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Daytona International Speedway Takes Home Prestigious Sports Facility of the Year Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 19, 2016) – Daytona International Speedway’s (DIS) new $400 million motorsports stadium was named Sports Facility of the Year last night at SportsBusiness Journal’s 2016 Sports Business Awards in New York City.

The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports. DIS topped a competitive field consisting of Avaya Stadium (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State University Wildcats), Kyle Field (Texas A&M Aggies) and Petco Park (San Diego Padres).

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award for our new motorsports stadium,” said International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “Our employees, fans and partners deserve the credit for helping us transform the vision into reality.”

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Kumpen Finishes 26th in History-Making Debut at Daytona International Speedway

2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series champion Anthony Kumpen headed to Daytona International Speedway with high expectations of continuing on his Nexteer Road to Daytona program – the path designed by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Nexteer Automotive to bring European drivers to race in NASCAR in the US. Kumpen would make history in his superspeedway debut, becoming the first ever NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to race at Daytona International Speedway. Precision Performance Motorsports brought a fast No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro and Kumpen had a strong showing throughout the three practices, qualifying, and the 120-lap race. Unfortunately, he got caught up in the aftermath of an early on-track incident, causing damage to the front bumper cover of the Camaro, ultimately relegating him to a 26th-place finish.

Hasselt, Belgium-native Kumpen exceeded expectations on practice day as the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opening race weekend got underway at Daytona International Speedway. In the day’s three scheduled practice sessions, Kumpen gained speed in each round finishing 26th, 17th, and seventh, respectively. This speed carried over into qualifying, where he had to qualify in on speed against a stout field where eight cars entered in the event would not make the starting lineup. Rolling off 23rd for his one-lap single-car run, Kumpen shot immediately to sixth-fastest, guaranteeing his spot in the 300-mile event.

Kumpen would start the PowerShares QQQ 300 from the 29th position. He hung back early in the race, drafting with a three-car pack behind the field in an effort to avoid incident. Unfortunately, on Lap 7, the front end of the No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro was struck by debris from a multi-car wreck that happened ahead of Kumpen. The caution flag flew and Kumpen took his Camaro down pit road and to the attention of the Precision Performance Motorsports team. They patched the hole that remarkably had not caused any internal damage, took four fresh Goodyear tires and fuel, and returned to the track.

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Empire Racing Group Leaves Daytona International Speedway with Valuable Insight for 2016 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 15, 2016) – It wasn’t the finish Empire Racing Group was hoping for, but drivers Dylan Lupton and Sean Corr were able to gain key experience for the team during the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway last Saturday. Both drivers were able to race up towards the front before bad luck took them out of contention, relegating them to 24th and 27th place finishes.

“We had two fast hot rods. Luck was just not on our side Saturday,” said said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, team crew chief. “Dylan Lupton did a fantastic job. I could not have asked for anything more from a driver in his first ARCA race. Sean was also phenomenal all day long. He was running solidly up front all day long until we had a glitch in the ECU unit while pitting and fell six laps down. Really looking forward to taking what we learned in this race to our next two races at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and Talladega Superspeedway.”

Prior to the ECU unit glitch, Sean Corr had a great weekend at Daytona International Speedway, starting off with a 10th place qualifying effort. The 31-year-old Goshen, N.Y. racer spent the first half of the race competing up front before a glitch in the ECU unit during a pit stop caused the team to fall six laps down and finish in 27th place.

Teammate Dylan Lupton also had a strong race until a late-race engine problem took him out of contention. Lupton, a 22-year-old Wilton, Calif. native, started the race from 17th place and had a quiet, but solid race until engine issues developed with just over 20 laps to go. Lupton would go on to finish in 24th place.
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Ready. Set. Race! NASCAR Marketing Campaign Celebrates 2016 Season Launch, Fans’ Universal Passion for Racing

The Hashtag 500 to Give Fans the Chance to Race on Twitter for Memorabilia from the 2016 DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 15, 2016) – Inspired by fans’ shared love of racing, NASCAR® today unveiled a new, integrated marketing campaign celebrating the launch of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Ready. Set. Race will engage NASCAR fans online, at home and on the go through a blend of digital and social media activation, and original television creative. 

Fans will be invited to put their racing skills to the test during the 2016 Daytona 500® on February 21, when NASCAR hosts the first-ever Hashtag 500 on Twitter. The unique promotion, developed by Ogilvy & Mather New York, will give fans a chance to win memorabilia from this year’s “Great American Race®,” including a driver firesuit, helmet, steering wheel and set of Goodyear tires, among other race-used items.

“Ready. Set. Race was built around the simple human truth that all people love to race in some form – in the backyard, on their bikes or on the racetrack,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president, marketing, and industry services. “This campaign is unlike anything we’ve ever done, inspiring fans who love to race, and creating experiences for them to race other fans on social media.”

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Valiant Debut by Gdovic in Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

China Grove, N.C. (February 1, 2016) – Brandon Gdovic joined Performance Tech Motorsports to compete in the 54th annual Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona January 30-31st at Daytona International Speedway. Gdovic, on the heels of securing the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Gallardo World Championship, has been on a trajectory straight to the most prestigious endurance race in North America. Gdovic spent his time behind the wheel of the ComServe Wireless and WindStax® Wind Power Systems-sponsored No. 38 ORECA FLM09 battling between second and third position, but unfortunately engine problems saw the race conclude early for the Performance Tech Motorsports team.

Touted as one of the most difficult cars for stock car drivers to adjust to, the ORECA FLM09 features an open cockpit and a right-side driver’s seat. The aggressive brake package and high downforce makes the racecar even more of a challenge. Unfortunately for Gdovic, rainy weather conditions during practice days limited his seat time to only five laps. Gdovic would need to rise to the occasion in the race.

The green flag for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona waved at 2:40 p.m. ET with Gdovic scheduled to be the third of five drivers to take the wheel. Each driver would compete in three 45-minute sessions which saw Gdovic swap in for his first stint at 7:30 p.m. ET. Gdovic completed a smooth driver swap with teammate Josh Norman and hit the 3.56-mile road course in the third position. Brandon experienced a bit of handling issues early on, but soon settled in to a comfortable rhythm and was able to advance into the second position before swapping with teammate and former 24 Hours of Daytona champion Jim Norman at 9:45p.m. ET.

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Empire Racing Group Shines at Daytona ARCA Test

Empire Racing Group Puts Drivers on Top of the Speed Charts during ARCA Test at Daytona International Speedway

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 19, 2016) – Despite the rainy weather at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend, the Empire Racing Group still secured multiple Top-10 positions on the speed charts during the track’s ARCA Racing test. With Friday being a rainout, the team went on to finish fourth, fifth and sixth on the charts on Saturday. On Sunday, the team continued its hot streak by securing second, third and eighth place on the charts.

“All of our drivers and race cars performed very well throughout the weekend,” said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, crew chief and general manager of Empire Racing Group and owner of Grumpy’s Performance. “Everyone was very pleased with the results of the weekend, and now our drivers are looking forward to the upcoming race at Daytona.”

With four talented drivers behind the wheels of their race cars, Empire Racing had high expectations for the test and what the team could learn from it. All expectations were met throughout the weekend.

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Sean Corr, Bret Holmes and Dylan Martin to Represent Empire Racing Group in Daytona International Speedway ARCA Test

Empire Racing Group Looking To Top Daytona Speed Charts for Third Time

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 14, 2016) – With the start of the 2016 ARCA Racing Series underway, Empire Racing Group is looking to once again come out on top of the speed charts during this week’s test at Daytona International Speedway. The race team, who topped the series’ test at Daytona in 2014 and 2015, has a strong lineup for this year’s event with drivers Sean Corr, Bret Holmes and Dylan Martin piloting their race cars.

“My team has worked hard all year on our speedway program to back up our speed runs last year,” said Mike “Grumpy” Cheek, crew chief and general manager of Empire Racing Group and owner of Grumpys Performance “I’m excited to get back to Daytona with our new stable of drivers. I am confident that with Sean Corr as their driver coach, they should have no problem getting to the top of the charts.”

Sean Corr, a 31-year-old Goshen, N.Y. native, knows what it’s like to be on top of the charts, as he was the fastest car in both of the team’s ARCA Daytona tests in years past. Corr began racing at age 15, and has a background filled with both dirt and asphalt competition. He successfully captured multiple dirt Northeast Pro Stock Championships before moving to the ARCA Racing Series.

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Anthony Kumpen to Race Daytona for Precision Performance Motorsports

China Grove, N.C. (January 14, 2016) – 2014 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Anthony Kumpen will make his fourth NASCAR XFINITY Series start and third in a row with Precision Performance Motorsports in the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 20th, 2016. Kumpen will be piloting the No. 46 LeasePlan Chevrolet Camaro.

Kumpen’s XFINITY Series start at Daytona International Speedway will be part of the Nexteer Road to Daytona program – the path designed by the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and Nexteer Automotive to bring European drivers to race in NASCAR in the US. Kumpen competed in three XFINITY Series races in 2015 in order to gain NASCAR approval to race at the famed superspeedway. The road course racer acquired valuable experience at each venue, exceeding expectations each week and besting many circle-track veterans.

“We worked all year to get the approval to do Daytona and it is fantastic to finally be able to race there,” said Kumpen, “To race at Daytona is a dream for every NASCAR driver. It is a very special track, and for a European NASCAR driver, it is even more special. I’m proud and happy that we can be there. It all started thanks to the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and I am grateful for this. I want to thank everybody involved from sponsors to NASCAR. I am the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to go to Daytona and I hope this will be an inspiration for young drivers to join the NWES.”

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Eligible Drivers and Format Announced for 2016 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona

Event Marks First NASCAR Race in New Daytona International Speedway Stadium

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 11, 2016) – NASCAR announced today the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The event, which will be broadcast live on FOX, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, marks the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race following the completion of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch redevelopment project that has transformed Daytona International Speedway into the first motorsports stadium in the world.

“We’re ready to go,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “The anticipation for this season, this event and this venue is unprecedented. We are excited how the new stadium will provide a state-of-the-art showcase for the brightest stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (NEAR1.org).

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Daytona International Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola
The Place: Daytona International Speedway
The Date: Sunday, July 5
The Time: 7:45 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC, 7 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 400 miles (160 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Subway Firecracker 250
The Place: Daytona International Speedway
The Date: Saturday, July 4
The Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: NBC Sports Network, 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 250 miles (100 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: UNOH 225
The Place: Kentucky Speedway
The Date: Thursday, July 9
The Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, SiriusXM Ch. 90
Distance: 225 miles (150 laps)

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Superspeedway Qualifying Format Updated for Talladega, Daytona

New Structure to Feature Two Rounds to Determine Pole Winner

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 30, 2015) – NASCAR today unveiled modifications to the qualifying format at superspeedways across all three national series. The updated format will take effect at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next month.

Qualifying for May’s Talladega Superspeedway races, as well as the July events at Daytona International Speedway, will consist of the following:
• Two rounds of qualifying, with the top-12 posted lap speeds advancing to the second round
• Race vehicles taking one, timed lap in each round of qualifying
• Each race vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by NASCAR, with the sanctioning body reserving the right to have more than one vehicle engaging in qualifying runs at the same time
• Qualifying order for the first round will be determined by a random draw; final round qualifying order is determined by slowest to fastest speeds from the first round
• A 10-minute break will occur between the first qualifying round and the final round
• Upon completion of the first qualifying round, the field will be set with positions 13 and beyond determined from first round qualifying speed
• The 12 fastest vehicles from the first round will have their speeds reset for the final round with starting positions 1-12 determined by the fastest laps in the final round
• NASCAR will impound race vehicles following each qualifying lap; vehicles advancing to the final round will be allowed to adjust tape and utilize a cool-down unit during the 10-minute break only

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2015 Sprint Unlimited Format Set

Fans to Join Crew Chiefs in Setting Starting Grid

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 5, 2015) – NASCAR announced today that the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 14, will be split into two segments. A competition caution at lap 25 will separate the segments in the non-points event, scheduled for an 8:15 p.m. ET start (live on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

New this year, select fans will be paired with each crew chief for a random drawing to determine starting and pit road positions. The drawings will take place on Friday, Feb. 13 at the FDOT Main Stage inside the Sprint FANZONE beginning at 3:30 p.m.

“Anticipation for the start of the NASCAR season is at an all-time high among fans and drivers,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “Fans have a unique opportunity to participate in key elements of the event, making this year’s Sprint Unlimited even more exciting.”

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Lira Motorsports Welcomes Driver John Lowinski-Loh For Daytona

Lira Motorsports is excited to welcome John Lowingski-Loh to its ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver lineup for Daytona. Lowinski-Loh will be behind the wheel of the No. 58 Ford Fusion for the up-and-coming race team based out of Port Orange, Florida.

A native of Milford, MA, John began his racing career at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in nearby Thompson, Connecticut. He won the Thompson Modified Rookie of the Year Award in 2011, followed by a break-out year in 2012 when he collected 10 race wins en route to the Thompson Modified Track Championship.

Moving up to the ACT (American Canadian Tour) Late Model Division in 2013, Lowinski-Loh won the Rookie of the Year Award, finishing the season third in points with six top-five finishes and one race victory.

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‘The Ultimate’ DAYTONA 500 Moment?

NASCAR Lets Fans Decide in New Digital and Social Campaign
The ‘Ultimate DAYTONA 500 Moment Challenge’ Encourages Fans to Vote On the Moments that Have Made the DAYTONA 500 ‘The Great American Race’

Daytona Beach, Fla. (February 2, 2015) — Lee Petty in a “photo finish” for the ages. Fist fights on the backstretch. “The Intimidator’s” long-awaited trip to victory lane. The DAYTONA 500® has produced some of the most monumental moments in sports history and now fans have the chance to decide which one is the best of the best.

From Feb. 2 – Feb. 19, NASCAR® is inviting sports fans to visit DaytonaMoments.NASCAR.com to vote for the event they consider the moment that defined the DAYTONA 500. The “Ultimate DAYTONA 500 Moment Challenge” will pit 16 distinct moments in “The Great American Race®” history against one another in a four-round, elimination-style set-up, similar to the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ format that debuted in 2014.

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DeWalt Opens 2015 Sponsorship in Las Vegas

After a five-season hiatus, DeWalt will return as a primary sponsor for Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for the first of their six-race primary sponsorship in 2015. 

Announced in Sept. of 2014, Stanley Black & Decker will partner with Joe Gibbs Racing to sponsor both the No. 19 entry of Carl Edwards and Kenseth’s No. 20 Camry beginning in 2015. While Stanley Black & Decker will grace the No. 19, the DeWalt brand returns to Kenseth, where the two partnered for many successes over their 11-year history together from 1999 to 2009. 

DeWalt will be featured aboard the No. 20 Camry for a total of six races this season at tracks where Kenseth has earned a career total of 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories; recording multiple wins on five of the six tracks on this schedule.

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Kaz Grala Set to Participate in ARCA Test at Daytona with Lira Motorsports

Sixteen year old driver Kaz Grala will be behind the wheel for Lira Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test session on Friday, January 16th.

This session is the first time the ARCA series will conduct an open test in January at Daytona, and it will be the first time Grala will turn laps around the 2.5 mile track in an ARCA car.

Grala is preparing to enter his second full season of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competition after an impressive rookie year in 2014. The Boston, Massachusetts native finished the year seventh in the points standings, with four top five and ten top 10 finishes.

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New Beginning for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA will make his first laps at Daytona International Speedway Friday during a two-day for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Lowinski-Loh primary goal is to get a superspeedway license, to be able to race at tracks over two miles, including the season opener at Daytona in February.

There will be a dual-purpose for rookie drivers at the 2.5 mile tri-oval: learning the track and the draft. Drafting takes on additional importance as ARCA will use group qualifying similar to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The team is already working on getting a pack of cars together at the test.

“It’s going to be crucial … we’re going to get comfortable with the car on the racetrack and then everyone is going to go into a group session and try the drafting for qualifying because we’re going to try to make our car really, really good, make sure it pulls up good to other cars. And make sure everything’s key for that because starting at the back of the field at Daytona never ends up usually good for anybody.”

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Barrett to Test ARCA Car at Daytona

Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA will test Friday and Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Barrett will drive for Carter 2 Motorsports during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards test. Barrett is thankful his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Chris Our contacted Roger Carter to setup the deal. Barrett and Our “decided that it would be a good opportunity, even if we don’t race, but just to get approved and just have some fun,” Barrett said.

Daytona’s 2.5 mile tri-oval is completely different from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the largest track Barrett has driven. He has prepared by watching video and driving some iRacing. “I’m just hoping to go there and kind of feel it out and hopefully it comes to me pretty quick.”

While Barrett does not plan to race in February, Barrett wants to get approval for superspeedways. He is looking at driving in additional series, including ARCA. When asked about the status of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride, Barrett said, “Nothing’s done till it’s set in stone.”

“We’re just going to go down and try to get some experience in this Roger Carter Racing ARCA car, have some fun. … It’s definitely something that we’re looking to go to. Obviously it’s a step up, and it’s a fendered car and it’s Daytona. So hopefully I can go there and do well and get approved, and then we can take it from there and see what the next step is.”

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ARCA Daytona Open Test News and Notes

Kick Start to 2015 ARCA Season at Daytona to Finish 2014

The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will live a dream this weekend as he takes his first laps behind the wheel at the “World Center of Racing, “Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Cody will participate in the two-day ARCA Racing Series test on Friday, December 19th and Saturday, December 20th. Sunday, December 21st is an option as a potential rain date.

Back with Venturini Motorsports in 2015

Coughlin recently announced he would compete in a 10-race schedule in the ARCA Racing Series in 2015 with Venturini Motorsports. Dave Leiner will return as his crew chief. Last season, Coughlin made 11 ARCA Racing Series starts with three top-five and eight top-ten finishes.

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Expanded 2015 Sprint Unlimited Field to Feature Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

Former Daytona 500 Pole Winners Also Added to Season-Opening Showcase at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 15, 2014) – Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced today all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field of drivers based on new eligibility requirements.

A minimum of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited at DIS. In addition to the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants, the field also will include 2014 Coors Light Pole Award winners, as well as former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014. Any remaining spots will be filled by drivers highest in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship points who are not already eligible.

“The 2015 Sprint Unlimited has potential to be one of the most competitive ever,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “With more drivers eligible, the intensity level increases for our fans and competitors, making for a compelling start to the 2015 season.”

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UNOH Battle at the Beach Cancelled

NASCAR Statement from George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President, Regional and Touring Series, Regarding UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 26, 2014) – “The UNOH Battle at the Beach provided NASCAR’s stars of tomorrow an excellent opportunity to participate at The World Center of Racing, but it isn’t feasible to continue the event given the progress with the DAYTONA Rising project. Fortunately, nearby New Smyrna Speedway is excited to bring the K&N Pro Series East back for the season opener again this year in addition to its week-long slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action; NASCAR fans will still have plenty of opportunities to see exciting short-track action in the Daytona area again this February.”

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Bowling Shines in Special Events

Sellers Team Member Chasing Wins

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model driver Matt Bowling excels in special events.

Last month he won the 200-lap Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. In 2012 he won the prestigious Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., and took the late model track championship at South Boston. In 2013 he had top-10 finishes in the late model portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway and the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Bowling drives for Sellers Racing of Danville, Va. The company fields cars for four full time drivers. Teammates include Peyton Sellers, the 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, Michael Maresca and 2009-10 South Boston champ Justin Johnson. Sellers’ brother, H.C., is crew chief.

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K&N Champs Graduate to Front Row

Kwasniewski & Larson 1-2 For Daytona Nationwide Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Dylan Kwasniewski and Kyle Larson stood on stage following the 2012 NASCAR Touring Series Awards in Charlotte, showing off their newly earned NASCAR K&N Pro Series championship rings.

Saturday, the two NASCAR Next drivers will start the 33rd Annual DRIVE4COPD 300 on the front row at Daytona International Speedway.

Kwasniewski, 18, earmed the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Brewing Co. for his NASCAR Nationwide debut. His Turner Scott Motorsports teammate, Larson, 21, qualified second fastest.
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Prospect Review: New Smyrna & Daytona

Suarez’s Stock Soars As Strong Run Continues In 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In the first 22 races of Daniel Suàrez’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career, the Mexican youngster failed to move the needle in the performance category. In the first six events of the 2013 season, his first in the Rev Racing stable, he averaged a 14.8-place finish and registered a 0.000 Production in Equal Equipment Rating (PEER) – he was essentially a non-starter on the results sheets – but in the second half of the season, a light switch was flipped. Ever since, Suàrez has resembled a legitimate Sprint Cup Series prospect.

In the final eight races of 2013, he averaged a 4.5-place finish – an improvement of 10 positions with the same team and equipment – that resulted in a PEER of 5.938 across the span. He ended 2013 as the division’s second-most productive driver, per PEER (a rating of 3.250, trailing only Dylan Kwasniewski’s 4.133).

After the first two races of the 2014 K&N East season at New Smyrna Speedway and on the Battle at the Beach course at Daytona International Speedway, he holds a pair of dominant victories. Dating back to last June’s race at Langley Speedway, he earned eight top-three finishes in 10 races.
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Suarez Surges To 2nd Straight K&N East Win

Sweeps Florida Swing With UNOH Battle At The Beach Triumph

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daniel Suarez isn’t slowing down.

The 22-year-old from Monterrey, Mexico, made it 2-for-2 in 2014 with a dominant performance on the short track at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday to capture the UNOH Battle At The Beach.

Suarez led the final 119 circuits of the 150-lap event for his third career win. He won the season-opener on Sunday at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, just down the road from Daytona, and in the process became the first driver since Sean Caisse in 2006 to start a K&N Pro Series East season by winning the first two races on the schedule.

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Opportunity Knocks, Coby Answers

Former Whelen Mod Champ Grabs UNOH Battle At The Beach Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Doug Coby was in the right place at the right time and came home with the big prize Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Coby took advantage of a late-race incident involving a dominant Ryan Preece and drove to victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified-Whelen Southern Modified Tour portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at “The World Center of Racing.”

Daytona was Coby’s first start in the No. 2 of Mike Smeriglio III Racing. The team won the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach a year ago with Steve Park behind the wheel.
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QUALIFYING: Preece On the Pole at Daytona

Earns Top Whelen Modified Qualifying Spot

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An owner of 15 Coors Light Pole Awards during his NASCAR Whelen Modified career, reigning tour champion Ryan Preece once again drove to the top qualifying spot for tonight’s UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., topped the speed chart in time trials Tuesday evening for the non-points Whelen Modified-Whelen Southern Modified Tour event at the .37-mile oval with a fast qualifying lap of 76.490 mph.

The defending Whelen Modified Tour titlist, Preece has 12 career poles in that tour, and earned three in Whelen Southern Modified Tour competition in 2013.
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QUALIFYING: Rhodes Rolling in Daytona

First Career K&N East Pole For 16-Year-Old

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Rhodes picked up right where he left off following practice – at the top of the charts.

Rhodes, 16, earned his first 21 Means 21 presented by Coors Brewing Company Pole Award on Tuesday in UNOH Battle At The Beach qualifying on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

The Louisville, Ky., driver made his way around the .37-mile oval on the Superstret

Starting alongside Rhodes on the front row of the race will be Austin Hill, who posted a qualifying time of 18.719 seconds (71.158 mph).

Qualifying third was Gray Gaulding at 18.802 seconds (70.844 mph) followed by Ronnie Bassett Jr. in third with a time of 18.806 seconds (70.828 mph). Brennan Newberry was fifth at 18.813 seconds (70.802 mph).

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PRACTICE: Coby Quick at Daytona

Led Both Whelen Modified Practices In New Ride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A change in teams has done little to slow Doug Coby’s momentum he led both practice sessions Tuesday for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours in the UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway.

Coby, from Milford, Conn., posted a fast lap of 76.905 mph in the final session to lead all drivers throughout the day. The 2012 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion also turned in the morning session’s fastest lap at 75.203 mph.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach marks the first event for Coby in the No. 2 Dunleavy’s Truck & Trailer Repair Ford after he left Darling Racing in the offseason for Mike Smeriglio III Racing. He finished fourth at Daytona last year with Darling.

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