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Tough Test: Ironman 55 Separates the Strong from the Weak

Drivers set for physically challenging Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

CONCORD, NC – July 17, 2017 – Drivers and teams look to be the strongest of them all when the Ironman 55 is all said and done. A two-night event on Friday and Saturday, August 4 and 5 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri is the longest Feature event of the year on the 90-plus events schedule for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series.
 
Although the Series has been running at the tough bullring since 1987, it was in 2009 that a new challenge at the Pevely, MO track was born: a 55-lap feature event called the Ironman 55, a race that is longer in distance than all other Sprint car races on the schedule.
 
“It’s a long race for a Sprint car,” said Rico Abreu, who won last year’s Ironman 55. “I’m looking forward to it. I was really fast [at I-55] last year. The thing is, you have to put yourself in position to win the Ironman, starting up front and saving your stuff until the last ten laps. It’s so difficult to win these Outlaw races in the last ten laps; that’s what makes it really crucial to start up front.”

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Swinging Through Wisconsin

Series kick starts August with five races in five days
CONCORD, NC- July 17, 2017– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series will head to Wisconsin to spearhead the month of August with an action packed first five days of the month. Two events back-to-back will be a nice tune-up leading into the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway for the biggest payout of the season- $50,000.
On the first of the month, the Outlaws will invade OshKosh SpeedZone Raceway for the first time in Series history. Only a few Outlaw drivers have ever made laps on the third-mile clay oval, but everyone is up for the challenge because the best drivers in the country have to be prepared for anything and be able to adapt to everything.
Rookie of the Year contender, Devin Moran, has visited several new tracks this season as the tour has taken him to parts of the country he has never seen. With 15 top-10 finishes, including one win and four trips to the podium, the young driver is making a name for himself all over the country as one of the next big names in the industry.

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The $5,000 to Win Ultimate Sportsman Showdown at Utica-Rome Speedway Coming Up this Sunday, July 23

VERNON, NY- The biggest dirt 602 Crate Sportsman event in the Northeast is rapidly approaching on Sunday, July 23, with the first ever Ultimate Sportsman Showdown at the Utica-Rome Speedway.  With a huge purse totaling over $23,000, the winner of the 50-lap main event will receive $5,000 while a minimum of $500 going to all starters.  This will be a stand-alone one division show.

Heat lineups will be determined by timed hot laps with an inversion draw of two, four, or six deciding the heat lineup.  Non-qualified cars from the heats will be placed into a B, C, or D Main (number of mains is dependent on car count), and all mains will have a payout.  There will be no provisionals, the best 24 cars of the night will start the feature.  Dave Marcuccilli holds the only guaranteed spot for the Ultimate Sportsman Showdown by virtue of his winning the Mike Martin Memorial on July 16.

Competitors should expect extensive post-race technical inspection for the top five finishers along with a random car, determined by draw, from positions six through 10.  DIRTcar Sportsman rules will be used for this event, and that includes rules concerning driver eligibility as this event is geared to Sportsman drivers.  Driver registration forms can be found on the track website.

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Pat Ward and Matt Sheppard Take Utica-Rome Speedway Modified Checkers while Dave Marcuccilli Scores Mike Martin Memorial Win

VERNON, NY- Fans at the Utica-Rome Speedway were treated to another action-packed night of DIRTcar racing this past Sunday, July 16, with double features for the Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modifieds, the $1,000 to win Mike Martin Memorial for Broedel Energy Sportsman plus Pro Stocks.  Pat Ward scored his first win of season in the first Modified 30-lap event while Matt Sheppard dominated the second feature.  Dave Marcuccilli was the victor in the Sportsman while Mike Welch dominated the Pro Stock main on A-Verdi Storage Containers, LaLonde Electric, and VP Race Fuels night.

In the makeup Gates-Cole Auto Insurance Modified feature from June 18, Steve Way used his pole starting spot to take the lead, a spot he held for the opening two circuits when the only caution of the event slowed the pace.  On the restart, sixth place starter Claude Hutchings Jr. blasted by Way to take the lead and he immediately started to pull away.  After destroying a car two weeks ago, Hutchings built a brand-new car and he had it operating to perfection as he set a quick pace around the half mile.  While Hutchings led, seventh place starter Alan Johnson and 11th place starter Pat Ward were charging through the field.  By lap five, Johnson was third with Ward in fourth and pressing for the third position.   Ward slipped by Johnson for third on the seventh circuit and then by second place running Way a lap later.

As the field completed the 15th lap of the 30-lap event, Ward was reeling in Hutchings and was on his rear bumper. Following Hutchings and Ward at halfway was Johnson, Bobby Varin, and 14th place starter Matt Sheppard. When lap 17 clicked on the scoreboard, Ward was scored the leader as he charged by Hutchings.  At this point, Sheppard was continuing his charge to the front as he slipped by Varin for fourth on lap 16.  Sheppard’s late race charge would fall short, however, as by the time he grabbed the runner-up spot from Hutchings on lap 29, Ward was nowhere to be found as he was way out front.  At the checkered, it was Ward over Sheppard, Hutchings, Alan Johnson, Bobby Varin, Tim Fuller, Danny Varin, Marc Johnson, Way, and Brandon Walters.

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Historic win at Seekonk for Scott Payea

SEEKONK, MA – It’s come down to who can beat Scott Payea on the American Canadian Tour and Saturday at Seekonk Speedway – for a record-breaking fourth consecutive race – the answer was nobody.

Payea started ninth in the Harrison Redi-Mix/RPM Motorsports No. 37. He led for the first time on lap 27 when he went around Seekonk regular Ryan Lineham who had been dicing hard with Jimmy Hebert.

At the halfway mark, Hebert drove underneath Payea hard enough to move him up half a groove, but clean enough to leave him moving forward.

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Putnamville AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Race Results

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 16, 2017 – Putnamville, Indiana – Lincoln Park Speedway – “Indiana Sprint Week” – Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-12.594; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.628; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.638; 4. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-12.643; 5. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.662; 6. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-12.675; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.774; 8. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-12.790; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.814; 10. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-12.849; 11. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-12.886; 12. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-12.909; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 21K, Krockenberger-12.928; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.966; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-12.995; 16. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.013; 17. Dave Darland, 17x, Dutcher-13.065; 18. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.081; 19. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.106; 20. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.163; 21. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.181; 22. Jon Stanbrough, 77, Wingo-13.220; 23. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-13.372; 24. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-13.545; 25. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. B.Short, 3. Coons, 4. Boespflug, 5. K.Thomas Jr., 6. T.Thomas, 7. Cummins, 8. Stanbrough. 2:10.33

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Darland (#17x), 3. Bernal, 4. Courtney, 5. Andretti, 6. Stockon, 7. Grant, 8. McMillin. 2:11.08
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Newgarden Follows Familiar Path to Honda Indy Toronto Victory

TORONTO (Sunday, July 16, 2017) – For the second time in three years, Josef Newgarden was the winning beneficiary of fortunate pit stop timing at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Newgarden seized the lead by making his first stop just before a full-course caution flag waved on the streets course at Exhibition Place. The Team Penske driver led 58 of the last 61 laps to win the Verizon IndyCar Series race by 1.8704 seconds over Alexander Rossi.

HONDA INDY TORONTO: Box score

It is Newgarden’s second win of the 2017 season – following his April victory at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – and his second Toronto win in three years. Like today, Newgarden’s 2015 Toronto triumph was also set up by a timely pit stop made prior to a full-course caution.

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“What They’re Saying” from the Honda Indy Toronto

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet): “The DXC Technology Chevrolet was tremendous all weekend. We just didn’t get that first stop in before the yellow like Josef (Newgarden) did. Overall, it was a good weekend for us. We made up some ground in points and it’s always great to visit Toronto. Congratulations to the No. 2 team and all of Team Penske.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet):
“I think that is twice I have had good calls and got into the pits at the right time. Thank you to the guys and thank you to Tim (Cindric) for making that call. We got it right, but it was all about managing the race after that. I thought we had a very fast car, we got a pretty good start, and stayed out of the mayhem. Very, very happy for all of Team Penske, and this DeVilbiss Chevy was pretty bright, but it was pretty fast too.  I am pumped for all the No. 2 car guys today, they did an amazing job for Team Penske today.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): (About his pass for the lead at the start): “In 1997 I did a move in the No. 3 Hitachi Chevy like that in Indy Lights when I was driving here. It was really funny – because I’m like, ‘Man, I’m going to go for it.’ As soon as we were braking, we had the reds (Firestone alternate tires) and the car was really good. I didn’t lock (the brakes) or anything – it was a clean pass. I told the guys, ‘Listen, I’m going to be fair, but if there is an opportunity I’ll take it.’ Great job – great job to everybody at Team Penske and to Josef (Newgarden). Obviously, the yellow there was a little tough, but I’ll tell you what, our cars are good and this place is always like that. Whoever is in the lead sometimes gets caught with the yellow and gets the bad side of it.”

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Spoon River USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget Race Results

Morley Tops Spoon River Speed2s

Canton, IL……..Dillon Morley of Moline, Ill. led the final six laps of Saturday night’s 20-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Andy Baugh finished second ahead of Adam Taylor, Jeremy Hull and Shane Morgan. Mitchell Davis led the first 14 laps.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 – Canton, Illinois – Spoon River Speedway – “Gerald Denney Memorial”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 2. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 3. Austin Archdale (#2a Archdale), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers). 5. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold), 6. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 6. Todd Baker (#48 Baker). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 2. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 3. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 4. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 5, Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan). NT
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Carlson Leads All 20 to Win at Bear Ridge

Bradford, VT……..Seth Carlson of Brimfield, Mass. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night’s 20-lap “double points” USAC Speed2 DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. Derek O’Hearn finished second ahead of Joe Krawiec, Adam Whitney and Jeff Horn.
USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 –  Bradford, Vermont – Bear Ridge Speedway – “Shirley &  Mickey Bruleigh Memorial”
      FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 2. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 3. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 4. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 5. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson), 6. Derek O’Hearn (#5 Matczak). NT
      SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Alex Rose (#11 Rose), 4. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 5. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 6. Jeff Champagne (#10 Haskell). NT
      FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Seth Carlson, 2. Derek O’Hearn, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Adam Whitney, 5, Jeff Horn, 6. Dean Christensen, 7. Mark Cole, 8, Jake Higginson, 9. Will Hull, 10. Jeff Champagne, 11. Alex Rose, 12. Manny Dias. NT

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Ventura USAC Speed2 Western US Midget Race Results

Anderson Leads All 20 to Win at Ventura

Ventura, CA……..Daniel Anderson led all 20 laps to win Saturday night’s USAC Speed2 Western Midget race at the Ventura Raceway. Series overall point leader Jesse Love IV took second ahead of dirt point leader Adam Lemke, Mike Leach Sr. and Tom Paterson.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT RACE RESULTS: July 15 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Max Guilford (#14k Guilford), 2. Jet Davison (#59 Davison), 3. Adam Lemke (#41 Lemke), 4. Tom Paterson (#9 Paterson), 5. Jackson Dukes (#6 Dukes), 6. Mike Leach Sr. (#98 Leach), 7. Annie Breidinger (#15 Breidinger). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Leach (#33 Leach), 2. Daniel Anderson (#28 Anderson), 3. Ashley Hazelton (#5 Hazelton), 4. Jesse Love IV (#44L Love), 5. Cody Gerhardt (#40 Western Speed), 6. Jessica Valentine (#37 Pankratz), 7. Tyler Slay (#20w USW). NT FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Daniel Anderson, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Adam Lemke, 4. Mike Leach Sr., 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Mike Leach, 7. Annie Breidinger, 8. Ashley Hazelton, 9. Cody Gerhardt, 10. Jessica Valentine, 11.Tyler Slay, 12. Jet Davison, 13. Jackson Dukes, 14. Max Guilford. NT
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Medical Update on Driver Esteban Gutierrez

Dale Coyne Racing driver Esteban Gutierrez was re-evaluated by INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Michael Olinger this morning after experiencing concussion-like symptoms Saturday following a crash in Honda Indy Toronto qualifying. Gutierrez has been cleared to drive.

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McDaniels to Pace Overton’s 301

Josh McDaniels made his annual visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday with a new role.  The New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator is the honorary pace car driver for the Overton’s 301 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race this afternoon.

McDaniels is the latest team member to drive, joining Julian Edelman and Rob Ninkovich. They warned him about getting bumped by a driver in the front row, but McDaniels is looking forward to pacing today’s field.

“This race actually falls in a real nice time for us ’cause we’re off in the middle of June till about the 24th or 25th of July so this is the one we can come to.”

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Cummins’ Last Lap, Last Corner Move Nets Spectacular Haubstadt ISW Victory

Haubstadt, Indiana………As soon as the yellow light switched on for the final caution period of the evening, Kyle Cummins devised a plan.

It was a plan born out of necessity that Cummins felt served as his best bet to compete for a victory in the closing laps of Saturday night’s penultimate Indiana Sprint Week presented by Camping World round at Tri-State Speedway.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. seemingly had the event stowed away for safe-keeping after leading the first 27 circuits of the 30-lap event, but a double-dose of yellow flags in the final laps would turn the tide for Cummins of nearby Princeton, Indiana.

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Petaluma USAC Western Midget Race Results

Faccinto Last of 4 Leaders at Petaluma

Petaluma, CA……..Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. won Saturday night’s hotly-contested “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” at Petaluma Speedway. The USAC Western Midget race was co-sanctioned by BCRA. Faccinto passed Ronnie Gardner on lap 24 and led the final seven laps to beat rankie Guerrini, Alex Schutte, Shannon McQueen and Danny Carroll.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” (Co-sanctioned by BCRA)

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.635; 2. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.665; 3. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.679; 4. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.702; 5. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.842; 6. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-14.892; 7. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.931; 8. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.955; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.035; 10. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.093; 11. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-15.117; 12. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.220; 13. Danny Carroll, 9C, Dodenhoff-15.253; 14. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.274; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.279; 16. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-15.367; 17. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.519; 18. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.605; 19. Floyd Alvis, 1, Champion-15.897; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-15.959; 21. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-16.122; 22. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-16.328; 23. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.750.
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Haubstadt USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Results: July 15, 2017

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 – Haubstadt, Indiana – Tri-State Speedway – “Indiana Sprint Week” Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.362; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.474; 3. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.562; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-13.712; 5. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.771; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.788; 7. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-13.791; 8. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-13.838; 9. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.859; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.860; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.891; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.898; 13. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.918; 14. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.945; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.008; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.021; 17. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.036; 18. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-14.049; 19. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.051; 20. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.075; 21. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.084; 22. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.102; 23. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.128; 24. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.138; 25. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.138; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.351; 27. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.369; 28. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-14.409; 29. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.417; 30. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.421; 31. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.491; 32. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-14.518; 33. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-15.030; 34. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-16.000; 35. Ted Hines, 12x, Hines-16.143.

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Hayslett Wire-to-Wire at Montpelier

Montpelier, IN……..Korbyn Hayslett of Troy, Ohio led all 25 laps of Saturday night’s USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway. Stratton Briggs, Alex Watson, Aaron Leffel and Mike Hessel rounded out the “top-five.”

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 – Montpelier, Indiana – Montpelier Motor Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Chuck Taylor (11T Taylor) and Jim Jones (Jones #97).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1 Korbyn Hayslett (#1H Hayslett), 2. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 3. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 4. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 5. Mike Hessel (#7M Hessel), 6. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 7. Chris Whipple (#44w Whipple). 8. Corey Bedwell (#97 Jones),9. Nick Corea (#38 Dori). NT

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Pagenaud Claims First Pole of 2017 with Record-setting Lap at Toronto

TORONTO (Saturday, July 15, 2017) – Simon Pagenaud has put himself in the thick of the hunt for a second straight Verizon IndyCar Series title without earning the pole position for a race in 2017. Until today, that is.

The reigning series champion set a track record for the current layout on the streets of Exhibition Place to capture the Verizon P1 Award and first starting position for the Honda Indy Toronto. The driver of the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet will lead the 21-car field to the green flag in Sunday’s 85-lap race on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street circuit.

HONDA INDY TORONTO: Qualifying results

In the Firestone Fast Six – the third and final round of the knockout qualifying format employed on Verizon IndyCar Series road and street courses – Pagenaud clocked a lap of 58.9124 seconds (109.138 mph) to win his first pole position of the season and 10th of his eight-year Indy car career. The lap was more than eight-tenths of a second quicker than the previous record (59.7747 seconds) set last year by Will Power.

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“What They’re Saying” from Honda Indy Toronto Qualifying

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was a really good lap, one of the best I’ve ever put together. Certainly, there is not much more in it, but the whole qualifying I worked on details and driving. My teammates, they are tremendous. It’s such a good atmosphere when we work together. Each practice we talked about how we manage the corners and we keep improving each other. I feel like I really extracted the best out of my car, the best out of my setup today. It’s obviously the most satisfying thing and that is what I’m always seeking for.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet): “We just missed the Firestone Fast Six by like a tenth of a second or something. I didn’t get it done. The margins in this series are razor thin and sometimes you come up on the short end. The DeVilbiss Chevrolet guys have worked hard and the car is really solid. It’s not like all is lost or anything. We’ll start seventh and go to work from there.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): “It was pretty good. The Hitachi Chevy was running really, really good. Obviously, my teammates, we’re all working together, pushing each other, and in my group, the car was running really smooth, picking up a little bit of understeer with the blacks (Firestone primary tires), so I was trying to make some adjustments. That’s the fun part about it, you start making some adjustments and try to rush into it. But it worked pretty well and we saved the best for last. But definitely, Simon (Pagenaud) put up a phenomenal lap out there. I mean, I wish I would have started with brand new (tires) instead of stopping and coming back in, so it would have given us a little bit more of a possibility to keep pushing every lap.” Continue reading ‘“What They’re Saying” from Honda Indy Toronto Qualifying’

Santos and Swanson LOR Podium Stranglehold on the Line Thursday Night

Each generation provides a group of racers who stand out amongst the crowd in regards to their prowess on certain types of surfaces, distances and the types of car.

In the decade of the 2010s, a trio of drivers have maintained a stranglehold of Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway each time the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS has made the trip to the .686-mile paved oval west of Indy where they head to this Thursday night, July 20 for the “Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic.”

Earlier this May when series made the first of two visits to LOR this season, those same three names once again were in play as the race unfolded: Kody Swanson, Bobby Santos, and Tanner Swanson 1-2-3. And oh, so familiar sight that has greeted onlookers each time these past seven years.

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Top 5 Effort for Bock

Brendon Bock charged from 18th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday to recorded his first top five of the season. Bock was mad because qualifying was canceled. His car was first and third in the two scuff sessions run prior to the Eastern Propane and Oil 100.

Bock was battling a loose car in the center and off the corners. Changes at halfway made the car better and allowed the Franklin Square, NY driver to return to the top five.

Bock was following the battle for the lead in the closing laps. Contact between Doug Coby and Ryan Newman brought out the caution with two laps remaining.

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Coby Awaiting First Win of 2017

Doug Coby of Milford, CT was leading Saturday’s Eastern Propane and Oil 100 with four laps to go before a late spin relegated him to an 11th place finish in overtime. Contact with Ryan Newman’s right front sent Coby spinning in turn 3.

“He (Newman) tried to split the difference of the cars, split the gap, and just clobbered me. He came over and apologized and I told him we’re just we’re all trying to win Loudon and you’re gonna put your car places where maybe it shouldn’t go and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.”

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Lamb Wins Wake County 50-lapper; Rain Stops Kenly

Raleigh, N.C………Chris Lamb of Greensboro, N.C. won Friday night;s 50-lap USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget race at Wake County Speedway. He took the lead from Jessica Bean on lap 14 and led the rest of the way. Bean, who led the first 13 laps, finished second ahead of Jake Garcia, Jake Trainor, and Sam Hatfield. Saturday’s scheduled race at Kenly, N.C. has been canceled due to rain.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2017 – Raleigh, North Carolina – Wake County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-12.664; 2. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-12,712; 3. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-12.723; 4. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-12.857; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-12.930; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-12.935; 7. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-13.054; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-13.077; 9. Scott Milan, 99, Radical-13.181; 10. Connor Yonchuk, 28, Radical-13.654.

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Jake Garcia, 4. Jake Trainor, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Neal Allison, 7. Scott Milan, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Connor Yonchuk. (NOTE: George Kurtz #4 disqualified for failing to pass technical inspection). NT
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Veteran Drivers Montoya, Servia Named to Test Universal Aero Kit

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 15, 2017) – Veteran Indy car drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia have been named by INDYCAR to perform testing duties for the Dallara universal aero kit to be used by all Verizon IndyCar Series teams starting in the 2018 season.

Testing of the universal kit, which will be fitted to the current Dallara IR-12 chassis used by all teams, begins July 25-26 on the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Subsequent tests will take place on the permanent road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the short oval at Iowa Speedway and a street-course simulation at Sebring International Raceway.

The two test cars will represent the engine manufacturers currently competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Team Penske will provide the Chevrolet-powered Dallara chassis to be driven by Montoya. Servia will drive a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara with a Honda engine.

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Lemke Takes Kern County Speed2 Dirt Main

Bakersfield, CA……..Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. grabbed Friday night’s 20-lap USAC Speed2 Western US Midget race at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Jesse Love IV was second ahead of Ashley Hazelton, Max Guilford, and Tom Paterson.
USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
      QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-16.283; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-16.352, 3-Adam Lemke, 41, Lemke-16.387, 4. David Prickett, 20, USW-16.529; 5. Cody Gerhardt, 40, Western Speed-16.533; 6. Jackson Dukes, 6, Dukes-16.568; 7. Max Guilford, 14k, Guilford-16.730; 8. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-17.452; 9. Jesse Love IV, 44L, Love-17.887.

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Thomas Leaves No Doubt in Bloomington “Sheldon Kinser Memorial” Score

Bloomington, Indiana………Indiana Sprint Week at Bloomington Speedway is pretty much where it began for Kevin Thomas, Jr. five years ago.

Fourteen USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins and five Indiana Sprint Week victories later, the Cullman, Alabama native finally made a return visit to Bloomington victory lane, leading the final 28 laps of Friday night’s 29th Annual “Sheldon Kinser Memorial” to score his second series victory of the year and vaulting him into the ISW presented by Camping World point lead with two events remaining.

With a full decade under his belt as a mainstay on the USAC Sprint Car scene as well as Bloomington Speedway, the 25-year-old, who made his first Bloomington USAC appearance as a teenager back in 2007, has a fair share of experience on the red, Southern Indiana clay.

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Bloomington AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Race Results

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2017 – Bloomington, Indiana – Bloomington Speedway – 29th “Sheldon Kinser Memorial” – “Indiana Sprint Week” – Presented by Camping World
      PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-10.842; 2. Ryan Bernal, 17G, On The Gass-11.032; 3. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.037; 4. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-11.069; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9k, KT-11.078; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11,095; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-11.127; 8. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-11.151; 9. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-11.155; 10. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-11.162; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 44, Pace-11.170; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.181; 13. Jeff Bland Jr., 66w, Waltz-11.194; 14. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.210; 15. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-11.262; 16. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.290; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.318; 18. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-11.326; 19. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.326; 20. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.357; 21. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.367; 22. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-11.372; 23. Brody Roa, 91T, BR-11.386; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.482; 25. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-11.483; 26. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-11.500; 27. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J Motorsports-11.530; 28. Jon Stanbrough, 77, Wingo-11.551; 29. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.553; 30. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.597; 31. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.612; 32. Jerry Coons Jr., 21k, Krockenberger-11.652; 33. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-11.711; 34. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-11.813; 35. Katlynn Leer, 77k, Leer-11.820; 36. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-11.842; 37. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-11.916; 38. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-12.415; 39. Brady Ottinger, 4B, 4J Motorsports-12.630; 40. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-(Time of 11.864 disallowed).
      SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. K.Thomas Jr., 3. Bland, 4. B.Short, 5. C.Short, 6. Grant, 7. Andretti, 8. Farney, 9. Barksdale, 10. Underwood. NT

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How Much Is At Stake Sunday At Big Diamond Speedway? Huge Payout, STSS Championship Battles, American Racer Cup Points & Much More!

MINERSVILLE, PA – How much is at stake this Sunday (July 16) at Big Diamond Speedway?

The list goes on…

For the only time in 2017, the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By VP hosts a combined point event, featuring the stars of both the Halmar International North Region and Velocita-USA South Region for the potent big-block/small-block Modifieds.

Within a single, hotly contested 50-lap feature, drivers will be locked into chases for the $12,500 STSS North Region title and the $10,000 STSS South Region championships. Last year, more than $60,000 in total was distributed at the STSS Awards Banquet!

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Pagenaud Takes Heart in Being Fastest in Toronto Practice

TORONTO (Friday, July 14, 2017) – Simon Pagenaud says his fortune has not been that good in the past at the Honda Indy Toronto, so the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion looks at being fastest in today’s practices as a positive sign.

Pagenaud turned the quick lap of the day in this afternoon’s 45-minute session on the streets of Exhibition Place. Driving the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet, Pagenaud circled the 1.786-mile temporary circuit in 1 minute, 0.2573 of a second (106.702 mph).

HONDA INDY TORONTO: Practice 1 results; Practice 2 results; Combined practice results

In eight previous Toronto races, Pagenaud has never qualified better than second or finished better than fourth. The 33-year-old Frenchman wants to improve in both areas in this weekend’s 33rd Indy car race at Toronto since 1986.

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“What They’re Saying” from Honda Indy Toronto Practice

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet): “The car has been phenomenal all day. I feel very comfortable. It’s great to be back in Toronto. This track is so much fun to drive on because it’s different to other tracks. Here it’s very low grip, you slide around in the corners. The tarmac changes throughout the corner, and it’s giving you a great challenge. I really enjoy that, I really do. You need to change your driving corner-to-corner. It’s not boring, I can tell you that. I’m excited. Again, the DXC car is really good. The track is changing as all the series go on, so we’re going to need to follow the track. I think we’ve started right where we need to be. The difficult part from now is to find the magic setup on the car for the red (Firestone alternate) tires. Like Will (Power) said, there’s quite a bit of a difference on the balance from the black (Firestone primary) tires to the reds. We’ll see, I think we’re OK, but that’s going to be the tough part.”

CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Starting the session, the car was really good. There was a large improvement (over Practice 1), which is nice. It was crazy to have the small failure that we had (heim joint on rear suspension), but the track is very bumpy, so those things happen. I’m just glad it wasn’t any worse than it was and that we had the run off in Turn 1. We’re in a really good position for tomorrow, I think the car was a lot better and we still ended up in the top 15 even without running reds (Firestone alternate tires), so that’s good.”

MAX CHILTON (No. 8 Gallagher Honda): “We picked up three positions from first to second practice today in the Gallagher car, but there is still more work to be done. This series is so close and the times are so tight, which is a direct reflection of the competition in INDYCAR. You really have to be on your game each weekend and get the most out of the car to be near the front. We’ll take what we learned from today and adapt for tomorrow and hopefully get a spot in the Firestone Fast Six.”

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