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Outlaws at New Egypt Speedway Postponed to Wednesday, May 24

Prospect for an improved weather pattern will provide for optimal track conditions

CONCORD, N.C. – May 22, 2017 – Due to the heavy rains over the last 48-hours and unpredictable Spring weather, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and track officials has decided to postpone the Jersey Outlaw Classic at New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway to Wednesday, May 24. 

Fans that currently have tickets for the World of Outlaws show at New Egypt Speedway will be able to use them for the rescheduled event on Wednesday, May 24.
 
With the outlook for an improved weather pattern for Wednesday, Series and the track officials look forward to the rescheduled event in hopes of providing the best racing environment possible for fans and drivers alike.

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Hoosier State Dirt / Pavement Doubleheader Awaits Silver Crown Drivers Thurs.-Fri.

What makes the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series so fascinating is its diversity. The 11-race schedule alternates throughout the season at venues ranging from dirt tracks located on the nation’s state fairgrounds with classic covered grandstands to paved surfaces that offer luxury suites and skyboxes.

On the track, a Silver Crown series title requires a driver to be readily adaptable to changing conditions and environments during a single 100-lap race, let alone a full season.

There are those who run for a championship, then there are dirt specialists and pavement specialists. In each race, drivers with those attributes will overlap as they compete for supremacy of that particular track on that particular night.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Practice 8 for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, 2017 championship leader): “We didn’t have the speed in qualifying. We haven’t had the speed last week at all to compete. It was unfortunate and a bit of a mystery. Yesterday, I said the mysteries of Indianapolis sometimes. It’s what makes this place legendary, I guess.  We made a lot of changes last night, mostly on obviously bodywork, because it’s a different package than qualifying, and also a new engine to go for the race. It’s a weapon, that engine, to put in there. They put a new engine that’s really strong. Chevy did a tremendous job with calibration. I felt like my racecar was very good last week, and we showed it today I think in the heat. It actually gets really good in traffic. It can run with people.  I think it’s going to be an exciting race. There’s definitely a big competition between Honda and Chevy. Honda’s done a very strong job, bringing a strong engine and aero. But we have what we need, I think, to have a strong race. Again, it’s 500 miles so a lot can happen.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet):  “We got our work in today with the hum by Verizon Chevy. There was a pretty good list of things we wanted to work on. We did a good job on getting through that. The numbers on the chart aren’t mind blowing or anything like that, but being fastest necessarily wasn’t on our list. If had come organically, then all the better. We’d still like to be a little faster, but we’ll work with what we have and maximize it. There’s no telling how the race will go, so we’ll be prepared to adjust as necessary.

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet): “The Shell Fuel Rewards Chevy team was able to turn a lot of laps today. Our speed was pretty decent. Our balance and handling was good. It’s all about working on race trim right now. Qualifying is behind us and we move to the next thing. I heard today that Hunter-Reay started 19th when he won, so we’ll just do the same thing. This race brings so many different things to the table at different times in the event and making adjustments is critical to success.”

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Indy 500 Practice Provides Exciting Race Dress Rehearsal

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, May 22, 2017) – Fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were treated to a thrilling dress rehearsal for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with this afternoon’s practice on the 2.5-mile oval.

A total of 2,705 laps were completed by the 33 entries in the session that featured large groups of cars running together in full race trim, dicing and passing all around the circuit. It was the busiest practice day this year, even though the track was open for only 3.5 hours compared to the six hours available on practice days last week.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton finished on top of the speed chart today with a lap of 228.592 mph in the No. 8 Gallagher Honda. Chilton said he spent most of the day in the car “apart from visiting the little boy’s room for 10 minutes.” He logged 108 laps to further his Indianapolis Motor Speedway education.

“The more laps you do around here, the more you learn,” said Chilton, who finished 15th as an Indy 500 rookie in 2016 and will start in that spot in this year’s race. “I don’t think anyone out there is overly happy with their car in race traffic. You keep trying to learn, trying to get it better.

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Schatz Picks Up a Pair of Top-Fives in Posse Country

TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Continues To Lead WoO Championship Standings

Dates: Wednesday, Friday-Saturday, May 17, 19-20, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Locations:Wednesday – Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania

FridaySaturday – Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Winners: Wednesday –David Gravel of CJB Motorsports

Friday – Gravel of CJB Motorsports

Saturday – Shane Stewart of Larson/Marks Racing

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Ballou Goes for Unprecedented 3-in-a-Row Wednesday in 47th Hulman Classic

Two weeks ago, in his return to the cockpit of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car for the first time in eight months, Robert Ballou made the contingent on hand stand up and take notice that he hadn’t missed a beat.

His second race back in Eldora Speedway’s #LetsRaceTwo resulted in a commanding victory and placed him right at the top of the totem pole of favorites heading into this Wednesday night’s “Tony Hulman Classic” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

It was a moment that recalled some of the greatest USAC comebacks seen in recent history such as Lee Kunzman’s National Midget win at Tri-County Speedway in Cincinnati in 1971, where he returned to victory in his first race after suffering a broken neck, arm and severe burns in a sprint crash at Missouri’s I-70 Speedway in 1970. Or Pancho Carter’s return after severe lower extremity injuries in a testing crash at Phoenix, in which he won his first two USAC Sprint Car appearances at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Winchester (Ind.) Speedway after a five-month layoff.

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DCRP Title Chases Continue on Sunday – Free Admission for Military Personnel

DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 22, 2017) – Auto racing and the Memorial Day weekend have gone hand-in-hand in the United States for many years.  As such, it is only fitting that championship chase action at Dodge City Raceway Park continues with a special Sunday night card this week.

And, to honor those that protect our nation, Sunday’s second Lewis Automotive Night of the season that goes green at7:30 p.m. will offer free admission to Military personnel and their dependents.  Military personnel simply need to show proper ID for free admission.

Sunday’s third round of title chase action atop the 3/8-mile clay oval will feature the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

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Tim Gullo Dominates “Gary Marshall Memorial 40” at Chemung Speedrome

Gullo Two-for-Two in Race of Champions Super Stock Action

Chemung, N.Y. – (May 20, 2017) – Tim Gullo of Elmira, N.Y., ran to his second consecutive victory in Race of Champions Super Stock competition this past Saturday when he captured the running of the 3rd annual “Gary Marshall Memorial 40” at the Chemung Speedrome.

Gullo, who also won his qualifying race, started second in the feature, cleared pole sitter Bobby Shosek and ran to the victory.

“This race means a lot to our family,” smiled Gullo from victory lane. “Gary was my cousin, so this is a big night for all of us. The car was really good during the race. We work awful hard at this and I can’t thank all of my guys and my family enough. I am very lucky to be able to have the support that I do. Tonight is a great night and we are going to enjoy it.”

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Lee USA Speedway 5/19/17 Race Report

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway raised the curtain on the 2017 weekly racing season on Friday night, with defending Super champion Dave “Hollywood” Helliwell of Salem making a statement in his first ride aboard the storied Witkum Brothers Racing entry, taking down the checkers for the season opening win in the Rodfather-sponsored NASCAR Whelen All American Series Supermodified feature.

ISMA Supermodified veteran Jamie Timmons led the early laps of the main, clicking off some impressive laps in the machine normally steered by Kyle Sawyer, setting a torrid pace over the first half of the 30-lap main event. Helliwell moved up to challenge Timmons shortly after the crossed flags, and made the winning pass to take over the point on lap 18, going the distance from there to post the win.

Car owners Bobby and Ed Witkum, Sr. joined Helliwell for the victory lane ceremonies, with Timmons and multi-time champion Tommy Tombarello, Jr. of Haverhill, MA rounding out the podium. Fourth spot went to Leslie Keyser of Northfield, with Mike Spurling of Rochester, Kingston’s Moe Lattime, Meredith veteran Jim Barker, Mike Keddy of Raymond, and P.J. Murphy of Groveland, MA the rest of the top ten.

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Zane Smith Tops Team Performance with Fourth-Place Finish at Toledo Speedway, Christian Eckes Nets Top-10 and Natalie Decker Shines in Series Debut

Concord, North Carolina (May 22, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) turned in solid performances across the board this weekend in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards thanks to the driving efforts of teenage rookies Zane Smith, Christian Eckes and Natalie Decker in Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.

It was seventeen-year old Zane Smith topping the trio of talented drivers with a fourth-place finish behind the wheel of his No. 55 La Paz-Icon Vehicle Dynamics Toyota Camry. Smith, a native of Huntington Beach, CA and one of the most recent selections in this year’s 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class of drivers set a new ARCA career best with Sunday’s finish.

“We’re happy with the way it ended…bummed on how we started,” said Smith. “I slid in some water on pit road and stalled the car and lost a lot of positions. Our car was good…we just need to be a little better. We got a push when the sun came out.”

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Scally, Zych Rocket to Wiscasset, Ames True Value NEMA Wins

Picture perfect skies welcomed the Northeastern Midget Association to Wiscasset Speedway in Wiscasset, Maine this past weekend. An unbelievable, packed house was on hand as well, with eager fans filling every spot in the parking lot to greet the fastest winged midgets in the world.

When the double checkered flags flew at the end of the evening, the most talked about story in the pits was Paul Scally’s first NEMA win, breaking a long overdue streak for the family owned team, taking down the win in the Lites class. In the NEMA feature, John Zych proved he was the class of the field all day, coming from mid pack for a dominant victory.

In the Lites division, Scally jumped out into an early lead. Fast right from the start of the day, he paced the field, setting some of the quickest laps of the feature event. Behind Scally, youngsters Ryan Locke and Ben Mikitarian were putting on a show for the second spot, and further back, Danny Cugini was slicing his way through the pack from deep in the field.
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Brett Hearn, Kenny Tremont Jr. Take Home Modified Wins on Double Feature Night

Saturday night saw the Modifieds run double features in order to make up the race postponed due to lighting issues on May 6.  Trouble here affected the rest of the night.

Denny Soltis started on pole, but quickly lost the advantage to Kyle Hoffman.  Meanwhile, Brett Hearn started in fourth and wasted no time pressuring Hoffman’s Cyclone for the lead.  On lap 6, Hearn took the lead and began to open up the advantage.  Hoffman was able to hold off Eddie Marshall for second.

Kolby Schroder suffered a right front suspension issue and stopped entering turn 1 to bring out the yellow on lap 10.  That bunched the field back up.

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Thunder Road Championship Chases Begin at Memorial Day Classic

Barre, Vt. – Barre’s Thunder Road kicks off the 2017 season this Sunday, May 28 with the 55th Memorial Day Classic presented by Mekkelsen RV Sales & Rental. The event will begin the title chases for all three weekly divisions at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement,” with the Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks joining the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models on the card.

Defending “King of the Road” Scott Dragon will be back to look for a second straight Late Model title after taking the crown by a single point in 2016. The Milton veteran enters his fourth season with Richard Green Racing knowing he’ll face tough challenges from both the competition and the newly-repaved track surface.

“I think the car is going to go well on that new asphalt,” Dragon said. “It was really fast on the ‘goop’, so I’m thinking it should be good on the fresh pavement. It’s really a matter of trying to stay out of trouble. I’ve always said staying out of trouble is the key to winning championships. You can run great, but if you get tangled up in someone else’s mess, it’s over. There are so many drivers who can contend, so we’re just trying to keep the pressure off and do our thing.”
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Indy 500 Drivers Visiting 21 Cities in Annual Multi-City Media Tour

INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, May 22, 2017) – In what has become an annual Indianapolis 500 tradition, the 33 participating drivers will fan out across North America on Tuesday of race week to spread the word about “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

This year, the field for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is scheduled to visit 21 cities in less than 24 hours. Drivers will meet with local media to discuss the race and partake in activities to increase the already-surging interest in the Indy 500, the world’s largest single-day sporting event set for May 28 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon, who captured the pole position Sunday with an average speed of 232.164 mph in Fast Nine Shootout qualifying, will visit Toronto, where he has won twice in his Indy car career on the streets around Exhibition Place. The Verizon IndyCar Series visits the Canadian city again for the Honda Indy Toronto in July.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500 Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, 2017 championship leader): “The Menards Chevrolet had great balance again but speed is still a little lacking. I’m not really sure what we are missing, if anything. It’s a mystery of Indianapolis, I guess. Not every day can be your day. We’ll keep our heads down and get it ready to go for the race. It’s a long race and if we get a couple of breaks, there’s no telling what can happen. This team always answers the bell when it needs to. Despite struggling a little this weekend, I have complete confidence in our ability next Sunday.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “They give out points, so you have to focus on where you’re going to start, so we definitely try to get as high as we can. It’s what we had today. We’re more focused on going racing. I’m excited about doing that with the hum Verizon guys. We’ll see what we’ve got next Sunday. We got what we had today. Hopefully, we’ve got a better race car. I think we will. We’ve been working hard at Team Penske. We’ve got great cars. We’ve got to make sure to execute next Sunday.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet): (About lack of speed): “I wish I could tell you. I tell you it was a great team effort. Great balance, actually. We are doing everything we can to go has fast as we can. Unfortunately, this place is difficult. It is hard to find the small details, and we always pay attention to the small details, but maybe it is something outside of our control. Other than that, a great team effort. We will keep working hard.” (Do you have anything to tell Will Power when he qualifies?): “No, he’s in a much better way, so I think it will be much better for him.”

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Dixon Captures Indy 500 Pole with Fastest Speed Average in 21 Years

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 21, 2017) – Scott Dixon thrilled Indianapolis 500 qualifying fans like they haven’t been in more than two decades, capturing the pole position for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with the fastest average speed since 1996.

The four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and fourth-winningest driver in Indy car history completed four on-the-edge laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval at 232.164 mph. The 10-mile run in the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda was the best speed seen at IMS since Arie Luyendyk set the track record of 236.986 mph in second-day qualifying on May 12, 1996.

“It feels fast,” Dixon said. “Any speed (above) 215 or 220 around this place feels really fast, but I think you just block it all out. You’re constantly just trying to feel how the car is, see where you can place it, see if you can improve the next lap. It’s been so intense this weekend just trying to hold on to the car for the four laps. I think that’s where all the focus has been.

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Statement from Sebastien Bourdais, Dale Coyne Racing Driver

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 21, 2017) – The following is a statement from Dale Coyne Racing driver Sebastien Bourdais, who sustained multiple pelvic fractures and a fractured right hip in an incident during qualifying Saturday for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Bourdais underwent surgery Saturday night and is recovering at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

“I want to thank everybody for the support and the messages, quite a few drivers have already dropped by. It’s going to take time, but I’m feeling pretty good since the surgery. I’ll be back at some point. Just don’t know when yet!”

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Bear Ridge USAC Speed2 DMA Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2017 – Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway – “Dad’s 4 by Tool & Supply Food Bank Benefit”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Jeff Horn (#1A Mossman), 4. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 5. Derek O’Hearn (#5 Matczak), 6. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 2. Anthony Nocella (#29 Seymour), 3. Jeff Champagne (#5 Matczak), 4. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 5. Tyler Jackson (#3 Matczak), 6. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Whitney, 2. Christensen, 3. Nocella, 4. Champagne, 5. Horn, 6. Dias, 7. Krawiec. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec, 2. Anthony Nocella, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Andy Barrows, 5. Adam Whitney, 6. Jeff Horn, 7. Derek O’Hearn, 8. Mark Cole, 9. Manny Dias, 10. Tyler Jackson, 11. Jeff Champagne, 12. Jake Higginson. NT

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Santos Returns to Form Heading into Friday’s Carb Night Classic USAC Silver Crown Race

Indianapolis Raceway Park, O’Reilly Raceway Park or Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. No matter which name it has been called throughout its 57-year history, there are distinct eras at the .686-mile paved oval which have been defined by the domination of drivers who proved to be nearly unbeatable in USAC competition.

In the last 20 years alone, Mike Bliss, Dave Steele, Tracy Hines and the current authority displayed by brothers Tanner and Kody Swanson, have each reigned supreme for a period of time at LOR. They are among a set of drivers that, when you saw their team unload their Midget, Sprint Car or Silver Crown in the pit area, it was nearly a foregone conclusion that, barring unforeseen circumstances, the race for the win at LOR would have to go through them.

Coming into the Friday, May 26 “Carb Night Classic” for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS at Lucas Oil Raceway, we are reminded of the command of the mantle that Bobby Santos had for a stretch during the late 2000s/early 2010s. The Franklin, Massachusetts native began 2006 with his first LOR victory in the “Night Before the 500” USAC National Midget race and, in July, won the first of his three career USAC National Sprint Car features at the track. And it came in spectacular fashion.

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Tulare USAC West Coast Sprint Race Results

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Speedway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.083; 2. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.181; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.294; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.308; 5. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.483; 6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.607; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.659; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.679; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.686; 10. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.845; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.901; 12. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-16.976; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-17.190; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.315; 15. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.376; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.479; 17. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-17.498; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.522; 19. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.790; 20. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-18.031; 21. Benjamin Catron, 4, Catron-20.027; 22. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Liggett, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Swanson, 5. Timmons, 6. Wiley, 7. Garris. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Stornetta, 3. Hirst, 4. Adams, 5. Sibley, 6. Nelson, 7. Strole. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Hix, 5. Stolz, 6. Catron, 7. Farmer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Ryan Timmons, 12. Steven Garris, 13. Brandon Wiley, 14. Steve Hix, 15. Jeff Sibley,16. Ryan Stolz, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr., 18. Gary Nelson Jr., 19. Geoffrey Strole, 20. Benjamin Catron, 21. Scotty Farmer. NT
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Medical Update on Driver Sebastien Bourdais

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 21, 2017) – Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais underwent successful surgery Saturday night for pelvic injuries he sustained while attempting to qualify for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

The Dale Coyne Racing driver sustained multiple fractures to his pelvis and a fracture to his right hip in the incident Saturday.

“Surgery went well,” INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows said. “I’ve met with Sebastien this morning and he was doing even better than I expected.”

Additional updates on Bourdais’ condition will be released when available.  

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San Tan Valley Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Results

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Robert Horne Ford Night”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 9. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 10. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Chad Boespflug (#34 Team AZ), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 9. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Bruce St. James, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Michael Curtis, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Jeff Lowery, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Brent Yarnal, 12. Cody Sickles, 13. Brian Hosford, 14. Bob Ream Jr., 15. Landon Cling, 16. Chris Bonneau, 17. Mike Martin, 18. Nick Aiuto, 19. Andy Reinbold. NT

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Susquehanna USAC/ARDC Midget Race Results

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2017 – York Haven, Pennsylvania – Susquehanna Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), 2. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 3. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 4. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 5. P.J. Gargiulo (#5 JHG), 6. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson), 7. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps): 1. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21 Kunsman), 2. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 3. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), 4. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 5. Jay Hartman (#24 Myers), 6. Rohan Beasley (#14B Beasley). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Ryan Greth, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Brenden Bright, 4. Brett Arndt, 5. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 6. P.J. Gargiulo, 7. Kenny Miller, 8. Jay Hartman, 9. Andrew Layser, 10. Shawn Jackson, 11. Rohan Beasley, 12. Trevor Kobylarz. NT

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Pauch, Jr. Powers to His Third Win of the Year at New Egypt Speedway

New Egypt, NJ (May 21, 2017) – For the third time this year, Billy Pauch, Jr. won the 358 Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway. Connor King topped the field in the Crate Modified main event. Bill Liedtka was the victor in the Street Stock contest. The Lyons Construction/Metal Fab Rookie Sportsman features were taken by Joseph Brown and David Burns.

As the 30-lap May Modified Madness Round of 24 feature got underway for the 358 Modifieds, Steve Davis grabbed the point with Lou Cicconi in his tracks. PJ Oliver motored into third on the second tour and began to pursue Cicconi for second. As the battle for the runner-up spot was developing, the yellow flag waved on the fourth tour for a slowing Ryan Godown. When action resumed, Cicconi blasted by Davis for the lead. By the tenth tour after some great racing action and a few additional caution periods, Cicconi and Davis remained in the top two spots with Billy Pauch, Jr., Oliver and Danny Bouc next in line. Davis and Pauch, Jr. were in a spirited duel for second when Davis was forced to retire on the twelfth revolution with a mechanical failure. At the halfway point, Cicconi and Pauch, Jr. began a multi-lap side by side clash for the lead with Oliver in striking distance. With Cicconi in the high groove, Pauch, Jr. used an inside move and slid into the front running position with ten laps remaining. With Pauch, Jr. extending his advantage, Bouc rode into third on the twenty third lap and passed Cicconi for second one tour later. With five laps remaining and Pauch, Jr. nearly a straightaway ahead of the pack, the yellow lights illuminated one last time for Doug Ostwald. On the single file restart, Pauch, Jr. held off Bouc and paced the field for the final laps to capture his third win of the year. With the victory, Pauch, Jr. has qualified for the May Modified Madness Finale. Bouc completed the race in second. Oliver rushed past Cicconi on the twenty-ninth lap to finish in third. With Cicconi coming home in fourth, David Van Horn wound up in fifth. The 358 Modified heat winners were Steve Davis, PJ Oliver, and Danny Bouc.

After taking the lead from the early pacesetter Ryan Simmons, ninth place starting Connor King went unchallenged to win the 20-lap Crate Modified main event. The victory was the second of King’s career. Jeremy Martino drove by Simmons in the latter stages of the affair to finish in second place. Simmons, who led the opening eleven laps, finished in third. Tom Tanner and Steve Hicks completed the top five. Connor King, Steve Hicks, and Ryan Simmons won the Crate Modified qualifying races. The consolation contest was taken by Steve Kemery.
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‘What They’re Saying’ from Indianapolis 500 Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, 2017 championship leader): “The Menards Chevrolet had great balance again but speed is still a little lacking. I’m not really sure what we are missing, if anything. It’s a mystery of Indianapolis, I guess. Not every day can be your day. We’ll keep our heads down and get it ready to go for the race. It’s a long race and if we get a couple of breaks, there’s no telling what can happen. This team always answers the bell when it needs to. Despite struggling a little this weekend, I have complete confidence in our ability next Sunday.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “They give out points, so you have to focus on where you’re going to start, so we definitely try to get as high as we can. It’s what we had today. We’re more focused on going racing. I’m excited about doing that with the hum Verizon guys. We’ll see what we’ve got next Sunday. We got what we had today. Hopefully, we’ve got a better race car. I think we will. We’ve been working hard at Team Penske. We’ve got great cars. We’ve got to make sure to execute next Sunday.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet): (About lack of speed): “I wish I could tell you. I tell you it was a great team effort. Great balance, actually. We are doing everything we can to go has fast as we can. Unfortunately, this place is difficult. It is hard to find the small details, and we always pay attention to the small details, but maybe it is something outside of our control. Other than that, a great team effort. We will keep working hard.” (Do you have anything to tell Will Power when he qualifies?): “No, he’s in a much better way, so I think it will be much better for him.”

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Rain Takes Speed2 Events at Waynesfield & Burlington

Rain forced cancellation of USAC Speed2 Midget races at Burlington, Iowa and Waynesfield, Ohio Saturday night. The IMRA series resumes next Saturday (May 27) at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. and the Midwest Thunder Midgets resume action next Saturday (May 27) at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway.

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Krummel, Pfeil, Lilick, Myers and Cassel Score Features Wins at Grandview

Eleven different feature winners in NASCAR events so far this season

BECHTELSVILLE, PA. May 21, 2017 – Saturday night racing action finally returned to Grandview Speedway after two weeks off courtesy of Mother Nature with four different winners and one repeat winner in the respective classes in the T.P. Trailer and Truck Equipment sponsored night.

The T.P. Trailers 30-lap NASCAR 358 Modified Feature saw New York native Brian Krummel, who left his hometown track of Middletown, N.Y., mid-season last year to pilot the David Zubikowski Racing No. 17Z, finally had his dream come true when he captured his first career win at the track. An emotional victor, with tears in his eyes, thanked Zubi and the entire crew for giving him a wicked fast car. Being somewhat “gun shy” to go on the outside after what he encountered in the opener, Krummel was able to run the high line and felt at ease. An impressive field of 38 Modifieds were on hand can cut to 28 feature starters by four qualifying heat races.

Wayne Pfeil sporting a huge No. 7, dedicated to his father Wayne who passed away last year, with a smaller No. 72 in the middle; led the 25-lap BRC NASCAR Late Model feature from start to finish for his season first victory.

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Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Models Chase Gary Smith on Motorcycle Safety Night

Oxford, Maine — Gary Smith of Bangor had the hammer down on Saturday night, negotiating slower traffic nicely while driving from fifth starting position to victory lane in the 50-lap Super Late Model race, headlining the Budweiser Championship Series stock car racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway Saturday night.

Smith, celebrating 25 years with sponsor Uncle Henry’s, and the rest of the 25-car Super Late Model field spent most of the race chasing Garrett Hall.  Only Smith could find his way past Hall’s NAPA-sponsored ride with the young Scarborough driver earning runner-up honors.

Maine and New England Hall of Fame racing legend Mike Rowe of Turner wowed his fans with an impressive third-place run in the Fowler Casco Bay Ford car.  Reid Lanpher of Manchester crossed the finish line in fourth position after starting 17th

Alan Tardiff of Lyman raced with the leaders throughout the event and ended up in fifth spot as the checkered flag waved.  In the 12-lap Super Late Model heat races, Lanpher, Tardiff and Oxford’s Dennis Spencer, Jr. were triumphant.

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ASCS Red River Loot Goes to Sam Hafertepe, Jr. at Lawton Speedway

LAWTON, Okla. (May 20, 2017) Topping a stout field of 29 drivers at Lawton Speedway with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. won the battle through traffic to pick up $2,000 and his sixth ASCS sanctioned victory of the 2017 season.

Taking off from the pole of Saturday’slineup, the opening lap lead fell into the hands of John Carney II, who rolled the outside of the front row. Working into traffic by the seventh round, Carney had opened up a comfortable advantage as the MVT No. 11x began weaving around back markers. Making moves as fast as Carney, the distance between first and second began to close.
Working low into the first and second turn on Lap 15, Carney hit the back straightaway with Hafertepe charging off the cushion. Turning down the track, Sam found the low side of turn three first, forcing Carney to the middle and in turn, to second off the fourth turn.

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Shane Stewart Stands Tall at Williams Grove

Earns First Career Williams Grove Win

MECHANICSBURG, PA – May 20, 2017 – Shane Stewart started on the pole for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway, but didn’t lead the opening lap. Instead, he battled with PA Posse driver TJ Stutts of Liverpool, PA and used a slide job in turns one and two to take the lead on a lap 11 restart. From there, Stewart held off Stutts and then Daryn Pittman on a pair of restarts over the final 10 laps to earn his first career Williams Grove win and his first Outlaw victory of the 2017 season.
 
“You don’t even know what it means to me to finally get here in Victory Lane,” Stewart said in Victory Lane. “I know the East Coast isn’t always kind to me, but I am very happy and going to cherish this win.”
 
Stewart earned the pole after winning the Craftsman Club Dash and led the field to the green flag with Stutts on the outside of the front row. It was Stutts who grabbed the lead by the time the two drivers had raced turn three. The top two quickly broke away from a third-place battle between Outlaw rookie Sheldon Haudenschild and Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa, PA. Shaffer took the spot on lap seven when Haudenschild spun at the bottom of turn one, but kept his foot in the gas and continued without incident despite losing five positions.

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