Archive for March 14th, 2018

Lucas Oil ASCS Opening 2018 Season with Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals

TULSA, Okla. (March 14, 2018) The first rounds of the 2018 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by have arrived, as the series begins its 27th year of touring at the famed Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17.
A part of the American Sprint Car Series since 1994, the famed half-mile has seen the National Tour in action 91 times with 31 winners. Defending series champion Sam Hafertepe, Jr. has topped action at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway five times, including a sweep of the Spring Nationals one year ago. The Sunnyvale, Texas driver is back in 2018 to defend his 2016 and 2017 championships with a new team thanks to Canadian based Hill’s Racing.
In all, 14 drivers from three countries have announced their intentions to run the 2018 Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by making this year’s field among the most diverse in series history with 10 drivers from the United States, three from Canada, and for the first time a driver from Australia will chase the full tour.

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Rising Stars Set Aim for Doug Coby

New Crop of Challengers Head To Myrtle Beach for NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Opener

As the green flag gets set to fly on the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, all eyes are on the fight for the championship. Doug Coby enters the new campaign having won the last four titles, and five of the last six, as he continues to shatter the record books on NASCAR’s oldest touring series.

However, when the season revs up on Saturday at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway, Coby has a long list of rising talent looking to chase him down and make a name for themselves in the process. An early-look at the season shows that some of the youngest drivers in the history of the series could be the ones challenging Coby for victories through the 16-race points schedule.

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NASCAR to Expand In-Car Camera Live Streams on Twitter in 2018

Beginning This Summer, Fans to ‘Ride Along’ with One Driver Via @NASCAR for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2018) — NASCAR® announced today it will live-stream one in-car camera on Twitter for 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ races during the second half of the 2018 racing season, including all 10 NASCAR Playoffs races.

Beginning with five regular-season races this summer, the experience will once again provide fans a unique look from inside the race car with a live camera stream that can be accessed via NASCAR’s official Twitter handle, @NASCAR.

Fans can watch full broadcasts of these regular season and NASCAR Playoffs races on NBC or NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app (full schedule here).

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CARS Response Energy Tour Returns to Dual Division Format at Myrtle Beach with $10,000 on the Line for Super Late Models

Mooresville, NC 3/14/18 – The 2018 season for the CARS Response Energy Tour kicks into high gear with the season kick off for the Super Late Model division next weekend March 24th at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway. The $10,000 to win 200 pres. by Honeywell is expected to draw a hefty car count to the half mile beachside South Carolina track.

The race will feature 100 green flag laps of racing for both divisions, however; the Super Late Model feature will feature a six tire strategy element, with a four minute break for tires and adjustment on lap 70 of 100. While all teams in attendance know that name of the game at Myrtle Beach is tire conservation, the element of the two tire change could really mix things up in the final thirty laps.

A few of the early entries include Raphael Lessard, now driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Lessard will compete full time on the tour in hopes of becoming the first driver in CARS history to win two championship titles. Jared Fryar transitions from the Late Model Stock division to the Super Late Models for the 2018 season. The Trinity, NC driver captured a Late Model Stock victory a season ago at Dominion Raceway. Preston Peltier will travel from his home, now located in snowy Colorado, to pilot the #33 Newton Concrete Chevrolet for the Roger Lee Newton owned team. Series newcomer Molly Hulmuth will also travel from “out West”, as she makes her series debut driving for Will Jones in 2018. Ryan Moore is another driver in the fold that comes to the Beach to make his series debut.

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Cole Anderson Prepared for Two-fanged Approach at Rattler 250

NORTHFIELD, MN (Mar. 14, 2018) – Not many people are keen on two-fanged approaches when dealing with rattlesnakes, yet Cole Anderson is hoping both teeth sink in for him this weekend during the Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway. Anderson will be racing the marquee event each night of the event, piloting both a pro late model on Saturday and a super late model on Sunday. If he succeeds, he’ll be greeted in victory lane by a genuine, live rattlesnake as is track tradition.

The attempt at a double is nothing new for Anderson, who has done it multiple times before in his career. Doing it at the Rattler with a relatively new team is the difference this weekend, as Anderson is hoping to build on the championship he earned at the World Series of Asphalt in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, nearly a month ago.

“New Smyrna went pretty decent since we ended up winning the pro late model championship and five out of the seven races,” the driver of the No. 97 Toyota said. “That was pretty special for our whole team considering it’s our home track and neither one of us had ever won a Speedweeks championship. Our run at New Smyrna definitely turned some heads and we’re looking to do the same thing at the Rattler. Even though we’ve never run a super race together, I’m confident it will begin to come to us by Sunday.

“We’ll be running the pro and the super this weekend, but obviously our main focus is the 250-lapper on Sunday,” Anderson continued. “I think we’ll have a good shot with the pro car on Saturday night, considering we’re with the same team led by Dustin and Jamie Skinner that we won with in Florida.”

Anderson has had success at South Alabama Speedway in the past, winning a Southern Super Series event there two years ago. His on-track experience and success with the team, owned by former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Mike Skinner, has him pumped to travel to various tracks chasing trophies this season.

In addition to a new experience together as a team, Anderson is already noting the things which may play a factor in Sunday’s 250-lap contest.

“I’m not sure how much rubber we will lay down on Saturday to affect the racing surface, or if it will have any effect at all. It’s a bit of a coin toss,” Anderson explained. “I feel like the track is pretty sensitive to that kind of thing, I feel like usually the more rubber gets laid down, the better our car gets.”

Opening activities for the Rattler 250 weekend kick off Thursday and Friday with practice, while qualifications for the 250-lap super late model event take place on Saturday evening ahead of the pro late model feature. The 125-lap pro late model race is scheduled to take the green on Saturday night just after 7pm local time. The 250-lap super late model race, a points-paying Southern Super Series sanctioned event, takes the green at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

For more information on Cole Anderson, visit his website at Fans are also encouraged to follow him on Facebook (@ColeAndersonRacing), Twitter (@Cole_Anderson97), and Instagram (@cole_anderson97) for the latest updates from race weekends.

Sources: Tony Stevens/Pit Row Media

Stafford’s SK Modified® & Late Model Weekly Purses Increasing in 2018

Stafford Springs, CT — Capping off a pre-season of improved purse structures, Stafford Speedway management is proud to announce the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions will be receiving an enhanced purse in 2018.  These increases for the SK and Late Model divisions follow the previously announced purse increases for the SK Lights, Limited Late Model, and Street Stocks.

“Our commitment is 100% behind our weekly competitors and we will continue to focus our efforts in supporting their programs,” explained Stafford Speedway General Manager Mark Arute.  “We are looking at a strong contingent of drivers and teams for the SK Modified® and Late Model divisions and the increased weekly payouts will ensure an exciting season.”

Both the Late Model and SK Modified® weekly purses will increase by just under 10% for the new season.  The SK Modified® division will have a base purse of $1,500 to win with a total purse of $8,560 while the Late Model base purse will be moved to $800 to win with a total purse of $5,375.  Last place payout will move to $150 and $120 for the SK Modified® and Late Models respectively. 

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PASS South to Headline “MegaShow” at Caraway on Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC (March 14) – After being delayed a week due to weather, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models will return to action Sunday afternoon at Caraway Speedway.  The RGS Products 125 will pair two of the regions premier touring divisions as the PASS South Super Late Models will be joined by the season-opening event for the Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Tour Modifieds.  With the last weekend’s cancellation, officials from PASS and Caraway Speedway decided to take this already huge weekend of racing up another notch by also including the 602 Super Limiteds, 602 Modifieds, and Limited Late Models to create a huge day of short track action on Sunday. 

Over the last two seasons, Kannapolis, NC’s Matt Craig has been one of the most dominant short track drivers in the country.  In addition to becoming the first-ever competitor to ever capture two PASS South championships, he has won the last two races at Caraway Speedway, including in 2016 when he came back from being two laps down.


“I’ve done good at Caraway, ever since my first Legends car race there, I like it a lot,” says Craig, driver of the C&C Boilers Sales & Service Chevrolet #54.  “It has hard breaking and long straightaways.  I have to thank my team for the cars they bring me to the track.  I’m not sure what it is at Caraway, but we always seem to have speed there.”

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‘Case’ Study: NASCAR, Busch Beer Announce Return of Busch Pole Award

Anheuser-Busch’s Busch Beer Becomes ‘Official Beer of NASCAR,’ Fastest Qualifier to Earn Busch Pole Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 14, 2018) — NASCAR and Anheuser-Busch announced today a multi-year agreement that welcomes the global brand back as an Official Partner and designates Busch Beer as the “Official Beer of NASCAR®.” The new partnership builds upon Busch’s industry-wide presence and includes sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ Busch Pole Award, rewarding the driver with the fastest qualifying time each week.

“We are continuing to evolve our presence in NASCAR because we believe in the power and loyalty of NASCAR fans,” said Chelsea Phillips, Vice President, Value and Beyond Beer brands, Anheuser-Busch. “Returning as the Official Beer of NASCAR strengthens our deep-rooted history in the sport and will provide fans with even more opportunities to enjoy a crisp, cold Busch beer on race day.”

Anheuser-Busch’s history in NASCAR dates back decades to 1978, when it sponsored the Busch Pole Award. Additionally, Busch was the “Official Beer of NASCAR” from 1988 through 1997. Beginning in 1998, Anheuser-Busch sponsored the Bud Pole Award through its Budweiser brand, which also became the “Official Beer of NASCAR” through 2007.

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