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Hendrick responds to GM bankruptcy
Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group, today responded to the announcement by General Motors that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection:
“The products General Motors offers are the highest quality and most fuel efficient in its history, and I have an unwavering faith in the company’s leadership team [...]
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GM Files For Bankruptcy: Effect On NASCAR Unclear
In a long-anticipated decision, GM officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, a move that rocked America’s largest automaker and amounts to the fourth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. As part of a restructuring agreement, the troubled automaker will give up 60% ownership to the government in a landmark deal that strips the company of its independence. When the “new GM” emerges in 60 to 90 days, just 27.5% will be split between a mix of bondholders and the UAW while the Canadian government takes control of the remaining 12.5%. Current stockholders in the company would be wiped out, leaving them with nothing but worthless pieces of paper in their hands after years of GM maintaining its status as one of the top 30 stocks in America.
“Our agreement with the U.S. Treasury and the governments of Canada and Ontario will create a leaner, quicker more customer and completely product-focused company, one that’s more cost competitive and has a competitive balance sheet,” CEO Fritz Henderson claimed at a news conference in New York. “This new GM will be built from the strongest parts of our business, including our best brands and products.”
To back up those statements, the government has infused GM with $30 billion in cash to help jumpstart the reorganization process. Critics wanted that money used to avoid a bankruptcy filing, but in the end the company’s announced assets of $91.05 billion* just weren’t enough to offset a staggering $172.81 billion in debt. That harsh reality is expected to lead to some serious cutbacks, with several plant closings already announced and an estimated 21,000 jobs already in line to be cut. The automaker will also shed some of its side brands like Saturn, Hummer, and Saab in the process of focusing on the company’s four “core” vehicle labels: Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC.
What the filing means for NASCAR is currently unclear. The manufacturers’ top team, Hendrick Motorsports, was quick to come to bat for its program, with team owner Rick Hendrick showing faith in a company he’s been associated with for 25 years.
“The products General Motors offers are the highest quality and most fuel efficient in its history,” he said in a statement. “I have an unwavering faith in the company’s leadership team and our government’s commitment to support this reorganization. After all of the efforts of the past several months, it’s unfortunate that bankruptcy has become the only option, but we at Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports are certain that GM will emerge from this stronger and better equipped to compete than ever before.”
“Since I was a kid, Chevy has represented the highest level of performance. I’ve never wanted to race anything else, and I have every confidence that we will continue to celebrate victories together for many more seasons to come.”
For Hendrick and nearly two dozen Cup Series cars, to do so will be an uphill battle likely decided by the federal court system. With all spending under Chapter 11 protection approved by a federal judge, the manufacturer faces not only that hurdle but the watchful eye of the government as they try and get their act together. With NASCAR’s poor fuel mileage and car bodies that no longer accurately represent the average vehicle in America, there’s skepticism President Barack Obama would support millions of continued marketing efforts towards a racing series that fails to meet his new higher fuel mileage standards for cars.
So far, Hendrick refuses to believe that’s the case.
“My Plan A is Chevrolet,” he stated succinctly. “And my Plan B is Chevrolet and my Plan C is Chevrolet.”
Only time will tell.
* – Source: New Generation Research
Cup Teams Currently Running Chevrolet
Hendrick Motorsports: Nos. 5, 24, 25, 48, 88
Richard Childress Racing: Nos. 29, 31, 33, 07
Stewart-Haas Racing: Nos. 14, 39
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing: Nos. 1, 42
TRG Motorsports: No. 71
Furniture Row Racing: No. 78
Front Row Motorsports: No. 34
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NASCAR leaders confident GM support will continue
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Overnight Ratings Off 14.3%
Fox’s broadcast of Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway earned an overnight Nielsen Media Research rating of 3.6 and a 9 market share, Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily reports. The rating is 14.3 percent lower than the 4.2 Fox earned overnight for the race in 2008.
Brian France Confident Of Support
General Motors has become the second of NASCAR’s four manufacturers to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but industry leaders remain confident support will continue as the automakers shore up their finances. NASCAR chairman Brian France has remained confident that racing budgets will not suffer during the Chapter 11 restructuring, and noted during All-Star race activities two weeks ago that Dodge had conducted business as usual since its filing. NASCAR also is tied to the auto companies through additional sponsorship deals ranging from large television advertising buys to race naming rights deals. “Our hope and expectation is that we will fare at the top of the list as to things you would not want to cut. I believe that to be true,” France said. “They’re still going to be a company that needs to sell cars and trucks. We’re still the best place in the country to do that from a sponsorship standpoint and the related benefits that you receive.” …More
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NASCAR Nationwide Series on ESPN2 from Nashville
The NASCAR Nationwide Series returns to Nashville Superspeedway this weekend for its second and final appearance of the 2009 season, and ESPN2 will have a live, high definition telecast from the 1.33-mile track on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. ET as the series races for 300 miles. The telecast is presented by Pennzoil. ESPN2 is the home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series all season, with selected races on ESPN and ABC. The race re-airs Sunday, June 7, at 8 a.m. on ESPN Classic. Also this weekend, ESPN2 airs coverage of NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 3 p.m. on Saturday, as well as a practice session on Friday, June 5, at 6 p.m.
Dr. Jerry Punch will be the lap-by-lap announcer, joined in the booth for analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace and two-time Cup Series champion crew chief Andy Petree. Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Shannon Spake will report from the pits, with two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage.
Allen Bestwick will host the pre-race NASCAR Countdown program with analysis by Wallace and Brad Daugherty, owner of a winning team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, in the ESPN pit studio. In other NASCAR-related programming this week, ESPN Classic airs the 1992 Champion Spark Plug 400 NASCAR race from Michigan International Speedway on Monday, June 8, at 6 p.m.
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Dodge support “on hold” Team owner Richard Petty says the Chrysler bankruptcy has put cash flow from the manufacturer to the Richard Petty Motorsports organization he co-owns with George Gillett “in a holding pattern.” From the point of view of the Dodge Motorsports program, however, the commitment to racing is undiminished. “They’ve stopped everything,” Petty said in the garage at Dover International Speedway this past weekend. “They went into bankruptcy, and they’re sort of in a floating stage right now. They’re trying to see where they come out of this at. If they’ve got new people running the show, are they still going to continue to back everything exactly like they are, or whatever? They’re in a holding pattern right now. I think GM’s that way — I don’t know about Ford — and I know Chrysler’s that way. The rest of them I don’t know. I don’t deal with them.” Walter Czarnecki, vice chairman of Penske Racing, which has three Dodge teams, said the legal proceedings also have held up payments to his organization. “In the legal procedure, you have to file what’s called a ‘Cure Letter’ that lists all the things that you are owed. And when it’s submitted and approved, they’ll pay. We have money that was due April 30 that has not been received yet and probably won’t be received for several weeks.” Mike Accavitti, director of brand marketing and strategy for Chrysler, acknowledged the reorganization has affected the flow of cash from Chrysler but affirmed the company remains committed to Cup racing and that at-track services provided to the teams continue to be available.(NASCAR.com/Sporting News)(6-2-2009)
Gunselman Motorsports taps Mike Wallace for Pocono: Gunselman Motorsports has called upon veteran driver Mike Wallace to drive the #64 Toyota for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. Wallace has gone to victory lane three times at the 2.5-mile track in ARCA competition. Being without a full-time ride right now, the St. Louis-native is making his second Sprint Cup points-race attempt of the year. The underfunded team has gone to a reduced schedule to concentrate on making races and returning to full-time competition. Larry Gunselman, team owner: “I am glad Mike Wallace was able to come on board the No. 64 Toyota team this week for Pocono. He’s been around long enough to know what it takes to make these races. Doug (Richert, crew chief) and the guys are looking forward to working with someone of his knowledge and experience. “If he can help us get better and return to our goals of becoming a full-time team, then all the better. It helps he’s been to victory lane at Pocono a few times in ARCA cars and has a pretty good record in Cup cars, too. Todd and Geoff Bodine have both been very helpful to this point and I hope we can build on what they started with Mike this week.”
Mike Wallace, driver: “Larry and the rest of the Gunselman Motorsports group are a young team trying to find a foundation to build on. They’ve showed up and attempted most of the races, but like a lot of teams starting out they’ve had some rough times. As far as I’m concerned, that just makes them hungrier and more determined to make races. I like that in a team. I’m fortunate they’ve given me this opportunity to work with them and looking forward to seeing how we can both help each other out.”(Gunselman Motorsports)(6-2-2009)
Patrick eyeing NASCAR…the latest: A Hulman-George family feud may provide IndyCar star Danica Patrick with the nudge she needs to jump to NASCAR. Patrick was asked about that scenario by SI.com at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday and said stability of the racing series will factor into her decision. She is in the final year of her contract with Andretti Green Racing and has said she will look at any and all options, including a jump to NASCAR. That option didn’t diminish last week as reports of strife within the Hulman-George family surfaced. Never mind that Tony George’s position as Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO seems safe for now; the turmoil raised some concerns. “That’s kind of an interesting question,” Patrick said. “What you want in a league is stability and upward momentum. I have no idea what that is right now. There seems to be conflicting answers and ideas on what is really happening.” Patrick has hired IMG [many NASCAR connections there] to represent her as she negotiates her next contract.(Sports Illustrated), of interest, the NASCAR.com store now carries a few Danica Patrick items.(6-2-2009)
NASCAR Diversity Internship program enters 10th year: Thirteen students from across the United States have been selected to participate in the 2009 NASCAR Diversity Internship Program that starts today and gives minority college students the opportunity to complete 10-week, paid summer internships within the NASCAR industry. More than 200 students have participated in the program since its inception in 2000. More info and the full list of 13 students on my Driver Development News page.(6-2-2009) www.jayski.com/pages/develop.htm
Logano to run ARCA race at Pocono: Since 1983 the ARCA RE/MAX Series has served as the show-opener for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on both Pocono Raceway race weekends. As a result, the RE/MAX Series at Pocono has become a key environment for Sprint Cup Series drivers to perfect their skills on the tricky 2.5-mile, high-speed, triangular-shaped track just in time for the next-day Cup 500-miler. The latest in search of Pocono seat-time is Sprint Cup Series rookie Joey Logano, who has yet to turn a competitive lap on the Long Pond, PA speedplant – which is why the Middletown, Connecticut driver is entered in the Venturini Motorsports-prepared Home Depot Toyota for the Pocono ARCA 200 coming Saturday, June 6. With NASCAR’s ban on testing in place and no Nationwide and/or Camping World Truck Series races scheduled on the renowned triangle, the need for the likes of Logano to familiarize oneself with the unique Pocono layout could be even more pressing. Tickets for the Pocono ARCA 200, the SPRINT Cup Series event and the entire 2009 Pocono Raceway season are available by contacting the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929), or through poconoraceway.com.(ARCAracing.com)(6-1-2009)
Dover Overnight TV Ratings: A challenging season of NASCAR on Fox came to an end yesterday with a 3.6/9 overnight rating for racing from Dover. Yesterday’s 3.6/9 was the weekend’s highest sports rating on a broadcast network, but also marked a -14% decline compared to last year’s 4.2/10 for the same race. For the complete season, NASCAR on Fox averaged a 4.6/10 in the metered markets, excluding the rescheduled Coca-Cola 600. That’s down -12% compared to last year’s 5.2/11.
Fox’s NASCAR season suffered from a trio of negative on-track trends: more cautions, fewer lead changes, and lower average speeds. 649 laps were run under caution on FOX this season, a +15% increase over last year. Put another way, there was one caution flag for every 40 miles of racing this season. Last year it was one every 45 miles, in FOX’s first NASCAR season (2001) it was one every 63 miles. Ten years ago it was one every 72 miles. Lead changes were down this year, with one coming every 20 miles compared to last year’s once every 17 miles. Average speed, which is obviously tied to number of cautions, was also down this year. This year’s average speed during FOX races was 118mph. Last year it was 124mph. In 2001 it was 128mph, and in 1999 it was 130mph.
A frequent complaint this year was that race start times were “inconsistent” but the fact is that this year’s schedule closely mirrored last year’s. Excluding the rained out Coca-Cola 600, 9 of FOX’s 12 races this year started within four minutes of last year’s start time. Those races were down an average of -14% in the overnights. The other three races were down an average of -15%. It’s hard to establish a link between the start times and the ratings decline when the schedule was equally consistent or inconsistent last year. The value of consistent start times is debatable. FOX aired a stretch of four races from Atlanta to Texas that all started within a few minutes of 2:15pm/et. Those races were down an average of -15%, compared to the season total of -12%.
See season to date, race-to-race TV Ratings on my 2009 TV Ratings page.(6-1-2009) www.jayski.com/pages/tvratings2009.htm
Judge OKs Sale of Most Chrysler Assets to Fiat: A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of most of Chrysler’s assets to Fiat, clearing the way for the American automaker to exit court protection shortly. Judge Arthur Gonzalez said in a court filing Sunday that he approved the sale, the major piece of a plan orchestrated by a federal auto task force. The plan gives a 55% stake of the new company to a union-run trust for retirees, a 20% stake to Fiat that can ultimately grow to 35% and smaller stakes to the U.S. and Canadian governments. Chrysler LLC was forced into court protection on April 30. The sale to Fiat means Chrysler could be out of bankruptcy within the government’s original timeframe of 30 to 60 days.(ABC News)(6-1-2009)
Double-File restarts at Pocono? NASCAR distributed proposals to crew chiefs regarding possible procedures for double-file restarts which could be introduced as early as Pocono Raceway next week. The proposal states all starts will be double file. The race leader will have his choice of which lane to use for the restart. The third-place car will always start in the inside lane. There will be no changes in the free pass or “lucky dog,” and cars that are one lap down can choose not to pit, therefore regaining a lap during a caution. The new rule appears to be a work in progress but Pocono is a 2.5-miler with plenty of space and opportunity to figure it out.(FoxSports)(6-1-2009)
First Annual Pocono Raceway Festival Coming to Downtown Stroudsburg June 6th: The Sherman Theater will host the first ever Pocono Raceway Festival in downtown Stroudsburg on June 6th, celebrating racing in the Pocono Mountains with a variety of food, games, show cars and live music. Pocono Raceway Festival is designed to showcase all the great retail, food and other attractions downtown Stroudsburg has to offer. The event will augment and support the festivities and events taking place as NASCAR, ARCA and other racers come back to the Pocono Mountains. The festival will feature numerous NASCAR vehicles on display including Best Buy, Coors Light and Geico and the official Pocono Raceway Pace Car to name a few.
This event has something for everyone, whether you like quarter midgets, full blown NASCAR or anything in between, the only place you will see more cars is at the Track. If you don’t like race cars, no problem, with nearly 200 different vendors and store fronts with sidewalk sales and specials, you can get some great deals while strolling our Historic Borough. Try your luck at the Best Buy racing Simulators or the Stock Car Racing Experience’s tire changing games. Check out the hottest Harley Davidsons with Schoch’s Harley, or race a mini NASCAR on our scaled down Tricky triangle, provided by Hobby Town USA.
Come on out as the community Honors NASCAR and its Drivers on this special day. NASCAR president Mike Helton will be on hand with other invited guests to accept the award. No event is complete without great food. Visit one of the 20 different vendors and restaurants who will showcase food from sushi to steak and from burgers to handmade Ice Cream. Downtown Stroudsburg has it all. The music will run throughout the day on numerous stages around the town with some of the best music in the region. If that’s not enough, stick around as your community theater presents, for the first time ever, a free concert on Main Street featuring The Marshall Tucker Band! The entire day is free and is the culmination of a full weekend of events starting with the Dark Star Orchestra Concert inside the Sherman on Thursday. Join the party with the only band capable of “recreating a Grateful Dead Experience”
The Pocono Raceway Festival takes place on June 6th and starts at 12 pm until 8:30 pm. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call the Sherman Theater at 570-420-2808 or visit the Sherman Theater online at www.shermantheater.com.(6-2-2009)
Open Casting Call to be the First New Hampshire Motor Speedway Mascot: New Hampshire Motor Speedway is searching for the next great talent to be the first mascot for the largest sports and entertainment complex in New England. The lucky winner will perform in front of over 105,000 NASCAR fans twice a year, represent the speedway at numerous civic functions, and be a part of the world of major league mascots. “There is a star out there waiting to be discovered, and we are going to find that person,” said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manger of New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “There will be no ‘textgate’ at this casting call! Our judging panel will make the right choice, guaranteed!” This casting call is open to anyone age 18 and over and will be held Friday, June 5th. More info at nhms.com.(6-2-2009)
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Hendrick Mojo Strikes Again
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Last week was a tester for Hendrick Motorsports. It was a week during which NASCAR’s premier team would be assaulted from all imaginable sides. It was a week during which HMS would be scrubbed, sudsed and pounded on the rocks by anybody and everybody who has an opinion and you [...]
Woody: Passing Should Always Be Between Two Non-Consenting Adults – www.racintoday.com/archives/5272
Woody: Stewart Is Top Driver, Top Story Right Now – www.racintoday.com/archives/5224
Monday Memo: A Slow Start for Jeffrey – www.racintoday.com/archives/5232
Jimmie Johnson Wins Dover Race – www.racintoday.com/archives/5185
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Rankings | Stewart team goes by Gordon’s
We skipped our rankings after the all-star weekend in Charlotte since no points were involved and because what teams do then has so little to do with season-long reality. Rankings after the 600 seemed fairly pointless, too, with so many red flags ruling both race days.
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Bayne to drive 8 races for MWR: Former Dale Earnhardt Inc. developmental driver, Trevor Bayne will drive Michael Waltrip Racing’s #99 Toyota in eight NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races this season.The 18 year-old Knoxville, Tenn., native finished 23rd in his March 21st NNS debut at Bristol driving Jimmy Mean’s #52 entry. Bayne will make his first appearance behind the wheel of the #99 Toyota Camry this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. The seven additional races include: Kentucky, Milwaukee, Gateway, ORP, Iowa, Bristol and Phoenix.(Michael Waltrip Racing PR)(6-1-2009)
Four drivers for KHI in June: During the month of June, the #33 car will see four different faces in the driver’s seat for four different races. Beginning at Nashville Superspeedway, Cale Gale will pilot the car, followed by Kelly Bires at Kentucky Speedway, Ron Hornaday at The Milwaukee Mile and rounding out the month with Kevin Harvick at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.(Kevin Harvick Inc. PR)(6-1-2009)
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Gunselman Motorsports has called upon veteran driver Mike Wallace to drive the No. 64 Toyota for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. Wallace has gone to victory lane three times at the 2.5-mile track in ARCA competition. Being without a full-time ride right now, the St. Louis-native is making his second Sprint Cup points-race attempt of the year. The underfunded team has gone to a reduced schedule to concentrate on making races and returning to full-time competition. (teampr) (06-01-09)
No. 99 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finishing Position: 7th Are you happy with your finish after starting from the rear of the field? “It was a good race for us obviously coming from the back and to have a top-10. I thought we had a great car. We got a little bit unlucky. We got up into the wall and at the end of one of the stints we had a tire going down in the rear and that led us to make kind of — we thought the car was one way when really it was not. When we had the chance to fix it in the pit stop we just basically went down the wrong path a little bit. In the next green-flag lap we just ran and weren’t very good at all. We just basically maintained ninth or 10th and stopped going forward. Then after that there was so many quick runs, we weren’t able to get anyone back. We were much better toward the end of a run than we were at the beginning. It was a good race for us. To have a top-10 coming from last, I’ll take it.(TR) (06-01-09)
BRIAN VICKERS, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing Finishing Position: 4th Are you happy with your top-five finish today? “It was a good run. I’m really proud of the guys with this Dollar General Toyota. We didn’t have quite as good of a race, but we had a good and consistent day. Nothing went wrong and we stayed out of trouble. We had great stops all day.” Why did you signal to Carl Edwards at the end of the race, did something happen? “No, nothing happened. We just had a heck of a race. I really had to earn that one. Carl did a great job really putting the pressure on there in the last 23 laps, especially right there at the end when we were running side-by-side for the finish. We raced him hard and clean and had a lot of fun.” (TR) (06-01-09)
Post-race quotes from second place finisher-Joey Logano-I had a great car for sure. The GameStop Toyota was good and we led a lot of laps. I felt like I had a really good shot of winning this thing. At the end I just screwed up. That’s pretty much what happened. I got behind Kyle (Busch) on the restart and I finally had a good restart. He’s been kicking my butt every restart — kicking my butt through the first corner. I was trying to stay right up on him. I wasn’t going to make the move right then into that corner. I figured he would just blow my doors in so I was going to stay with him through the first corner and try to make a move after that. I got right up on his bumper and he went into one and let up earlier than I thought he was going to and I hit him in the back and that was pretty much what happened. It’s completely my fault. I was just surprised. There was no room for error where I positioned my car right behind him. As soon as he checked up a little bit and I was expecting him to drive in there harder that’s when I got in the back of him.” Do you think Kyle Busch had a tire going down or missed a shift on that restart? “I don’t know. I tried to come over his radio when the race was over, but I don’t think I had the right channel to talk to him on my radio there. He actually spun his tires on the restart and that’s why he didn’t have a good start and allowed me to get up on him. As far as the right-front (tire) down, I don’t know. I thought by the time that I got off of him we were going forward enough that he should’ve been able to make the turn, but I’m not in his race car and I don’t know exactly what happened.
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Ickler steps in for Busch at Texas: Brian Ickler will be back in the #51 Miccosukee Resort / Samsung Instinct Toyota Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway Friday, June 5, 2009 for the running of the WinStar World Casino 400 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Due to the scheduling of the top tier NASCAR Series being in three locations this weekend; Busch is unable to race at the Texas Motor Speedway. Ickler, who pilots the #15 Samsung Instinct Tundra when Busch is in the #51 Tundra, will visit Samsung’s corporate offices while in the Dallas/Fort Worth area promoting the sponsorship of the Billy Ballew Motorsports team.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(6-1-2009)
Raybestos Rookie News & Notes – Winstar World Casino 400: Johnny Sauter was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the May 30 AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway. Sauter scored a fifth-place finish, his second top-five in 18 starts and his best of the 2009 season. He claimed top Raybestos Rookie honors for second time this season and posted his second top-10 in the last three races. Sauter became just the fourth Raybestos Rookie to score a top-five finish in 10 previous Camping World Truck Series races at Dover. Sauter and Tayler Malsam are tied for the lead (71-71) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the June 5 Winstar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kenny Irwin won the inaugural Winstar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway in 1997, edging out Boris Said and Rick Crawford for the win. Irwin went on to capture Raybestos Rookie of the Year that same season. A Raybestos Rookie has won four of the 22 previous Camping World Truck Series races at Texas: Irwin, Travis Kvapil (2001) and Brendan Gaughan, who swept both races in 2002. Raybestos Rookies Kvapil and Gaughan gave the rookie class three consecutive wins in 2001-2002. Marc Mitchell was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2008 June race, scoring a 12th-place finish.(Raybestos PR)(6-1-2009)
Bodine tied for most wins at Texas: Todd Bodine is tied for the most NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins at Texas Motor Speedway and leads all active Truck Series drivers in the win category for this Friday night’s race at the Fort Worth mile and a half track. To go along with these Texas-sized statistics, the state is home to the two largest locations for sponsor Copart. Copart, an automobile remarketer that sells more than 1 million cars each year online has locations in Houston and Dallas, TX. Bodine has one pole award and four wins at Texas. Germain Racing has two pole awards and five wins at Texas. Bodine’s four wins have him tied on the all-time Truck Series win list at Texas with Brendan Gaughan, who has moved on to racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.(Germain Racing PR)(6-1-2009)
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Pocono 200 this Saturday
The ARCA RE/MAX Series returns to on-track competition following two off weekends with the Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway this Saturday. The race marks the seventh of 21 events on the 2009 schedule and the Series’ 48th appearance to Pocono Raceway since 1983. At present, 34 cars are entered for the race, which rolls off at 1 p.m. on Saturday and airs on SPEED at 4 p.m. Eastern. A live audio feed of all on-track activities will be available on arcaracing.com.
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Five Different Race Winners in First Six Races of 2009
There have been five different race winners in the first six ARCA RE/MAX Series races of 2009, including James Buescher (Daytona, Kentucky), Patrick Sheltra (Salem), Sean Caisse (Rockingham), Justin Lofton (Talladega) and Parker Kligerman (Toledo). Buescher, the only driver with multiple wins this season, is splitting his race season up between ARCA RE/MAX Series competition for Win-Tron Racing and competition in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Pocono to Prom for Parker Kligerman
Parker Kligerman, who is competing on a fulltime basis this season as a Penske Development Driver for Cunningham Motorsports, will balance ARCA RE/MAX Series stock car racing and life as a high school senior this weekend with both the Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway and Senior prom on the agenda for Saturday.
“Prom is the night of Pocono (June 6),” said Kligerman. “So it’s about 3 hours and 1 minute on MapQuest from Pocono Raceway to Prom. I think that I can make it because if I got there about 6 or 6:30 p.m., prom doesn’t start until 7:30 p.m. or so. It’s kind of a hectic schedule. I go to Staples High School. It’s the public school in my hometown of Westport, Connecticut. I have a lot of support from my principal. The day that I walked into school Freshman year I said ‘You know I want to be a racecar driver and I’m going to have to travel a lot.’ I didn’t know exactly how far I was going to go but at the time I was racing open wheel cars on the West Coast. He said as long as you keep your grades up, it’s a cool endeavor, we like it. My parents said, ‘well it keeps you focused so we’ll support it as much as we can as long as you keep your grades up’.”
Kligerman earned his career first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 17. In addition to his Toledo win, Kligerman has three top-5 finishes and five top-10s in six ARCA RE/MAX Series starts this season.
Cunningham Motorsports gets a helping hand
On their way home from the Michigan ARCA Open Test on Wednesday, May 27, the Cunningham Motorsports Team needed a helping hand: The team transporter broke down en route from Michigan Int’l Speedway to their race shop in Winder, Georgia. Instead of visiting a traditional repair shop, the team made a stop to the University of Northwestern Ohio, the official and exclusive educational sponsor of ARCA.
Students from the University’s College of Technologies High Performance Motorsports Program made the repairs necessary to get the vehicle back on the road. Approximately 30-40 UNOH students are part of the UNOH ARCA Race Club Program, which offers students at-track internship opportunities with race teams and the sanctioning body.
Congratulations to Brian Scott, Brad Keselowski
Congratulations to Brian Scott and Brad Keselowski, drivers with ARCA experience who found victory lane in NASCAR competition at Dover on Saturday. Scott finished first over Dennis Setzer, David Starr, Jason White and Johnny Sauter in the AAA Insurance 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The Boise, Idaho, driver last competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at Daytona in February and has made a total of 11 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts, earning a career best finish of third at Nashville Superspeedway in 2008.
Keselowski, a car owner in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the son of former ARCA Champion Bob Keselowski, took the lead in Saturday’s Heluva Good! 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race to win over Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers and Carl Edwards. 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Justin Allgaier finished tenth in the race and former ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor Scott Speed posted a top-10 finish as well.
WAM Poker Run to Benefit ARCA Crew Member Matt Daniels
The Women’s Auxiliary of Motorsports, Inc. will host a Poker Run on June, 27, 2009 at Pat Rogers Speedway Harley Davidson, 10049 Weddington Rd., Concord, NC 28027 (704-979-0529). The cost is $20 per person, $30 per couple and $5 per extra hand. All proceeds will benefit Matt Daniels, an ARCA RE/MAX Series crew member from Eddie Sharp Racing who is currently hospitalized as he battles Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an uncommon inflammatory disorder. For more information on the Poker Run contact Julie Seligman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-799-9299) or Michelle Thompson (email@example.com, 704-609-6871).
For information on additional fundraising initiatives in support of Matt Daniels, contact Trina Arpin at Eddie Sharp Racing (firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-489-8809).
Upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series Races
Pocono 200 at Pocono Raceway. June 6, 2009. 1 p.m.
Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway. June 12, 2009. 5 p.m.
Tim Richmond Memorial 200 at Mansfield Motorsports Park. June 20, 2009. 8:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Pocono ARCA 200, the SPRINT Cup Series event and the entire 2009 Pocono Raceway season are available by contacting the Pocono Raceway Ticket Office at 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929), or through www.poconoraceway.com.
U S A R (United Speed Alliance Racing)
Courtesy of USAR
USARacing Returns to Winchester Speedway for First Time Since 2003
Erica Kron – Media Relations
Monday, June 01, 2009 2:17:00 PM
Concord, NC (May 29, 2009) – The USARacing Pro Cup Series will make a return visit to the famous High Banks of Winchester Speedway for the first time since 2003 in their only true Northern stop on the 2009 schedule. The Lucas Oil 200 will be held on Saturday, June 6th with the engines set to roar at 7pm. There will be an open practice for the series on Friday, June 5th.
Drew Herring had a rough go of it at Langley Speedway on May 23rd, but comes into Winchester as the series point’s leader. Herring picked up his first ever series win on April 25th at South Georgia Motorsports Park, and hopes for another next weekend at Winchester.
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T V * L I S T I N G S
Courtesy of Race Fans Stockcar Newsletter
TUESDAY, JUNE 2
6:30 P-7:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3
6:30 P-7:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
THURSDAY, JUNE 4
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, JUNE 5
12:00 N -1:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA, HD, L
3:30 P-6:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup QUALIFYING, Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA, HD, L
6:00 P-7:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Nationwide Series PRACTICE, Federated Auto Parts 300, Nashville Super speedway, Lebanon, TN, HD, L
7:00 P-8:00 VS IRL Indy Car Series QUALIFYING, Bombardier Learjet 550, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX, HD, SDD
7:30 P-8:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
8:30 P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SETUP, Win Star World Casino 400, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX, HD, L
9:00 P-11:30 SPEED NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Win Star World Casino 400, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX, HD, L (expect green at 9:20P)
SATURDAY, JUNE 6
10:00 A-11:00 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup PRACTICE, Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA, HD, L
11:00 A-12:30 SPEED NASCAR Sprint Cup FINAL PRACTICE, Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA, HD, L
3:00 P-4:30 ESPN 2/TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series QUALIFYING, Federated Auto Parts 300, Nashville Super speedway, Lebanon, TN, HD, L
4:00 P-6:00 SPEED ARCA RE/MAX Series Pocono 200, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA, HD, SDD
7:00 P-7:30 ESPN 2/TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series COUNTDOWN, Federated Auto Parts 300, Nashville Super speedway, Lebanon, TN, HD, L
7:30 P-10:30 ESPN 2/TSN NASCAR Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300, Nashville Super speedway, Lebanon, TN, HD, L (expect green at 7:45P)
9:00 P-12:00 M VS/TSN 2 IRL Indy Car Series Bombardier Learjet 550, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX, HD, L
SUNDAY, JUNE 7
10:00 A-11:00 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
10:30 A-12:30 P SPEED NASCAR Race Day. Preview of today’s Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway, HD, L
1:30 P-2:00 TNT/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup COUNTDOWN TO GREEN, Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA, HD, L
2:00 P-6:30 TNT/TSN NASCAR Sprint Cup Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA, HD, L (expect green at 2:15 P)
7:00 P-8:00 SPEED The SPEED Report, HD, N
8:00 P-9:00 SPEED NASCAR Victory Lane at Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway, HD, SDD, N
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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