Archive for February, 2018

Nashua Businessman Purchases Lee USA Speedway

Nashua, NH. — Longtime Nashua businessman Norman Wrenn Jr. has purchased Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.  Wrenn bought the 3/8 mile speedway from John “Red” MacDonald and wife Judy, track owners for the last 33-years. Wrenn made the disclosure Tuesday, February 27.

Wrenn, in his 40th year in the propane gas business, is also a successful stock car racer, dating back to 1983. A many time feature winner and track champion, Wrenn has competed in Pro Stock, Pro-4 modified, and Modified Racing Series competition over a 35-year career. Wrenn ironically won his first Pro Stock race at Lee in 1993.

“No changes, no staff changes, no race division changes, the recently announced schedule for the 2018 season is in place and we are prepared to go with it,” said Norman Wrenn III when speaking about the takeover.

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Carrera Cup’s Michelin Junior Team Confirmed

Four young racers have been confirmed to form the top tier of the newly expanded Porsche Michelin Junior Programme Australia.

Jaxon Evans, Jordan Love, Adam Garwood and Cameron Hill will enter the 2018 Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia season as the championship’s four Michelin Juniors. As part of the programme, all four drivers will be provided financial benefits by way of entry fee support and an allocation of Michelin race tyres, along with access to training, mentorship and education throughout the racing season.

Evans enters the season with the most Carrera Cup experience of the four Michelin Juniors, entering this weekend’s Adelaide opener after an impressive debut season in 2017, in which the Queensland based driver claimed five race wins and two outright round wins.

Like Evans, West Australian Love entered Carrera Cup after graduating from the feeder Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge Australia series. Love dominated the 2017 GT3 Cup Challenge series, winning the title before competing in the final three Carrera Cup rounds of last season. Love’s announcement as a 2018 Michelin Junior sees him continue in the Junior Programme after being the sole Porsche Junior driver throughout 2017.

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GSPSS to Celebrate 2017 on Saturday Night

Annual Awards Banquet to be Held in Connecticut

WALPOLE, N.H. – Even though the 2018 racing season is quickly approaching, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is going to turn back the calendar to last year on Saturday night.

The series will hold the annual awards banquet and 2017 celebration at the Raceway Restaurant at the Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Clubhouse in Thompson, Connecticut.

Series champion Mike O’Sullivan, who captured his second career title on the Pro Stock Touring Series in 2017, will be honored Saturday night. He captured the crown by eight points over Scott MacMichael after finishing seventh in the season-finale at New London-Waterford Speedbowl.

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Outlaws Prepare for First Stop in Illinois at Farmer City Raceway

Illinois-native Brandon Sheppard looks to capture third Illini 100 victory

FARMER CITY, IL- February 27, 2018- Illinois dirt tracks will play a crucial role in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series championship battle, beginning March 23-24 with the 11th annual Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway. Illinois-native Brandon Sheppard looks to capture his third Illini 100 victory during the first of three stops this season in the Prairie State.

The Illini 100 is one of the most anticipated Late Model events of the year with its unique format consisting of an always thrilling 25-lap Craftsman Club Feature on Friday, capped by the 75-lap $15,000-to-win event on Saturday.

Two full programs at the high-banked, quarter-mile dirt oval will bring the top late model drivers in the business to Farmer City. With a stout field of competition, only the best drivers have been able to etch their names on the winners list, including Billy Moyer (2008, 2010, 2013), Shane Clanton (2009), Jimmy Mars (2012), Shannon Babb (2014), Sheppard (2015, 2017), and Josh Richards (2016); winners of the 25-lap opening night event include Scott Bloomquist (2015), Richards (2016) and Brian Shirley (2017).

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Du Quoin, Illinois………The initial entry list for the Saturday, March 10 “Shamrock Classic” features some of the most successful standouts in USAC today.

The third annual event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin launches the 2018 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget season that features a team that has been at the top of its game in their recent season debuts, namely Clauson/Marshall Racing, which has raced to a pot of gold in each of the past two seasons.

One season ago, it was Justin Grant who won his first career USAC National Midget race on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval. By doing so, he became the first driver in the history of USAC to win both the National Midget and National Sprint Car season openers in the same year. This year, the Ione, Calif. native slides over to the 17BC for CMR/Matt Wood Racing that was formerly occupied by Shane Golobic, winner of the first “Shamrock” in 2016.


Justin Bren Returns to Limited Late Model Division at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — After sitting out the 2017 season at Stafford Speedway, Palmer, MA native Justin Bren will return to the Limited Late Model ranks for the 2018 season with his eyes set on contending for the track championship.  With a new #66 Bertera Chevrolet machine at his disposal, Bren is excited for the season and he can’t wait to get back to driving after a season of helping out his fellow Rob Russell Chassis teammates.

“I sat out last year and helped a few guys who use Rob Russell Chassis and it was tough for me to not want to throw my firesuit on and get back in the car,” said Bren.  “I’m really looking forward to going fast again like Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights.  My old car was an original Limited Late Model car and not that there was anything wrong with that but it was built for a guy who was 160 pounds and 5’5”.  I’m 6’2” and a lot heavier than that so it’s kind of nice to be working with a car that was built for me and I’m more comfortable in the driver’s seat then I ever have been.  Driver comfort is huge when it comes to going fast in these cars so I think that will play into my hands and I’ll be able to go faster.  I think the big difference will be the new car.  Basically, the only things I have from my old car is the motor, the transmission, and the seat.  There’s been a lot of rule changes since the Limited Late Model division began so having the right chassis for the job will be key.”

As Bren prepares to take on his 6th season of Limited Late Model competition, he is not feeling worried about when he hits the track for the first time in 2018.

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Reutzel Debuts New Team in Las Vegas WoO Double this Week

CLUTE, Texas (February 27, 2018) – Several months of hard work and preparation will finally come to fruition as Aaron Reutzel and the newly-formed Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 87 Sprint Car debuts with this week’s pair of World of Outlaws events at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday.

After taking in Nevada’s Sin City double for the third year in a row for the Clute, TX, racer, the Folken Brothers Tucking/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution team moves on to California’s Perris Motor Speedway on Saturday night before taking in the entirety of the World of Outlaws California swing over the next several weeks.

It marks the kickoff of an ambitious 2018 slate of events for the Precision Catalyst/Hollywood Blasting & Coating/Beard Equipment team that includes the pursuit of the All Star Circuit of Champions title along with a healthy portion of the World of Outlaws slates.  It’s a season that will encompass more than 80 nights of racing.

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Courtney Carries Momentum into Las Vegas USAC Sprint Car Double

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 27, 2018) – Already off to a strong start in the 2018 season, Tyler Courtney hopes to keep Lady Luck on his side in Las Vegas this week.

The Indianapolis native will join forces with Mike Phulps’ Metal Works No. 56 team for the USAC West Coast vs. Southwest Sprint Car portion of Wednesday and Thursday’s “Sin City Showdown” at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

It will mark Courtney’s first competitive laps atop the Las Vegas dirt oval.

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Diversified, 17-Event Race Schedule Set for Gas City I-69 Speedway

GAS CITY, IN. (February 27, 2018) – After hosting only a handful of events the past three years, Gas City I-69 Speedway will feature an exciting 17-race event schedule showcasing more than a dozen various racing divisions this season.

Anchoring the schedule will be the 410-cubic-inch, non-wing sprint cars, which compete in 16 events at the quarter-mile, semi-banked clay oval. The largest weekly Indiana sprint car purse awaits this popular and exciting open-wheel division. Three events will pay at least $3,000 to the feature winner. The Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS) will make its first Gas City appearance on May 4, and the season will close with the $3,000-to-win James Dean Classic on Sept. 28.

Two winged sprint car programs are scheduled, with the Great Lakes Sprint Series joining the non-wing warriors in a battle of “wings verses non-wings” on June 8. The inaugural season for BOSS winged sprint cars will include a stop at Gas City on August 31.

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Go Fund Me Established for Injured Racer Mike Tidaback

Driver Mike Tidaback remains in the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. while still in critical condition from a head injury during the TQ Midget event at Boardwalk Hall on January 26.

Mike’s wife Renee has advised AARN that “his condition is essentially the same” as the most-recent update that she provided to this publication on February 19; and that he is still in the Critical Care Unit (CCU).

With Mike’s regular job being the family’s primary means of income, and he and Renee the parents of a six-year-old son, Mikey, the daily expenses for home utilities, food, and transportation for her to and from the hospital are rapidly beginning to mount.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross Launches Gold Class to Debut in 2018

Los Angeles, CA (February 27, 2018) – Red Bull Global Rallycross announced today the 2018 season launch of the Red Bull GRC Gold class. An evolution of the series’ GRC Lites class from previous seasons, the new Gold class cars will debut aggressive bodywork and strategic mechanical updates designed to tighten up the field, highlight the skills of the drivers, and make for an incredible show for on-site spectators and broadcast viewers alike.

“We are giving the sport of rallycross back to the drivers with the Gold class,” says Colin Dyne, CEO Red Bull Global Rallycross. “By creating a more closely matched generation of top-tier rallycross vehicles, the Gold class will provide a platform where our drivers can highlight their driving skills and create even more dynamic racing for the fans.”

For the 2018 season, the Gold class will replace the Supercars, and will join recently announced Polaris GRC to produce even closer racing, a hallmark of the series. The Gold class platform will include seven (7) events with twelve (12) rounds of racing, and the best overall media package in motorsports with all rounds of racing airing on the NBC network, as well as streaming on a soon-to-be-announced Turner Broadcasting digital platform.

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ASCS Southwest Fires Off 2018 Season Saturday At Canyon Speedway Park

TULSA, Okla. (February 26, 2018) The wait is over for Sprint Car fans across Arizona as the ASCS Southwest Region sets sights on Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park for the 2018 season opener on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 P.M. (MT).

The “March Meltdown” marks the start of the 11th year of ASCS competition across the desert southwest. The most recent visit to the one-third mile Arizona oval on October 14, 2017, went the way of the season’s eventual champion, Colton Hardy, who is slated to defend his title in the Bandit Racing No. 74. The win was also his first at Canyon Speedway Park in ASCS competition.

Slated to be the 25th round of ASCS Southwest sanctioned competition at Canyon Speedway Park, the track has seen 14 different winners in 24 previous A-Features with Rick Ziehl leading the count at six wins. Bob Ream, Jr., Derrik Ortega, Jason Johnson, and Lance Norick each sit with a pair of wins. Single victories go to Billy Chester, Brady Bacon, Colton Hardy, Dusty Zomer, Logan Forler, R.J. Johnson, Tony Bruce, Jr., and Wayne Johnson.

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ACT Announces 2018 Summer Showdown Series

Waterbury, VT – Big money will be on the line in a trio of American-Canadian Tour (ACT) events this season as part of the 2018 Summer Showdown Series. ACT officials announced the series today, which includes three $5,000-to-win events as part of the ACT Late Model Tour schedule.

The ACT Summer Showdown Series will be held at three different tracks in three New England states, testing drivers throughout the region. The series will kick off with the Oxford 150 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20. The $5,000-to-win event is part of an ACT/PASS doubleheader at the 3/8-mile oval.

The second event in the Summer Showdown Series will be the Waterford 150 at Connecticut’s New London–Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, June 16. For the final event, the series will head to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, September 2 for the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200.

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Tander Completes Record Carrera Cup Field in Adelaide

In just three days 26 brand new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars will roll out for opening practice to kick-start what will be Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia’s largest on-track presence at the Adelaide 500.

This year’s 26 Carrera Cup entries will surpass the championship’s previous record field in Adelaide, which saw 23 cars line up for the 2014 season opener. The record field will feature 13 Pro and 13 TAG Heuer Pro-Am drivers on the grid for Carrera Cup’s 315th, 316th and 317th race at its 12th visit to the iconic Adelaide street circuit.

One late change to the driver line-up has seen Alex Davison vacate his #888 entry for the opening round due to his soon-to-be-announced driving commitments, making way for a newcomer and former Formula Ford champion, Leanne Tander.

Tander will make a one-off appearance in the Porsche championship before Davison returns for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, getting her first taste of the new 911 GT3 Cup last weekend at a Sandown test session.

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Payea Honored at ACT Banquet of Champions

Montpelier, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) honored some of the top performers of the 2017 season at the ACT Banquet of Champions on Saturday, February 24. Drivers, car owners, crew members, and officials all gathered at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier, VT to celebrate their accomplishments and officially wrap up the 32nd season of ACT competition.

Milton, VT’s Scott Payea, along with car owner Rick Paya, were officially recognized as the 2017 ACT Late Model Tour Champions. For Payea, it was a long-awaited first ACT championship, while the title marked Paya’s ninth in ACT competition.

After finishing second in ACT points four times during his career, including his first year with RPM Motorsports in 2016, Payea had a historic run to the 2017 crown. Payea’s five wins included an ACT-record four straight during the first half of the season. He finished outside the top-5 only once during the entire campaign.

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Griffith Scores Dillon Win

Dillon Motor Speedway, 4/10 Mi. 14 Deg. banking
Dillon, S.C. 2/24/2018

The 2016 PASS Rookie of the Year Derek Griffith (Hudson, NH) started the PASS South Carolina Clash 200 from the 11th spot and sliced his way into 3rd by lap 37, then outmuscled Ben Rowe ( Turner, Maine ) for second by lap 73.

A lap 78 restart was all Griffith needed to overpower race leader Tate Folgleman ( Durham, NC ) and pace the field for the next 23 laps until a lap 100 restart.
Ray Christian III (Uncasville, CT) took over the lead but Griffith was relentless and chased Christian, dogging his back bumper and rubbing fenders for the next 39 laps until Griffith again regained the lead and held Christian and third place Rowe at bay.

With 9 laps to go, Rowe, the 5-time PASS Champion, made an outside pass on Christian to take over second place where he finished the 200 lap grind.

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Griffith Outlasts Competition for PASS National Championship Win at Dillon

DILLON, SC (February 24) – Derek Griffith bested a strong field of Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models to win the 13thAnnual South Carolina Clash 200 Saturday afternoon at Dillon Motor Speedway.  While Griffith has found victory lane on the PASS North circuit in the past, Saturday’s opening day win was his first in the south in PASS National Championship competition.

“We knew we had to do better here than we did last year and we were able to put it all together today to get the win,” said Griffith in victory lane.  “The track was hot and slick, but this win is big because we need to get all we can to compete with Ben [Rowe] for the national championship.”

In qualifying, Tate Fogleman claimed his second career quick qualifying time with a lap of 87.998 miles per hour around the tough 4/10 mile, egg-shaped speedway.  After the top 10 qualifiers redraw, two-time defending PASS South champion, Matt Craig, would move to the pole, while Fogleman would slot into the sixth starting position.

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Courtney Takes Two Winter Dirt Games Wins

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 23, 2018) – It was a near-perfect start to the 2018 USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car season for Tyler Courtney and the Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing Priority Aviation No. 7bc Sprint Car team.

Only slowed by a cut tire in the opening leg of last weekend’s “Winter Dirt Games” at Bubba Raceway Park, “Sunshine” stormed to victory lane on both Friday and Saturday night atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in Ocala, FL, to escape the Sunshine State among the top three in series points.

“It’s good for everyone on the team,” the driver of the Rider-powered Driven2SaveLives Spike-chassis explains.  “It gives us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the season, it takes a lot of question marks out about whether this was the right move to make or not.”

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Kevin Gambacorta Ready to Challenge for Late Model Title at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — Since his rookie season in 2012, Ellington native Kevin Gambacorta has become a mainstay in Stafford Speedway’s Late Model division in the yearly chase for the championship. Gambacorta finished 9th in the standings as a rookie in 2012 but he has finished either 3rd or 4th in each of the past 5 seasons in the standings. Gambacorta and the #23 Rafferty Fine Grading/LifeCare Family Chiropractic team finished the 2017 season tied for 2nd with Tom Fearn coming agonizingly close to making Stafford history as the first driver to win championships in three different divisions. With a new Dodge Charger body on his #23 car, Gambacorta is ready to once again challenge for a Late Model championship.

“We just put a new Dodge Charger body on the car,” said Gambacorta. “I used to run the Charger body back in the Limited Late Model days and we won a couple championships with it so maybe the new body will bring back some of our good luck. We were really good last year but there was one night halfway through the season where we got in an early wreck which knocked the toe out of the car and after that the car was terrible. We could never figure it out all season long. We tried so many different things and the car just wouldn’t turn. It would be good for a lap or two and then it wouldn’t turn after that. After the season was over we brought the car down to Jay Stuart and he’s gone through the entire car so hopefully we’ve gotten the chassis figured out.”

Looking at the numbers and Gambacorta’s 2017 season was indeed a tale of two halves. Gambacorta recorded 6 podium finishes, including his lone win, in the first 10 races while he was only able to record one podium finish over the final 7 races. With the championship margin being so small at only 8 points, Gambacorta feels like the championship might have been in their grasp and slipped away.

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Alexander Pearl Joins Robust SK Light Rookie Class at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — When the first green flag falls on the 2018 SK Light season at Stafford Speedway, it will begin an intense duel for R.A.D. Auto Machine Rookie of the Year honors.  Salem, CT native Alexander Pearl is one of currently 10 rookie drivers signed up for the 2018 season, including 5 graduates of the Monday night Wild Thing Karts program.  Pearl raced for 6 seasons in the Wild Thing Kart ranks, winning a total of 20 feature events and the 2014 Junior Outlaw championship.  Pearl continued his championship-winning ways by taking home the Mini Stock title at Monadnock Speedway last season and he is looking forward to his first full season of SK Light competition at Stafford.

“I’m pretty excited,” said Pearl.  “I ran twice last season and I got a good feel for the car.  I’ve been going to Stafford for a long time to watch the races so it’s going to be pretty cool to actually be out there racing.  The competition is going to be very tough.  The SK Lights had to run consi events last year, so there’s going to be a lot of cars and a lot of stiff competition on the track.”

Pearl will carry sponsorship from Darling Auto Parts on his #7 machine along with support from Cliff Nelson and Mike V.  Despite his plans to run for Rookie of the Year, Pearl says that he is still in search of sponsorship that will allow him to comfortably run the full season.

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American Sprint Car Series Closing in on 150 Nights of Racing for 2018

TULSA, Okla. (February 23, 2018) The American Sprint Car Series is just over a week away from kicking off a combined slate of 143 nights of racing, with the potential for seven additional events to be added between National and Regional competition. With some race nights on the docket being co-sanctioned, the overall number of sanctioned events so far is 166.

As of now, the American Sprint Car Series as a whole is slated to sanction races at 56 tracks across 18 states in 2018.

First on the agenda is the ASCS Southwest Region at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. The desert-based tour will also end out the year at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. on November 23 and 24. The series saw its first new champion in 2017 with Arizona’s Colton Hardy beating out nine-time champion, Rick Ziehl from Las Cruces, N.M.

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Entries Already Being Received for 42nd Rattler 250

Pensacola, FL – While 2018 is not even two months old, much has already happened in the realm of Super Late Model racing. But with March fast approaching, teams are preparing for the next marquee event: The 42nd Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway on March 18.

While a picture with the rattlesnake is the only goal for most racers, the great race will once again serve as the starting point for the Southern Super Series presented by Sunoco championship.

Among the early entrants are the past two SSS champions, with Stephen Nasse and Donnie Wilson still on the hunt for their first Rattler victory.

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Thibault Motorsports Announces New Driver for 2018 Pro4 Modified Season

Thibault Motorsports announces a new driver for 2018 Pro4 Modified season.  Six-time Northeast Midget Association champion Randy Cabral.

Six-time Northeast Midget Association champion Randy Cabral will drive the Flying Zero Pro4 Modified in 2018. Randy is no stranger to driving a Pro4 Modified.  Randy has driven many Pro4 races before in the #73 owned by the late Jim Darlington.

Last season Rob Richardi drove Flying Zero and had 5 wins and was runner-up in the NE Pro4 Modified standings and was the 2017 CT Pro4 Champion.  Rob has decided to race the MRS series full time in 2018.  Rob is expected to run a few non-point races for Thibault Motorsports this year.

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Stafford Springs, CT — New for the 2018 season, the global leader in online racing simulation, will present a weekly $125 bonus to the winner of the Late Model feature.  iRacing is the leading online racing simulation on the market.  Developed as a centralized racing and competition service, iRacing has evolved into the next generation of simracing software used by professional drivers and casual gamers alike.  At Stafford, the list of drivers that prepare for the season by using the iRacing service is long with countless drivers improving their craft online.

The Late Model division was the most competitive division at Stafford in 2017 with 8 different winners.  27 different drivers competed in the Late Models over the course of the season with Glen Reen edging out 4-time track champion Tom Fearn by 8 points to capture his first career Stafford Championship.  The 2018 season promises to be much of the same with all but 1 of the 8 winners returning to compete.

“We are very excited to have an internationally recognized brand such as iRacing join our weekly contingency program at Stafford Speedway,” explained Stafford Motor Speedway General Manager Mark Arute.  “The team at iRacing came out to Stafford over 10 years ago and did their initial scan and setup of the track, the SK Modifieds®, and Late Models.  We are excited to have them as a weekly contingency sponsor on our Late Model division.”

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ACT to Test Chevy 602 Engine in Select Events

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced plans to test the Chevrolet CT350 “GM 602” crate engine in select events during the 2018 racing season. The results will be used to evaluate the engine for future use in ACT competition.

A car using the 350-horsepower GM 602 power plant will enter several ACT Late Model Tour events during the first part of the season. The testing will be performed by a team that does not normally compete on the Tour.

“This is mainly about exploring our engine options moving forward,” ACT co-owner Cris Michaud said. “It could lead to the 602 becoming an approved option. It could also lead to nothing. But you need good data in order to make those decisions. The best way to get that data is to have the engine on the track during ACT racing conditions.”

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Catching Up With Whelen Modified Tour Director Jimmy Wilson

Intriguing New Changes For NASCAR’s Oldest Touring Series

In just under one month, the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season will take the green flag at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway with the Safety Kleen 150.

But, before teams hit the track for the first time, it’s important to take a look at some updates and changes that the fans, drivers, and teams all will experience in the upcoming racing season.

 To do that, we sat down to catch up with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series Director Jimmy Wilson.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Increased team participation, revamped bonus awards, added live pit stops and the longest race in the history of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour are just a few of the intriguing changes on tap for the upcoming 2018 season.

The new additions will have both drivers and fans itching for teams to unload at Myrtle Beach Speedway for the season-opener.

On the award front, the traditional “Whelen Winner of the Race” program will return for 2018, but instead of paying $500 to the winner of each race, the honor has been increased and will award $3,500 to each driver that scores a victory.

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Lime Rock Park Bolsters Staff with Two New Hires, Gears Up for Exciting 2018 Season

Stephen Berner Joins Staff As Director of Marketing & Business Development, Marlane White Hired As Public Relations & Communications Manager

LAKEVILLE, CONN. (Feb. 19, 2018) – Lime Rock Park, the historic motorsports venue in beautiful Litchfield County, Conn., is pleased to announce two key hires for its Marketing Department. Stephen Berner has been tapped to lead the Park’s Marketing team as Director of Marketing & Business Development. Additionally, Marlane White has joined the team, serving as Public Relations and Communications Manager. Both will work to further spread the Historic Park’s story.

With a background in Motorsports Publishing and Ad Agency New Business, Berner will be leading Lime Rock’s Marketing and Communications efforts, working with the Executive team to onboard sponsors and partners.

White comes to Lime Rock Park with more than 20 years of relevant communication experience, specializing in the travel and tourism sectors. At Lime Rock, she will oversee content delivery tasks, focused on sharing information on the Park’s digital media streams such as

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TULSA, Okla. (February 19, 2018) A longtime supporter of Sprint Car racing around the Gulf South area, Texas-based has joined with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour as the series presenting sponsor in 2018.

“My employees are very much motor-heads and they go to American Sprint Car Series events, and people who use our products are involved in racing with the American Sprint Car Series, so because of that, we decided to get into it because it was a good proving ground,” commented Owner and CEO, Chris Luke.

Taking the place of MAVTV, which remains as a Team Lucas supporter of the American Sprint Car Series with 13 dates of racing to show in 2018, the addition of will also see heavy involvement with the series broadcasts.
Elaborating on his early dealing with ASCS Teams, Chris continued, “We were able to bring products to the track, get them into people’s hands, and get honest feedback on our products but we actually found it was some of the greatest people we’ve ever worked with so we’ve just continued to expand.”

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2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour Season Opener Could be Most Talented Field in Series History

Mooresville, NC 2/19/18 – The first ever CARS Tour race in 2015 at Southern National featured 36 cars with some of the top names in the region competing. Fast forward to the upcoming Do The Dew 150 on March 10th at Tri-County Motor Speedway, and all indications show that the 2018 season opener could outdo that inaugural event.

Headlining the list of early pre-entries are defending CARS Tour champion Josh Berry driving for JR Motorsports, 2016 CARS Tour champion Deac McCaskill, and making his CARS Tour debut, four-time and defending NASCAR All American champion Lee Pulliam. The Semora, NC driver has never raced at the Hudson, NC track but is looking forward to the challenge and competing on the CARS Tour circuit.

“I’m really excited to be making my CARS Tour debut at Tri-County. The last time I raced a CARS race, was 2013 when it was still the Pro Cup cars, that race was $10,000 to win and I ended up in victory lane, so it would be nice to pick up where I left off,” noted Pullium. “I’ve never raced at Tri-County but have watched some videos and I’m really looking forward to getting on track there. It seems to be a place that has multiple grooves, which as a racer you really enjoy because it allows you to move around throughout the race to find speed and fix any handling problems you might have in your car. With a limited schedule this year, I’ve got a lot of emphasis on this race and making it our goal to end up in victory lane at a CARS Tour race.”

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Cary Berry-Smith Set to Lead ASCS Frontier Region in 2018

TULSA, Okla. (February 19, 2018) The sixth season of racing is on the horizon for the Brodix ASCS Frontier Region with the series’ first female Competition Director taking charge for a lineup of 26 confirmed dates across Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming with three awaiting confirmation.

Cary Berry-Smith, who has been involved in Motorsports for nearly a decade in aspects ranging from driver, publicist, and promoter has taken on the role of Competition Director. This marks the first time a woman has taken charge full-time of an ASCS sanctioned series.

“The simple answer is that I’m really excited to get this opportunity,” commented Berry-Smith, who is the Supervisor of Student Media at the University of Wyoming when she’s not at the races. “I really think dirt track racing in this region has a lot of potential; especially Sprint Cars. Their dynamics just make them so exciting, and that’s something that we can really use to expand to a wider variety of fan.”

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