Stock Car Gazette e-zine for Thursday, 5/14/2009
NEXT RACE: The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race consists of four segments. The first segment will feature a 50-lap race with a mandatory green flag, four-tire pit stop taking place at the mid-point of the segment. The second and third segments will be 20 laps each, a return to the 2007 event format. Following the end of the third segment, a ten-minute break will take place, allowing for adjustments on pit road. The final segment will consist of 10 green flag laps to determine the race winner.
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The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race consists of four segments. The first segment will feature a 50-lap race with a mandatory green flag, four-tire pit stop taking place at the mid-point of the segment. The second and third segments will be 20 laps each, a return to the 2007 event format. Following the end of the third segment, a ten-minute break will take place, allowing for adjustments on pit road. The final segment will consist of 10 green flag laps to determine the race winner.
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NASCAR’s Kyle Petty and more than 200 motorcyclists plan to roar into town today as part of ceremonial groundbreaking of Victory Junction’s Midwest camp in Wyandotte County.
The groundbreaking is set for 2 p.m. on a 71-acre campus at 8205 Riverview in Kansas City, Kan., where Victory Junction’s second year-round, medical camp for children with chronic medical conditions will be located.
Petty and his wife, Pattie, opened the original Victory Junction in Randleman, N.C., in 2004, for children ages six to 16, and the facility — free to all who attend — became so popular, the Pettys decided to build another in Kansas City.
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Counterfeit Clothing Seized
Police have released more details about a counterfeit clothing ring bust at the Darlington Raceway this past weekend. They seized more than $15,000 in fake NASCAR T-shirts. They arrested and charged 15 people with trafficking counterfeit goods. Deputies tells us they are now working to bust the supply house. The 600 bootleg T-shirts and $6,000 in cash deputies seized are now in evidence at the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office. Police say the suspects were walking around the raceway selling the shirts for $25 each as authentic NASCAR gear. Some of the shirts looked real because of NASCAR logos printed on them, but others weren’t so convincing. When you turn a few of the shirts inside out, you can see that they’ve been printed over.
Gilliland To Run Three Races
David Gilliland will be going for the weekend Hat-Trick at Lowe’s Motor Speedway starting Friday, May 15th with his appearance in the No. 7 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 race. Gilliland will then transition to the No. 71 team Sprint Cup car for the Sprint All-Star Open race and then the Coca-Cola 600 in 10-days. Gilliland has two Camping World Truck Series starts in his career, both at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the last in 2005. Gilliland will also attempt to race his way in, or be voted in by the fans, to run the Sprint All-Star race on Saturday evening. Of course the team will follow-up in 10-days later with the Coca-Cola 600.
Top Ten Vote-In Drivers Named
Sprint today announced the names of the top 10 drivers leading the Sprint Fan Vote, a voting competition driven by fans awarding one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team a position in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16. The top 10 drivers in the Sprint Fan Vote as of May 12 (in alphabetical order) are AJ Allmendinger, Bill Elliott, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Elliott Sadler, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip. The top eight in the standings are separated by less than 20,000 votes and the top two are separated by less than 4,000 votes.
Truex’s Team Wins Tissot Pit Crew Award
Martin Truex Jr.’s crew won the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Saturday night’s (May 9) NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Truex’s crew, out of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing stable, became the season’s ninth different winner of the Tissot pit road competition. The win came as a result of Truex’s Chevrolet Impala SS spending the least amount of time on pit road – 411.199 seconds. The No. 1 pit crew’s performance lifted Truex to a sixth-place finish at Darlington’s daunting 1.366-mile track.
Gustafson Best Crew Chief
Alan Gustafson, crew chief for the No. 5 Cheez It/Carquest Chevrolet driven by Mark Martin, has been named the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Race following Saturday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. During the race’s 15th caution of the night on lap 321, Gustafson took a gamble by keeping his driver out on the track rather than come in for fresh tires like most of the other contenders. Martin, who had been in 6th position prior to the caution, seized the lead on lap 322, with teammate Jimmie Johnson not far behind. Johnson got close to Martin’s bumper on several occasions, but the 50 year old veteran was able to pull away and finish with the win by 1.531 seconds.
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The last thing Bill Elliott expected to be riding in on Wednesday at Talladega Superspeedway was an ambulance. Elliott was at the track — where he set the NASCAR qualifying record in 1987 of 212 mph — in an attempt to break that mark. He was driving a Ford FR500C Mustang, a production racing model modified by Brent Hajek of Hajek Motorsports. The same car reached 252 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats last year. On hand for the occasion were Len and Eddie Wood of the Wood Brothers racing team and legendary NASCAR team owner Bud Moore. But it rained most of the day and by the time the sun came out and the track dried enough there was just time left for a couple shakedown runs to check the car out before taking a shot at the speed mark on Thursday. Elliott was on the second lap of the second run when the right front tire blew, sending him hard into the wall on the backstretch. “That’s not what I was looking for,” Elliott said of the ride back to the garage in an ambulance. “Only hurt my feelings.” Hajek was disappointed his shot at the speed mark was cut short but said he might give it another shot on another day. “We’ll have to determine what happened and see if we can fix it,” he said.(see images at Alabama Live)(5-14-2009)
‘Knights’ in Firesuits? Deep-fried Twinkies, jars of moonshine and kegerators set up in the backs of recreational vehicles at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway. To one scholar, these aren’t just the trappings of a modern-day Nascar race weekend — they’re evidence of a hidden past. “It’s almost a direct carryover from the Middle Ages,” says Karyn Rybacki, a professor of communication studies and public relations at Northern Michigan University. Ms. Rybacki, who studies stock-car racing, says the cultural elements of NASCAR races — where fans travel many miles to attend, wear the colors of their favorite teams and virtually knight popular drivers — may be directly descended from medieval times, when people came in droves to make merry before another fast and dangerous form of competition, the joust. To read the Wall Street article see the link on my Article Links page.(5-14-2009)
Starr to attempt races at Lowe’s: Camping World Truck Series driver David Starr will be driving the #06 Boys will be Boys Racing Dodge Charger the next two weekends at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in the Sprint Showdown and Coca Cola 600. Team owner Theresa Boys has announced Starr will attempt to qualify for the Sprint Showdown this All Star weekend and for the Coca Cola 600 next weekend. Boys will be Boys Racing is currently seeking sponsorship for these two events and for the remainder of the season.(Boys will be Boys Racing PR)(5-14-2009)
Biffle comments on Drug Issue: #16-Greg Biffle was as surprised as anyone when #41-Jeremy Mayfield was found in violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. Mayfield contends the positive result was due to a mixture of taking a prescrition drug and an over-the-counter allergy medication. Just prior to the race at Bristol in March, Biffle made the decision not to mix a prescription with an over-the-counter pain reliever after injuring his ribs while attempting to dock his boat. Biffle said, “I was trying to get a clarification on a prescription that they (doctors) wanted to give me. They gave me a prescription, but I never took it because I didn’t really get a clear answer on it…it was for the pain in my ribs. I just ended up taking Ibuprofen instead of anything else. It’s a difficult spot especially with a rib injury like I had on what to do or what not to do. I did what I thought was right which was to weigh on the side of safety and that was not take it…take Ibuprofen and just tough it out. If you’ve gotta weigh on the side of something, weigh on the side of safety in my opinion”.(PRN’s Garage Pass Radio Show)(5-13-2009)
2009 MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown Final Set: Team Roush-Yates Engines will get a chance to redeem themselves in the Final Round of the historic 10th MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown Wednesday afternoon. In what will be a rematch of last year’s championship round, Mike Kasch and Jim Snyder will face off against the team they finished runner-up to in 2008 – Dennis Borem and Darrell Hoffman of Pro Motor Engines. In fact, Borem and Hoffman will be going for an unprecedented third consecutive title. The final of the MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown will be held at 5:30pm/et Wednesday as a part of “NASCAR Rev’d Up,” a kick off event for NASCAR All-Star race week. It will be held on the side stage between 3rd and Mint Streets in Uptown Charlotte. Former crew chiefs Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds will host the final of the MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown, which is a tiered, three-round competition designed to recognize the knowledge, skill and speed of professional engine builders who assemble special performance engines for NASCAR teams.
In Tuesday’s second round in which teams had to build a complete Chevrolet R07 race engine in the fastest time and successfully run it for one minute, Pro Motor Engines (21 minutes, 37 seconds) defeated the Richard Petty Motorsports team by a mere four seconds to advance while Roush-Yates (22 minutes, seven seconds) topped the Hendrick Motorsports team by more than one minute.
“The MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown is always an exceptional event to watch,” said Bill McKnight, Team Leader – Training for MAHLE Clevite. “And this year it will be interesting to see if the Pro Motor Engine team will win for the third consecutive year, or if Kasch and Snyder will strip them of the title and become the 2009 MAHLE Engine Builder Showdown champion, win the cash prize, and have their names engraved on the Randy Dorton Memorial Trophy.”(Pro Sports Management)(5-13-2009)
Top-10 Vote Getters leading Fan Vote: Sprint announced the names of the top 10 drivers leading the Sprint Fan Vote, a voting competition driven by fans awarding one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team a position in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday, May 16. The top 10 drivers in the Sprint Fan Vote as of May 12 (in alphabetical order) are AJ Allmendinger, Bill Elliott, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Elliott Sadler, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip. The top eight in the standings are separated by less than 20,000 votes and the top two are separated by less than 4,000 votes. Votes placed on Sprint phones count double, which could cut the margin in half. The Sprint Fan Vote closes at 7:30pm/et on May 16.(SPEEDtv)(5-13-2009)
Hendrick set to return from illness: Sidelined the past several weeks by a fast-spreading sinus infection, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick plans to return to the track this weekend after a five-race absence. Hendrick has not been to the track since Jimmie Johnson helped his boss celebrate his 25th anniversary in NASCAR with a March 29th victory at Martinsville Speedway. He skipped the next two events, races in Texas and Phoenix, for personal and business reasons. Then he was stricken with a sinus infection that spread to both his chest and ears, keeping him away from the track another three races. He needed tubes inserted in both ears to fight the infection. “They say the tubes are for kids, so I guess I’m a 59-year-old kid with ear infections,” he said Tuesday. “I’ve got a weak immune system, and this infection just jumped on me. I was a sick puppy there for about three weeks. But I am much better, feeling more like myself.” Hendrick’s immune system was weakened by a long, but successful, fight with leukemia 12 years ago. “If I am not careful, I get knocked on my butt,” said Hendrick, who spent more than four hours with employees Tuesday passing out the championship rings from Johnson’s third title. The illness kept Hendrick away from wins by Jeff Gordon at Texas, and Mark Martin in Phoenix and Darlington, S.C. Hendrick watched all the races he missed on TV, admittedly screaming at his set and often second-guessing strategy through text messages to team vice president Doug Duchardt. He then called his drivers in Victory Lane, a scene often caught on live television that drew attention to his absence. Hendrick said he’ll ease back into at-track activities with the All-Star race this weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, where he traditionally celebrates Charlotte Speedweeks by treating employees from both his motorsports and automotive programs to weekends at the track.(ESPN/AP)
AND: The Hendrick Motorsports Museum and Team Store has updated its exhibits and extended its hours for fans visiting during the upcoming race weeks. More info at hendrickmotorsports.com.(5-13-2009)
Hendrick hits 700th Top 5: #5-Mark Martin posted the 700th top-5 finish for Hendrick Motorsports at Darlington Raceway, second all time behind Petty Enterprises, which scored 890 top-5s. #48-Jimmie Johnson (second) and #24-Jeff Gordon (fifth) also finished in the top five, giving Hendrick 702 top-5s leaving Darlington.(ESPN/Racing Resources)(5-13-2009)
NASCAR Looking into decline in TV Ratings: A double-digit decline in ratings for NASCAR on Fox has officials researching why the audience is shrinking and what, if anything, can be done to reverse the trend. Through the season’s first 10 races, Nielsen ratings on Fox are down 11.5 percent and viewership is down 10.8 percent from 2008 numbers, which don’t include a 2008 rainout. Ratings for each of the last seven Sprint Cup races going into last week’s event at Darlington were down by double digits. Fox’s average rating for the season was a 5.4 with 8.9 million viewers prior to Sunday’s race at Darlington, compared with averages of 6.1 and 10 million for 2008. “As you look at the current snapshot, it’s been a challenging year,” said Paul Brooks, president of NASCAR Media Group. “That being said, we’re still the No. 1 sport on television six of the last nine weeks. Our position in the sports and entertainment landscape is strong. The biggest impact is with our TV partners and their commercial sales. We’re mindful of that. The flip side is that we hear great things, that it’s not a NASCAR issue. It’s a broader economy and advertising issue.” Brooks said NASCAR and Fox are looking at every angle, from the lack of compelling story lines on the track to the spacing and timing of commercial breaks. Broadcasters have traditionally gone to commercial during pit stops, but Brooks said that NASCAR fans want to see the pit stops.(see full article at the Sports Business Journal)(5-13-2009)
If Sorenson gets voted in, he will donate: Reed Sorenson will donate his winnings to charity if fans vote him into Saturday night’s All-Star Challenge. The #43 McDonald’s McCafe Dodge driver plans to transfer into the All-Star Challenge by finishing first or second in the Showdown. But if he doesn’t, Sorenson will give his portion of the winnings to Ronald McDonald House Charities if he transfers into the race through the fan vote. Sorenson: “The fan vote is pretty important as Kasey proved last year. If I’m fortunate enough to transfer in through the fan vote then I’ll gladly give my prize money to charity. The Ronald McDonald House Charities do some great work with kids and families. I’m fortunate to do what I love in life and I think giving back is important. If the fans give me a way into the All-Star race then I don’t have a problem giving that money to people doing a lot of good in the world.”(RPM)(5-13-2009)
Mayfield Motorsports will field a #41 Toyota for J.J. Yeley in this weekend’s Sprint Showdown, the 40-lap qualifying race for the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, with Shana Mayfield the owner of record following last weekend’s indefinite suspension of her husband, owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield, for a violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy. The Mayfields plan to file her owner’s paperwork with NASCAR Competition on Tuesday morning, followed by the driver change. Crew chief Tony Furr and team manager Bobby Wooten along with their crew members compiled a “short list” of candidates Monday morning and when the Mayfields arrived, they met with the team and then, Yeley, before making their final decision. The new owner said Yeley also would drive the car in the following weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s — where Yeley finished a career-best second in 2007 — and for what she and her husband hope will be a brief interlude as they resolve Jeremy Mayfield’s positive drug test. “We didn’t want to be switching drivers every week,” Shana Mayfield said. “The thing about J.J. that we really liked is he lives close to the shop and he came over [Monday] while we were there. He told the guys it wasn’t about money — he just wanted to race, he wanted another chance like Jeremy did when he started the team.” Shana Mayfield said her team is intact since Mayfield got the news of a positive result for “a drug of concern” in a random test given on Friday of the Richmond race weekend, followed by his “B sample,” on Mayfield’s request, also testing positive. Mayfield issued a statement this past Saturday at Darlington saying he believed the positive result came from a combination of a prescription drug and an over-the-counter allergy medication.(NASCAR.com)(5-12-2009)
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Woody: Mayfield Case Doesn’t Make Sense
By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
I became acquainted with Jeremy Mayfield when he moved from Owensboro, Ky., to Nashville as a teenager, following the career path of his hometown hero Darrell Waltrip.
Mayfield, like Waltrip, began racing …
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Pit work ‘more competitive than football’
The Pit Crew Challenge has become a Super Bowl of sorts for crew members, who rarely get the glory associated with race days.
Inside Motorsports | On substance, no special treatment for Mayfield
Jim Utter: I find odd the fascination by the media in what substance Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield was using that caused his positive result and indefinite suspension by NASCAR.
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May 14th Edition of Race 2 Win Radio Features Gilliland, Ward as Guests
Award-Winning Journalist Rick Minter to Serve as Co-host; Race 2 Win on Quarter Panels of No. 64 Toyota in Sprint Showdown
TAYLORS, SC (May 14, 2009) – David Gilliland, driver of the No. 71 TRG Toyota, and Andy Ward, pit crew coach for the No. 96 Ask.com Ford driven by Bobby Labonte, will be this week’s special guests on the May 14th, 2009 episode of Race 2 Win Radio (www.blogtalkradio.com/race2win).
Mike Calinoff, spotter for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Ford, will check in with his “Keys to Winning” segment for the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, as well as discuss Kenseth’s excellent weekend at Darlington, which included a pole run and a win in the Nationwide event.
Kenny Bruce, assistant managing editor of NASCAR Scene and scenedaily.com, takes his turn on the “Writer’s Block,” a weekly segment designed for two of the top writers in the sport to discuss the top news of the sport. Bruce, who joined NASCAR Scene in 2001, has been covering NASCAR and other forms of auto racing for the past 27 years. He is a three time winner of the George Cunningham Award, presented annually by the National Motorsports Press Association.
Serving as co-host for this week’s show will be Rick Minter, senior writer for RacinToday.com. Minter joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1991, where he covered motorsports as well as serving as a bureau chief. From 2000-2008 he focused on racing exclusively, traveling the NASCAR circuit as the paper’s motorsports writer and winning awards from several organizations including the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame Association and the City of Atlanta.
Keep an eye out for the No. 64 Gunselman Motorsports Toyota, driven by Todd Bodine, this weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The car will feature Race 2 Win Radio (www.Race2Win.net) on the quarter panels for the Sprint Showdown on Saturday evening. Bodine will be driving the very car that AJ Allmendinger drove to victory lane in the Showdown in 2008.
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Casey Mears Live … Mears will sign autographs at the Jack Daniel’s souvenir trailer, located across the street from Lowe’s Motor Speedway, near the southwest corner of US Hwy 29 and Bruton Smith Blvd., Saturday, May 16 at 3:45 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available for autographs on a first come, first served basis due to time constraints
Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 19 Best Buy Dodge, is looking to generate fan support for his All-Star bid in a way that may leave him all wet. During an interview with SPEED TV on Saturday from Darlington, Sadler announced that if he wins the Sprint fan vote for the upcoming All-Star Race that he will personally rent a dunking booth outside of Lowe’s Motor Speedway prior to the Coca-Cola 600. Sadler himself will man the booth for one hour and donate and proceeds raised in that one hour to Speedway Children’s Charities.
Team Polizei Engineers New Motorsports Marketing Model
Fan-based marketing takes a 180-degree turn, powered by innovative pit crew of technology partners and high-performance brand management tools
Petaluma, Calif., (May 12, 2009) – Team Polizei knows how to build a high-performance brand the new-fashioned way – and it is about to do just that in the motorsports category in cooperation with Grand-Am racing team partner, The Racers Group (TRG). Headed up by street racing legend, author, filmmaker and viral technology guru Alex Roy, Team Polizei recently announced its entry in professional racing, debuting at the May 17 Grand-Am Rolex Series Verizon Festival of Speed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California . And, while racers Henri Richard and René Villeneuve will be focused on setting new records with the No. 63 Team Polizei 144/TRG Porsche GT3, Team Polizei and TRG will also be launching a revolutionary new approach to marketing competition sports.
“The future of enthusiast sports like auto racing is to deliver a seamless, engaging and interactive experience that connects the competitor, the team and sponsors to a fan’s living room, laptop or mobile device,” said Alex Roy, Team Polizei’s president. “At TRG, the future is right now because we are rewriting the rules of consumer engagement and are rolling out our new marketing model starting today.”
The engine of Team Polizei’s new marketing model is a collection of innovative technology partners, as well as Roy’s own extensive expertise with applications like Google® mapping, social media and viral campaigns. Akin to a coveted Hot Pit pass that grants a holder unrestricted access, fans get to be part of all the action, both on and off the track. From interactive kiosks at race venues to new ways to track and map a driver during the race, there’s not a single traditional marketing channel that won’t be re-engineered, promises Roy.
One of Team Polizei’s initial technology partners is FaceCake Marketing Technologies, Inc., a leader in personalized interactive marketing with a wealth of unique products running across imaging categories and technology platforms.. FaceCake is powering the www.polizei144.com new Jacket Konfigurator, which lets fans “build” a Team Polizei jacket online complete with their own mix of over 50 custom patches. Fans can spec out their jacket with patches that show their unique affinity for specific countries, sponsors, experiences, racing series and even skill sets, from gaming to tuning. FaceCake’s proprietary Visual Demonstration Software (VDS) also allows users to upload their own image to model the final product. Ultimately, FaceCake technology can also offer integrated animation, sound and other interactive elements. “We want to take team merchandising to the next level by letting enthusiasts customize gear to their own unique interests and preferences,” said Roy.
Another technology partner is Grooveshark, a music industry start-up whose 300,000-plus dedicated fans share many demographic attributes with motorsports enthusiasts. Grooveshark-powered marketing elements include a web site widget at www.teampolizeihq.com, currently featuring racer René Villeneuve’s own playlist – the perfect download for fans who want to stay musically connected to their favorite driver. Featured team member playlists will rotate. “Grooveshark is a great example of how two companies with equally enthusiastic audiences can collaborate – auto racing deserves to grow and expand, and this is just one new way of encouraging cross-pollination with other communities of enthusiasts,” said Roy.
Also partnering with Team Polizei is EveryTrail, a global platform for geotagged, user-generated travel content that Roy and crew have used extensively during past cross-country adventures and client projects. EveryTrail allows users to not only map their course – including around a track – but GPS data and photos are uploaded to give viewers the driver’s or traveler’s perspective on what they are experiencing and seeing at any point of their route.
TRG team owner Kevin Buckler sees tremendous potential for this forward-looking approach to motorsports marketing.
“All of us in the motorsports industry consider racing a labor of love, but of course it is a business – and a costly one at that. Our primary goal always is to create an incredible and high-value fan experience, and to achieve that we need to take the adrenaline rush of racing beyond traditional media and marketing and draw more enthusiasts into the action on the track and in the pits – and into the teams’ day-to-day life. Keep your eyes on TRG, Team Polizei 144, Henri and René this season – you’re going to feel like you’re part of the crew.”
About Team Polizei
Team Polizei and its founder – Alex Roy – best known for a history of rally victories culminating in their shattering of the longstanding Cannonball Run Record – have cult followings in the underground motorsports and tuning worlds. Team Polizei has evolved into a branding/marketing/technology consultancy with a unique understanding of viral marketing and expert utilization of social networking platforms, enhanced by successful book and merchandising lines. Using these tools, Team Polizei is taking a new and fresh approach in marketing to mainstream motorsports media. Now, for the first time, Team Polizei is offering its partners access to this alternative platform. Additional information can be found at www.teampolizeihq.com and apparel can be ordered at www.polizei144.com.
TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of motor racing ever since. The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 26, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis tuning as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma. The company’s NASCAR operation is based in Mooresville, North Carolina and a new state-of-the-art facility is coming on-line at New Jersey Motorsports Park in late 2009.
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Spraker named crew chief for Davis: #36-Marc Davis Motorsports has named Jeff Spraker crew chief for NNS driver Marc Davis starting with the Charlotte race.(Davis PR)(5-13-2009)
#91 team Crew chief fined: NASCAR announced that Michael Allen, crew chief for the #91 Chevy driven by Terry Cook in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has been fined due to rule violations during this past Friday’s event at Darlington Raceway. Allen was fined $2,500 for violating Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-1 (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A-12.1A(10) (jacking bolt must be made of solid magnetic steel: hollow bolt) of the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series rule book. The infractions were discovered on May 7 during opening-day inspection.(NASCAR PR)(5-13-2009)
Darlington TV Ratings down: ESPN2′s live coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Friday night, May 8, earned a final household coverage rating of 1.1, down from the 1.6 rating the race earned on ESPN2 in both 2008 and 2007. For seven NASCAR Nationwide Series telecasts this season, ESPN2 is averaging 1.6.(ESPN PR)(5-12-2009)
RCR shifts Nationwide Crew Chiefs: Richard Childress Racing has made changes to the crew chief positions of the #29 Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express team and #2 Chevy team. Doug Randolph will assume the crew chief duties for RCR’s #29 Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express Chevrolet while Dan Deeringhoff, who led Clint Bowyer to the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, will move over to head up Austin Dillon’s driver development program. Former crew chief, Rich Lavalette, will serve as Dillon’s car chief under Deeringhoff.(RCR PR)(5-12-2009)
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This weekend’s Mom ‘n Pop’s Country Ham/Camp Debbie Lou Chevrolet Impala SS at Iowa Speedway… Austin Dillon will pilot the No. 3 Richard Childress-owned Chevrolet Impala SS from the NASCAR Camping World East-West Series stable in this weekend’s Long John Silver’s 200. This is the same Chevrolet that Dillon raced at two Camping World events this season, finishing 15th at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in April and second at Tri-County Motor Speedway (Hudson, N.C.) two weeks later. Test Session for Nationwide Series … The 19-year old driver is using his developmental races in 2009 as a test session for races he will attempt in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He first raced in back-to-back nights in April at Phoenix in the Camping World West and Nationwide Series events, finishing 15th and 34th, respectively. Last weekend, Dillon finished 15th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series event in preparation of the June NNS race at Kentucky Speedway. The up-and-coming driver will use this weekend’s race to gear up for the August Nationwide Series event at the 0.875-mile oval. (teampr) (05-13-09)
For the first time in 14 years of competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Billy Ballew Motorsports will field a third truck. NASCAR Nationwide Series regular, John Wes Townley will pilot the No. 09 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra. There are 39 trucks listed on the preliminary entry list for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Therefore, rookie John Wes Townley will be required to qualify the No. 09 Zaxby’s Toyota in on time. Unlike the NASCAR Nationwide Series, the NCWTS only start 36 trucks. Billy Ballew Motorsports will also field the No. 51 entry for Kyle Busch and the No. 15 machine which will be piloted by Brian Ickler this weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. (BBM) (05-12-09)
Mike Bliss will pilot the No. 40 in the Truck Series race in Charlotte.This weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway will be the first time the Key Motorsports No. 40 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Silverado hits the track since Curtis Key’s announcement that the team’s Truck program would be scaled back to part-time. Key will focus on a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule this year, while running only selected NCWTS races for the remainder of the season.(KM) (05-12-09)
Brad Keselowski, running a part time schedule for Hendrick Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series this season, is running like a season, full time veteran. But he’s only 25. Keselowski has no doubt been the biggest surprise of 2009, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in NASCAR history when he took ho0me the checkered flag in the Aaron’s 499 several weeks ago at Talladega Superspeedway following the horrific wreck involving Carl Edwards and the outside retaining fence. Since that victory, Keselowski has posted yet another top-ten finish, earning seventh place at one of NASCAR’s most challenging venues – Darlington Raceway.
But with the announcement that Mark Martin, showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, will return to the No. 5 Hendrick Chevrolet next season, the question of what to do with Keselowski has arose.
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NEXT RACE INFO
North Carolina Education Lottery 200 – Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Friday, May 15, 8:00pm Eastern
Preliminary Entry List: There are 39 trucks listed on the Preliminary Entry List for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Complete entry list is posted on the Lowe’s Race Page.(5-11-2009)
#4-Ryan Newman driver, KHI’s Charter Communications Chevy, crew chief Jon Monsam
#7-David Gilliland driver, TRG Motorsports Chevy
#08-Johnny Chapman driver, SS Green Light Racing Chevy
#09-John Wes Townley driver, BBM’s Zaxby’s Toyota
#15-Brian Ickler driver, BBM’s Samsung Instinct Toyota
#21-Donnie Neuenberger driver, Gun Broker Racing’s Stock Car Steel Dodge
#22-Chris Fontaine driver, Gun Broker Racing’s Red Rocks Cafe Dodge
#28-Wayne Edwards driver, FDNY Racing TBA Chevy
#72-John Jackson driver, James Carter TBA Chevy
#87-Chris Jones driver, Safe Surfin Foundation Chevy(5-11-2009)
UPDATE: #02-Andy Ponstein driver, Corrie Stott Racing (Late entry)(5-13-2009)
Truck Series News & Notes – Lowe’s Motor Speedway: NASCAR’s prerace News & Notes for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway are posted on the Lowes Race Page.(5-11-2009)
Premier Racing marks one-anniversary: The upcoming Camping World Truck Series race at Charlotte will mark the one-year anniversary for the Premier Racing team. Driver Timothy Peters observed, “We have shown the strength and the will of a top-10 team, and I feel we can compete for wins and Top-5 finishes at every race. . We have come so far in a year, and we are very fortunate to have the folks at both Strutmasters.com and Toyota backing our efforts.” Team owner Philip Hudgins, echoed Peter’s statements adding, “We came to Charlotte last year with a team that was put together in a matter of days, and now we are close to capturing our first win. We desperately need additional sponsorship to keep this program moving forward, but we have great sponsors who have supported us throughout the season, and I am hoping we can reward their loyalty with a great finish on Friday night.”(Premier Racing PR)(5-13-2009)
ASI Limited/Spectrum Metal Finishing/Akzo Nobel return as sponsor for McCumbee: ASI Limited/Spectrum Metal Finishing/Akzo Nobel will again adorn McCumbee’s Chevy Silverado for the North Carolina 200. The companies are scheduled to be on the #07 truck for twelve races this year. The SS Green Light team is actively seeking marketing partners to run the entire twenty-five race NCWTS schedule. Chad started seventh and finished second in last year’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200, his career best finish in the NCWTS. After five events, Chad and the SS Green Light #07 team is currently eighth in NCWTS 2009 point standings.(SS Green Light Racing PR)(5-13-2009)
New design, new truck chief for Bell as he makes second trip to Lowe’s: The North Carolina Education Lottery 200 will be TJ Bell’s second time racing at Lowe’s in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Bell marked success as he posted an impressive top-10 finish in his first attempt. The #11 Team is pleased to welcome a veteran of the sport with both Nationwide and Sprint Cup experience to the roster. Todd Brewer will debut with the #11 Red Horse Racing team as their new truck chief beginning with the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Lowes Motor Speedway. The #11 Tundra will also be sporting new graphics for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200; VisitPIT.com. PIT stands for Performance Instruction and Training, a pit crew training center that offers many corporate training options that include team-building, lean manufacturing, motorsports demonstrations and more.(Red Horse Racing PR)(5-13-2009)
Ponstein late entry at LMS: Corrie Stott Racing has announced plans to compete in the NC Education Lottery 200 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway this Friday with driver Andy Ponstein and the #02 truck. The team is a late entry for Charlotte but hopes to compete in some other upcoming events, with a possible two truck team if sponsorship is obtained.(Corrie Stott Racing PR)(5-13-2009)
Courtesy of TruckSeries.Com
Another First-Time Winner At Lowe’s Motor Speedway?
05-12-2009 | TruckSeries.com Report
Another First-Time Winner At Lowe’s Motor Speedway? Matt Crafton grabbed his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in last year’s Lowe’s Motor Speedway race, launching a string of races that saw first time winners. Who, if anyone, is next to put their first notch in the wins column?
AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Mike Skinner and his teammate Tayler Malsam will both participate in a Toyota Autograph Session on Friday afternoon from 1:30-2:00 P.M. Eastern at the Toyota PitPass Display. Come out and meet both drivers and get an autograph!
CALLING ALL JUDGES: Not only will Randy Moss Motorsports co-owner Randy Moss be in town for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, May 15th, the NFL All-Pro wide receiver will lend his judging expertise as a celebrity judge for Saturday’s Pennzoil Victory Challenge. Moss will join 16-time World Wrestling Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair, SPEED’s Jimmy Spencer, plus Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry of the award-winning country music group – Montgomery Gentry, as a judge. The event will take place on the front stretch of Lowe’s Motor Speedway immediately preceding the Sprint Showdown. SPEED Channel will carry the event live beginning at 6:00 p.m.
A R C A (Automobile Racing Club of America)
Courtesy of ARCA
Live Video, Audio Streams All Weekend from Toledo Speedway Featuring RE/MAX Series & ARCA Trucks
TOLEDO OH (5-13-09) – There’s a lot going on ARCA-wise this weekend at Toledo Speedway. So if you’re afflicted with the unfortunate circumstance of not being able to attend, there’s only one place to see and hear live race coverage; and that place is ARCAracing.com/ARCA Nation via the ARCA Racing Network.
[Read More] – www.arcaracing.com/news.cfm?contentid=7988
Kimmel, Menard Teammates for Toledo; Matt Crafton to Qualify for Menard on Saturday
CORNELIUS NC (5-13-09) – On the heels of his second top-five finish of the season, Frank Kimmel leads his Ansell/Menards sponsored team to Toledo for this week’s Menards 200. Kimmel’s participation in his primary sponsors namesake event will be bolstered by teammate Paul Menard, who will race a second entry for Kimmel Racing in Sunday’s event.
[Read More] – www.arcaracing.com/news.cfm?contentid=7987
U S A R (United Speed Alliance Racing)
Courtesy of USAR
USARacing Announces Revised Competition Tire Policy
Concord, NC – May 13, 2009 – In an effort to reduce operating costs for its Pro Cup Series competitors, USARacing has amended its tire policy, effective immediately, it was announced this week.
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United Lumber on as sponsor for NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Innisfil Scope – Innisfil,Ontario,Canada
With a little less than a month to go until the drop of the green flag on the first event of the 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season, Simone Autosport …
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The Southern 500: Same As It Ever Was, Only Different
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Fanning The Flames: Did Someone Say “10-Lap Shootout?”
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by Matt McLaughlin
Time Is Ticking For Tony Jr.
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NASCAR’s Poor Response to Positive Drug Tests
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SOZ Says Note to Self, Mayfield Fiasco Sets New Standards on Privacy and The Clock is Ticking on Eury Jr. by Mike Harper
Hot 20 Over The Past 10 – Anyone Else See An Old Dude A’Risin’?
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“NASCAR Wives” TV Series Would Have Been A Hit
Shannon Spake Jumps In The Deep End Of The Pool
Darlington TV Ratings Down Double Digits
T V * L I S T I N G S
Courtesy of Race Fans Stockcar News
THURSDAY, MAY 14
12:00 N-3:00 P SPEED NASCAR Classics: 2008 All-Star, Charlotte, NC, May 17/08
3:00 P-4:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Touring Series East, Greenville Pickens 150, Greenville, SC, Apr 11/09, HD, R
4:00 P-5:00 SPEED MAKING THE RACE HD, R
5:00 P-6:00 SPEED 25TH NASCAR ALL STAR REUNION, HD, R
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
6:00 P-8:00 SPEED Countdown to All-Star #2: Behind the scenes, HD, R
8:00 P-9:00 SPEED Dave Despain All Star Special: Dave presents his own unique insight on the events of the week and the countdown to the All Star race, HD, N
9:00 P-11:30 SPEED Sprint Pit Crew Challenge: Forty Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams compete to determine who will reign as the fastest pit crew and win a $100,000 prize, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, HD, SDD, N
FRIDAY, MAY 15
6:00 A-8:30 SPEED Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, May 14/09, HD, R
9:00 A-12:00 N SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series PRACTICE, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
12:00 N-3:00 P SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Sprint All-Star Race, Lowes Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
3:00 P-3:30 SPEED NASCAR Live, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD
3:30 P-5:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series QUALIFYING, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
5:00 P-7:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING Sprint All-Star Race, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
7:30 P-8:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SETUP, North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, L
8:00 P-10:30 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
10:30 P-11:30 SPEED Track side at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, HD, N
11:30 P-2:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING Sprint All-Star Race, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, SDD, R
SATURDAY, MAY 16
2:00 A-5:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, May 15/09, HD, R
10:00 A-11:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
10:00 A-11:00 SPEED Track side at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, HD, R
11:00 A-12:00 N SPEED Dave Despain All Star Special, HD, R
12:00 N-6:30 P VS IRL Indy Car Series QUALIFYING SESSIONS – DAY 3, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, HD, L
12:00 N-2:30 P SPEED Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC, May 14/09, HD, R
2:30 P-3:00 SPEED NASCAR Performance at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, HD, R
3:30 P-4:00 SPEED NASCAR in a Hurry at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, HD, L
4:00 P-7:00 SPEED NASCAR Race Day. Preview of today’s Sprint All-Star Race, Lowes Motor Speedway, HD, L
7:00 P-11:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup Sprint All-Star Race, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, HD, L
11:00 P-11:30 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at Sprint All-Star Race, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, HD, SDD, N
11:30 P-3:30 A SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup Sprint All-Star Race, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC, May 16/09, HD, R
SUNDAY, MAY 17
3:30 P-4:00 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at Sprint All-Star Race, Lowes Motor Speedway, May 16/09, HD, R
12:00 N-6:30 P VS IRL Indy Car Series QUALIFYING SESSIONS – BUMP DAY, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, HD, L
8:00 P-8:30 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at Sprint All-Star Race, Lowes Motor Speedway, May 16/09, HD, R
9:00 P-10:00 SPEED Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, HD, L
We do not list all the programming offered by SPEED; for complete listings go to their website, www.speedtv.com/schedule/
Always CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS!
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