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XYIENCE Energy Drink to Sponsor Ryan Preece in Texas and Phoenix Sprint Cup Races

MOORESVILLE, NC (October 29, 2015) – XYIENCE Energy Drink, a subsidiary of Big Red,Inc., is proud to announce its sponsorship of Ryan Preece and his No. 98 Chevrolet with Premium Motorsports. The zero-calorie energy drink will serve as Primary Sponsor for the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion for the Sprint Cup Series events at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8th and Phoenix International Raceway on November 15th.

“I am extremely excited to be able to team up with XYIENCE for the Texas and Phoenix races,” said Preece. “I tend to drink energy drinks on a regular basis and after trying XYIENCE it has become my go to drink when I need that extra bit of energy or focus. I am pumped to be representing this brand and doing all I can to make this program a success for them both on and off the track.”

In addition to the Texas and Phoenix races, the 25-year old native of Connecticut will be behind the wheel of the No. 98 Sprint Cup Series ride for the last four races of the 2015 season starting with this weekend’s event at Martinsville Speedway and concluding at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The XYIENCE brand will also join Preece in the season finale as an Associate Sponsor.

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Kurt Busch Back with Stewart-Haas Racing with Backing from Monster Energy

Monster Energy To Serve as Co-Primary Sponsor with Haas Automation of No. 41 Team

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Monster Energy is moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Kurt Busch is staying at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The energy drink manufacturer has teamed with Busch in a multiyear agreement that will see Monster Energy co-sponsor him and the No. 41 Chevrolet SS with Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America.

Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion and owner of 27 career victories, will debut this new sponsorship during the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Sprint Cup race weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS will then become a fixture beginning with the 2016 season, whereupon Monster Energy will be the alpha sponsor (hood) for 17 races and the bravo sponsor (quarter panel) for 18 races with one full primary race sponsorship.

“I’m very happy to be back with Stewart-Haas Racing and proud to take Monster Energy to the Sprint Cup Series,” said Busch, who has won three races and three poles since joining SHR in 2014. “This is exactly where I want to be and I have two partners who want to win as much as I do.”
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Ross Kenseth to Make Truck Series Debut at Martinsville, Oct. 31

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 20, 2015) – Ross Kenseth is scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut on October 31, 2015, at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, driving the No. 18 Aisin-AW Toyota Tundra for Hattori Racing Enterprises (HRE).

Martinsville marks Kenseth’s second career NASCAR start, after finishing sixth in his XFINITY Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway in June, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth and the No. 18 HRE team are testing today at Martinsville, where HRE will attempt to make their 2015 debut in the Camping World Truck Series under the guidance of team general manager Pat Tryson.

“It feels great to get an opportunity to make my first Truck Series start,” said Kenseth. “Shige (team owner) and I have tried to put something together for a long time and finally all of the pieces fell into place. I’m thankful to him for this opportunity and am looking forward to working hard to make our debut a successful one in a couple of weeks.”
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Haws Heading to Martinsville Hoping to Bring Home a Clock

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C.– Rising stock car racing star Brayton Haws is attempting his second Martinsville 300 this weekend, and he’s hoping that it will go a little bit better than his first attempt just one year ago.  The Youngsville, North Carolina driver was caught up in an incident on the very first lap of the 200-lap showcase and went two laps down as a result.

Haws rallied back to finish on the lead lap in 10th, but he spent all race fighting to get back on even footing with the leaders.

This year Haws hopes he can parlay his success on the CARS Racing Tour to success in the biggest Late Model Stock Car race of the season at Virginia’s famous paperclip that is Martinsville Speedway.

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Martinsville Postpones Late Model Event

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Moved To Oct. 11

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – With the Governor of Virginia declaring a state of emergency for Virginia due to the heavy rain projected for the weekend, the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway has been postponed until Sunday, Oct. 11.

The race weekend will follow the same schedule, just one week later:

Friday, Oct. 9
12:00 p.m.: Registration and haulers enter; selection and mounting of practice tires only.

Saturday, Oct. 10
6:00 a.m.: Garage and registration opens
6:15 a.m.: Mandatory crew chief and/or team representative meeting
6:30 a.m.: Inspection begins
12:00 p.m.: Fan gates open
1:00 p.m.: Practice begins (time approximate)
4:00 p.m.: Group Qualifying

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PIT BOX: Trophy To Be Claimed In Canada

Canadian Tire, Whelen All-American Titles To Be Decided This Weekend; Close Battle Continues In Southern Modifieds

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

• The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will hold its annual Pinty’s 250 season finale this weekend at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ontario. Scott Steckly leads Jason Hathaway by nine points (403-394) as he goes after his fourth series championship. Andrew Ranger is tied with Hathaway as he goes after his third championship. Hathaway, who scored his first road course win in the season’s penultimate event for the series at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, is contending for his first title.

• The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will make its second stop of the season at South Boston Speedway for the South Boston 150 on Saturday. The tour is experiencing one of its closest points battles in its 11-year history as Jason Myers leads defending champion Andy Seuss and his older brother, Burt, by just one-point (308-307). Kyle Ebersole is fourth at 303 and four-time champion George Brunnhoelzl III is back in the hunt, nine points behind the lead, after his win in the series’ most recent race.

• Two-time national champion Lee Pulliam has been in overdrive chasing a third title. The Semora, North Carolina, won three more times over the weekend. In the last three weeks, he has won eight of 11 asphalt Late Model races at five different tracks over three states. Unofficially, Pulliam holds a 700-681 lead over Oklahoma’s Thomas Tillison Jr. heading into the final weekend for races to count toward NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points.

ON TRACK

NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES presented by MOBIL 1
Race: Pinty’s 250 at Kawartha Speedway, Fraserville, Ont.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. ET
Telecast: TSN – Saturday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m. / RDS2 – Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Twitter: #Pintys250, #NCATS, @KDSpeedway
RACE CENTRAL LIVE | CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS

Time Event
8:30 a.m. Garage Opens
8:45 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
9:30 a.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting
11-11:30 a.m. First Practice
12-12:45 p.m. Final Practice
2:15 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
3:15 p.m. Qualifying
3:50 p.m. Driver Autograph Session
5 p.m. Pinty’s 250

NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR

Race: South Boston 150 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 P.M. ET (Approximately)
Telecast: NBCSN – Thursday, Sept. 24, 7 P.M. ET
Twitter: #SoBo150, #NWSMT, @SoBoSpeedway57

RACE CENTRAL LIVE

Time Event
9:30 a.m. Haulers Enter
10:30 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
10:45 a.m. Garage Opens
12:30 p.m. Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting
1:30-1:55 p.m. First Practice
2:25-3 p.m. Final Practice
4:30 p.m. Qualifying
5:30 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
6 p.m. Driver Autograph Session (On track)
8 p.m. (Approx.) South Boston 150

NWSMT South Boston 9/19/15 Schedule
Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Time Event
9 a.m. Registration Opens
9:30 a.m. Haulers Enter
10:30 a.m. Crew Chief Meeting
12:30 p.m. Rookie/Spotter Meeting
1:30-1:55 p.m. First Practice
2:25-3 p.m. Final Practice
4:30 p.m. Qualifying
5:30 p.m. Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
6 p.m. Driver Autograph Session (On Track)
8 p.m. (Approx.) South Boston 150
* – Schedule Subject To Change

NWSMT South Boston 9/5/15 Entry List
Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Series:
Whelen Southern Modified Tour
CAR DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM OWNER CREW CHIEF
1 Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C. Remington SCT/Citrusafe/Speedway Auto Auc. Ford Kim Myers Matt Cromer
4 Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C. Adams Towing & Recovery Ford Gary Myers Mike Queen
5 Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa. Ebersole Excavating Ford Bob Ebersole Bob Ebersole
11 Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H. Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet Eddie Harvey Eddie Harvey
14 Trey Hutchens, III, Winston-Salem, N.C. * All Star Truck and Trailer Repair Chevrolet Bobby Hutchens, Jr. Bobby Hutchens
15 Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, Fla. GMR Lawncare/Shady Grady Racing Chevrolet Grady Jeffreys, Jr. Grady Jeffreys Jr.
22 Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, N.Y. Snap-On Tools Chevrolet Kyle Bonsignore Bill Bonsignore
28 George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y. Dunleavy Trk and Trailer Repair/Comp. Tech. Chevrolet George Brunnhoelzl, Jr. George Brunnhoelzl Jr.
40 Frank Fleming, Mt. Airy, N.C. Autos By Nelson/Lewisville Mtrs/Wm Smith Trk. Chev. Gina Fleming Chris Fleming
43 David Calabrese, Toms River, N.J. Diamond Back Towing Chevrolet Michael Calabrese Bobby Foley
65 Danny Bohn, Freehold, N.J. Northeast Race Cars/Ideal Finance Chevrolet Eddie Bohn Eddie Bohn
74 Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C. Elijah’s Entourage Chevrolet Kevin Hughes Bobby Measmer Sr.
77 Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn. Curb Records Chevrolet Mike Curb Teddy Musgrave Jr.
79 Jame Civali, Meriden, Conn. Coors Light/Hillbilly Racing Pontiac Susan Hill David Hill
99 A.J. Winstead, Bon Air, Va. VCE Technologies Chevrolet Susanne Winstead Reginald Winstead
* – Denotes Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender

Sources: Tim Southers, NASCAR

Gray Gaulding and Krispy Kreme Join KBM for Three Races in 2015

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – (July 30, 2015) Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today 17-year-old NASCAR Next alumnus Gray Gaulding will pilot the No. 54 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Toyota Tundra for three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2015.

Gaulding’s first race will be on the road course at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont., Aug. 30, followed by New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 26 and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 31.

“I’m very excited to be a part of KBM,” Gaulding said. “It’s a dream as a driver because I remember growing up watching Kyle and how much I wanted to drive for him when he started his own team. I know his mentality is to go out every weekend and win races. It’s a championship organization with great people and I know I’ll be able to go to the race track and have an opportunity to win at each race.

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Speedbowl Champion Dick Dunn Passes

Dick Dunn , one of the Modified stars at New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, passed away. The Middletown, CT driver won four consecutive championships from 1972-75. Dunn was part of the 50 Favorite Drivers class on July 29, 2000.

The No. 3 car was synonymous with car owner Peg Gaudreau. The car was named ‘Buddah’s Bullet’ in deference to her husband Al Gaudreau. Dunn was the last member of the combination. Al passed away in 2013. Peg battled ALS before her passing last year.

Dunn won 47 races at New London-Waterford. His 40 in the Modifieds rank fourth in the division, tied with Hall of Famer Bill Slater. His best season came in 1973 with nine wins. He led the division with 15 consecutive winning seasons from 1964-78. He had early success in 1959-60 with seven Bomber division wins.

I  spoke with historian Tom ‘Sid’ DiMaggio of SpeedbowlHistory.com.

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Comcast’s Two Premier Brands, Comcast Business and XFINITY, Sponsor Carl Edwards, Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015

Comcast Business to be primary paint scheme during KOBALT 400 in Las Vegas and Food City 500 in Bristol; XFINITY to be primary during Sylvania 300 in New Hampshire and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 in Martinsville

Comcast announced today it will join Carl Edwards and the No. 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing as primary sponsor for four races in 2015.

The partnership will kick off at the KOBALT 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, with Comcast Business as the primary paint scheme for Edwards’ Toyota Camry, marking the first major sponsorship deal in NASCAR for Comcast’s business services unit that provides data, Internet, TV and other communication services to organizations of all sizes. Comcast Business will also be featured at the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 19. The four-race partnership will round out with XFINITY, the company’s residential brand for Internet, TV and other communication services, taking over as primary paint scheme for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 27, and Goody’s Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on November 1.

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Fast Facts

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Next Race: Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500

The Place: Martinsville Speedway

The Date: Sunday, Oct. 26

The Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN, 1 p.m. (ET)

Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90

Distance: 263 miles (500 laps)

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Pulliam Survives Wild Finish in Martinsville

Wins Prestigious Late Model Stock Special Event For Second Time

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Lee Pulliam realized a few weeks ago that he didn’t have a chance to win his third straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship but what he accomplished Sunday might ease a little bit of his frustration at not getting another title.

Pulliam took the lead on the restart of a green-white-checkered finish from Peyton Sellers and went on to win his second grandfather clock winning the MDCU 300 for the second time in four years. Pulliam’s first Martinsville victory came in 2011.

On Sunday’s final restart on Lap 198, Pulliam was able to pull ahead of Sellers and take the lead. On the final lap, Sellers and Sam Yarbrough got together in Turn 1. The contact sent Sellers into a spin in front of the field. Anthony Anders, 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, was unable to miss Sellers and was collected as well.

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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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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Dual Threat: Bonsignore Takes on NASCAR WMT & VMRS Competition

High Expectations for Icebreaker Winner

Change is good for Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, NY, who began the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in victory lane. The Icebreaker was his second victory at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for Ken Massa’s M3 Technology team. Bonsignore led three times for 14 laps, including the final eight circuits. He bested Coors Light Pole Award winner Woody Pitkat and former champion Doug Coby for the victory. Long Islanders Timmy Solomito and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five.

“That was wild,” Bonsignore said. “I hope everybody enjoyed it. If they didn’t enjoy that I don’t know what they’re going to post on Facebook but great car. Oh my God. I was hoping I wasn’t going to be the guy to mess it up the last 25 laps. I knew I had a little bit better car.”

“He’s (Pitkat) going to win his fair share of them,” Bonsignore said. “Hopefully we go back and forth this year … He had a great car. I knew he was going to be the guy we had to beat. They tested here last week. Everybody said they were real quick. They showed it all weekend that they were real quick. They were a tick off on their pit stop and we were just a tick better and that’s all it took. The competition is so close you guys can see it. Just drove my butt off and was able to get it done.”

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Second Annual NASCAR Race to Green Initiative to Highlight Mass Adoption of Sustainable Practices Across the Sport

NASCAR Galvanizing Fans, Industry And Partners Around Theme Of Protecting, Preserving The Environment

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2014) — Celebrating the sport’s commitment to protecting and preserving the environment, NASCAR today officially kicked off its second annual NASCAR Race to Green™ initiative at Martinsville Speedway. NASCAR is sports’ sustainability leader and this effort is intended to build awareness around the programs the sanctioning body, industry, and a wide range of partners have in place to help reduce the sport’s carbon footprint.

A key pillar of the initiative is a call-to-action for fans and the industry to donate trees that will be planted across the country as well as in a number of areas recently devastated by natural disasters. NASCAR fans can visit www.NASCAR.com/green to donate trees – $1 per tree for a 2-3 foot sapling – to be planted in those areas with the support of The Arbor Day Foundation. Fans are encouraged to share their own efforts around green innovation by using the hashtag #NASCARGreen. Social media highlights of the industry’s sustainability efforts will be featured on NASCAR.com/Green.

“When we introduced NASCAR Race to Green last year, we were overwhelmed by the level of dedication displayed across our sport to positively impact the environment,” said Dr. Mike Lynch, vice president, NASCAR Green Innovation. “This month-long initiative will recognize the efforts our fans, partners and industry continue to implement to help pass along a cleaner and healthier environment for generations to come.”

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Air Titan 2.0 Unveiled at Martinsville Speedway

NASCAR Debuts Latest Version Of Cutting-Edge Track-Drying Technology

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2014) – NASCAR introduced an evolution in innovation today – the results of which will continue to elevate a fan’s race-viewing experience to an even greater level.

The Toyota-hauled next generation of Air Titan, the cutting-edge track-drying technology, made its race weekend debut at Martinsville Speedway today. Air Titan 2.0 is a more compact, more nimble and more environmentally friendly version of its innovative predecessor – one that since its introduction in February 2013 has rescued multiple races, including this year’s Daytona 500.

Air Titan 2.0 signals a major step forward in NASCAR’s innovation cycle. It replaces the bulky support vehicles required by Air Titan 1.0 with a single, self-contained unit that’s perched on the bed of a Toyota Tundra. By addressing the size of the power source, NASCAR now has the ability to deploy up to 21 units in Toyota Tundras at larger venues and operate more efficiently on smaller tracks.

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John Hunter Nemechek Announces 10-Race NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Schedule for 2014

SWM-NEMCO Motorsports Steps Up Schedule for 16-Year-Old Driver

After turning heads in the first two races of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career in 2013, 16-year-old John Hunter Nemechek is ready to compete at the front of the field with a more aggressive schedule in 2014.

Nemechek will pilot the No. 8 Toyota Tundra in 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events with SWM-NEMCO Motorsports. The 10-race slate consists of all the tracks the second-generation driver can compete on under NASCAR’s age requirements, but the mix of short tracks and one-mile ovals coupled with a road course and a dirt track makes for an exciting opportunity for Nemechek to gain more NCWTS experience.

“Our goals for the year are to finish top 10 in each race,” said Nemechek. “I know it’s going to be tough racing against all the veterans that we’ll compete with each race, but I think we’ll have the team to do it. It’s all about getting as much experience as I can while continuing to move up into the bigger cars.”

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Lemons Comes Out On Top In Martinsville

Steals 300 After Late Wreck Takes Out Leaders

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Late-race fireworks set the stage for an improbable finish and Tommy Lemons Jr. seized the moment as he took home the famed grandfather clock in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

With two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam pacing the field on a Lap 201 restart, third-place Deac McCaskill took out Pulliam entering Turn 1 and set the race on its top.

Also collected were three-time Martinsville 300 winner Philip Morris and CE Falk III, who were restarting third and fifth, respectively.

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LIVE: Martinsville Late Model Showdown

Results from the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models from across the country have descended upon Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the annual Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 on Sunday, Oct. 6.

SCHEDULE  |  PRACTICE RESULTS  |  QUALIFYING PRACTICE RESULTS  |  QUALIFYING RACE LINUPS  |  QUALIFYING RACE RESULTS  |  LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER LINEUP  |  FEATURE LINEUP  |  RACE RESULTS

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Pulliam Takes Aim at Martinsville

National Champ’s Next Goal: Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The newly crowned NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion has one more mighty goal on his 2013 racing calendar – a victory at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Lee Pulliam, coming off his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, will compete in the post-season Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 for NASCAR Late Models at Martinsville on Oct. 6. Eighty-seven cars were on hand for a test session on Sept. 25.

The race day includes four 20-lap qualifying races, a 20-lap last chance race, and the 42-car, 200-lap main event. Practice is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5.

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Late Model Drivers have Sights Set on Oct. 6

Sunday, October 6: it’s a date NASCAR Late Model Stock drivers from across the country have had circled on their calendars for months, the date of the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

It is the race that drivers refer to as their Daytona 500 or their Super Bowl. It’s the richest NASCAR Late Model Stock race in the country, $25,000 to the winner, with bonuses that could take it to $35,000. And of course there is the iconic grandfather clock trophy to the winner and the prestige of winning on a track where the history of racing runs so deep.

The field is truly a who’s who of NASCAR Late Model racing. Two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam is entered, as is four-time national champion Philip Morris. Morris is the defending Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 winner; Pulliam won the event two years ago. Morris is the only driver with three Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 wins to his credit.

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Infield Packed for Late Model Test Session

MARTINSVILLE, VA — The largest field of cars in recent history put the old “practice makes perfect” adage to test Wednesday in an open practice session for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 6.

Eighty-seven cars packed the infield as drivers and their teams worked to fine tune cars for NASCAR’s most prestigious Late Model Stock race, which pays $25,000 to the winner and carries even more prestige.

Practice day is always a fun day for drivers, but it is also a day of hard work that is vital to success in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300.

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Pulliam Can Still Build on Amazing Season

MARTINSVILLE, VA – It’s difficult to find the correct word to describe Lee Pulliam’s season. Tremendous would work. So would amazing. Unprecedented? Well, that also could be argued.

But one thing is certain: there have been only a small handful of drivers in the history of weekly short-track racing that ever matched the numbers Pulliam put up in 2013.

First, he backed up his 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship with another in 2013. Only two drivers – Larry Phillips and Philip Morris – had previously won back-to-back national titles in the series’ history.

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Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Schedule

Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Schedule

Friday, October 4
12:00 p.m.: Registration and haulers enter; selection and mounting of practice tires only.

Saturday, October 5
6:00 a.m.: Garage and registration opens
6:15 a.m.: Mandatory crew chief and/or team representative meeting
6:30 a.m.: Inspection begins
9:00 a.m.: Fan gates open
10:00 a.m.: Transponder pick-up at the NASCAR hauler
11:00 a.m.: Track services meeting, Infield Care Center
1:00 p.m.: Practice begins (time approximate)
4:00 p.m.: Qualifying practice

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Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Roars To Life Oct. 6

MARTINSVILLE, VA — Expect a few minor tweaks and tons of excitement when the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race rolls into Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, October 6.

For the second straight year the field for the prestigious NASCAR Late Model race will be determined by heat races and a last-chance race instead of time trials.

The field will be set from four 20-lap qualifying races on Sunday, October 6, followed by a 20-lap last chance race. Eight drivers will advance from each qualifying race and 10 will come from the last-chance race to fill out the 42-car field for the 200-lap feature.

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NEAR Hall of Famer Red Foote Passes at 85

Red_FooteFOOTE, Melvin “Red,” 85, of Chesterfield, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 3, 2013. Red is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Loretta Foote; his stepdaughter, Linda Strasburg; stepgrandson, Michael (TiAnna) Talley; stepgranddaughter, Michelle (Richard) King; sisters-in-law, Rev. Beverly J. Samford and Julianna Duke.

Red enjoyed racing stockcars for 35 years, is formerly known as one of the “Eastern Bandits” and was inducted into the New England Hall of Fame for racecar drivers in 1999. After retirement he spent much time at Newpoint Campground on his boat fishing. Red was devoted to his cats and his good friends at Dutchgap. Red will be remembered for his quick wit, humor and willingness to help others and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 at Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd (Rte 10). His graveside service will be February 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Bethel UMC Cemetery in Alberta, Va., with the Rev. Beverly J. Samford officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Richmond SPCA at 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, Va. 23220.

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NEAR Presents “Class of 2012” At 15th Annual New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Inductions

East Windsor, CT — On Sunday January 29, The New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 15th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Inductions. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies for the well-attended event held at LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Receiving induction honors this year were drivers Reggie Ruggiero, Joey Kourafas, Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston, and Roland Lapierre Sr., owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operator Irene Venditti.

Though not present due to prior commitments, longtime Northern media personality Dave Moody was the recipient of the prestigious “Jack Ratta Memorial Media Award.” Veteran auto racing journalist and Hall of Fame Member Pete Zanardi received the Danny Pardi Memorial Award for his many contributions to NEAR over the years.

A pivotal figure during the formative years of the sport and truly one of the regions earliest stars, Moe Gherzi came to stock cars following a brief fling with midget racing during the busy post-war era. Gherzi won for some of the best teams in the early days of the sport while displaying a flashy style which became his trademark. Nicknamed “Moneybags” owed to a knack of winning many big-dollar events, he tasted success at virtually all of the regions tracks. He later served as the longtime Racing Director at Connecticut’s Plainville Stadium. Accepting for her late father from presenter Dave Dykes was Ms. Alma Michaud.

[Photo Galleryby Nicholas Teto

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‘Rapid Roman’ Richie Evans Rode Orange Chariot Into History

New York Star Won Nine NASCAR Modified Series Titles In Hall Of Fame Career

Daytona Beach, FL — Richard Ernest “Richie” Evans certainly was the face of NASCAR – and modified racing – in the northeast, winning an estimated 475 times in approximately 1,300 starts. It equates to a win in every three starts (a 36.5% clip), something unheard of in modern racing at any level.

Evans will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday, one of five members of the Hall’s third class comprised of the New York native, legendary crew chief Dale Inman, team owner Glen Wood and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. He is the first of 15 inductees without a connection to NASCAR’s premier series.

The 2012 enshrinement ceremony kicks off NASCAR Acceleration 2012 weekend, which includes the NASCAR Preview 2012 Presented by Sprint, where fans can interact with the sport’s legends and current stars in person, get autographs and catch a sneak peek at the upcoming season. Fans can go to NASCARacceleration2012.com for more information.

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Gherzi, Humiston, Lapierre Hall of Fame Inductees

A trio of modified racing pioneers – Moe Gherzi, Jerry Humiston and Roland Lapierre – are the veterans committee selections to join the New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

The trio will be inducted along with drivers Reggie Ruggiero and Joey Kourafas, owner/mechanics Mario Fiore and Jim Jorgensen and track operators/promoters Irene Venditti and Donald Hoenig at the 15th annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Sunday Jan. 29 at the LaRenaissance Banquet Hall in East Windsor, CT.

Ticket information and order forms will be available soon on the NEAR website (www.NEAR1.com).

The colorful Gherzi was one of Southern New England’s first racing stars. Driving for a number of owners including the Scambato and Garuti families, Gherzi, who started in the Midgets, built an impressive stock car resume in the formative years at Plainville Stadium, Riverside Park and the Waterford Speedbowl. Following his 25-plus years in the cockpit, Gherzi was racing director at Plainville.

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Measure of the Man

Equal parts talent, lifestyle and legend earn Evans his Hall call

Every Christmas Day, no matter how cold or how much snow was on the ground, Richie Evans would drive his race car over to The Rusty Nail, the Rome, N.Y., bar that also sponsored his famous orange and black No. 61, to celebrate the holiday. For Evans was never far from his roots.

This week, short-track fans up and down the East Coast were celebrating the announcement that Evans would be one of five people inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Evans made his name with eye-popping statistics from his career in a Modified.

But Evans cemented his legend a long time ago with the stories that surrounded his career.

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