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Newgarden Eclipses Barber Pole Master Power for Verizon P1 Award

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Saturday, April 21, 2018) – Josef Newgarden didn’t have to look far for the benchmark in qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park. Team Penske teammate Will Power is a four-time Verizon IndyCar Series pole winner at the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course.

Newgarden knew he would need to outperform Power in the Firestone Fast Six today to collect the Verizon P1 Award in qualifying for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First, and he did just that – barely. Newgarden’s last lap in the final round of knockout qualifying clipped Power by a mere 0.0128 of a second for top honors.


Newgarden will start first in Sunday’s scheduled 90-lap race in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske, after a lap of 1 minute, 7.4413 seconds (122.773 mph). It earned Newgarden his first pole position at Barber and the third of his seven-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama qualifying

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner, 2018 Verizon P1 Award winner): “Tim (Cindric, race strategist) was telling me when I came in what the lap time was. I didn’t know if that was going to be enough. It was a good lap. Actually, I like this set of tires a little bit better than the others. You almost have a favorite sometimes with the Firestones, but they held up well. I think he had a slight advantage because he didn’t have to do a hot lap on his, but I knew our car was quick. After I saw the time we did on this set of tires I knew we had a shot at it. Really proud of everybody, Hitachi being on the car with us, it’s good to get them a first pole and just everyone else. Team Chevy has done a really good job. They have really given us the good power this weekend, good drivability. We are going to need some fuel mileage tomorrow, which I think we will have, but it’s going to get mixed up with the rain. So, I think the first part of this weekend is done. We just need to focus on tomorrow now and see how we are going to get through the weather.”

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “Tough qualifying for the team, for me, for Tony (Kanaan). We just didn’t have the speed today, this whole weekend. We’ve got a lot to talk about, debrief and see what we can do to improve the car for the road courses.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics SPM Honda): “Pretty solid qualifying for us. We didn’t have a great test here a couple of weeks ago. We unrolled with a car that had some challenges. This Arrow Electronics SPM team did a great job over lunch yesterday and again overnight. This morning, Robbie (Wickens) and I went different ways on setups trying to find some things… We talked beforehand, and I actually had to lean on him, so big thanks to the Lucas Oil boys. It’s so nice having a great teammate that we can bounce ideas off on and work through this new car together. A top-five start – it’s great to be up front when it’s raining (laughter), unfortunately, that’s what tomorrow looks like. Happy for the guys to be back in the Firestone Fast Six, and we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

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O’connor (F1600) and Dixon (F2000) Score Road Atlanta Poles

F2000 Saturday Report:

Dixon Scores First Pole of 2018 F2000 Season

Braselton, GA – A lap of 1:24.787 earned Brandon Dixon the first pole position of the 2018 F2000 Championship Series season, as he narrowly edged Steve Jenks by just over a tenth of a second in Saturday afternoon qualifying from Road Atlanta. Davis Durrett and Simon Sikes, a pair of series newcomers, qualified third and fourth, while Reece Everard completed the top five. Full Results.

Dixon Leads Road Atlanta Practice

Braselton, GA – Defending F2000 Championship Series title-winner Brandon Dixon posted the fastest lap over the course of two 30-minute practice sessions at Road Atlanta with a quick time of 1:25.467. Simon Sikes was second fastest, with Steve Jenks and Davis Durrett following in a competitive second practice. Results here.

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Carroll Wins Creek County Wingless Sprints Oklahoma 25-Lapper

Sapulpa, OK……..Craig Carroll of Collinsville, Okla. won Friday night’s 25-lap USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Creek County Speedway. He led the final 23 laps after passing David McDuffee on lap three. Zach Chappell, Kyle Clark, Michael Day and Alex DeCamp rounded out the “top-five.” The series continues May 11 at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2018 – Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Creek County Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. David Stephenson (#22 Stephenson), 2. David McDuffee (#43 McDuffee), 3. Ricky Crawford (#11C Crawford), 4. Dillon Laden (#18 Laden), 5. Matt Moore (#22M Barksdale), 6. Justin Dunn (#19 Dunn), 7. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 8. Michael Tyre II (#11 Tyre). NT

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Klaasmeyer Claims Career-First in Knepper Memorial

Belleville, IL – When the dust settled, Tucker Klaasmeyer notched two career-firsts in the same night at Belle-Clair Speedway. Adding his name to the lengthy list of Knepper Memorial victors, Klaasmeyer claimed his first-career POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League win and the 27th Annual Arnie Knepper Memorial.

Starting outside row two, Klaasmeyer immediately jumped into the second position behind Andrew Felker on the initial lap. In what was a marathon of cautions, Klaasmeyer eventually picked off Felker on the restart following the red flag on lap nine. Enduring pressure from teammates Logan Seavey and Ryan Robinson, Klaasmeyer felt Seavey’s pressure mid-way. Challenging for the lead on 20, Seavey almost had the lead going into lap 22, only to be caught up with lap car and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Sam Johnson, ending his bid for the lead.

In the final laps, Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Ryan Robinson closely followed Klaasmeyer as Andrew Felker applied pressure from the third position. Joe B. Miller charged from the 11th starting position to fourth, while Grady Chandler came from deep in the field at the 18th starting position to close out the top five.

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Jimmy McCune Hits Must See Racing Milestone with Season-Opening Win

WILLIAMSTON, S.C. – At the end of a marathon night that was anything but easy, Jimmy McCune cruised to his milestone 25th Must See Racing Sprint Car Series win at Anderson Motor Speedway.

McCune led all 50 laps for the second year running, completing a hat trick of victories at the three-eighths-mile South Carolina oval. The three-time defending series champion has now led 139 consecutive laps at AMS in Must See Racing competition, winning in each of the last three years.

Though McCune made his performance look effortless, he had to endure a six-caution epic that included a fuel stop with three laps left, as well as nurse an ailing motor to the finish before he could take home the spoils of victory in the winner’s circle.

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Brandon Sheppard Wins From 12th at Whynot Motorsports Park

MERIDIAN, MS­– April 20, 2018– The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series returned to action on Friday evening at Whynot Motorsports Park for the first of two nights for the inaugural Queen City Shootout. This was the Series first race in 62 days due to several cancellations for weather, but Mother Nature finally showed some mercy and the 50-lap feature was worth the wait. The 2017 World of Outlaws Champion Brandon Sheppard charged from 12th to collect his second win of the 2018 season.

“That was definitely not an easy one there. [Chris] Madden and Big Billy [Moyer] did a great job,” said Sheppard. “The track was really tricky tonight. The line kept changing all over the place. I could roll the middle there pretty good for a little bit, and then I could go to the bottom, and then I could move up, and then the middle got dirty there. We had a good car early, I think we just ran the wrong line in qualifying.”

The dominant New Berlin, IL driver qualified 21st overall earlier in the day which placed him fifth in his heat race. Sheppard was able to finish third in his heat which secured his transfer spot into the $10,000-to-win feature event. In the first lap of the race, Sheppard had remarkably gained four positions. By lap 13, Sheppard had bypassed Moyer for second and began chasing down pole-sitter and race-long leader, Madden. Known for his patient approach to take over the lead position, Sheppard made the pass for the top spot on lap 41 when the perfect time arose.

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Wood, Twigg Take Thrilling Enduro Cup Opener at Philip Island

DALE Wood has won a thrilling opener to the Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia Enduro Cup at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, while a late-race pass saw Max Twigg take the TAG Heuer Pro-Am class.

Wood won the longest ever Carrera Cup Australia single-driver race contested, having held out a quartet of close rivals for much of the 25-lap duration.

The Sonic Motor racing driver started from pole position, however, spent the entire race fending off young gun Dylan O’Keeffe in a battle for the lead.

In an intense battle, O’Keeffe made several, ultimately unsuccessful, attempts to wrestle the lead away from Wood, including a run around the outside of turn one and a similar move several laps later at the fearsome ‘Hayshed’ corner.

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Wayne Johnson Masters ASCS Red River at Creek County Speedway

SAPULPA, Okla. (April 20, 2018) Picking up Friday’s $2,000 top prize, Oklahoma City’s Wayne Johnson was superb in slower traffic at Creek County Speedway with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.

Johnson’s fifth career victory with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, the Outlaw Wings No. 2c took the green from the fifth starting spot. Rolling runner-up on Lap 14 after a multi-lap battle with Sean McClelland, traffic brought race-long leader, Matt Covington, into view.

Maneuvering through the low line into turn-one on Lap 17, Johnson pulled even with Covington but was denied the position. Swinging momentum through turns three and four, Wayne stuck to the top through the first and second turns to take the top spot away from the A-Rock Materials No. 95.

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Pittman Shrugs Off Slow Start to Year with Riverside Victory

WEST MEMPHIS, AR – April 20, 2018 – Daryn Pittman has had a slow start to the 2018 season. That all changed Friday night at Riverside International Speedway, when the Owasso, OK native picked up his 73rd career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory, moving him into 10th all-time on the Series win list. Pittman’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Brad Sweet came from ninth to finish second, with Paul McMahan completing the podium.

“I’m not done yet,” Pittman said after emerging from his ionomy sponsored No.9 machine in Victory Lane. “As a driver, when you start off the season like that, you can’t help but question yourself and your ability,” Pittman, who had yet to score a top-five finish before tonight’s win, added.

Sheldon Haudenschild continued his blazing start to the 2018 season, setting fast time over the 32-car field and storming from fifth to take the Craftsman Club Dash. But it was Daryn Pittman leading the opening lap, coming from third to take command of the field down the backstretch.

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The Wild Child wins an All Star thriller at Attica Raceway Park

ATTICA, Ohio (April 20, 2018) – The “Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild certainly lived up to his nickname on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park, and at 60 years of age, the Wooster, Ohio, native is still padding a racing resume that now includes 31 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victories.
Despite starting from the pole position, Haudenschild’s path to Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory lane during the Core & Main Spring Nationals presented by Fisher Performance did not come effortless, ultimately surviving multiple challenges during a mid-race battle with Lemoore, California’s Carson Macedo, and a late-race surge by second-generation racer, Lee Jacobs, to claim his first victory of the season.
“This feels really good. The car was great all night,” Haudenschild explained, pilot of the Haudenschild Racing/Southern Pacific Farms/Finzer Farms/No. 3. “That was a lot of fun. I had an opportunity to watch Carson (Macedo) race when he was younger out in California. He is a talented racer and he is going to win a lot of races.”

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Jac Haudenschild Holds Off Lee Jacobs for Thrilling All Star Win at Attica

ATTICA, Ohio – It’s hard to believe in his hall of fame career Jac Haudenschild has only won one feature at Attica Raceway Park. “The Wild Child” added a second Friday in dramatic fashion, holding off Lee Jacobs to score his 31st career Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Presented by Mobile 1 win during the Core & Main Spring Nationals Presented by Fisher Performance.

The 40-lap feature saw five lead changes at the start finish line with numerous other top spot swaps elsewhere around the one-third mile oval. Wooster, Ohio’s Haudenschild first battled Max Stambaugh the first third of the race, then swapped the lead with Carson Macedo throughout the middle stages. When Macedo’s night ended with a flat tire with six laps to go, Jacobs was next up to challenge Haudenschild the remaining six laps. When the checkers flew Haudenschild’s margin of victory was only 0.144 seconds. Ironically Haudenschild battled Lee Jacobs’ father Kenny on the World of Outlaws trail for many years. And just as strange – Haudenschild, who is known to race the extreme high line of a track, accomplished the win utilizing the very bottom groove.

“The car felt good. The guys had the car going good. Lee got up there and the 3G (Macedo) was up there and it was some good racing. You don’t like to see a restart there at the end of the race but I knew Lee..he’s like his old man, he’s really good on the bottom of the race track. He did a hell of a job. Carson is fun to race with. I watched him get started out in California when I was out there and he’s a heck of a driver too and he’s going to when a lot of races,” said Haudenschild beside his Southern Pacific Farms/Whistle Stop Bar & Grill/Finzer Farm/Ron Jacobs Trucking backed #3.

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USAC Win #9 for Bean at Anderson Motor Speedway

Williamston, SC……..Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. scored her ninth career USAC feature victory in Friday night’s 35-lap Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Anderson Motor Speedway. Johnny Bridges led the first 19 laps and finished second while Bean led the final 16 laps for the win. Neal Allison, fast qualifier Sam Hatfield, and Nolan Allison rounded out the “top-five” at the checkered flag.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: April 20, 2018 – Williamston, South Carolina – Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Sam Hatfield, 9, Lamb-15.443; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.475; 3. .778; 3. Nolan Allison, 56, Allison-15.615; 4. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.778; 5. Johnny Bridges, 28, Lewis-15.845; 6. Dameron Taylor, 8, Radical-15.858; 7. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.931; 8. Jordan Empie, 3, Radical-16.878.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Johnny Bridges, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Connor Gross, 7. Jordan Empie, 8. Dameron Taylor. NT

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Over 45 Cars Participate in Friday’s Practice at Knoxville

Knoxville, IA, April 20, 2018 – Over 45 cars participated in Friday’s practice night at Knoxville. Quickest lap of the night unofficially went to Davey Heskin at 14.779 seconds.  Calvin Landis led the led the 360’s with a lap of 15.734 seconds. The 305’s were led unofficially by Kade Higday’s 16.511 seconds.  The night was not without incident, Chase Wanner rolled over in turn one towards the end of the practice session.

Some of the participants…

410 (17) – 20 AJ Moeller, 09 Matt Juhl, 24 Terry McCarl, 85 Chase Wanner, 71A RJ Johnson, 55 Brooke Tatnell, 2KS Austin McCarl, 7w Tasker Phillips, 4 Dakota Hendrickson, 56N Davey Heskin, 7 Dustin Selvage, 9 Rager Phillips, 12 Lynton Jeffrey, 5J Jamie Ball, 49 Josh Schneiderman, 44 Chris Martin, 28 Scott Bogucki

360 (16) – 53 Joe Beaver, 2D Dusty Ballenger, 4 Jon Agan, 4J Lee Grosz, 55 McKenna Haase, 2m Matt Moro, 17 Tyler Groenendyk, 40c Cody Wehrle, 70 Calvin Landis, 24N Nathan Mills, 99 Skylar Gee, 21 Robbie Price, 15 Christian Bowman, 5J Jamie Ball, 76 Brad Comegys, 10 Ryan Leavitt

305 (14) – 33 Jayce Jenkins, 50 Michael Ayers, 67 Jon Hughes, 71 Brandon Worthington, 81E Eric Bridger, 1K Kelby Watt, 0 Mike Mayberry, 64c Casey Greubel, 48D Dallas Mendenhall, 99 Matthew Stelzer, 22 Ryan Leavitt, 5c Devin Kline, 24 Kade Higday, 26 Chase Young

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Newgarden Feels Right at Home Leading Practice at Barber Motorsports Park

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Friday, April 20, 2018) – Josef Newgarden has found a home at his “home track.”

Winner of two of the last three Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First races, Newgarden led Verizon IndyCar Series practice today for this year’s ninth running that takes place Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. Newgarden toured the picturesque 17-turn, 2.3-mile permanent road course in 1 minute, 7.4345 seconds (122.786 mph) in the latter of two practice sessions.

HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA: Practice 1 results; Practice 2 results; Combined practice results

Newgarden, who hails from 200 miles away in Nashville, Tennessee, calls Barber his home track. The driver of the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet collected the first win of his Verizon IndyCar Series career at Barber in 2015. He won again in 2017, kick-starting a run to the season championship in his first year with Team Penske.

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‘What They’re Saying’ from Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama practice

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner, 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion): “It’s great…home track for me. It wins the war between this place and Indianapolis (Motor Speedway) because it’s an hour closer, so I think that’s why I call it the home track. Unfortunately, we don’t race in Nashville anymore. But I’ve always loved Barber. It is a special place for me. It’s the place I got my first win with CFH (Racing) back in the day, and it’s a place I won my first race for Team Penske. It’s had a couple firsts for me, so it’s been good for that. Good memories. I love this racetrack. I think it’s one of the best that we get to drive at from sort of a style standpoint. It’s very technical, but it’s got a lot of flow to it. It feels kind of like a roller coaster to me is the best way to describe the style of it. I have a lot of fun here. I think it’s great. We’re going to try and have a good weekend. We had a pretty good start for the most part. We had some issues in the first session. Just kind of been dealing with a couple things that I think we got sorted out for the second session there, but we seem like we’ve got some speed. I think our other cars got some speed, as well. Simon (Pagenaud) looked like he suffered from maybe a similar problem, and I don’t think Will (Power) had a very good lap, so I think those guys will be right there with us. Team Penske I think is going to be strong tomorrow, I’m sure.

MATHEUS “MATT” LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “We’re struggling with understeer in mid-corner, so we need more rotation in the car. If we can fix the mid-corner understeer, we’re going to have a fast car tomorrow. We’ll keep working on it, and hopefully, we’ll have a great weekend.”

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “We learned a lot today. We tried to come test here a few weeks ago, but unfortunately, Mother Nature had a different plan, so we didn’t get a lot of running in. We came into this weekend with a bit of an evolution from what we tested, still were a little bit off, and over lunch, the Arrow Electronics guys made a couple of great changes. It doesn’t look great on the timesheets because our fast lap was when that red flag came out, so they took it away from us. I think we’re decently inside the top 10, which is a big jump from this morning.”

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Doug Coby Prepared for Solid Run at NAPA Spring Sizzler®

Stafford Springs, CT — Doug Coby comes into the 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in search of a 5th consecutive championship.  His quest though, has gotten off to a slow start for the 2nd consecutive season.  Last year Coby finished 13th and 31st in the first two races before a 2nd place finish in the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® got his season turned around.  Coby is once again looking to the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler® to get his season back on track after finishes of 14th and 6th in the first two races of 2018.

“A stronger start to the season would have been ideal, but it hasn’t been as bad as it could have been,” said Coby.  “We qualified good at Thompson but got into a couple of jingles during the race and bent the car up and we still finished 6th.  We could have even gotten as high as second with the car being bent up, but with a 36 car field, we also could have finished 34th or 35th.  So it hasn’t been an ideal start, but it’s better than the start we got off to last year for sure.  It’s been good timing to come to Stafford where we run so well.  Last year we set the track record in qualifying and finished 2nd  in the race.  Coming home to Stafford is always nice for us, no matter how the season has started.”

When it comes to the Whelen Modified Tour and Stafford, Coby has been the man to beat over the last three years.  In the 11 NWMT races run at Stafford since 2015, Coby has 4 wins and 3 second place finishes to go along with 7 pole positions.  Coby has qualified in the top-3 in 10 consecutive Stafford races, including a run of 6 consecutive pole positions from the 2015 NAPA Fall Final through the 2017 NAPA Spring Sizzler®.

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Dixon will compete on NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, April 20, 2018) – Though he has the most race wins of any active Verizon IndyCar Series driver, Scott Dixon has his eyes set on a new kind of victory in intense competition – being a bona fide “INDYCAR Ninja.”

Dixon, 37, will compete in the 10th season of NBC’s hit obstacle-course competition series “American Ninja Warrior,” which will film its city qualifier and city finals episodes in Indianapolis on April 29-30. The top athletes from the first night of competition move on to the city finals round on the second night. From there, the top ninjas move on to the show’s national finals later this year in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

Other cities hosting “American Ninja Warrior” qualifiers this year are Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The new season of “American Ninja Warrior” premieres on Wednesday, May 30 — three days following the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The first Indianapolis episode is currently scheduled to air on Monday, June 18 when the show moves to its regular Monday time slot (8 p.m. ET/PT). For more information, visit the “American Ninja Warrior” website.

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Georgetown Speedway Prevails Against the Weather: Stewart Friesen (Sunoco Modified) & Ross Robinson (RUSH Late Model) Lead Winners

GEORGETOWN, DE – Afternoon rain, brutal wind, and cold didn’t deter Thursday night’s ‘Battle of the Bay’ program at Georgetown Speedway.

And both Stewart Friesen and Ross Robinson were thankful.

Friesen, of Sprakers, N.Y., annexed the Sunoco Modified 30-lap main event while Georgetown, Del.’s own Robinson bested a strong field of RUSH Late Models during the division’s inaugural tour event at the Sussex County half-mile.

A dramatic shift in weather saw off-and-on rain throughout the day followed by high winds and frigid temperatures. Georgetown Speedway management opted to press on with the night’s program and pushed the event through rapidly.

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Saturday’s Montpelier USAC Sprint Race Cancelled

Montpelier, Indiana………Montpelier Motor Speedway officials have made the decision to cancel this Saturday’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event due to saturated grounds, including standing water in the parking lot and pit area, plus unseasonably cool temperatures over the last few days and nights.

The Montpelier race was to have been the Midwest opener for the series, which now focuses on next weekend’s Indiana doubleheader, Friday, April 27 at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday, April 28 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.  Additionally, USAC’s big weekend concludes with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series dirt opener Sunday, April 29 at the Terre Haute Action Track.

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Four Divisions of Racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday Night

Bechtelsville, PA April 20, 2018 . . . It is going to be an action-packed night of auto racing at Grandview Speedway on Saturday night (April 21) with four divisions of racing excitement being offered.

Even though there is a fourth division of racing being presented there is no increase in admission prices. Fans will be treated to the start of the NASCAR season with the TP Trailers 358 Modifieds, Late Models, and Sportsman stock cars in action while the Blast from the Past Vintage racers will show fans what racing was like in past years.

A full series of qualifying events will be presented leading up to feature events in each division and all for the low admission price of $15 for adults while youngsters under 12 are admitted free. Pit admission is $30 and a NASCAR license is required.

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NASCAR and the Arbor Day Foundation Announce New Community Tree Recovery Initiative

Trees to be Planted Across Race Communities Devastated by Natural Disasters; NASCAR Supports Preservation of Environment Through Year-Long Effort 

Daytona Beach, Fla. (April 20, 2018) — As Earth Day approaches this weekend, NASCAR along with select Official Partners and the Arbor Day Foundation today announced a new initiative that will be responsible for planting and distributing trees to communities devastated by natural disasters across the United States.

“Over the past decade we have focused on supporting environmental sustainability through the NASCAR Green platform. We look forward to continuing our year-round mission to reduce impact, offset and work to preserve the natural environment while inspiring fans to do the same,” said Lou Garate, Vice President, Partnership Marketing, NASCAR. “This new initiative with the Arbor Day Foundation, supported and enhanced by our Official Partners, is a direct reflection of the effort being made across the industry to be more sustainable.”

As part of the effort, NASCAR and the Arbor Day Foundation will host a series of community tree recovery events throughout the year. Events are scheduled to take place throughout the summer and fall in key race markets affected by natural disasters, including North Carolina, California, Texas, and Florida. NASCAR Official Partners are contributing time, people and resources throughout the initiative. Partners currently participating are: AMR, Flagship Solutions Group, Growth Energy, Hotels for Hope, K&N Engineering, Mechanix Wear, and Safety-Kleen.

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The Days of Cash Only Are Now History With New Partnership With Square

All Eight SMI Tracks Across the U.S. Continue “Fans First” Commitment To Square Partnership for Quick and Easy Concession Transactions.

LOUDON, N.H. – Speedway Motorsports, Inc. tracks across the country, including New Hampshire Motor Speedway, have partnered with Square to provide fans with the opportunity to pay using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google play at concession stands that have previously been cash only.

Square’s point-of-sale system is a new part of SMI’s “Fans First” commitment, as its innovative technology, simple design and fast payment processing – most transactions going through in five seconds or less – help save time, allowing fans to get back to the grandstands quickly so they don’t miss as much of the action on the track while fueling up their own system.

“Speedway Motorsports is all about the fans, and our efforts with Square give us a chance to make fans’ trips to the concessions stands a lot more convenient,” said Marcus Smith, the president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “We want our fans to enjoy great food that is easy to grab, scan and go. With Square coming on board, the process is quicker and smoother.”

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Carrera Cup Field Readies for Endurance Battle at Phillip Island

The Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia field has completed its final preparations ahead of the series’ two longest single-driver races, with Alex Davison and Anthony Gilbertson finishing the eventful Friday practice sessions at Phillip Island quickest in their respective classes.

Davison was the best of the Pro ranked drivers ahead of his stablemate Dylan O’Keeffe, James Moffat and Dale Wood. The fastest three drivers from Friday posted their best times in the morning session, while Wood’s best lap came from the slower afternoon practice session, in which the former Supercars driver was the pacesetter.

After his impressive Friday form, Davison will now look to begin his Endurance Cup title defence in Saturday’s race one in style.

“I didn’t do a test day like many others had done, so it was good to arrive and be on the pace from the start of the day. With longer races this weekend, we focussed our efforts in the second session on a race set-up for a long run. I feel well prepared for tomorrow,” said Davison.

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Bowes Looking Forward to CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented by T-Bird Mini Marts ISMA Season Opener at Monadnock

WINCHESTER, NH- ISMA driver Dan Bowes, out of Byfield, MA, plans on heading to the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 presented by T-Bird Mini Marts at the Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, May 19.  It will be the first time in close to four decades the winged supers have raced at the New Hampshire quarter-mile oval, and it will be a first time for Bowes.

Bowes commented recently, “We love it every time a New England show is added.  Being a New England team takes the burden off of us because my father owns a small business and I work for him. We have to travel to go racing and when the whole business shuts down, it kind of adds a little more pressure and stress on us to get to the racetrack, to get the show in, and to turn around and fly home.  So to have a show that’s a couple hours away from us helps us enjoy it a little more. You’re not under that pressure to get back to work quite as much. We’re really looking forward to this trip.”

Bowes always enjoys going to new tracks as it will help him as a driver with the setup, different track surfaces, different track layouts and he feels it is fun to go somewhere new.

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Weld Racing wheels on board Brad Doty Classic

ATTICA, Ohio – Weld Racing has long been an innovator when it comes to, well, making the racing world go round and round. Weld Racing wheels have been providing strength and delivering on performance for 50 years and now has come on board as the marketing partner for the Last Chance Showdown during the 30th Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Presented by Racing Optics.

The 30th Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Presented by Racing Optics hits the track at Attica Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 10 (rain date of Wednesday, July 11) featuring the best sprint car drivers in the world. The 2017 Brad Doty Classic had 58 drivers compete for the $10,000 top prize, the largest single day car count of the season for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

“Weld Racing is an icon in sprint car racing and I’m excited they have become a part of the Brad Doty Classic. Having the legendary Weld name affiliated with our event means a lot to me because I can still remember buying my first set of Weld Wheels and proudly putting their decal on the roll cage of my sprint car,” said Brad Doty, Co-Promoter of the race.

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Page Trucking Joins Partner Lineup for Hall of Fame Weekend in July

SDS Big Block Modified Hall of Fame 100 to be presented by Beam Mack Sales & Service and Page Trucking

WEEDSPORT, NY (April 19, 2018) – The all-new Hall of Fame Weekend at Weedsport Speedway on July 28-29 is quickly making headlines as the blockbuster event of the summer in Central New York motorsports circles and now the weekend has a new partner in Page Trucking.

Two full nights of racing will include the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified Hall of Fame 100 presented by Beam Mack Sales & Service and Page Trucking on Saturday, July 28 with the return of the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Sunday, July 29 presented by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England.

Located at 2758 Trombley Road in Weedsport, NY, Page Trucking is a family of dedicated transporters who have been employing owner-operators and serving customers for 36 years.

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Bentley Warren to Serve as Grand Marshal for Monadnock Opener

WINCHESTER, NH (April 3, 2018) – Bentley Warren, one of the most iconic names in motorsports, will be the Grand Marshal for the CARQUEST Genden Auto Parts 75 Presented by T-Bird Mini Marts ISMA appearance at Monadnock on Saturday, May 19. It will be close to four decades that the Supermodifieds have raced at the New Hampshire oval.

Warren indicated in regard to the announcement, “Both things are great – actually both things are fantastic. I raced a midget up there one time. It should be a very good Supermodified track because the Supers are so darn fast and the caliber of today’s cars and drivers is just unbelievable.”

Warren believes it will be a phenomenal race to watch when ISMA visits the quarter-mile oval on Saturday evening, May 19. Warren has been through the whole evolution of Supermodifieds. He went from the early Supers which were patterned after the cutdowns similar to a 1936 Ford Coupe and then into the Supers. Warren raced from the days of the early Supermodifieds to what they are today, although much more technologically better and faster.

Although Warren did not race the last time the Supermodifieds were at Monadnock, but he raced there in the midgets which he believes was back in the mid-1960’s.

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Drevicki Wire-to-Wire In Delaware East Coast Sprint Opener

Delmar, Del……..Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. led all 25 laps to win Wednesday night’s “Battle of the Bay Race 1” inaugural USAC East Coast Sprint race at Delaware International Speedway. Eddie Strada took the runner-up spot, ahead of Mark Bitner, Ryan Godown, and Joey Biasi. Drevicki and Bitner won heat races. The series continues May 18 at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville Pa.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 18, 2018 – Delmar, Delaware – Delaware International Speedway – “Battle of the Bay Race 1”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 2. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 3. Ryan Godown (#4F Freyer), 4. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 5. J.R. Berry (#74jr Berry), 6. Eric Jennings (#14 Jennings), 7. Thomas Radavoy (#1Q Radavoy), 8. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 2. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 3. Larry McVay (#83 McVay), 4. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 5. Kevin Darling (#9D Darling), 6. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 7. Luke Thomas (#9X Darling), 8. Tray Hivner (#7 TH Racing). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Steven Drevicki, 2. Eddie Strada, 3. Mark Bitner, 4. Ryan Godown, 5. Joey Biasi, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Chandler Leiby, 8. Kevin Darling, 9. Ryan Quackenbush, 10. Eric Jennings, 11. Larry McVay, 12. Luke Thomas, 13. J.R. Berry, 14. Tray Hivner, 15. Thomas Radavoy, 16. Brian Riccio. NT

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National Midgets & Micros Belle-Clair, National Midgets Then Take to I-55

Belleville, IL — This weekend the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League take to the high-banked 1/5the mile of Belle-Clair Speedway on Friday, April 20th for the 27th Annual Knepper Memorial. Friday’s show will be the first of five events throughout 2018 for the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and one of six for the POWRi Speedway Motors 600cc Outlaw Micro League. Saturday, April 21st the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League will cross over the Mississippi River and head to the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 to run alongside the World of Outlaws.

Knepper, a Belleville native, was one of the most notable drivers to come out of the St. Louis area. He won five St. Louis Auto Racing Association Midget championships from 1954 to 1960. Knepper also drove in the Indianapolis 500 five times, from 1965 to 1969. One of Knepper’s most notable victories was at the famed Little 500 Sprint Car race at Anderson, Indiana in 1962. Knepper passed in Belleville, Illinois in 1992.

Since the inaugural Arnie Knepper Memorial in 1992, the event has established itself as a prestigious venue in midget racing. Some of the midget racing’s most recognized names have taken home an Arnie Knepper Memorial win, including Spencer Bayston (2017, 2015), Tanner Thorson (2016), the late Bryan Clauson (2014, 2013), Rico Abreu (2012), Brad Kuhn (2011) and Brad Loyet (2010). Steve Knepper, Arnie Knepper’s cousin, has won the event six times (1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003).

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