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Dave Steele, Two-time USAC Silver Crown Champ, Passes Away After Florida Sprint Crash

Dave Steele, a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion and one of the United States Auto Club’s most accomplished drivers during the 1990s and 2000s, died Saturday night, March 25 after a crash on the opening lap of a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series-sanctioned event at Bradenton, Florida’s Desoto Speedway. He was 42 years old.

Steele ranks 14th on USAC’s national win list with 60 victories between 1996 and 2007. The Tampa, Florida native was dominant on the pavement tracks, which accounted for all 60 of his USAC National wins. Despite only competing in half the races, or less, on the schedule throughout most of his career, Steele’s win totals rank in the top echelon of USAC’s record book. His 16 Silver Crown wins are the third most all-time while his 26 Sprint Car victories rank 15th and his 18 Midget wins put him 35th on the list.

“It’s hard to put the loss of Dave Steele into words,” USAC series director Levi Jones stated. “He was a once-in-a-lifetime talent on the track, but even more impressive was the man, the dad, and husband he was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

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Lucas Oil Modified Series on LucasOilRacing.TV Saturday April 30

‘LIVE’ on LucasOilRacing.TV – this Saturday Night, April 30, at 9:45pm (US Eastern Time): From Irwindale Speedway, Calif. – a triple header – The Lucas Oil Modified Series ‘Superclean Spring Shootout presented by BILSTEIN Shocks’ plus the Spears SRL Touring Series and the INEX Legend Cars.

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K&N Pro Series 2016 Schedules Announced

Twenty-Seven Races Set To Showcase Sport’s Rising Stars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series has become the preeminent development proving ground for the sport’s future stars.

The 27 races on the 2016 schedule – from New England to Southern California, and from Washington to Florida – provides a comprehensive slate of venues and events designed to test drivers and showcase the best and brightest for NASCAR fans.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West schedules, announced today, comprise of 14 points races for each championship. It is highlighted by the annual meeting in the Heartland for the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 29.
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Riley Herbst to Join LFR Driver Development Group for Select 2015 Races

16-Year-Old Las Vegas Native to Make Super Late Model Debut

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 24, 2015) – The LFR Driver Development Group is excited to announce the addition of another driver to its stable, as Riley Herbst joins the group for select races in 2015. The 16-year-old Las Vegas, Nev. native, who grew up racing Late Models and Speed Trucks, now looks to take the next step with Super Late Models.

“I’m looking forward to adding Riley to our group of young talent,” said Rob Fuller, President of LFR Chassis. “He’s had success at every level of racing he has ran so far, and we plan on the same results with the LFR team. It’s a great feeling to get to work with these young drivers and help them jump-start their racing careers. The Super Late Model series is the series everyone is watching for up and coming talent, and I believe we will have another one of those on our hands with Riley.”

Herbst comes from a racing family, as his dad and grandfather were both off-road racers. Herbst himself began his racing career at 7 years old, starting out with Go Karts and Trophy Karts before moving up to Legend Cars.

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2014 K&N West Schedule Announced

Fourteen Race Calendar Spans Seven States

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West opens and closes with its traditional Phoenix dates, and in between tackles some tricky ovals and battles on a pair of premier road courses.

A 14-race schedule that covers seven states and includes five companion events with NASCAR’s national series awaits the West portion of the top step on the NASCAR’s developmental ladder.

New to the 2014 slate is a return to one of the sport’s finest short tracks in Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The series also will make a visit to State Line Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho. Kern County Raceway Park has added a second date, as well.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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GRIZCO Racing Owner Steve Griswold Passes

3-time NASCAR BNS Champion Owner was 64

Steve Griswold, owner of the GRIZCO Racing team for 18 years (1988-2005), passed away on Sunday. He was 64.

Steve and Peg Griswold fielded the #55 entry on the NASCAR Busch North Series (now called K&N Pro Series East). Brad Leighton drove for the team 1995-2002. Mike Stefanik drove the car from 2003-2005. The team captured 3 championships (1999-2000, 2005) with Brad Leighton and Andy Santerre.

In 2005, GRIZCO moved to North Carolina and created the first multi-car team in series history for Andy Santerre, Mike Stefanik and Brad Leighton. The team’s historic final season saw a 1-2 points finish with teammates Santerre and Stefanik. Santerre captured his historic 4th consecutive series championship.

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NASCAR to Feature Live Race Audio

Webcasts allow fans to follow the action of their favorite series

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that will feature live internet radio broadcasts of 32 touring series events, beginning with Thursday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season-opener at Phoenix International Raceway. is’s official home for touring and weekly series news and results. The live radio broadcasts will be provided by the team from Speed 51 Radio, headed by SPEED announcer Bob Dillner.

The broadcasts will feature flag-to-flag coverage of many of the top events in NASCAR’s touring series, including the championship season finales in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

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2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown Announced

Short-track showcase returns to Toyota Speedway in January

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that the 2011 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, the sport’s premier short-track racing showcase will return to the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.) on Jan. 28-29.

The eighth running of the event, which brings together the top racers from across North America and has grown into the ”Daytona 500 of short-track racing,” will be highlighted by the 225-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series all-star race.

“The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown is the premier event of our short-track calendar,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR managing director of racing operations. “From Austin Cameron’s emotional win in the very first event to last year’s dramatic debut of Sergio Pena, each successive race has continued to build the prestige of the Showdown. This all-star weekend shines the spotlight on our champions and the sport’s rising stars.”

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2010 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Schedule Announced

Daytona Beach, FL — NASCAR announced today that its premier short-track racing showcase, the 2010 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, will be run Jan. 29-30 at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).

The sixth running of the event, which brings together the top racers from across North America for the ”Daytona 500 of short-track racing,” will be highlighted by the 225-lap NASCAR Camping World Series all-star race.

The schedule also includes a 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Super Late Model race and a 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race. Both nights of racing will air live on SPEED as part of full weekend of racing on SPEED that includes the Rolex 24 at Daytona sports-car event.
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Star-Studded Entry List Set For Showdown

Irwindale attracts top short-track talent

With an entry list bursting at the seams with talent, the “Daytona 500 of short-track racing” should have no problem living up to its billing.

The NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, considered the premier short-track racing event of the NASCAR calendar, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23-24, 2009 at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif.

The weekend’s main attraction-Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Series race-had 62 entries as of Wednesday, and the list is a who’s who of the nation’s best short-track racers.

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Carmichael Leads Schrader Trio To NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown

Daytona Beach, FL — To say Ricky Carmichael is a pretty big deal in Southern California may be an understatement. The man whose success earned him the title of ‘Greatest of All-Time’ in the motocross world had a great deal of his success on the West Coast.

When the 29-year-old Clearwater, Fla., native heads back to the Los Angeles area next weekend, though, it will be in a stock car. And he’s looking forward to treating his longtime fans to a glimpse of a new career at the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

“I’m pumped to be racing for my fans out there,” Carmichael said. “Southern California has been good to me. It’s a great market for supercross and it’s been great for me as well.

“I’m pumped for the fans in California to see what I’ve been doing – racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series – it’s a great series.”
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Toyota To Sponsor Irwindale Speedway

Irwindale, CA — Irwindale Speedway celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, March 22 kicking off its NASCAR schedule of events and officially announcing a multi-year naming rights sponsorship program with the Southern California Toyota Dealers Advertising Association (SCTDAA) and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. in which the Speedway will be renamed TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale.

“On behalf of the Southern California Toyota Dealers Association, we are very excited about our partnership with TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale,” said Clifford Cummings, President of Toyota of San Bernardino. “It is a popular facility among motor sports enthusiasts and features some of the most entertaining racing action anywhere in the country. Just as important, the partnership with TOYOTA Speedway provides our dealers with the opportunity to conduct promotions and ancillary activities with the facility as well as showcase Toyota’s versatile lineup of vehicles in a unique environment.”

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