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NASCAR Fans to Race Live on Social Media in Sunday’s Hashtag 500

‘Daytona Day’ Promotion Gives Fans the Chance to Win Memorabilia from the 2018 DAYTONA 500 Live During the Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 12, 2018) — As the countdown continues to Daytona Day, NASCAR® today announced the return of the Hashtag 500, where fans will race on social media for a chance to win memorabilia from the 60th running of the DAYTONA 500® live during the race on February 18.

To compete in the Hashtag 500, fans can watch the DAYTONA 500 on FOX (2:30 p.m. ET) and follow @NASCAR on Twitter to find custom hashtags that give fans a chance to win race items including a driver firesuit, helmet, steering wheel, set of Goodyear tires and more.

NASCAR will share a new hashtag every 20 laps of the race. The first 500 @NASCAR followers that tweet the hashtag and #DAYTONA500 will be entered in a random drawing for each prize.

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Bryan Narducci to Challenge for SK Light R.A.D. Auto Machine Rookie of the Year Honors at Stafford Speedway

Stafford Springs, CT — After 2 full seasons in Stafford Speedway’s Limited Late Model division, Colchester native Bryan Narducci made his debut in the SK Light division in the season-ending NAPA Fall Final last September.  With a strong 6th place finish in his debut, Narducci is ready to make his mark in 2018 and challenge for R.A.D. Auto Machine Rookie of the Year honors behind the wheel of his #01 The Florida Connection machine.

“I can’t wait to race the SK Lights at Stafford,” said Narducci.  “I’ve always wanted to race modifieds and to finally be able to do it is a dream come true.  We raced the Fall Final and we did really well finishing sixth.  We’re going to be full-time at Stafford this year and I think we can be a contender for some race wins, Rookie of the Year and maybe even the track championship if we can keep the front and rear clip on the car.  Racing the Fall Final was important because we learned some stuff with the car setup and some differences between the SK Light and Limited Late Model cars.  Now I have an idea of who I’m racing against and how the car will handle so we can fine tune during practice and be ready to race for the Sizzler.  I can’t wait to see what we can do.”

Over the course of his career at Stafford, Narducci has proven to be a quick study behind the wheel.  Narducci won 2 races during his rookie season in the Limited Late Model division while simultaneously winning the Wild Thing Kart Senior Outlaw championship in 2016.  Narducci upped the ante in 2017, leading the Limited Late Model division in feature wins with 4 and finishing fourth in the points standings.  At the NAPA Fall Final, things got off to a bit of a rocky start with his SK Light experience but Narducci was able to improve his lap times every time he went out.

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Venturini Motorsports Sweeps Daytona with Pole Award and ARCA Victory

Concord, NC (February 12, 2018) – It’s the most highly anticipated event of the year playing out on racing’s biggest stage. On Saturday, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards kicked off the new season with the 55th running of the series’ Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.

Coming off a sub-par season, Venturini Motorsports dedicated the offseason to regaining their form. After an organizational reboot, the long-time ARCA Series team went to work rebuilding from the ground up in preparation for the season opener.

Rising to the occasion the team’s off-season commitment was rewarded and on full display Saturday evening when Michael Self drove his No. 15 Venturini Motorsports’ prepared Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry to Daytona’s Gatorade Victory Lane giving the 27-year old driver his second career series victory and first at the World Center of Racing.

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DIRTcar Nationals Night 6 Recap

Schatz Masters Lapped Traffic to Capture Second Consecutive Win and First DIRTcar Nationals Championship

BARBERVILLE, FL – February 11, 2018 – Donny Schatz is starting 2018 firing on all cylinders, which is bad news for the rest of the competition. Schatz fought off a pesky Brian Brown early in the race and held off charges from Sheldon Haudenschild and Brad Sweet late to capture his fourth win in five nights at Volusia Speedway Park. Schatz, who has won just about everything to win in Sprint Car racing, captured his first ever DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship.

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Abbreviated World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Results

FEATURE (30-Laps) 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$3,200]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,800]; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [15][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [1][$2,200]; 8. 13X-Paul McMahan [6][$2,100]; 9. 5-David Gravel [18][$2,050]; 10. 4-Parker Price-Miller [2][$2,000]; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer [16][$1,500]; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett [8][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,050]; 15. 26-Joey Saldana [11][$1,000]; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen [20][$900]; 17. 9-Daryn Pittman [25][$]; 18. 1K-Kyle Larson [10][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$800]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$800]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [24][$800]; 22. 70-Dave Blaney [12][$800]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [26][$]; 24. 44-Trey Starks [19][$800]; 25. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$800]; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp [27][$]

Lap Leaders Brian Brown 1, 7-8 Donny Schatz 2-6, 9-30
KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+10]

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Todd Gilliland Edges Harrison Burton in a Win for the Ages

NASCAR Next Drivers Put On A Show In K&N Pro East Opener At New Smyrna

New Smyrna, Fla. — If Sunday night’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish is any indication, the sport’s future is going to be exciting.

Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton, a pair of 17-year-old NASCAR Next drivers, put on a two-lap brawl that had fans on their feet at the finish and social media buzzing long after the checkered flag flew.

Gilliland emerged with the victory in the New Smyrna 175, diving under Burton for the lead on the white flag lap and winning the drag race down the backstretch. Cole Rouse, 20 and another rising young star, nearly made it three-wide across the line and stole the runner-up spot from Burton at the finish.
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‘Sunoco Modifieds’ Compete For Minimum $3,000 Winner’s Share At Every 2018 Georgetown Speedway Event

GEORGETOWN, DE – Sunoco Race Fuels, Insinger Performance and Georgetown Speedway have joined forces for a lucrative 2018 big-block/small-block Modified season at the historic half-mile oval.

During the upcoming ’18 campaign, the Modified division at Georgetown will assume the ‘Sunoco Modified’ moniker through a marketing partnership with speedway promoter Brett Deyo, Sunoco Race Fuels and Bruce Insinger of Dushore, Pa.-based Insinger Performance, the region’s prominent Sunoco distributor.

The newly rebranded ‘Sunoco Modifieds’ will compete on 10 occasions at Georgetown Speedway this season: eight combined big-block/small-block and two small-block-only events.

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Peters Wins Ice Breaker from the Pole at Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Speedway .523 Mile Tri-Oval. 2/10/18Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Timothy Peters started the Ice Breaker at the Myrtle Beach Speedway from the pole position after setting fast time earlier in the day, and then the first two laps before losing the top spot to Matt Cox, but Peters never fell out of the top five. The Danville, Va. driver set a pace that kept the leaders in sight throughout the 125 lap grind, finally reeling in Cox who was leading and second place Chad McCumbee.

On lap 104 Peters took over second place and 10 laps later made the move that made him the final leader of the event.

Only three yellow flags slowed the action briefly.

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Andy Jankowiak Wins Indoor Auto Racing Series Three Quarter Midget Finale; Bonsignore Named 2018 Series Champion; Nick DelCampo Races to Slingshot Checkered; Cody Kline is Title Winner; Brown Beats Ross in Champ Kart Headliner

ALBANY, NY February 9, 2018 . . .  Andy Jankowiak of Tonawanda, N.Y., passed Tim Buckwalter six laps into Saturday’s 40-lap feature to win the Indoor Auto Racing Series feature at Times Union Center in downtown Albany, N.Y.

“This is the one I wanted to win,” Jankowiak said. “I’ve won ‘em before but this is the first I won in my own car. It was perfect. I couldn’t be happier. I did everything but win last night and to get it tonight is all I could ever ask for.”

At the other end of the spectrum, Justin Bonsignore nursed a car with an engine that he described as ‘blown up’, to win the Indoor Auto Racing Series Fueled By VP Racing Fuels 2018 championship.

“I don’t know how this car finished,” Bonsignore said. “The motor was coming apart ten laps into this thing. The championship means a lot to me and to this team.”

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Thomas, Jr. Sweeps Sunshine State Midget Challenge

Ocala, FL – After snagging the opening night of the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge at Bubba Raceway Park, Kevin Thomas, Jr. picked up where he left off, leading all 30 laps of the main event. This was Thomas, Jr.’s third victory with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League.

On the opening lap, Thomas, Jr. immediately took command. With one lap complete, the red was displayed for Sam Johnson who made contact with the wall exiting turn four and got upside down. Johnson was alright, but done for the night. Returning to racing, Thomas, Jr. checked out as Tanner Thorson worked to keep up.

On lap 20 the action slowed as Presley Truedson came to a stop. With plenty of lap traffic between himself and the rest of the field, Thomas, Jr. had a moment of breathing room before the caution came back out on lap 21 for Michelle Decker with front-end damage in turn two. With nine laps to go, Thomas, Jr. checked out and never gave Thorson a chance to challenge him. Zach Daum rounded out the podium, while Chad Boat took fourth, followed by Ryan Robinson. Continue reading ‘Thomas, Jr. Sweeps Sunshine State Midget Challenge’

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Tops Every Phoenix Open Test Session

AVONDALE, Arizona (Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018) – After two days and 12 hours of testing involving 23 Verizon IndyCar Series entries at ISM Raceway, a couple things are clear: teams learned more about the performance of the 2018 car and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing established the early advantage.

RLL drivers Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal set the fastest lap in each of the four three-hour sessions spread over Friday and Saturday. Sato, in the No. 30 Honda, recorded the best lap of the Phoenix open test in this evening’s final practice, at 189.855 mph (19.3790 seconds). The reigning Indianapolis 500 winner sat atop the speed chart in three of the four sessions, with Rahal leading the other practice in the team’s No. 15 Honda.

PHOENIX OPEN TEST AT ISM RACEWAY: Afternoon practice resultsEvening practice resultsCombined practice results

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DIRTcar Nationals Night 5 Recap

Schatz Extends DIRTcar Nationals Points Lead with First Outlaw Win of 2018
BARBERVILLE, FL – February 10, 2018 – Clearly, Donny Schatz has a flair for the dramatic in 2018. After sweeping All-Stars competition with a pair of thrilling victories, Schatz excited the DIRTcar Nationals standing room only crowd once again Saturday night, exchanging slide jobs with Jason Johnson en route to his 250th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature victory. Johnson settled for second with Tim Shaffer, who rebounded from a nasty crash last night, completing the podium.

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Abbreviated World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Results

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$10,000]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [1][$5,500]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel [18][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$2,200]; 8. 10H-Chad Kemenah [12][$2,100]; 9. 13X-Paul McMahan [3][$2,050]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$2,000]; 11. 26-Joey Saldana [22][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [11][$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,050]; 15. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [20][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$900]; 17. 83-Cory Eliason [24][$800]; 18. 70-Dave Blaney [9][$800]; 19. 4K-Kasey Kahne [13][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 21. 44-Trey Starks [17][$800]; 22. W20-Greg Wilson [25][$]; 23. 4-Parker Price-Miller [15][$800]; 24. 27-Greg Hodnett [16][$800]; 25. 13-Clyde Knipp [26][$]; 26. 21-Brian Brown [7][$800]
Lap Leaders: Jason Johnson 1-28, Donny Schatz 29-30
KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+14]

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17th Annual Rutland Regional Race Car Show April 7th And 8th, 2018

The Legion Speedway is proud once again be a part of the 17th Annual Rutland Regional Race Car Show, to be held April 7th and 8th at The Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT.

The Event is being Co-Promoted with Devils Bowl Speedway and once again is benefiting The March of Dimes March for Babies. Last year the event netted more than $1500.00 for the cause.

Amongst the Early Entries is the 2017 Legion Speedway Sportsman Late Model Champion Matt Pike, whose always sharp looking machine won the Legion Speedway car show in 2017. Numerous Speedways’ and traveling organizations are expected to be represented at the show.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Day 2 of the Phoenix Open Test

Note: The following quotes were provided following the first session of Day 2 at the Phoenix open test.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet):
 “It was OK. We’re still learning today. These are valuable sessions. I think we made a little more progress now and I’m excited to get going at night. I’m ready to run a little bit more in the No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet.”

ROBERT WICKENS (No. 6 Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “So far so good. I’m feeling more and more comfortable with every session here at ISM Raceway, so that’s nice. It seems like we can’t really improve from 13th (laughs). We’ve been 13th in every session so far, I think. At least I’m feeling more comfortable; I think the car is going in the right direction. I’m looking forward to this last night session in the Lucas Oil Honda.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “We saved some tires in the first session and didn’t go out right away and run. We used those tires for qualifying simulations later this afternoon on the PNC Bank car and tried to really match up the air temperatures to where it would be when we come back for the race.”

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Leilani Münter and Vegan Strong Announce Extended ARCA Schedule

Daytona Beach, Fl. (February 10, 2018) – Just hours before today’s highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona International Speedway, driver, Leilani Münter, addressed the media at the ‘World Center of Racing’ unveiling her extended 2018 series schedule.

Following a busy morning of appearances, Leilani proudly introduced her No.20 VEGANSTRONG.com Daytona car along with a season schedule which will feature the Rochester, Minn. native in eight series events – the most single-season events she’s competed since her series debut in 2010.

Leilani, a biology graduate, turned race car driver and environmental activist with support from A Well-Fed World and TRYVEG.com (VEGAN STRONG), will start today’s race from the fifth-starting spot – a career best.

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Kevin Thomas, Jr. Takes Opening Night of Sunshine State Midget Challenge

Ocala, FL – Kevin Thomas, Jr. claimed the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League’s opening night at Bubba Raceway Park in the inaugural Sunshine State Midget Challenge.  Thomas, Jr.’s Florida victory was his second career with POWRi, his first coming back in 2015.

With the initial start called back, the actual start saw Tanner Thorson leading lap one, only to relinquish the lead to Thomas, Jr. down the backstretch.  The following lap the action slowed for Holly Hollan spun entering turn three.  Returning to green Thorson pressured Thomas, Jr. to no avail.  With ten laps down the yellow flew again for Hollan, this time for a flat left rear tire on her machine.

Coming back to green flag racing, Thomas, Jr. checked out and put distance between himself and Thorson.  On lap 20, the caution was displayed as Chad Boat came to a stop.  Boat returned to the pits and was done for the evening.  Retuning to green flag racing with 10 laps to go, Thorson hung right there with Thomas, Jr.  But, with 27 laps completed, Thorson suffered a mechanical failure entering turn one, ending his night and leaving a three-lap shootout.  In a dash to the finish, Thomas, Jr. led Ryan Robinson and Tucker Klaasmeyer to the checkered.

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DIRTcar Nationals Night 4 Recap

Sheldon Haudenschild Thrills Capacity Crowd for First Career Outlaw Win on Opening Night of 40th Anniversary Season

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 9, 2018 -Sheldon Haudenschild passed race-long leader Paul McMahan on a Lap 27 restart to win his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature in thrilling fashion at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Haudenschild, in his first Outlaw start with the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing No.17, assumed the runner-up position with three laps remaining after Ian Madsen caught the rut in turn one and landed on his side. The 2017 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year muscled his way underneath McMahan, who was nursing a flat tire, on the restart and never looked back for a popular victory in front of the standing room only crowd. McMahan held on for second with Shane Stewart completing the podium.
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Abbreviated World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Results

FEATURE (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$10,000]; 2. 13X-Paul McMahan [1][$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$2,800]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [10][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [4][$2,300]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [18][$2,200]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [12][$2,100]; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett [21][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [25][$1,200]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$1,500]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [15][$1,200]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,100]; 14. 49-Brad Sweet [19][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$1,000]; 16. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [24][$900]; 17. 4-Parker Price-Miller [7][$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 19. 7K-Cale Conley [16][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [26][$]; 21. 4K-Kasey Kahne [13][$800]; 22. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$800]; 23. 70-Dave Blaney [20][$800]; 24. 5-David Gravel [8][$800]; 25. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$800] Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-28, Sheldon Haudenschild 29-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+15]
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‘What They’re Saying’ from Day 1 of the Phoenix Open Test

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was an OK day. It’s good to get back. It’s fun driving the Hitachi car officially today in an official session. We have a little bit of work to do and I feel like we got off to a good start. We’ll try and debrief tonight with everyone and see what we can do for tomorrow and make some more progress. Then we’ll come back here in April and we’ll be ready to rock.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “The car is great. The first practice we were fast. We have been working mainly on my side just for me to feel comfortable in the car, get laps down. I’m really happy with the performance of the whole team and with myself as well. We had two sessions and two top 10 (finishes), including one top five which is good. We need to do some race stints tomorrow to see how the car feels and probably improve a little bit. I’m happy with everything and I think we’re going the right way, and hopefully we’ll have a great day tomorrow.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “We certainly have things we can build on. I don’t really know what we expected (from today), obviously everything is so new. It’s funny how for the same fundamental car – the chassis is the same, the suspension’s all the same, all the rest of it – how much just a change in the bodywork can affect the setups, what you need to do, and what the car likes, how it behaves. We’re all, up and down pit lane, in a bit of a learning process at the moment, and we found some good things, and found some bad things, but it’s all part of the process.”

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Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers Happy to Get Back to Work at Phoenix Open Test

AVONDALE, Arizona (Friday, Feb. 9, 2018) – The sleek and racy 2018 Indy car had its first en masse showing in the opening day of the preseason open test at ISM Raceway, and it couldn’t have come quickly enough.

Twenty-three Verizon IndyCar Series entries took part in six hours of practice on the 1.022-mile oval outside Phoenix that will play host to the second race of the 2018 season in April. More than 2,600 laps were completed to the delight of the drivers involved.

“It was nice to get behind the wheel of a car on an oval after everybody has been talking about it for so long,” said Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the No. 28 DHL Honda. “Got to get in there, get a feel for it myself. I liked it. It was good fun. Definitely (the car feels) lighter, a lot lighter than when we were here last year.”

PHOENIX OPEN TEST AT ISM RACEWAY: Afternoon practice resultsEvening practice resultsCombined results

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Teenager Anthony Payne, from 24th, Avoids Wrecks to Win First Ever Three Quarter Midget Feature on Opening Night of Albany Indoor Auto Racing Series, Steve Svanda Claims Slingshot Co-feature; Bonsignore Takes Points Lead into Saturday Season Finale; Five Slingshot Racers Still in Title Contention

ALBANY, NY February 9, 2018 . . .  Second generation driver Anthony Payne started 24th in Friday night’s Indoor Auto Racing Series Presented By VP Racing Fuels 40-lap feature and with his father Joey Payne, Sr. looking on, won his first career (TQ) Three Quarter Midget feature in a thrilling conclusion to a wild event.

Payne took the lead with nine laps left in the feature after Andy Jankowiak and Erick Rudolph tangled on a restart while running side by side heading into the first turn. Payne, who had been third, managed to miss the crashing pair by inches even as half a dozen drivers behind him piled into the wreckage.

“This is amazing, I can’t even put it into words,” Payne said, his voice choked with emotion.  My mother and father, I thank them for making it all possible. Unbelievable.”

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Natalie Decker Wins Pole Award at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2018) — Natalie Decker, in her first attempt at Daytona, won the General Tire Pole for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

The Eagle River, Wisconsin rookie qualified with a top speed of 181.859 mph in her No. 25 Venturini Motorsports-prepared N29 Capital Partners – Yamaha Power Products Toyota Camry. Her top speed came from the fourth group among the six groups that qualified.

“This means so much to me to be here,” said Decker. “And to get the pole at Daytona is definitely the biggest moment of my career. I beat Johnny Sauter once at State Park Speedway, but this even beats that.”

Decker got some good help from veteran spotter Eddie D’Hondt.

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Spring has Sprung at Myrtle Beach Speedway

Myrtle Beach Speedway, Myrtle Beach, SC 2/9/2018

Spring is in the air at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Rt. 501, beside the Carolina Forest Mall, behind the Cars of Yesteryear Museum in Myrtle Beach SC. The Icebreaker will have 5 divisions for the family to enjoy. 14-year-old Ty Gibbs was spotted practicing for tomorrows Late Model 125 lap race. Pit gates open at 7:30 am. Final Practice is at 11 am. Qualifying starts at noon. Features are slated to start at 1:45 pm. The Whelen Modified Tour will kick off their season on 3/17 at this fine facility.

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Sportsman Racers Ready to Tackle DIRTcar 358 Modified Division at the Fulton Speedway

BALDWINSVILLE, NY – When it was announced in 2017 that the Fulton Speedway would be going to the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds as its headline division, interest was immediately high from some of the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways’ SUNY Canton DIRTcar Sportsman race teams.

Defending track champion at both speedways, Ron Davis III, plus top-runners Todd Root, Tyler Trump and Glenn Forward have all indicated they are excited to make the move from the Sportsman division to the 358 DIRTcar Modifieds.

Ron Davis III from Memphis, NY, is looking forward to the Tracey Road Equipment 358 DIRTcar Modifieds at the Fulton Speedway behind the wheel of the Joe Abbass owned No.1, that will be renumbered with his familiar No. 32R powered by the W-16. Davis indicated they are also looking to add a DIRT legal 358 to their stable.

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Road Atlanta Back On as FRP Season Opener

Salem, NH – After extensive negotiations with senior track management, Formula Race Promotions (FRP) is pleased to announce Road Atlanta has been reinstated as the 2018 season opener for the F1600, F2000 and Atlantic Championship Series.

The track will host a two-day season-opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22.

“After working with Road Atlanta over the last few weeks, we are happy to have come to an agreement with the track to reinstate our previously agreed upon season opener. Though it is now a two-day event, this is the preferred weekend at a fantastic track to kick off what will be a great 2018 season,” commented Al Guibord and Robert Wright, FRP co-owners.

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Becker Files First Entry for Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series

Barre, Vt. – After four years largely spent on the sidelines, Jeffersonville veteran Joey Becker is returning to competition at Thunder Road. The former Memorial Day Classic Champion has filed the first official entry for the Myers Container Service Triple Crown and will strap into the driver’s seat once again for the three-race series that will open as a part of a special Friday night event on Friday, June 8.

Becker is a multi-time winner in both the Flying Tigers and the Maplewood/Irving Late Models. However, he has not raced in a Thunder Road weekly event since 2014, when he retired from the seat of the #16VT Richard Green Racing Late Model. He spent more than a decade with the Richard Green team as a driver; since then, he has remained with the organization as a crew member and mechanic, helping replacement Scott Dragon win the 2016 “King of the Road” title.

But for three nights this summer, Becker will return to the division where he was one of the top drivers for many years. He will pilot the #05 Waste Oil Heating Systems of VT Chevrolet owned and prepared by 2008 Flying Tiger Champion Craig Bushey.

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1-800 Radiator Continuing Support Of Must See Sprints

HOLLY, Mich. – Must See Racing officials have confirmed that long-time sponsor 1-800-RADIATOR & AC will continue to support the series during the 2018 season.

1-800-Radiator & AC, one of the largest franchised automotive parts distributors in North America, will join the Must See Racing / Speed Sport MAVTV national television programming package as an in-car camera and driver showcase sponsor at select events in 2018.

Additionally, event announcer recognition and brand showcasing on MSR race cars, winner’s circle board, website, and souvenir program are a part of the marketing partnership.

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R.J. Surdell Looking to Get Back to NAPA Victory Lane at Stafford

Stafford Springs, CT — With the first green flag of the 2018 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Stafford Speedway less than 80 days away, perhaps no driver is more eager to get back behind the wheel than Willington native R.J. Surdell.

Surdell began his Stafford career in 2014 in the Limited Late Model ranks and he has been behind the wheel of his #87 machine ever since.  After finishing 12th, 11th, and then 9th in the points standings from 2014-2016, Surdell was enjoying his best season to date in 2017.  Through the first 7 races of the season, he had notched his first career win along with three top-5 and four top-10 finishes for an average finish of 7.6.  Surdell’s win on July 7th saw him sitting in 6th place in the Limited Late Model standings.  But his season would come to an abbreviated halt the very next week.  A hard hit left him with a concussion and he would only make 2 more starts over the final 10 races of the season.

“I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to the Sizzler and getting back behind the wheel for the open practice,” said Surdell.  “Last season was very disappointing.  I took 6 or 7 weeks off from racing and it was really tough to be at the track watching and supporting your friends but not being able to race yourself.  You still have to watch your competition and keep up with everything going on at the track or else you fall behind real fast.  I hope we can have the car back to where it was last season and there’s a lot of great tracks to run but Stafford is definitely my favorite.  I’m really hungry to get back racing and getting back on the podium, I love being able to talk on the mic.”

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Ray Evernham to Serve as NAPA Spring Sizzler® Grand Marshal

Stafford Springs, CT — 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and vintage racing enthusiast Ray Evernham will serve as Grand Marshal for the 2018 NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler®, scheduled for April 28th and 29th. Known as one of the all-time greatest crew chiefs in NASCAR history, Evernham will be in attendance the entire race weekend and three of his vintage Modifieds will participate in Saturday’s Vintage All-Star event.

“When we heard Stafford was hosting a vintage event Spring Sizzler® weekend, we circled the date on our calendar,” explained Evernham. “My passion for modifieds runs back to my racing days at Wall Stadium competing against some of the all-time greats. The Spring Sizzler has always been a marquee event for Modified racing and it just made sense to bring out some of our classic mods to turn some laps at Stafford. I’m looking forward to meeting some fans and having a fun weekend at Stafford.”

Before transitioning to a crew chief role, Evernham, a New Jersey native, began his racing career running Modifieds at Wall Stadium during a golden age of short track racing. The transition out of the cockpit and into the pit box began when Evernham was hired by International Race of Champions (IROC) as a chassis specialist. His success at IROC landed him a job with Alan Kulwicki in the NASCAR Cup series and eventually with future hall of fame driver Jeff Gordon. Together Ray and Jeff would revolutionize the sport and go on to win 47 cup races and 3 Cup championships together.

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Donny Schatz Goes Two-for-Two with the All Stars at Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2018) – For the second time in as many days, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz is an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner, officially sweeping All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Volusia Speedway Park during the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.

Schatz’s route to victory on Thursday evening was just as impressive as the night before, ultimately diminishing a near-straightaway lead held by Chad Kemenah at the midpoint of the 30-lap program. The rally earned the now 18-time All Star winner another $5,000 payday, crossing under the final checkers by a margin of victory equaling 2.439 seconds over Kemenah and Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet.

“We had an awesome race car,” said Donny Schatz, pilot of the Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing, Textron Off Road-backed, No. 15. “It’s good to have Rick [Warner] here with us tonight. It feels good to have the entire team together. We are definitely hitting on all eight cylinders right now.”

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Five Past Winter Dirt Games Winners Among Entries for Ocala USAC Sprint Openers

Ocala, Florida………Five past “Winter Dirt Games” feature winners have entered the 2018 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season openers Feb. 15-16-17 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

The ninth edition of the three-race series in the heart of Florida has had 11 different winning drivers in its 22-race history.  The winner of the opener at the most recent trip by the series to Ocala was Ione, California’s Justin Grant.  The 2018 series runner-up finds himself in new digs this year as the driver of the TOPP Motorsports No. 4. 

In an offseason chock-full of ride swapping, Kevin Thomas, Jr., a 2015 “Winter Dirt Games” feature winner, has added the Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. colors and the No. 69 to his arsenal for 2018.  The Cullman, Alabama driver led the series with six points wins last season, including the season finale “Oval Nationals” at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in November.

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Donny Schatz Charges from 12th to Win at Volusia Speedway Park

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BARBERVILLE, Fla. (February 8, 2018) – Mounting an impressive hard charge to the front, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz led the final nine circuits on Wednesday evening to claim $5,000 during the opening night of the sprint car segment of the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

The victory, Schatz’s eighth during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 competition at the Barberville half-mile, occurred in fantastic fashion, advancing forward from 12th on the feature grid during a non-stop 30-lapper to cross under the final checkers 1.079 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet and CJB Motorsports’ David Gravel.

“These guys did a great job,” Schatz explained, pilot of the Textron Off Road, Ford Performance-backed, No. 15. “This team has been strong for a long time. It feels good to get that first win out of the way. We wish Rick [Warner] could be here tonight. Maybe at the end of the week he will be. He does so much for this race team. We’re glad to get it done for him tonight.”

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