied by a single car qualifying format with no live pit stops. The CARS Tour will also use the duel-race format at Hickory Motor Speedway (May 6) and Myrtle Beach Speedway (September 16).

While the Late Model Stock Car Tour drivers will approach Dominion Raceway as they would any other race, there is added pressure for the Super Late Model drivers. The Duels at Dominion will act as a lock-in race for the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Super Late Model drivers, with the highest average finisher for both races earning an automatic bid into the inaugural event. The increased stakes and duel-race format at Dominion have forced many SLM competitors to adjust their strategy for the upcoming event.
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Reutzel Looking for Second Lucas Oil ASCS National Title

“We have had good speed at Devil’s Bowl, it’s just a matter of everything falling into place at the right time,” Reutzel says.

The 2015 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour champion comes off yet another weekend of World of Outlaws competition aboard the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions entry at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

Reutzel raced into his fourth WoO feature of the year on Thursday night before missing the cut on Friday after a qualifying miscue.

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Bellm Begins ASCS Title Chase at Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals

NIXA, Mo. (March 15, 2017) – Devil’s Bowl Speedway. It was the site of Kyle Bellm’s first ASCS National Tour triumph just four years ago during the Spring Nationals.

As such, it’s the ideal location for the Nixa, MO, racer to kick off his third tour of duty with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour aboard the Resource Asset Management Solutions (RAMS) No. 14k Sprint Car.

This weekend’s 44th edition of the Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals fires off Friday night before culminating with Saturday night’s finale atop the storied half-mile clay oval in Mesquite, TX, on the eastern outskirts of the Dallas Motorplex.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Statistical Advance: Myrtle Beach

Analyzing the Performance Plus 150 at Myrtle Beach Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2017) — The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will open the 2017 season on Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina. Below is a statistical look at the Performance Plus 150 presented by Safety-Kleen, including selected driver notes:

Performance Plus 150 Setup:

  • This marks the second ever visit in NASCAR Modified history to the track, with the only other race won by Andy Seuss in 2009.
  • Defending NWMT champion Doug Coby begins his quest for a fourth consecutive championship at the half-mile on Saturday.
  • This marks the first race in the new modified era as a unified tour.

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U.S. Army Racing: Amaile Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Advance

TONY SCHUMACHER & ANTRON BROWN
U.S. Army Teammates Chasing NHRA’s First Crown Jewel of 2017

GAINESVILLE, Florida (March 15, 2017) – There is something special about going to Florida in March. For the U.S. Army tandem of Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher and Antron Brown, it’s an opportunity to become part of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history by capturing the first marquee event on this year’s 24-race schedule. After watching their Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Leah Pritchett score the first two Top Fuel events of the campaign, both drivers are prepared to put a stop to her winning streak at this weekend’s 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway.

Schumacher, the eight-time world champion and winningest driver in Top Fuel history with 82 national event titles, learned early in life about the history of NHRA. He heard the tales and stories of drag racing lore from legends like “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney when they passed through Chicago and visited his father’s race shop. The Gatornationals were always mentioned in the same breath as Indy and “The Sarge” never forgot that. Each season, he looks forward to March and his annual trip to Florida seeking another historic triumph. With Gatornationals wins in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010, Schumacher is already a central figure in the event’s history. He is tied for most wins in the Top Fuel class with NHRA iconic drivers Joe Amato, Larry Dixon and Garlits, but a victory this weekend would eclipse those legends and make Gainesville Raceway the 10th track on the current NHRA schedule where he is the all-time winningest driver.

He enters the event second in the championship standings following a pair of semifinal appearances in the season opener at Pomona and three weeks ago in Phoenix. Schumacher and his nine-man crew led by crew chief Mike Green and assistant crew chief Phil Shuler have been machine-like with the U.S. Army Dragster of DSR making extremely consistent runs throughout the first two stops on tour. He qualified fifth at Pomona and followed that with three strong passes on elimination day. In Phoenix, he qualified third and won two more rounds before losing in the semifinals. Those results, along with the fact that in four of the previous seven Gatornationals Schumacher has reached the final, have the now-Austin, Texas resident confident in the chances for his U.S. Army team this weekend.

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Stevie Sussex Leads USAC Southwest Sprints to Arizona Speedway

After two successful nights at Las Vegas, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, March 18th, at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the fourth point race will also feature Pure Stocks, Modlites, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-five USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the San Tan Valley oval. Four-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Johnson (4), Stevie Sussex (2), Brady Bacon (1), and Chris Windom (1) celebrated wins at Arizona Speedway last season.

Entering Saturday’s event, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a 28-point advantage over the competition. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ RSS, Sussex placed fourth and fifth at the “FVP Outlaw Showdown.” To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led on the season. Sussex has ten career SouthWest wins and will be looking to extend his lead with a win at Arizona Speedway.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Phoenix

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Sweep’n Row: Furniture Row Racing’s Truex First to Win All 3 Stages

Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to win all three stages under NASCAR’s race enhancements when he took the checkered flag in last Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The No. 78 Toyota driver, who won a career-high four races last season, led 150 total laps on his way to his first victory of 2017. Through three races, Truex sits fourth in the points standings (five points below leader Brad Keselowski, but leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with seven playoff points.

Truex will attempt to notch another win in Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – a track where he’s logged only one top-five finish (fifth in 2009) in 22 starts.

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Gdovic Joins DAC Motorsports Driver Lineup for 12 Hours of Sebring

China Grove, N.C. (March 15, 2017) — Brandon Gdovic is joining DAC Motorsports’ driver lineup for the 65th annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway March 18. Gdovic will be piloting the No. 18 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series.

Gdovic completes a championship-caliber roster that includes Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series regulars Emmanuel Anassis and Anthony Massari. Gdovic has raced with this team of drivers throughout the 2016 Super Trofeo season, as well as the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

“I am looking forward to the 12 Hours of Sebring,” said Gdovic. “We had a really good test and were very pleased with the car. Hopefully, we will have continued improvement as we learned a lot at the 24 Hours of Daytona. We expect to have a great finish that represents this amazing team effort.”

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Nasse Looks to Continue Strong Start to 2017 at The Rattler

Pinellas Park, FL — Stephen Nasse will look to continue his strong start to the 2017 racing season when he heads to Kinston, Alabama this weekend for the 41st Annual Rattler 250. Nasse of Pinellas Park, Florida is set to pull double duty, competing in the Rattler 250 (Super Late Models) and Baby Rattler (Pro Late Models) at South Alabama Speedway.

Nasse will be looking to defend his Baby Rattler win from a year ago and hopes to park his No. 51 DLP Motorsports car in Victory Lane for the first time this year.

“Winning it last year, the Baby Rattler, definitely felt really good and was a nice accomplishment,” Nasse said. “I don’t really think it gives us much of an advantage, but I do think we’re going to be very strong. South Alabama is one of my favorite and better tracks so I think will be strong in both races.”

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Bristol Super Late Model Lock In Berth on the Line at New Track Dominion Raceway

Mooresville, NC 3/16/17-The 2017 CARS Tour season opener at Concord Speedway introduced several new formats to the series that included knockout qualifying and live pit stops. These new formats created excitement and unknowns throughout the weekend, but the CARS Tour competitors will witness a completely different format the next time they take the track.

The River City QDMA Duels at Dominion pres. by Virginia Is For Lovers on March 25th will be the first of three races in which the CARS Tour will use a duel-race format for the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock Car divisions. An event that would normally be 150 laps for both series will be divided into two back-to-back 75-lap features, and will be accompanied by a single car qualifying format with no live pit stops. The CARS Tour will also use the duel-race format at Hickory Motor Speedway (May 6) and Myrtle Beach Speedway (September 16).

While the Late Model Stock Car Tour drivers will approach Dominion Raceway as they would any other race, there is added pressure for the Super Late Model drivers. The Duels at Dominion will act as a lock-in race for the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway for the Super Late Model drivers, with the highest average finisher for both races earning an automatic bid into the inaugural event. The increased stakes and duel-race format at Dominion have forced many SLM competitors to adjust their strategy for the upcoming event.

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Farrington Poised to Continue PASS Title Run at Orange County

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 15) – In his young career, Maine’s Dave Farrington, Jr. has found quite a bit of success racing locally in his home state. The 24-year-old is a race winner and champion at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Maine and has been a consistent front-runner competing in a limited schedule of ACT Late Model events in recent years. But now, thanks in part to an offseason shoulder surgery for former series champion, Jay Fogleman, and an unfortunate snowmobile accident for Trevor Sanborn, Farrington will team with the Woodman Racing team to compete for both the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) National and South Super Late Model championships. The duo’s next race together will be the upcoming Orange Blossom Special at Orange County Speedway on Saturday, March 25.

“We watched Dave race last year with PASS at Concord and again this season at Dillon in his own car and we were impressed with how he gets the most out of his equipment,” said car owner, Dick Woodman. “We contacted Dave and tested at Hickory a few weeks ago and that went real well. We have always been fortunate to have real good drivers in our cars, blue collar guys, who grew up racing and want to race until they are old and gray, and Dave fits that mold.”

For Farrington, it is the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance to still compete in his family-owned cars in New England, while joining the Woodmans and sponsors Energy Dynamics, Cribbs Creek Outfitters and Plants Seafood, for a chance at two of the biggest titles in Super Late Model racing.

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Eggleston Eager to Kick Off New Season Saturday at Tucson

ERIE, CO — Chris Eggleston and the NASCAR K&N West Pro Series West open their season Saturday, March 18 at Tucson Speedway (AZ). The Erie, Colorado driver earned two wins and 10 top-10 finishes in 2016 and is excited to get back on track with his Bill McAnally Racing team this weekend.

“I am pumped to be back with everyone at Bill McAnally Racing and really looking forward to getting the season started,” Eggleston said. “It has been a long off-season, and with my 2017 racing plans up in the air for most of the time, I am thankful to be back in the K&N West Series for another run at the Championship.”

Eggleston won the K&N Pro Series West title in 2015, but a handful of tough races towards the end of the 2016 season ended his hopes early to repeat as champion. Now, the 27-year-old driver has his sights set on another title.

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Natalie Decker Joins Venturini Motorsports in ARCA Racing Series; Toledo, Elko and Pocono Await

March 15, 2017 (Concord, NC) – Announced today, 19-year old Natalie Decker from Eagle River, WI will join Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for three races during the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

Complementing VMS’ already stout driver lineup, Decker, with sponsorship support from N|29 Capital Partners, will make her ARCA Series debut in consecutive race weekends starting with Toledo Speedway (May 21), Elko Speedway (June 3) and Pocono Raceway (June 9).

“This is definitely the biggest step in my racing career so far,” said Decker. “Racing takes sponsorship support, and it takes hearing a lot of No’s before you find a Yes. I’m so blessed and thankful to ‘N Twenty-Nine Capital Partners’ (N|29) for believing in me and providing this opportunity to compete with Venturini Motorsports.”

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