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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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PRACTICE: Fast Daytona for Rhodes

16-Year-Old Tops UNOH Battle At The Beach Charts

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ben Rhodes led the way in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East final UNOH Battle At The Beach practice on Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway.

Rhodes, a 16-year-old from Louisville, Ky., posted a fast time of 18.373 seconds which translates to 72.498 mph on the .37-mile short track situated on the Superstetch at the “World Center Of Racing.”

Rhodes is a member of the NASCAR Next program that is an industry initiative that spotlights young, talented drivers.

Rookie Nick Drake was second with a time of 18.504 seconds (71.984 mph) followed by Kenzie Ruston at 18.556 seconds (71.783 mph). Daniel Suárez – winner of Sunday’s season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – was fourth 18.565 seconds (71.748 mph) while Brodie Kostecki, another rookie, placed fifth with a time of 18.577 seconds (71.702 mph).
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K&N East Statistical Advance: Daytona

Analyzing The UNOH Battle At The Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pulls a quick turnaround from Sunday’s season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and heads into Tuesday’s UNOH Battle At The Beach on the short track at Daytona International Speedway – the season’s second points race. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Daytona, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Daytona Race Setup
• After last season’s non-points combination event with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, this year’s edition of the UNOH Battle At The Beach is a championship points race for the K&N Pro Series East.
• With a win Sunday night at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Daniel Suárez has six top-three finishes in his last eight series starts dating back to last season.
• Just four drivers – Gray Gaulding, Ryan Gifford, Cameron Hayley and Sergio Peña – on this year’s entry list participated in last season’s inaugural Daytona short-track event.

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Cancer Survivor Joshua Bell, 24, Joins Rob Fuller Motorsports as Honorary Crew Member for UNOH Battle At The Beach & New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Events

Team Sponsor, 15-40 Connection, Illustrating Cancer Symptoms Through Young Adult Cancer Survivor Stories

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (February 17, 2014) — “I kept brushing off my fatigue and back pain…” At 22, Joshua Bell, a senior in college, had a busy schedule of student-teaching full time, working part time, keeping up with his academics, creating his portfolio and applying for post-graduate positions. When he experienced fatigue and back pain, he thought it was normal for how busy he was.

“It kept getting worse, until one morning when the pain began to radiate from my testicle,” Josh recalls. “I completed a self-check, and after realizing there was something there, panicked. Could that be cancer? I totally froze, until two days later when I realized I had to act.”

After a trip to the E.R. and a series of tests, Josh received the news that he didn’t have testicular cancer, it was Stage II leukemia, which had spread to his testicle. Through the next two years he went through several rounds of chemotherapy, several minor procedures, one surgery and many warming and caring thoughts from everyone in his life.

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Austin Dillon Puts No. 3 on Coors Light Pole for the Daytona 500

Driving Iconic No. 3, Dillon To Lead Field To Green In ‘The Great American Race’

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon, driving the historic No. 3 car in its return to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition for the first time since 2001, won the Coors Light Pole for the 56th running of the Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s most prestigious race and season opener. “The Great American Race” is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Daytona International Speedway (1 p.m. on FOX, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The late Dale Earnhardt, whose excellence in the No. 3 elevated the number to iconic status, was the last to drive the No. 3 – a car number he drove to six of his record-tying seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. A last lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500 took Earnhardt’s life, and the No. 3 car had not been run since.

“You want to perform with the No. 3; everyone wants to see it perform,” said Dillon, who won the pole with a lap of 196.019 mph (45.914 seconds). “It’s a long season … and this is one of the top points. You want to carry that momentum going forward. I just have to stay grounded and have fun.”

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Eddie Mac and Grimm Racing Prepares for K&N Pro Series East Season Openers

In 2007 Waymart, Pa. businessman Rob Grimm joined the NASCAR fraternity sponsoring driver Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance for the final three races of the K&N season. Grimm liked whathe saw and a partnership evolved among the three to form Grimm Racing. With Rob’s Grimm Construction based in Waymart, Pa. the main sponsor, Grimm Racing has taken the green flag for every K&N PSE race since 2008. When the green flag flies again to open the
season in the New Smyrna 150 presented by Jegs in Florida on Sunday, February 16 and then again at UNOH’s The Battle at the Beach on the Surperstretch at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, February 18th, the Grimm Racing Team will be there for its seventh full season together.

The early start to the season put the crew in race mode very quickly with Eddie Mac saying, “We have been very busy since NASCAR announced the schedule trying toget both of our new cars ready but we are in good shape and look forward to racing at New Smyrna and Daytona. We raced a Late Model at New Smyrna a couple of years ago so we are familiar with the track but we hope to get a lot of knowledge out of the practice there on Saturday. Everyone here is anxious to get racing again and then two days later we race at Daytona. It was not a point’s race there last year so we didn’t go, so it will be a new learning experience for us. We hope to race the same car in both races so we have our fingers crossed.”

Rob Grimm has 77 starts to his credit as team owner with three huge wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with 18 top fives. “We probably would not be racing if not for Rob,” said Eddie. “Karla, Rob, and their family have been great to us. We are not just part of the race team but we are also part of their family. “Grimm Nation” has been with us every step of the way and our crew appreciates all the support. Rob gives us everything to be competitive on the track even though the series has changed greatly since we joined together in 2007. We have been very lucky to have the Grimm family supporting us.”

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Whelen Modified News & Notes: Daytona

Northern, Southern Mods Go Head-To-Head For Bragging Rights

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion Ryan Preece is in the business of collecting trophies. Next up on his wish list is the UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.

Preece, from Berlin, Conn., captured his first tour title last fall. The long-sought-after championship trophy followed four triumphs during the campaign at northeastern modified strongholds Stafford Motor Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut, and Riverhead Raceway on New York’s Long Island, where he won twice.

The 23-year-old even went down south and added another bucket list trophy to his collection from North Carolina’s famed Bowman Gray Stadium in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour action.

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K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: Florida

Gaulding Ready For Next Steps

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Advancement is about tackling the next challenge followed by searching for another.

The next steps for Gray Gaulding, 16, are fairly cut and dried – battle for a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship in 2014 and begin the progression through NASCAR’s national series ranks.

The Colonial Heights, Va., driver begins the pursuit of the former on Sunday, Feb. 16 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Coming off a somewhat controversial NASCAR K&N Pro Series West win last November at Phoenix International Raceway, Gaulding is ready to get down to business.

In that Phoenix event, the then 15-year-old Gaulding made contact with race leader Cole Custer on the final lap and went on to claim his first NASCAR touring series victory.
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Live Broadcast for UNOH Battle At The Beach

FOX Sports 2, MRN and SiriusXM To Carry Race Coverage

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Last year’s 2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach may have been the most talked about short-track event of the season. There was plenty of action and drama as Daytona International Speedway hosted the inaugural event on its backstretch.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach is back at “The World Center of Racing” on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and again will air live on television and radio. FOX Sports 2 will broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will go on the air at 6:45 p.m. with its pre-show, and the broadcast will be streamed live at MRN.com and simulcast by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90.

The evening kicks off with the special non-points combination event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points race follows at approximately 8:45 p.m. Both races will be 150 laps on the .37-mile oval.

Last year, popular veteran Steve Park used a little “chrome horn” to pass nine-time champion Mike Stefanik for the modified victory, while Cameron Hayley picked up his first NASCAR win in the K&N Pro Series race.

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David Garbo, Jr. Ready for the Next Step

David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT will join Lee Pulliam at Hattori Racing Enterprises  in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Nick Hutchins, former crew chief for Mackena Bell, will join Garbo for his rookie season.  Sponsorship information and the number for Garbo’s race car are not finalized yet, but the car will use either #01 or #1.

The opportunity to drive for Hattori came after Garbo drove Late Models last season for Fat Head Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway. Garbo also raced in North Carolina and Virginia for the Dirty Dozen Series. He competed at Motor Mile and Southern National, where he finished second. He joined the  UARA Stars tour for events at Rockingham and Tri-County. Garbo also competed at  Martinsville and Richmond, where he finished sixth in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

“My dad is pretty good friends with Andy Santerre,” Garbo said. “Really just driving with Jamie Yelton and Fat Head Racing, we showed them the results that we had and put them together and put in a résumé to Hattori. Everything just worked out. It was a really good deal we’re doing with Shigeaki Hattori and he’s a really great guy. I’m really happy to be on his team. It’s a really big privilege for me.”

Hutchins and Pulliam’s crew chief Randy Goss bring years of experience to HRE. “He’s a younger guy but he’s been racing for a long time,” Garbo said. “… He’s definitely the right guy. …  I’m really comfortable with (Randy) Goss. … Between the two of them, like I said, sharing notes and working together in being one team, even though it’s with two teams. I think that we should be pretty dominant and I really have high expectations for the team this year. … The chemistry between my crew chief and I is already great and Lee Pulliam and I get along really well and it should be a great season.”

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UNOH Battle At The Beach Tickets on Sale

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tickets for the second annual UNOH Battle At The Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 18, part of Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 at Daytona International Speedway, are now on sale. Ticket prices start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

UNOH Battle At The Beach is a short-track event held on the backstretch of the “World Center of Racing” that will feature the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

For competitors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 150-lap race will be a championship points event while it will be a non-points 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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Andy Seuss to Continue with Ideal Racing; Park in #09 Entry

Seuss Enters Fourth Season with Ideal Racing

Andy Seuss of Hampstead, NH confirmed on Sunday that he will return to Ideal Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season. A regular on the circuit since 2008, Seuss has never finished outside the top-five in points. He has won seven races since joining Eddie Harvey’s Ideal Racing team in 2011.

Seuss drove the #11 Tammie Davis/Phoenix Pre-Owned Chevrolet to third in points last season. Three consecutive wins at Caraway and Southern National last fall surged Seuss from fifth to third in the standings. Seuss’ most recent win at Southern National was his 15th series victory, placing him second on the all-time win list.

“I think we’re on top of our game,” Seuss said. “(We) need to keep the momentum going and need a little luck”

“We are ready to roll,” car owner Eddie Harvey said. “Everything is in place to take (the) title back to Ideal Racing.” Ideal Racing won back to back Whelen Southern Modified championships with George Brunnhoelzl, III in 2011 and 2012.

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Cole Powell to Test ARCA Car at Daytona

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour driver Cole Powell of Mount Brydges, Ontario will test at Daytona International Speedway this week in advance of his ARCA Racing Series debut on February 15, 2014.

“(It) just happened though connections with people knowing people and we were guided towards Empire,” Powell said.

Empire Racing is based in Mooresville, NC and owned by John Corr. The car will be either #8 or #48. There are no additional ARCA races are planned at this time. Powell could not provide specifics regarding a potential ride in the NASCAR Nationwide or Camping World Truck Series.

“I’m really excited to get to the track this week for the test and finally get to feel what it’s like to drive Daytona Speedway,” Powell said. “It’s going to be a dream come true.”

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2014 K&N East Schedule Announced

Florida Swing Kicks Off 16-Race Slate

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season kicks off with a Florida doubleheader and covers a combination of historic short tracks, NASCAR national series combination events and a pair of road courses.

The East portion of NASCAR’s top step on its developmental ladder will cover 16 events and culminate with the finale at the “Monster Mile” at Dover International Speedway.

New additions to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule include the season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway – followed by the return to Daytona International Speedway for the UNOH Battle At The Beach – as well as running the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.

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2014 Southern Modified Schedule Announced

Fifteen Race Schedule Covers Seven Traditional Tracks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule has a pair of special non-points events on the slate this season to go along with its traditional calendar and some notable additions.

The Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s 10th season of competition will see 15 championship points events scattered throughout the tour’s familiar southeastern footprint. Added to the season-opening non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway is another special event folded into the June Whelen Modified Tour visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Also new this year is second dates added to Virginia short tracks – Langley Speedway and South Boston Speedway.

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2014 Whelen Modified Schedule Announced

Fourteen Race Schedule Covers Seven Tracks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule features a strong lineup of traditional dates along with a pair of marquee non-points events.

The Whelen Modified Tour’s 29th season will see 14 championship points events spread across four states. Added to the season-opening non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway is another special event paired with the June visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

When the tour makes its summer visit to New Hampshire, the points race on Saturday, July 12, will be preceded by a unique, invitation-only 25-lap shootout the day before. The race will feature a limited field and is only open to past NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tour champions and race winners, along with 2013 Sunoco Rookies of the Year for both tours.
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RACE 101 to Field Entry for Four Drivers in Daytona Speedway ARCA Test

Major milestone for popular racing education program

DENVER, NC – RACE 101 will reach a new milestone this month when four dynamic racers climb behind the wheel of its ARCA superspeedway car for Daytona testing December 20th-22nd. The quartet of drivers includes three graduates of the unique racing educational program and one partner of the school.

Program founder Tony Blanchard views this next step in the evolution of RACE 101 as evidence of his vision finding success.

“We started RACE 101 to fill a void in the motorsports community,” said Blanchard. “Young racers often have nowhere to turn to learn the attributes they will need to succeed in racing.

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UNOH Battle at the Beach to Return for Budweiser Speedweeks 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The UNOH Battle At The Beach, a short-track event held for the first time earlier this year featuring NASCAR’s regional and touring series, will return to Daytona International Speedway during Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The action-packed day of practice, qualifying and racing will be headlined by two 150-lap events with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

For competitors in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, the 150-lap race will be a championship points event while it will be a non-points 150-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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UNOH Battle at the Beach Returns to DIS

Daytona, New Smyrna Highlight Week Of Short-Track Racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bent sheet metal, hurt feelings, last-lap action and ecstatic winners.

That’s what the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach promised. And it delivered.

The event, held on the short track on the Superstretch of Daytona International Speedway, will return to the “World Center of Racing” during Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 on Tuesday, Feb. 18. It will highlight a week full of NASCAR racing at Daytona and neighboring New Smyrna Speedway, a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track.

unoh-battle-at-the-beach-final-logo“Fans around the world look forward to Speedweeks to kick off the NASCAR season, and we are proud to be able to present a week of short-track action leading up to the 56th running of the Daytona 500,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of touring & weekly series. “The anticipation for last year’s first UNOH Battle At The Beach was surpassed only by the number of people talking about the electrifying finishes. From New Smyrna to Daytona, and from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, this week provides a direct link between our short tracks and biggest stage, and further amplifies the spotlight on the rising talent throughout NASCAR’s touring and weekly series.”

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George Brunnhoelzl III Not Racing at UNOH Battle at the Beach

George Brunnhoelzl III, three-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified champion, has made the decision not to race in the UNOH Battle at the Beach on Tuesday, February 19th. Brunnhoelzl suffered a shoulder injury toward the end of the 2012 race season resulting in surgery in late December to repair a torn Labrum. Currently recovering, George is pleased with the progress he is making in physical therapy but recognizes he will not be at 100% in time for the race. “It was a tough decision, but if I want to contend for another NWSMT championship I need to hink long-term and participating in what would be a great race [Battle at the Beach] is simply not the smart move,” said Brunnhoelzl.

Brunnhoelzl is looking forward to returning to the seat in March in the family owned No. 28. He is planning to run the full 2013 NWSMT season pending sponsorship. Brunnhoelzl won the 2009 NWSMT Championship in the No. 28.

To stay up to date on George’s 2013 schedule follow him on Twitter (@GB3Racing) or like him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GeorgeBrunnhoelzlIII). If you are interested in sponsoring the No. 28 for the 2013 NWSMT season, please contact George Brunnhoelzl III directly at Brunnhoelzl racing, 704-662-3443.

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David Smith’s Benchmarks and Breakouts

Motorsports Analytics Previews UNOH Battle At The Beach

Tuesday, I wrote about the obvious choices for the UNOH Battle at the Beach, but this event offers so much more; seasoned veterans and young drivers just emerging as notable prospects help fill the fields of the two-night NASCAR Home Tracks showcase at the World Center of Racing.

Some of those short track lifers and hopeful young‘uns are racers with which you need to become familiar.

Let’s start with the grizzled vets:

BENCHMARKS

Traditional scouting methods (i.e. the eye test, going by the gut) require a measurement for achievement. It’s easy to spot a young driver if he’s beating an unbeatable, never-phased veteran. That certain vet is what’s called a benchmark.

The benchmark is the consummate professional in a racing series, whose wisdom and wiliness is seldom bested. A benchmark’s presence also tends to go unappreciated, but a stage the size of Daytona can help rectify some wrongs in this regard. The UNOH Battle at the Beach has plenty of benchmarks ready and able to school fields littered with youthful adversaries.

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NASCAR, Swan Racing & Michael Waltrip Partner to Pay Tribute to Newtown, Conn., Community

Waltrip To Drive No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota Camry for the DAYTONA 500®; Fans Can Make $10 Donations By Texting NEWTOWN to 80888

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Using the biggest race of the year as a backdrop, NASCAR, Swan Racing and two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip announced today a special tribute to raise awareness and contributions for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

Following a private meeting with town officials, community leaders, first responders and victims’ families last week in Newtown, Conn., NASCAR, Swan Racing and Waltrip announced that the No. 30 Lean1 Swan Racing Toyota will instead garner the No. 26 Sandy Hook School Support Fund Toyota. Waltrip’s ride for the Daytona 500 (Sunday, Feb. 24 1 p.m. ET on FOX) will honor the 26 victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and prominently feature a call-to-action decal encouraging the NASCAR community to make $10 donations by texting NEWTOWN to 80888.

The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, established jointly by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank, supports the healing process for the broader Newtown community including children, teachers, first responders, families, residents, mental health professionals, counselors and others, following the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. One hundred percent of the funds raised for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund go to meet the needs of the Newtown community.

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