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Coughlin Going for Two-In-A-Row in Return to Roots at Toledo

COLUMBUS, OHIO – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Cody Coughlin is returning to his racing roots on Saturday at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway. Coughlin, the reigning ARCA/CRA Super Series champion, will step into his No. 1 JEGS.com Super Late Model for the first time this season at the Spring 200 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

The 21-year-old Ohio native returns as the defending winner of the event. Coughlin graced victory lane in the 100-lap Super Late Model portion of the Spring 200 one year ago at Toledo. That’s a big reason why Coughlin has decided to give up an off weekend from his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule to go racing at Toledo.

“I’m super excited to get back in my Late Model,” said Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver. “Toledo was one of my favorite tracks even before I won there last year.”
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NASCAR National Series News & Notes

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Racking Up The Points: Larson Logs Another Runner-Up Finish

Kyle Larson continued his breakout season at Texas with his fourth runner-up showing. The result marked his fifth top-two finish in the last six races.

Only four other drivers have logged as many top-two finishes as Larson’s five through the first seven races of a season: Kevin Harvick (6 top fives; 2015), Dale Earnhardt (5; 1987), Bobby Allison (5; 1972, 1979), Cale Yarborough (5, 1974).

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver has the top average finish (5.4) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but more importantly, he leads the points standings by 17 markers over second-place Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr. (-40) sits third, followed by Brad Keselowski (-41) and Joey Logano (-72). Ryan Blaney (-91), Kyle Busch (-104), Jamie McMurray (-106), Clint Bowyer (-111) and Kevin Harvick (-117) round out the top 10.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas

Clock Stopper: Keselowski First Driver To Multiple Wins

Brad Keselowski became the first driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to win multiple races this season when he passed Kyle Busch with 42 laps remaining and never looked back to visit Victory Lane for his first time at Martinsville Speedway.

Keselowski, who notched the first victory for Ford at Martinsville since Oct. 20, 2002 (Kurt Busch, Roush Fenway Racing, 28 races ago), will go for his second straight victory in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

The No. 2 Ford driver leads the series with 10 playoff points and sits fourth in the points standings, 34 markers behind No. 1 ranked Kyle Larson. Continue reading ‘NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas’

Tom Hessert’s Second Half Surge Sets Table for Career Best Finish in ARCA’s Championship Point Standings; Kansas Finale Awaits

Concord, North Carolina (October 13, 2016) – Poised to earn his career-best season finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ championship driver point standings, veteran driver Tom Hessert takes to the trackFriday night aiming to solidify his current campaign in the ARCA Series Kansas 150 season finale at Kansas Speedway.

In his first season driving for Venturini Motorsports, Hessert has relied on a strong second half surge to put himself in position for a career best second-place season-ending finish in the series’ overall driver point standings.

Hessert, a 10-year series veteran who finished a career-best third in ARCA’s point standings in 2010 and 2014, currently finds himself 475 points behind series leader Chase Briscoe for top spot and stands alone in second with a 185-point advantage over third place driver Matt Kurzejewski.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Kansas

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Wild Charlotte Race Leads To Round of 12

Charlotte shook up the Chase Grid as five Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers finished 30th or below while Jimmie Johnson sped to victory to clinch the first automatic berth in the Round of 8. Here’s how the Chase Grid shakes out heading into Sunday’sHollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway (2:15 p.m. ET on NBC) – Jimmie Johnson (1 win), Matt Kenseth (31 points above Austin Dillon on the cutoff line), Kyle Busch (+27), Brad Keselowski (+25), Kurt Busch (+24), Carl Edwards (+20), Martin Truex Jr. (+19), Denny Hamlin (+3), Austin Dillon (three points behind Denny Hamlin on the cutoff line), Chase Elliott (-3), Joey Logano (-6), Kevin Harvick (-8).

The results for the 12 Chasers at Charlotte: Johnson (first), Kenseth (second), Busch (sixth), Keselowski (seventh), Kurt Busch (eighth), Edwards (12th), Truex (13th), Hamlin (30th), Dillon (32nd), Elliott (33rd), Logano (36th), Harvick (38th).

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Dalton Sargeant Chasing History at Kansas Speedway

Concord, North Carolina (October 11, 2016) – After several weeks off from competition Dalton Sargeant and his Venturini Motorsports team roll into America’s heartland for the highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 14.

Sargeant, hailing from Boca Raton, Florida, leaped onto the ARCA scene earlier this season with hopes of making the most of his limited series schedule. Now with one race remaining the 18-year old rookie is on the verge of making history.

Going into this week’s Kansas 150 Sargeant is poised to capture ARCA’s SCOTT Rookie of the Year honors as well as doing his part in helping Venturini Motorsports capture the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship at the conclusion of Friday night’s finale.

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Noah Gragson Joins Venturini Motorsports for ARCA Season Finale at Kansas

Concord, North Carolina (October 10, 2016) – On the heels of last week’s signing with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) for a full-time driving effort next season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), it was announced today Noah Gragson will join Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards – Kansas 150 season finale at Kansas Speedway on October 14.

“The last couple weeks have truly been amazing,” says Gragson. “Running with Venturini Motorsports at Kansas is an exciting opportunity and just another step towards my integration into the Toyota family. The Venturini Motorsports group has a strong reputation in the series and a proven track record. I’m looking forward to working with Billy (Venturini) and the guys on the team. It’s going to be an exciting week!”

A current member of the NASCAR Next program, the 18-year old Gragson will make his VMS debut driving the team’s No.15 SpeedVegas – Alert ID Toyota Camry and will be paired with two-time season winning crew chief Jeff McClure. McClure and Christopher Bell combined for the season sweep at Salem Speedway earlier this season.

Gragson, a native of Las Vegas, has spent the last two seasons primarily racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West Tours. Running two full consecutive seasons on the West tour, Gragson earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. In 41 career NASCAR K&N starts across both regional series, Gragson has tallied 6 wins, 18 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes.

Friday’s ARCA race at Kansas will mark Gragson’s third series attempt. In his two previous starts (Kentucky ’15 and Pocono ’16) he’s finished a career best 14th at Kentucky Speedway.

The Kansas 150 marks the 16th consecutive ARCA race at Kansas since the series debuted on the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 2001.

RaceDay Schedule – Friday, October 14
Practice for the Kansas 150 is Friday, October 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. with final practice following from10:35 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is slotted in for 2:25 p.m. The 16th Kansas ARCA 150 is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., with live coverage on FS1. All times are local, central time. ARCAracing.com will also feature Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat of all on-track activities.

Tickets are currently on sale for the full weekend of activities, which kicks off with the Kansas 150 show-openerFriday night, followed by the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday with their inaugural Chase for the Championship. The Hollywood Casino 400 grand finale, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, takes center stage Sunday afternoon.

ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.

Sources: Tommy Venturini/Venturini Motorsports PR

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to miss remainder of 2016 season

CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet SS for Hendrick Motorsports, has not been medically cleared to compete for the remainder of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season as he continues to recover from a concussion.

Earnhardt has missed the last six Sprint Cup races while undergoing treatment. He has been regularly evaluated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program under the direction of Dr. Micky Collins and with Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty.

“I wish I could return to the No. 88 team this season,” Earnhardt said. “To say I’m disappointed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career. I’m 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me. They’re seeing good progress in my test results, and I’m feeling that progress physically. I plan to be healthy and ready to compete at Daytona in February. I’m working toward that.
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Cody Coughlin Pre-Race News and Notes: CRA Super Series 125 at Anderson

ARCA/CRA Super Series
ARCA/CRA Super Series 125
No. 1 JEGS.com Toyota Camry
News and Notes
Cody Coughlin
ARCA/CRA Super Series
ARCA/CRA Super Series 125
No. 1 JEGS.com Toyota Camry

The Race
This is Coughlin’s fourth Super Late Model start of the season, and first since his victory at Toledo Speedway in April.

The high-banked Anderson Speedway fits right in line with Coughlin’s driving style. Even though it’s only a quarter-mile in distance, it’s fast and it’s banked, and Coughlin loves both of those aspects. The 20 year-old has seen success at Anderson in the past when he scored a strong top-10 finish there en route to his JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship in 2013.

The Last Race
Cody Coughlin was victorious in April at a prestigious Super Late Model event at Toledo Speedway in Ohio. The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver, started third, took the lead on lap 65 and led the remainder of the race to score the victory in the ARCA / CRA Super Series. The 20 year-old is the current series point leader.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Kansas Speedway

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Logano Advances To Eliminator 8 Round With Win At Charlotte

Joey Logano led 227-of-334 laps on his way to Victory Lane in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to become the first driver to advance to the Eliminator 8 Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The No. 22 Ford driver becomes a member of the Eliminator 8 by winning the Contender Round opener for the second straight season. Last year, he won the first Contender Round race at Kansas Speedway – the site of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. In 12 starts at Kansas, Logano owns one win, four top fives and four top 10s. He has logged a top-five showing in his last four starts at the 1.5-mile track.

Logano’s checkered flag was his first at Charlotte. His previous best Queen City finish was third in 2011.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Next Race: GEICO 500
The Place: Talladega Superspeedway
The Date: Sunday, May 3
The Time: 1 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 500.08 miles (188 laps)

NASCAR XFINITY Series
Next Race: Winn Dixie 300
The Place: Talladega Superspeedway
The Date: Saturday, May 2
The Time: 3 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 300.58 miles (113 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Next Race: Kansas 250
The Place: Kansas Speedway
The Date: Friday, May 8
The Time: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. (ET)
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90
Distance: 167 miles (250.5 laps)
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

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Lowinski-Loh to Make ARCA Debut Friday

Former Thompson Champion Plans Full ARCA Slate in 2015

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Kansas Speedway  on Friday night. The Milford, MA competitor will be drive the No. 09  Auto Go Ford for Team BCR Racing of Mooresville, NC. Auto Go, Inc. is a automotive repair business in Milford. His teammate Charles Evans, Jr. of Friendswood, TX is entered in the No. 88 Elevator Transportation Services, ACCI Ford. The team is owned by Howard and Paula Bixman and has won five races this season with Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison.

Teddy, Steve, Clint and Brad are the crew members, while the team uses a Cup team for the pit stops. Treats Pools and Spas, Shines Car Care, Greenroom Billiards, Casite, Stanley Industries, Ford Racing, Roush Yates provide sponsorship.

Lowinski-Loh’s goal is to qualify and finish in the top 10. Lowinski-Loh will complete full-time in 2015 for Team BCR looking for Rookie of the Year.   Lowinski-Loh tested at Kansas on September 3. Although the test was cut short by rain, he was sixth quickest of 16 cars. Lowinski-Loh said the test “went great.” He said the recently repaved 1.5 mile tri-oval was “very fast and smooth.”

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Team BCR Racing Developmental Driver John Lowinski-Loh Scheduled to Test at Kansas Speedway

Mooresville, NC – August 27, 2014 — John Lowinski-Loh Jr. is scheduled to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Kansas Speedway on October 3, 2014 for the season finale race. In preparation for the Kansas Lottery 98.9, Team BCR’s Lowinski-Loh plans to make his first laps at the track during the open ARCA Racing Series test on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

“I’m excited to finally strap behind an ARCA car for Team BCR Racing,” says Lowinski-Loh. “I came to the Pocono race to see how well Team BCR performs at the track and I was impressed with everything I saw. It was especially exciting to go to victory lane for Justin’s (Allison) win; the very first time I was with the team. I have a really good feeling about working with Team BCR and Howard Bixman.”

Lowinski-Loh will be driving the #09 Auto Go Ford Fusion powered by RoushYates Engines. Additional marketing partners to be released at a later date.

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Lowinski-Loh to Make ARCA Debut at Kansas

Kansas City here he comes.

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. will make his ARCA Racing Series debut on Saturday, October 3 at Kansas Speedway for Team BCR. The Kansas ARCA 150 will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2.

The Milford, MA driver will be signing with the team and intends for the full 2015 season if sponsorship can be found. Fundraiser information will be released on Wednesday.

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