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History Renewed

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Returns to Site of Inaugural Event

CONCORD, N.C. – April 5, 2017 – Every time the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series visits Devil’s Bowl Speedway, there’s an imposing historical atmosphere surrounding the event. The Mesquite, TX track was the site of the first-ever World of Outlaws race in 1978.
The 2017 Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 14 & 15 features a purse of over $100,00 and marks the fourth consecutive year, and 26th year overall, the Outlaws have raced the track where Ted Johnson, with the help of the late Lanny Edwards, created what would become ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’.
Before the Outlaws eventually became his full-time gig, Johnson was a china importer salesman from Madison, WI who had moved to Wichita Falls, TX. He saw his first Sprint Car race in 1970 and was hooked. He promoted a handful of big money Sprint Car races in the early 1970s before taking a stab at a short-lived series called ‘The Racers’ in 1974. Continue reading ‘History Renewed’ to Offer Highlights from Every Millbridge Event

Concord, N.C. — For the second year in a row, the Speed51 Network on powered by JEGS will be the video home of all things Millbridge Speedway. will be at the Salisbury, North Carolina 1/5-mile clay oval every week throughout the 2017 season shooting highlights of all four divisions of Outlaw kart racing.

Race fans, Millbridge drivers and family members can look forward to seeing highlights of every Open, Intermediate, Box Stock and Beginner Box Stock race throughout the season the day after Millbridge races. Millbridge Speedway offers some of the most competitive racing seen anywhere across all divisions.

Millbridge is also able to boast a very diverse field of drivers, from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson to Karsyn Elledge, the niece of Dale Earnhardt Jr, to Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, to two-time Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals champion, Rico Abreu.

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USAC National Midgets Head for Two Straight Nights at Kokomo Grand Prix April 7-8

USAC Midgets and Kokomo Speedway: a partnership that dates to a bygone era of no cages and short-sleeve t-shirts serving as firesuits. And over the past six decades, the track has delivered the goods when it comes to USAC Midget racing on the quarter-mile dirt oval located a little over an hour north of Indy. It’s the only venue, in fact, from USAC’s initial National Midget season of 1956 that remains on the series’ calendar to this day.

Jimmy Davies, Bob Tattersall, Mel Kenyon, Sleepy Tripp, Rich Vogler, Tony Elliott, J.J. Yeley, Bryan Clauson and Kyle Larson are among the names you’ll find on the track’s USAC Midget winners’ list. For the 74th and 75th time this coming weekend, another name, another racing hero will etch his or her name as the latest to make their mark, their signature, at Kokomo Speedway.

The indoor midget racing season has gone by the wayside and it’s time to head to the great outdoors and into the wild where dirt is the playground and the throng of Midwest race fans come out of hibernation to get their racing fix.

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Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9

Track: 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street course (clockwise) in Long Beach, California

Race distance: 85 laps / 167.28 miles

Entry List:  Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (PDF)    

Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

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K&N Pro East News & Notes: Greenville

Greenville Pickens Could Hold Championship Crystal Ball

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It might only be the second race of the season, but there could be something learned about the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season when the series visits Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 on Saturday, April 8.

Each of the last three series champions won the early spring race at the historic half-mile.

Ben Rhodes kicked off his 2014 championship season with a win in this race, while William Byron followed with the same feat in 2015. Last season, Justin Haley picked up the first of his two career series wins in the April race at Greenville. Byron finished fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings last season and is currently competing full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, while Rhodes currently ranks fifth in the Camping World Truck Series in his second full season there.  

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Red Bull Global Rallycross to Make Debut in Indianapolis July 8-9

Los Angeles, CA (April 4, 2017) — Red Bull Global Rallycross will make its long-awaited debut in Indianapolis on July 8-9 with a brand new event at Lucas Oil Raceway. Red Bull Global Rallycross Indianapolis will kick off the second half of the series’ 2017 schedule, hosting the seventh round of this year’s championship.

“For years, we have been asked when Red Bull GRC would come to Indianapolis, and we’re proud to make our debut in the city this July,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “Indianapolis has an incredible racing heritage, and many of our competitors call the area home. We are excited to bring a brand new form of racing to the city, we’re expecting an impressive first event in 2017.”

The Lucas Oil Raceway layout will see drivers start on the backstretch of the oval, charging through oval Turns 3 and 4 and hitting full speed in front of the grandstand. After continuing into oval Turn 1, drivers will cut left into the infield before taking on a left-right combination that sends them the opposite direction up the pit lane. Here, drivers will take on the series’ signature 70-foot jump and dirt section, following the dirt all the way up the pit access road before a left-hand hairpin returns them to the oval. A dramatic Joker Lap cuts off the entire Turn 1 and infield section, sending drivers directly to the dirt in a move that can save over five seconds per lap.
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Raphaël Lessard Tuned-Up and Ready for ARCA Debut at Nashville; Together with Musselman’s Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Concord, North Carolina (April 4, 2017) – In a town known for its rich country music tradition, Nashville, Tennessee will play host this weekend to the Music City 200 on April 8 as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to the track after nearly a two-month hiatus.

Among those eagerly waiting to showcase their talent is fifteen-year-old newcomer Raphaël Lessard.

Lessard, a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) driver out of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec Canada, will make his ARCA Series debut driving the No.25 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Camry for Venturini Motorsports (VMS).

Relatively unknown in the U.S. prior to the 2016 racing season, Lessard jumped onto the short track scene winning four CARS Late Model Stock Tour events en route to the CARS championship last season driving for David Gilliland Racing (DGR).

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