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Granite State Pro Stock Series Race Sunday at Lee USA Speedway

LEE, NH — The Granite State Pro Stock Series will bring 30 of it’s to drivers for this Sunday’s 10-race program, including a 100-lap main event, here at Lee USA Speedway.

Jeremy Davis, D. J. Shaw, and Bryan Kruczek are among the top entries.  Last June, Shaw nosed out Derek Griffin, and Kruczek in a three-abreast finish that turned out to be one of the most exciting feature events in years at the track.

Davis, of Tamworth, NH, had made that race a three and four-car door-to-door fight for the lead until dropping out on the 78th lap.

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NEMA Announces New Opening Date, Saturday, May 6 at Star Speedway

Epping, NH — With the cancellation of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl opening event, the Northeastern Midget Association will head to the famed Star Speedway in Epping, NH on Saturday night, May 6th. It has been a favorite stop for the midgets since the 60’s, in fact, Star has hosted more NEMA events than any other facility.

“NEMA is extremely excited to return to Star Speedway and especially as part of their PASS weekend, and further, to expand our 2017 schedule with the Webber family,” said NEMA President, Tim Bertrand.  “Some of the best races in the history of the club have gone down at Star, and we look forward to making some more memories together.  Our car counts are looking strong for 2017, and the club is on the upswing,” said Bertrand.

“We learned of the issues with Waterford, and extended the opportunity to our friends at NEMA to participate in our opening weekend,” said Bob Webber Jr.  “This show should be an unbelievable bargain for the fans, with both the PASS, NEMA and NEMA Lite cars on hand,” he went on to say.

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World Of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Returns to Lincoln for Gettysburg Clash

Brent Marks heads to Pennsylvania for the first time as an Outlaw
CONCORD, N.C. – April 26, 2017 – When the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series makes its annual stop at Lincoln Speedway next month, Brent Marks will be hitting the Abbottstown, PA track for the first time as an Outlaw.
The sixth-annual Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway on May 17 will be the first battleground for the Pennsylvania Posse versus the Outlaws in 2017. Pennsylvania Posse drivers – the endearing name local fans have given the group of drivers who compete regularly in the Keystone State – have won four of six Outlaw races since the series returned to the challenging 3/8-mile oval in 2012 following a 14-year absence. Posse fans, who are arguably the most passionate fanatics in all of Sprint Car racing, will be cheering for local success to continue.
“Some of the fans in Pennsylvania really get into it,” said Marks of the Outlaw-Posse rivalry. “I think it’s really cool to watch how dedicated they are to the local guys. You don’t see that in other parts of the country. They’re so dedicated to the local guys and show so much emotion. It’s a lot of fun to be a part of.”

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Stat Advance: Stafford

Analyzing NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will continue the 2017 season at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford, Connecticut, on Sunday afternoon, headlining the historic NAPA Spring Sizzler weekend. Below is a statistical look at the 46th annual NAPA Spring Sizzler 200.

NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 Setup:
• This marks the first of three appearances this season for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour at Stafford in 2017. Other stops will come on Friday, August 4 and Sunday, October 1. 
• Ted Christopher — who returns to the NWMT this weekend — will look to capture his first series win since 2011. He leads all active drivers with 12 career wins at Stafford. 
• Doug Coby will look to capture his sixth straight and ninth career Stafford Coors Light pole award Saturday. Coby has won both the pole and the race four times at Stafford and also was at the point for 193 of 200 laps of the Spring Sizzler last season in route to a victory. 
• Timmy Solomito started the season with two consecutive top-two finishes, including a win at Myrtle Beach on March 18. He holds a four-point advantage in the championship standings over Icebreaker winner Rowan Pennink.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Richmond

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Retire At End Of Season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Tuesday he will retire from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing at the end of the season. He is still under contract to run two NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2018.

In 603 career starts, Earnhardt has 26 wins, 149 top fives, and 253 top 10s. He is a 14-time Most Popular Driver and a two-time DAYTONA 500 champion.

The No. 88 Chevrolet driver, who currently sits 24th in the standings, will attempt to turn his season around at Richmond – one of his better tracks.

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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: Stafford

Pennink Heads To NAPA Spring Sizzler Hoping To Keep Hot Streak Going

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – Rowan Pennink captured the victory in the Icebreaker 150 at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on April 9, helping return the iconic team to Victory Lane for the first time since Ryan Preece won in the car in 2009. Pennink led 109 of the 150 laps at Thompson in route to his win and also led 38 laps in the season-opening race at Myrtle Beach Speedway back on March 18.

His two consecutive top 10 finishes have him sitting second in the championship standings heading into Sunday’s NAPA Spring Sizzler 200 at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway.

Interestingly enough, Preece’s 2009 win came at Stafford and was the second of back-to-back wins in the No. 3. He had also won at New York’s Riverhead Raceway the week before.

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NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash Presented by Coors Light Takes Center Stage in Charlotte

Grammy Award Winner Maren Morris to Perform Live
NASCAR Drivers Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hosting Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2017) – For the first time, the NASCAR Silver Bullet Bash presented by Coors Light will take center stage in Charlotte on Thursday, May 18. Celebrating the first half of the NASCAR season, the Silver Bullet Bash will lead off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star weekend festivities with live music, special guests and unique experiences.   

As part of this year’s event, Maren Morris, who recently won New Female Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, will rock the crowd with a headline performance at the legendary Fillmore Charlotte.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will take the stage for a special performance playing hit songs like “My Church” and “80s Mercedes” along with others from her new album HERO.

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Super DIRTcar Series for Sportsman and Pro Stocks Join Modifieds this Sunday Night at Utica-Rome Speedway, Start Time Pushed Back to 6 P.M.

VERNON, NY- After beginning the 2017 season this past Sunday, Utica-Rome Speedway is again ready for another exciting night of short track dirt racing this Sunday, April 30, as the Super DIRTcar Series for both the Sportsman and Pro Stocks makes their long-awaited return to the Vernon oval after a 13-year hiatus. They will be joined by a complete show of Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds on Wilber-Duck Chevrolet Night.

This past Sunday, Larry Wight was both good and a little lucky as he scored his first win of the 2017 season in the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds. Running a very competitive second place on lap 16 when then leading Alan Johnson had driveline issues and limped to the infield, handing the lead over to Wight. It was a position that he would not relinquish as he outran Tim Fuller, Bobby Varin, Danny Varin, Matt Sheppard, Pat Ward, Alan Barker, Billy Decker, Mike Mahaney, and Mitch Gibbs to the checkered. This Sunday, another full show of exciting Gates-Cole Auto Insurance is scheduled, thrilling fans they hustle around the spacious half mile.

Dave Marcuccilli dominated the Broedel Energy Sportsman main event last Sunday, as he outraced 49 other competitors to grab the win. This Sunday, many of the same competitors will be on hand to try to take the big Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series win including defending track champion Matt Janczuk, Rocky Warner, Chris Mackey, Jason Rood, Stephen Denton, AJ Filbeck, Brad Alger, Charles Tibbitts, Kyle Kiehn and more as they look to take on possible series invaders such as Shane Pecore, Ron Davis III, Brad Rouse, Martin Pelletier, Louie Jackson Jr. and many more. The last time the series made a stop at Utica-Rome Speedway was in 2004 when the Sportsman division still utilized open motors, and was won by veteran Mike Button.

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New London-Waterford Speedbowl to Postpone Blast Off Weekend

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Blast Off Weekend scheduled for May 6th and 7th has been postponed.

Although much progress has been done to open for our Blast Off Event the recent findings of additional work needed on the grandstands and the unforeseen weather conditions of most recent, has forced The New London-Waterford Speedbowl to postpone the 2017 Blast-Off event.

All efforts are being made to reschedule the event in its entirety as Management reaches out to those touring divisions originally scheduled to attend to possibly find a suitable weekend to run the Blast Off event.
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F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Season Opener Preview

Formula Race Promotions is set to start its 2017 season this weekend at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA with the opening rounds of the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series. New drivers, more cars and a new sanctioning body in USAC Racing make up the big stories going into the four-day race weekend at the 17-turn VIR.

In the F1600 Championship Series, top teams like Team Pelfrey and K-Hill Motorsports are returning with multiple entries for the 21-race 2017 season.

2016 Champion Neil Verhagen from K-Hill has been signed by the Red Bull Junior Team and has moved to Europe to drive Formula Renault.

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Phoenix Copper Cup Field Showcases Veterans and First-timers All Capable of Winning

An eight-year gap since the most recent appearance for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series at Phoenix Raceway provides an intriguing array of experience differential between each of the competitors.
Among the varying degrees of experience for each of the 18 competitors at the one-mile tri-oval, a past Phoenix Silver Crown winner is not among the lineup. On one end, there are National champions and Phoenix race winners. On the other end of the spectrum, there are drivers making their first ever Phoenix start and even a few making their debut in a Silver Crown car for the event this Friday and Saturday, April 28-29
With that said, there are real threats to win regardless of the category they are pigeonholed into. When Saturday arrives, it all comes to down to how a driver and team performs in those 100 laps that will tell the final chapter of the 2017 “Phoenix Copper Cup.”

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Events Postponed

Lakeside Speedway and Salina Highbanks Speedway Rescheduled for Sept. 22-23

CONCORD, NC- April 26, 2017– Due to heavy persistent rain hitting the Midwest over the past several days which has brought excessive localized flooding, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series have postponed the events at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS and Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, OK to Friday, Sept. 22 at Lakeside Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 23 at Salina Highbanks.

Fans that currently have tickets for either event can use them for the rescheduled events on Friday, Sept. 22 at Lakeside Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 23 at Salina Highbanks. No refunds will be given.

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FAST Hits the Road to Attica, Atomic

FREMONT, Ohio – The All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads FAST Championship Series presented by Ohio Logistics is set to hit the road this coming weekend. It begins Friday, April 28 at Attica Raceway Park and continues Saturday, April 29 with the first installment of the “North vs. South” battle at Atomic Speedway inChillicothe, Ohio. Saturday is co-sanctioned with the Ohio Sprint Car Series (OSCS).

The 21 teams vying for the JLH General Contractor FAST 305 Championship Series presented by Engine Pro title will be in action for their second event of 2017 on Friday, April 28 at Attica Raceway Park.

“I couldn’t be more pleased and appreciative of the 13 410 sprint teams and 21 305 sprint teams that have signed up to run for the FAST series this year. The talent level in the two series is beyond compare,” said Rich Farmer, FAST President.

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Quin Houff Joins Precision Performance Motorsports for Richmond XFINITY Debut

Quin Houff, No. 46 BeatinCancerWithDuke.org Chevrolet Camaro
NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway
No. 46 Chevrolet Camaro… Crew Chief Mark Setzer and the No. 46 crew will unload chassis No. 014 for Saturday’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This car was last raced by Jamie Dick at Charlotte in 2015.
Houff at Richmond… The ToyotaCare 250 weekend will be the first time that Quin Houff will turn laps at Richmond Motor Speedway.  Quin began branding his racecars with the “BeatinCancerWithDuke.or” campaign to honor his mother and grandmother, who were both diagnosed with breast cancer. The campaign, which incorporates Quin’s Duke Cancer Institute fundraising website which launched in 2016, honors all women who are currently fighting cancer or have battled with cancer in the past. To read more about the Houff’s family story and make a contribution to their Duke Cancer Institute fundraising effort, visit www.beatincancerwithduke.org.
Setzer at Richmond… Crew chief Mark Setzer has led the No. 46 team from atop the pit box twice in 2015 at Richmond Motor Speedway with Jamie Dick behind the wheel as well as Brandon Gdovic.

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Red Miley Rumble Opens PPMS Season on Saturday

Imperial, PA (April 26) The beginning of the 2017 racing season is here! Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway will open the new season of racing on Saturday, April 29, with the running of the 11th Annual Red Miley Rumble. Presented by Diehl Automotive, the opening night Super Late Model special event will feature the Zimmer’s Service Center United Late Model Series. Though the theme of the Red Miley Rumble is the number 53, the lap count will be 35 laps, or 53 backwards. The winner will earn $3553, with all starters earning at least $353. Moving from its traditional August date, the Red Miley Rumble will now start the season of point competition. Joining the card on Saturday’s program are the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns, and Open Fours.

Previous winners of the Red Miley Rumble include Josh Richards, who was the inaugural winner in 2007. Steve Baker won the event in 2008, with Bart Hartman winning in 2009. Richards is the only two-time winner of the event, adding a second score in 2010. The 2011 winner was Davey Johnson, with Jared Miley winning in 2012. Gregg Satterlee won the event in 2013, as John Mollick took the victory in 2014. Keith Barbara won the 2015 event, and Michael Norris is the defending event champion.

Besides carrying weekly track points, the Red Miley Rumble is the first race in the four event Diehl Automotive Super Series for Super Late Models. The four events will carry a separate point series using the track’s ultra-competitive point system, designed to reward attendance. The Series champion will be crowned following the fourth and final event, and the highest point car in the Series that does not qualify for the 29th Annual Pittsburgher 100 on October 6-7 will receive a guaranteed starting position in the event.

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CARS Tour Shuffles Schedule; Orange County Makeup Date June 24th and Tri-County Moves to July 8th

Mooresville, NC 4/26/17- Upon this past weekend’s rainout at Orange County Speedway, CARS Tour officials have shuffled the 2017 schedule to announce a makeup date for the Thrifty Tire Service Centers Puryear Tank Lines 300 pres. by The Grilling Store.

The Tri-County Motor Speedway race in Hudson, NC will move to Saturday, July 8th, and the Orange County Speedway makeup event will fill the June 24th date, originally held by Tri-County. The shuffle will not only give fans some space in between events at Orange County, but it will also allow Super Late Models to still run a race to “tune up” for the $10,000 to win and $1,000 to start Mid-Atlantic Classic on July 22nd.

“This was the best option not only for the fans, but for our competitors. Moving things around like this will prevent us from running on back-to-back weekends,” explained Jack McNelly, CARS Tour Owner. “This will still allow our Super teams to get a race in to prep for the Classic in July, which is the feedback we received the most. A big thank you to both Tri-County and Orange County management for working with us to make it all happen.”

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DIRTcar Sportsman Series Opens this Weekend

Fulton and Utica-Rome Kickoff New Regional Format
CONCORD, N.C. – April 26, 2017 – The DIRTcar Sportsman Series will see the green flag for the first time in 2017 with a pair of regional tour races in Central New York this weekend. The upcoming campaign marks the first year for the series’ new regional format, which features four distinct geographic regions. Drivers from all four regions will combine for a culminating six-race stretch in September and October to declare an overall series champion.
 
The DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region begins on Friday, April 28 with the Highbank Hold-Up 40 at Fulton Speedway in Fulton, NY before finishing the weekend with the Gates-Cole Insurance 30 at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY on Sunday, April 30.
 
Early-season races, combined with a regional format created to ease travelling, has engaged a number of drivers to run the series for the upcoming season, said DIRTcar Sportsman Series director Cory Reed.

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GSPSS Set to Open 2017 Season at Lee USA Speedway

WALPOLE, N.H. – After a long offseason away from the track, the Granite State Pro Stock Series is set to open the 11-race schedule on Sunday at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. with a 100-lap feature event.

The three-eighths mile oval has produced some intense action in the past when the GSPSS has visited and with this being the season-opener, drivers will be hoping to start the season in Victory Lane. Consistency will matter when it comes time to crown a champion in October – meaning every race counts – including the opener. Getting off to a good start could make a difference on someone’s season.

PLACE: Lee USA Speedway
DATE: Sunday, April 30
TIME: 2 p.m.
TRACK: 3/8-mile, flat oval
TRACK TWITTER: @LeeSpeedway
GSPSS Contact: Mike Parks, mparks@gspss.net
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Callaway Raceway Next For ASCS Warrior Region

TULSA, Okla. (April 25, 2017) A Friday night under the lights awaits the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings, and Wraps as the Missouri-based series makes its way to Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo. for the first time in 2017 on Friday, April 28.

The first of two trips to the quarter-mile oval in 2017, with their next showing slated for June 30, the series last visit on July 1, 2016, was topped by Randy Martin, who drove to his 47th career victory this past Saturday at Randolph County Raceway.

With his first Warrior Region victory of the season in hand, Martin leads the way into Friday night with defending series champion, Jonathan Cornell, currently trailing by seven markers. Overcoming a rough start to the season at Missouri State Fair Speedway, Taylor Walton rebounded with a fifth place finish in Moberly, Mo. to move to third in tour standings.
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ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints Ready for Deep South Showdown

TULSA, Okla. (April 25, 2017) The Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints will get a double shot of action this weekend as the series makes its way to Deep South Speedway in Loxley, Ala. on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29.

Rounds seven and eight on the 2017 season, this weekend’s visit to the Alabama oval is the second appearance of the year for the Lucas Oil ASCS Southern Outlaw Sprints. In the season’s first trip on March 11, Andy McElhannon, who started 12th on the grid, was awarded the night’s victory.

Going into this weekend, seven nights have been contested in Lucas Oil ASCS/SOS competition at Deep South Speedway. Tennessee’s Terry Gray picked up the inaugural win on April 6, 2013. In seven events, six drivers have found Victory Lane. Shane Morgan is the only repeat winner thus far with triumphs on September 7, 2013 and July 22, 2016.

Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix Fast Facts

Race weekend: Friday, April 28 – Saturday, April 29, 2017

Track: Phoenix International Raceway, a 1.022-mile oval

Race distance: 250 laps / 255.5 miles

Entry List:  Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix (PDF)

Firestone tire allotment: Nine sets primary

Twitter: @PhoenixRaceway, @IndyCar, #DesertDiamondPGP, #IndyCar

Event website: www.phoenixraceway.com

INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com

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8 Years in the Making, USAC Silver Crown is Back at Phoenix Raceway this Fri.-Sat.

The journey to Phoenix Raceway is a trail that has been journeyed numerous times throughout USAC’s illustrious history. A.J. Foyt christened the new mile track back in 1964 and, from there on, visits by USAC’s premier series to Phoenix became an annual can’t-miss-event in which fans and teams from all over annually migrated to the southwest for a weekend of speed.

From 1987 through 2009, the USAC Silver Crown series put on race after memorable race, many of which are still remembered fondly to this day, in the traditional “Copper World Classic” which provided an open-wheel heaven for race fans and drivers alike to kick off the season.

In recent years, that trail to Phoenix has fallen silent. But, this coming Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th, the tumbleweeds have vanished into the desert horizon and the trail gets dusted off once again as the stars of USAC Silver Crown racing make their triumphant return to the Valley of the Sun.

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Grant and McGhee Stay On a Tear with Early Season Roll

Since Justin Grant and Sam McGhee Motorsports joined up in August of 2016, the pair has seen their level of success soar to a new stratosphere.

When the two knocked down a non-sanctioned win in their first race together at Bloomington Speedway eight months ago, then followed it up with two-straight top-three finishes at the Badlands, you just had the feeling this was a dream pairing in the making.

When their formation resulted in a dominating performance at Eldora Speedway’s “4-Crown Nationals” last September, you just knew this dream was becoming a reality.

In the 16 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts the 26-year-old Grant and McGhee, the 17-year-old mechanical prodigy, have teamed up, they’ve earned an average finish of 3.7. This year alone, that average has peaked to its current 2.3 through six starts, which includes a season-opening victory at “Winter Dirt Games” in Ocala, Florida.

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Andy Bachetti Wins Attrition-Filled Valley Opener

Lebanon Valley Speedway’s opening night was chilly and moist.  The schedule was sped up to avoid rain and everything got in.  Attrition was the name of the game in the Modifieds, but Andy Bachetti fought through the issues.

By virtue of winning his heat race, Mike King started from pole. The action started very early when Mike Keeler spun on the first lap in turn 1.  Kyle Sheldon, Paul Gilardi and Matt Pupello were all collected.

One of the biggest battles in the heat races was one between defending champion Brett Hearn and Eddie Marshall.  The veterans had a clean duel early in the evening and rekindled it in the feature.  Hearn, who started sixth, appeared to have a fast car and tried to get to the inside of Marshall.  Then, contact was made, spinning both drivers out.

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“What They’re Saying” from Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “You’re racing and you just want to go as hard as you can, but we couldn’t do it. The Menards Chevy had tremendous pace at the end. We struggled a little bit at the starts, and we adjusted the car during the race. I was very happy with the reds and on blacks at the end, it was good. We lost a lot of spots when Josef (Newgarden) hit me and I went in the grass in (Turn) 5. That’s where I think we potentially lost the race win, but it is what it is. It was a good day overall. We transformed a tough start this season into good results and I think that’s the key for the championship.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race winner): “That was an awesome day. This is what we work for as an entire group. We always want to get one of these cars in victory lane. And, for (teammate) Will Power, I feel so bad for those boys on the 12 Verizon car – they were on it today and I feel like it would have been a great battle between Will, myself and Scott (Dixon). But it ended up just being Scott and myself. It’s a group effort here (at Team Penske) – all four of these guys work together. I’m thrilled for the (No.) 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevy guys but this is a team effort with all four cars. So whoever is in victory lane – we just want to get someone there with Team Penske.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet): “With a little bit of luck with the yellow, Will (Power) cutting the tire and (James) Hinchcliffe going off, we were able to get back into the top four. The AAA Chevy was really good, actually. It was just unfortunate with the black tires which actually had good balance, but were a little bit slow. When you had the Firestone reds, it was fast but it was too loose to control. Saving fuel toward the end was a little bit hard. Congrats to Josef (Newgarden) on his first win (with Team Penske). He’s not the rookie anymore. That’s why Roger (Penske) keeps hiring young talent and we keep pushing.”

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Newgarden Races to Second Barber Motorsports Park Win, First with Team Penske

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Sunday, April 23, 2017) – Josef Newgarden added to the growing bank of fond memories he is accumulating at Barber Motorsports Park, driving to victory today in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First.

Newgarden’s win by 1.0495 seconds over Scott Dixon is his second on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course and comes two years after he secured his first career Verizon IndyCar Series victory at the same track. It also is the 26-year-old American’s first win since joining Team Penske, which took three of the top four finishing positions in the 90-lap race.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Box score

Driving the No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden took the lead for the first and only time on Lap 77 when teammate Will Power was forced to pit in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske with a punctured left rear tire.

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Tulare USAC West Coast Sprint Race Results

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 22, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – 4th Annual “Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.061; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.170; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.195; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.326; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.347; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.371; 7. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.479; 8. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-16.489; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.491; 10. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.577; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.607; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.766; 13. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.787; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.809; 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.940; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.019; 17. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.088; 18. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-17.205; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.443; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.475; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Hirst, 3. Liggett, 4. Butler, 5. Garris, 6. Shaw, 7. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Wiley, 6. Timmons, 7. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guardino, 4. Sibley, 5. Smith, 6. Strole, 7. Nelson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED POLE SHUFFLE: 1. Faria, 2. Hirst, 3. Majors, 4. Bernal, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Stornetta. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Austin Liggett, 6. Brandon Wiley, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Billy Butler, 9. Max Adams, 10. Jeff Sibley, 11. Steven Garris, 12. Kyle Smith, 13. Steve Hix, 14. Ryan Timmons, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Cody Majors, 17. Tristan Guardino, 18. Gary Nelson Jr., 19. Joe Stornetta Jr., 20. Geoffrey Strole, 21. Ryan Stolz. NT

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Burlington USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 22, 2017 – Burlington, Iowa – 34 Raceway – “Mountain Dew Kick Start the Season Night”
      FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 2. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 3. Mitchell Davis (#37 Murdock), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 7, Derek Goble (#55 Goble). NT
      SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 4. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 5. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 6. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 7. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold). NT
      FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Adam Taylor, 3. Gedd Ross, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Jeff Mallonee, 6. Mitchell Davis, 7. Jeremy Hull, 8. Dillon Morley, 9. Broc Hunnell, 10. Tyson Hart, 11. Jake Sollenberger, 12. Ryan Mangold, 13. Andy Baugh, 14. Derek Goble. NT

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Hickory USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget Race Results

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:April 22, 2017 – Hickory, North .Carolina – Hickory Motor Speedway

      QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.043; 2. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8R, Radical-15.146; 3. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.176; 4. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.179; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.215; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.359; 7. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.388; 8. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-15.419; 9. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.610; 10. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.673.

      FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Jagger Parker, 5. George Kurtz, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Eric Lewis, 10. Neal Allison. NT

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“What They’re Saying” from Qualifying at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s phenomenal for the Penske team. They did a fantastic job preparing these cars. This is a really good track for us in general. We have a really good grip and an understanding of the aero package, as well. Personally, it was a good session for the No.1 Menards Chevy. It was a little hectic in the beginning on pit lane. I couldn’t really go on my out lap to get the tires up to speed, so it was very difficult to transfer with only one lap on the tires. So, unfortunately, we wore out the tires Q1, Q2, and then I pushed a little too hard in the Firestone Fast Six, but I guess that’s what it’s all about. It’s racing. We were very aggressive with the setup and I think we went a tick too far. That was great qualifying and phenomenal for the race team starting 1-2-3.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Chevrolet): “We took a gamble on trying to save a set of sticker reds for the Firestone Fast Six and we just missed. We wanted to put the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet on the pole and thought it was worth it. We’re a little disappointed, but we’re in good shape for the race. It was a good session for Team Penske. Our cars have been good all weekend and definitely looking forward to tomorrow.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s a great team effort, especially the No. 3 AAA Chevy guys who did a phenomenal job during qualifying because we kept chasing the car. It was phenomenal towards the end. My teammate, Will Power, he definitely has something on this place. He did a great job putting a lap towards to the end. Now we’re looking for tomorrow. Hopefully the weather, it’s going to be a little bit cooler, and I think everybody’s car is going to be fast. Starting from the front row is a good place to be and now we’ve just got to look forward and hopefully beat my teammate.”

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