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Stock Car Gazette Columnists Speak Out!
TV Times – Mayfield/NASCAR Feud Getting Nastier By The Day
by: Lou Modestino
This Jeremy Mayfield/NASCAR feud is getting nastier by the day. We’re not sure where it’s all going to end? More at motorsportsnews.net/archives/3866
For more of this writer, visit motorsportsnews.net/archives/category/tv-times
You make the call… are they starting and parking?
by: Heather Meyer
The feel good story of Daytona was a few teams that were/are under funded or were start up teams. Read the rest at motorsportsnews.net/archives/3868
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by Tom Bowles
Danica Patrick Visits Stewart-Haas Racing
In a bit of a surprise move, Danica Patrick was spotted Monday being given a personal tour at Stewart-Haas Racing. Met by Ryan Newman, crew chief Tony Gibson, General Manager Bobby Hutchens, and several others, the IndyCar star was given a behind-the-scenes look at the team’s fabrication shop, the seven-post shaker rig, and other various departments within the NASCAR facility before stopping briefly to sign some autographs for fans.
Fifth in IndyCar points, racing’s most famous female is in the last year of her contract with Andretti Green Racing and is currently weighing her options for 2010. Garage chatter has narrowed it down to three specific teams should she make her way over to NASCAR: Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush/Yates (aligning with Ford), or Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Patrick had no comment on the tour and maintains her future plans won’t be decided until after the IndyCar season concludes this Fall.
Today’s Top News
by Phil Allaway
Truex Penalized For Rear Quarterpanel Issue At Chicagoland
On Tuesday, NASCAR announced penalties against the No. 1 team of Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing based on violations that occurred during post-race inspection at Chicagoland. The team was deemed to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (the standard “Actions Detrimental to the Sport of Stock Car Racing),” 12-4-l (Part of the car failed to conform to NASCAR’s rules), and 20-12.8.1C (Right rear quarterpanel does not meet the required specifications; fender was too high in post-race inspection).
Martin Truex, Jr. has also been docked 25 driver points and owner Teresa Earnhardt 25 owner points as a result of the infraction. In addition, crew chief Kevin Manion has also been fined $25,000 and placed on probation until December 31.
Truex finished 16th in the race on Saturday night.
Kevin Harvick Wants Out at RCR?
On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported that Kevin Harvick is fed up with the lack of performance this season at Richard Childress Racing and is seeking to leave the team at season’s end. Harvick still has one more year on his contract with RCR, but Royal Dutch / Shell Group’s primary sponsorship deal, through the company’s Shell and Pennzoil brands, expires after the end of this season.
News in recent weeks has Royal Dutch/Shell Group unhappy with the performance of the RCR No. 29 and looking elsewhere for 2010. According to SI, Harvick’s grand plan would have him leave and take the sponsorship with him to another program, potentially a new third team at Stewart-Haas Racing.
The 2009 season has been a struggle for all four RCR teams, but especially for the No. 29. Harvick currently sits 25th in points, a full 1,089 out of the lead and 506 points out of 12th. Harvick has only two top 5s all season, and those occurred in the first four races: a second in the Daytona 500 and a fourth at Atlanta. Since then, Harvick has run no better than 11th while accumulating six finishes of 30th or worse. As a result, the No. 29 is currently on track for the worst performance ever for the team that used to be the original No. 3 that Dale Earnhardt, Sr. drove from the mid-1980s until his death in 2001.
GM Bankruptcy Filing Includes NASCAR Sponsorship Cuts
Just last week, General Motors emerged from bankruptcy after a mere 40 days, a move only possible this quick thanks to stringent financial reorganization. On Monday, General Motors filed some of those cuts, issuing 54 sports sponsorship terminations with U.S. Courts. These terminations go throughout the world of sports, but as expected, NASCAR was the one particularly affected by the cutbacks.
Richmond International Raceway, Lowe’s (Charlotte) Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Auto Club (California) Speedway, and Dover International Speedway saw suites, tickets, and parking passes cut. These five tracks represent three of the five track ownership groups that currently host Sprint Cup races.
In addition, GM terminated a personal services contract with Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, and walked away from a deal with IMG Worldwide to be the official car manufacturer for IMG. Other series hit by the cuts were the Rolex Sports Car Series (Grand-Am) and the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Tire Testing Completed at Atlanta Motor Speedway
On Tuesday, Goodyear had Sprint Cup teams finishing up a two-day session where they are testing potential new tire compounds for September’s Pep Boys Auto Parts 500. As usual, each manufacturer was represented: Tony Stewart’s No. 14 represented Chevrolet, Jamie McMurray’s No. 26 represented Ford, Kurt Busch’s No. 2 represented Dodge, and Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 represented Toyota.
The main goal of the testing is to develop a tire that can hold up well during a night race at the abrasive 1.54-mile quad-oval. As a result of a three-way schedule change for this season, Atlanta’s second race has been moved to Labor Day weekend and will be held at night for the very first time (a couple of previous Fall races at Atlanta have started in daylight and lasted into the night because of rain).
“It’s definitely tough to prepare a tire for a night race [in Atlanta], because there are unknowns going into a night race – how fast is the track going to be, and where do we need to have many of our settings?” Busch said in a press release on Tuesday. “I felt like the tire was just fine in March… but, we’ve got a night race now, so we’re here working with Goodyear to find something better and make the racing more exciting.”
The pavement at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the original blacktop from when the track was reconfigured in 1997. As a result, the asphalt wears out tires very quickly, rivaling pre-repave Darlington Raceway and Rockingham Speedway for being the toughest tracks on tires.
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Letarte Named Best Crew Chief of the Race
Steve Letarte, crew chief for the No. 24 Dupont/ National Guard Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon, has been named the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Race after Saturday night’s Lifelock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. The team started the race with a stout car, taking the green flag on the inside of row four. Letarte kept his driver running up front most of the night by making adjustments to improve a tight racecar. He remained calm when a Lap 138 tangle between Gordon and Carl Edwards caused both cars to lose significant track position. But a Lap 247 caution gave Letarte an opportunity to get the No. 24 back to the front. With just 20 laps to go, he called his driver to pit road for four fresh tires in hopes to give him an advantage over the top eight teams who chose to stay out. The call paid off, and Gordon was able to pass cars at ease on his way to a second place finish
Furr Joins Simo Racing
Carter/Simo Racing officials said Tony Furr has joined the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team as crew chief for driver Terry Labonte. The team announced last week that Labonte and Boris Said will share the team’s No. 08 entry, beginning with next weekend’s Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Furr joins Carter/Simo after a stint as crew chief for Mayfield Motorsports and driver Jeremy Mayfield earlier this year.
Brickyard 400 Concert
Virgin Records recording artists Saving Abel will headline a diverse lineup of musical acts scheduled to play during Allstate 400 at the Brickyard weekend July 24-26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Popular rock band Saving Abel will play from 11 a.m.-noon (ET) Sunday, July 26 on the Coke Zero Stage, concluding 30 minutes before 2009 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard pre-race ceremonies begin. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superstars such as four-time Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon and two-time “400″ winners Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson will contest the 16th running of the mid-summer classic at 2 p.m. The Coke Zero Stage is located in the IMS Pagoda Plaza, located directly behind the landmark Pagoda control tower. Corinth, Miss.-based Saving Abel released its self-titled major-label debut album in March 2008 and the album was certified gold a year later, mostly on the strength of the hit single “Addicted,” which peaked at No. 2 in Billboard magazine’s U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Practice Day lineup Friday, July 24 features Indianapolis-based musical acts Healing Sixes from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Corey Cox from 4:30-5:30 p.m., both on the Coke Zero Stage.
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been told by sources that no one at Red Bull Racing has talked to Brad Keselowski about driving for the team in 2010.(7-15-2009)
Mayfield may have sponsor for Indy? If Jeremy Mayfield’s injunction against NASCAR is upheld during upcoming court proceedings, he may have a sponsor for the July 26 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard—and beyond. In an interview Friday with Full Throttle Autos Online, Robert Craddock, the Florida-based owner of SmallSponsor.com, expressed his confidence in Mayfield’s innocence despite a failed drug test in May. “How many years has Jeremy been doing this? Has there ever been an indication [of a drug problem] in all those years?” Craddock said. “I think the answer is no.” Craddock went on to call the test “completely bogus,” citing reports that Mayfield would be dead if he tested positive at the level of methamphetamine NASCAR says he did. To that end, Craddock says he’s in very positive discussions with a Fortune 500-level company that would be willing to join SmallSponsor.com as a co-primary sponsor of Mayfield’s #41 Camry. Even if that partnership didn’t develop, Craddock said SmallSponsor.com has funding to support Mayfield. “We could definitely support it, but it’s like everything else, you can never have enough money,” Craddock said of his company, which funded Mayfield Motorsports prior to the driver’s suspension and for a brief period after J.J. Yeley was put into the car. Bobby Wooten, team manager of Mayfield Motorsports, was noncommittal about Craddock’s promises, although he called Craddock a friend of the team and said he was working hard to help put the #41 back on the track. “We’re waiting for Robert to get everything put together,” Wooten said. “If he can bring to the table what he says he can, we’ll be more than glad to get out there with him.” Craddock says Mayfield’s suspension has held up big plans for the company, including a national television ad campaign and potentially naming rights to a Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. “They’re shooting the hands that have literally been feeding them,” Craddock said of NASCAR delaying his program during a soft sponsorship and advertising climate.(Full Throttle Autos)(7-15-2009)
Stremme wins at Plymouth Speedway: David Stremme, driver of the #12 Penske Racing Dodge in the Cup series, started on the pole and led the first 100 laps of the CRA Super Series Summer Championship 200 Presented by Crown RV & Boat Cleaner at Plymouth Speedway [Indiana] Sunday night. Restarting back in the pack after choosing to change tires at the halfway break, Stremme worked his way back to the front and took the lead after 50 laps and held on to win at his home track. The event raised $1,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.(CRA)(7-15-2009)
Hamlin’s Team Wins Tissot Pit Crew Award in Chicagoland: Denny Hamlin’s crew took top honors in the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award during Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. Hamlin’s #11 crew became the 13th Tissot winner in the 19 Cup races contested in 2009. The pit crew win was the result of Hamlin’s FedEx Toyota Camry spending the least amount of time on pit road – 194.055 seconds. The quick work helped Hamlin and the Joe Gibbs Racing team to a fifth-place finish in the 267-lap, 400-mile race. Hamlin’s over-the-wall crew consists of: Jonathan Sherman (front-tire changer), Brandon Pegram (front-tire carrier), Mike Hicks (rear-tire changer), Heath Cherry (rear-tire carrier), Nate Bolling (jackman), Scott Wood (gasman), John Eicher (catch can) and Bobby “Spike” Christenson (windshield). The team’s crew chief is Mike Ford and the pit crew coach is Paul Alepa. The athletic director for Joe Gibbs Racing is Michael Lepp. The #11 team will collect $5,000 for the pit road win. The team with the most Tissot Pit Road Precision Award wins at the completion of the 36-race Sprint Cup schedule will receive a $100,000 bonus plus Tissot watches for the crew and driver. The crews for Jeff Gordon and Greg Biffle lead in the Tissot standings with three wins each. Tony Stewart’s and Jimmie Johnson’s crews are tied for third with two wins each.(Tissot)(7-15-2009)
Harvick wants out at RCR? Kevin Harvick has told Richard Childress he would like to leave after this season, according to multiple sources. Harvick has one year remaining on his contract with RCR, but the Shell/Pennzoil sponsorship deal on the #29 Chvey ends at the end of this season, and Harvick is trying to move with it to Stewart-Haas. Tony Stewart has said his team is interested in running a third car in Sprint Cup in 2010. Childress is in a tough spot. He could hold Harvick to the contract and try to re-sign Shell/Pennzoil, but in a performance-based business, the Stewart-Haas option, undoubtedly, is more appealing to the gas and oil company. If Shell/Penzoil decides to leave, Childress has to find $15 million to $20 million in sponsorship to replace it — a very difficult prospect in this economy. Harvick would also bring additional Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series capability to the organization, joining the JR Motorsports operation owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick. Kevin Harvick Inc. competes in both series.(Sports Illustrated)(7-14-2009)
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The vote for this year’s inductees for the Davey Allison Memorial Talladega Texaco Walk of Fame ends TODAY July 15. Choosing one active and one inactive driver per day from only one e-mail address is allowed. And only 4 inactive drivers are on the list this year.
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Hamlin Playing Lead Role With Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kiddy Corps – www.racintoday.com/archives/7688
NASCAR Penalizes Truex Team – www.racintoday.com/archives/7673
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Yes, He REALLY Said That
Chris Economaki, on if the Indy or Daytona 500 is America’s most important race. “The Daytona 500 is important because it is heavily promoted. The Indianapolis 500, unfortunately, is not heavily promoted. It’s presented and managed well, but it isn’t promoted well. That is the big difference. You have to beat the drums for your event and the Indianapolis 500 doesn’t have a drum beater.”
I.N. Sider reveals that will happen when he’s King of the Racing World in the new Behind [Closed] Garage Doors column, now posted at www.Valvoline.com.
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Vertrilo on the #15 at Gateway: Ventrilo, a product of Flagship Industries and the premier group voice communications program used in internet-based tournaments and multiplayer games, announced that they will be the presenting sponsor for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 presented by Ventrilo at Gateway International Raceway on July 18, 2009. To complement the presenting race sponsorship, Ventrilo is announces the sponsorship of Germain Racing’s #15 Ventrilo Camry which will be driven by Michael Annett in Saturday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. This will be the second time Ventrilo has been on board the #15 Ventrilo Camry this season; the first was at Daytona International Speedway in July 3.(Germain Racing PR)(7-15-2009)
Villeneuve driving for Braun at Montreal: UPDATE: Those who bought t-shirts identifying Jacques Villeneuve in the #32 car for Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series race last year, will bring them again this year to encourage Villeneuve because RueFrontenac.com learned from multiple independent and anonymous sources, that he will again drive the #32 for the 2009 edition of the race in Montreal.(Ruefrontenac)[translated](7-13-2009)
UPDATE: Braun Racing announced that former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve will drive the #32 Dollar General Toyota in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. This event marks the second career NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Villeneuve at the world renowned road course named after his father, Gilles Villeneuve, also a legendary F1 racer.(Braun Racing PR)(7-14-2009)
Virginia 529 to sponsor Richmond race: Track officials at Richmond International Raceway announced that the Virginia College Savings Plan will hold the race entitlement for the September 11, 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at America’s Premier Short Track. The race will officially be titled the Virginia 529 College Savings 250, joining the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for the doubleheader weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Additionally, the Virginia College Savings Plan has been named the Official College Savings Plan of the track.(Richmond PR)(7-13-2009)
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Villeneuve Gets Montreal Nationwide Ride – www.racintoday.com/archives/7659
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Danny O’Quinn Jr. Kertus Davis, and Mike Wallace all of J-D Motorsports head for St. Louis with characteristic optimism. All are keenly aware that team resources are thin but hard work and determination can overcome a lot. “ NuTone HVAC, Daytona sponsor, has their headquarters near St. Louis,” said Kertus Davis. “Maybe I can cool-off a little there or maybe I’ll paint some flames on the #04”. O’Quinn, Wallace, and Davis all are looking hard for additional sponsor support. (JDM) (07-15-09)
Driver Scott Wimmer holds the NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying record at Gateway International Raceway. Wimmer drove into the record books in 2007 when he scored his first career NNS pole with a lap time of 33.246 seconds (135.355 mph). CLOSE TO HOME – St. Louis is the home of StopRepairBills.com, primary sponsor of the No. 40 Chevrolet. While in town for the upcoming race, Scott Wimmer will be visiting with StopRepairBills.com employees, many of whom will be attending Saturday’s race. The full-service auto warranty company has just recently signed on for five more races in 2009.
Excerpt from Car & Driver piece on the COT for NNS and the “pony cars”-word around the Michigan pits suggested—finally—that could change, at least in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, which is one step down from the top-dog Sprint Cup Series. When the Nationwide Series finally moves to the inarguably safer “Car of Tomorrow” design, NASCAR may allow different body styles that would include the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and—if Chevrolet signs on—the Camaro. With the cancellation of the Toyota Camry Solara, Toyota would run a Camry, although a rumored Celica-like sports coupe could be a more appropriate pony-car competitor.The Advantages? Multiple. The Drawbacks? Minimal.At the top of the list of advantages would be the chance to finally differentiate the Nationwide cars from the Cup cars. Running identical body styles as they do now, as well as both using V-8 engines, does not allow the Nationwide series to develop its own personality, as it did years ago when, for example, Nationwide cars could use a V-6.Read more(caranddriver.com) (07-14-09)
here is a link (www.flickr.com/photos/nationwide/sets/72157621276890529/) to the pictures that Nationwide took and Twittered (twitter.com/Nationwide) from the Chicagoland Speedway.
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Busy week for Malsam: Tayler Malsam will compete in four races this week – three 360 Sprint Car races in Oregon, topped off by his Truck Series race driving the #81 One-Eighty Toyota for Randy Moss Motorsports on Saturday evening at Kentucky Speedway. Malsam also competes for Rudeen Racing in the Sprint Car Series, driving the #26 car.(Randy Moss Motorsports PR)(7-14-2009)
MB Motorsports to run Stancill at Kentucky: MB Motorsports will run their third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race of 2009 this Saturday, July 18th in the “Built Ford Tough 225″ at the Kentucky Speedway. Ayden, North Carolina’s Ben Stancill will once again take the wheel of the [#63] MB Motorsports Ford F-150, after having a very strong Top-20 run at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in his last race with the MB Motorsports Team on May 15th. It was Ben’s second Top-20 in only 3 previous NCWTS starts. Longtime partners, Mittler Bros. Machine & Tool, Dave Porter Trucking, and Don Shetler Ford, will continue their support of MB Motorsports again in 2009.(MB Racing PR)(7-14-2009)
Kentucky marks one-year anniversary for RMM: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to Kentucky Speedway this weekend where a veteran team will mark a new sort of anniversary, the one-year anniversary of team co-owner Randy Moss coming on board, transforming Morgan-Dollar Motorsports to Randy Moss Motorsports. After Moss came on board, several drivers rotated in and out of the #81 truck. The team finished out the year 20th in the owners’ points standings. As the 2009 season dawned, the team put the pieces together to head to Daytona with veteran Mike Skinner (#5 Toyota) and Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender Tayler Malsam (#81 One-Eighty Toyota) as their drivers. After the season’s first 11 races, the team has accomplished a lot in very little time. “It is definitely exciting to come to our one-year anniversary mark and head back to where our first race was last year,” said team co-owner David Dollar. Mike and Tayler have done a great job for our program and to have them both in the top seven in the points standings says a lot about our organization and the people we have working at RMM.”(NASCAR PR)
Wyler Racing to make “home track” visit: Driver Stacy Compton and his #60-SafeAuto Insurance Wyler Racing Toyota will visit the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati to watch the hometown Reds play host to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, July 16. Team owner Jeff Wyler is also a minority owner of the Reds, where as a college student he sold tickets to help pay for his education. “I think everybody’s got a home track, and for us, this is our home track – Kentucky Speedway,” said David Wyler, President of Wyler Racing. “We’re going to have a few hundred of our family, our employees, and our friends there. The track is a half-hour outside of where we live and it’s really special for us that we can have the race team come up so close to home and that everyone who is so close to us and our friends, family, and our co-workers can see firsthand why we love the sport of NASCAR so much.”(Wyler Racing PR)(7-14-2009)
Almirola returns for BBM at Kentucky; RedTop Auto Auction to sponsor: Aric Almirola returns to Kentucky Speedway piloting the #15 RedTop Auto Auction Billy Ballew Motorsports NASCAR Camping World truck in the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers Saturday, July 18, 2009. RedTop Auto Auction, a division of Auction Broadcasting Company, LLC will serve as the primary sponsor on the #15 Billy Ballew Motorsports truck (Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(7-14-2009)
McCumbee & sponsor, tiwi return at Kentucky: Chad McCumbee and the #07-SS Green Light Racing tiwi-sponsored team will go all out in search of that elusive first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at this weekend’s 225-mile race at Kentucky Speedway. tiwi is a first-of-its-kind system to mentor and monitor teen drivers as they develop critical driving habits. It is an onboard computer with the power to instantly alert and instruct young drivers while, at the same time, enabling parents to receive real-time notifications by phone, text or email concerning their teen’s current location, actions and driving safety.(PPR Plus/SS Green Light Racing )(7-14-2009)
Ickler in RedTop Auto Auction Toyota, plus double-duty at Kentucky: Brian Ickler will make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 18, 2009 piloting the #51 RedTop Auto Auction Toyota Tundra in the running of the Built Ford Tough 225 presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers race. Ickler has one previous start at the 1.5-mile D-shaped tri-oval in the ARCA RE/MAX Series finishing in the fourth place position after starting the event in the 33rd-place. Ickler will run a double header Saturday at the Sparta, Kentucky racetrack, first in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and will immediately jump into his ARCA RE/MAX Series car for the Click It or Ticket Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 race.(Billy Ballew Motorsports PR)(7-14-2009)
HT Motorsports sponsor, Cajun Industries rewards employees with trip to track: Cajun Industries, sponsor of the #25-Toyota with driver Terry Cook, has started a safety incentive program whereby front-line supervisors without any safety incidents are placed in a drawing each month. Out of those supervisors, a winner is chosen to travel to the race track as an honorary Crew Chief to sit beside the team’s Crew Chief Danny Rollins. April’s contest winner was Robert Lively, a 27 year employee of Cajun. He attended Texas Motor Speedway as his reward. Plus, his name was displayed across the rear of the race truck in recognition of his good record. May’s contest winner was Justin Brewer who attended Memphis Motorsports Park and also had his name displayed across the rear of the race truck in recognition of his good record.(HT Motorsports PR)(7-14-2009)
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Truck Series Newcomer On A Roll Despite Broken Wrist – www.racintoday.com/archives/7639
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Wyler Racing Looks To Put On Show For Home Crowd
07-14-2009 | TruckSeries.com Report
Saturday’s race at Kentucky Speedway is a homecoming for Wyler Racing. Owned by Ohio natives David and Jeff Wyler, the team expects to put on a great show for friends, family and their local supporters
Broken Bones Won’t Slow Scott
07-14-2009 | Meghan Englehart, SPEED
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender Brian Scott is a bit of an anomaly as far as drivers are concerned. For starters, the 21-year-old heads into Saturday’s race at Kentucky Speedway (7 p.m. ET live on SPEED™; NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda at 6:30 p.m. ET) with a third and second-place finish in the past two events, netted while driving with his broken right wrist in a cast. But perhaps even more interesting, Scott, sixth in Truck Series point standings, hails from Idaho, not exactly a hotbed of NASCAR racing, and got into competitive driving as a way to keep peace with the neighbors…
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Four out of Five ain’t Bad
Cunningham Motorsports’ Parker Kligerman, a development driver for Penske Racing, has won four out of the last five ARCA RE/MAX Series races, the most recent victory occurring Saturday night at Iowa Speedway in the Prairie Meadows 200. The rookie driver led 142 out of 200 laps in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge in Saturday’s Prairie Meadows 200 (race 10 of 21 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series) and crossed the finish line 2.997 seconds ahead of Austin Dillon, who finished second In the No. 31 RCR Chevrolet. Joey Coulter, Chris Buescher and Brian Ickler rounded out the top-five.
Kligerman has posted ARCA RE/MAX Series race victories on both short tracks and speedways this season, with wins coming at Toledo Speedway (half-mile paved oval), Michigan Int’l Speedway (two-mile paved oval), Mansfield Motorsports Park (half-mile paved oval) and Iowa (.875-mile paved oval). Kligerman has won the last three consecutive ARCA RE/MAX Series races. The last driver to do that was Justin Allgaier, who included the final three races of 2008 among his six race victories overall in route to the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship. Kligerman, at 18 years old, currently leads the ARCA RE/MAX Series Point Standings by 120 points over Justin Lofton.
Current ARCA RE/MAX Series Points Leader Parker Kligerman will spend Monday and Tuesday attending Freshman Orientation Sessions at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. The 18-year-old Penske Development Driver is in the process of moving from his hometown of Westport, Conn., to the Charlotte, North Carolina, area so that he can focus on undergraduate course work and his racing career. Kligerman spent the first half of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season juggling his Senior Year of High School and his duties as the fulltime driver of the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
Frankie Kimmel, a crew member on the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Ford and son of nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel, will also attend UNCC in the Fall. The ARCA RE/MAX Series supports higher education and the sanctioning body currently has an educational partnership with the University of Northwestern Ohio. Student’s from the school’s High Performance Motorsports Program serve as officials and crew members for ARCA RE/MAX Series Race Teams on a weekly basis.
100% at 100 Race Events
This weekend marked an important milestone for ARCA RE/MAX Series sponsor Mallory Ignition. The Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway marked the 100th consecutive race event in the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the company, which serves as the exclusive supplier of rev-limiting ignition systems to ARCA RE/MAX Series competitors. Since making their ARCA RE/MAX Series debut in 2005, Mallory has equipped more than 450 drivers with their CT Pro Ignition System with ZERO in-race failures through more than 47,000 laps and 63,000 miles of competition.
When the ARCA RE/MAX Series introduced the CT Pro Mallory Ignition System in 2005, the goal was to level the playing field for racers by eliminating the advantage of high rpm, high maintenance and higher cost engines. During the 100 races that Mallory has been involved with the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the Series has witnessed an unprecedented level of competition, with tighter point battles, closer race finishes and more Series winners than previously seen. Highlights include a Series’ high 17 different race winners in 23 events in 2006 (an all-time record), 15 different pole award winners in 2006 (tying a 1991 record), and a slim, 50-point spread for 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Justin Allgaier over second-place points finisher Frank Kimmel in a battle that didn’t end until the final race of the season last year.
All-ARCA Weekend for Arpin
Both the ARCA RE/MAX Series and the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series competed at Iowa Speedway this weekend. The ARCA double header provided the perfect opportunity for ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Steve Arpin to fulfill his passion for racing. The Eddie Sharp Racing driver competed in both the IMTA ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series 50 and the Prairie Meadows 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
“The cars and the trucks were both completely different to drive,” said Arpin. “Especially with the truck being on such narrow tires and having no power steering. They don’t have near as much power as the cars and I could almost hold the truck wide open all the way around the track. The ARCA cars are just bigger, faster, heavier and have a lot more power and they take a lot more patience to get around the race track. Either way they were both a lot of fun to drive and it was fun to lead some laps in the truck at Iowa Speedway.”
Arpin posted top-10 finishes in both ARCA-sanctioned Series this weekend.
Joey Coulter Earns Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell at Iowa
Joey Coulter became the fourth different driver to earn a Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell this weekend when he set fast time at Iowa Speedway (23.450 seconds/134.328 mph). Coulter joins Justin Lofton, Ken Schrader and Tom Hessert as ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers who have earned Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell this season. The pole comes just one week after posting a career best race finish of second at Mansfield Motorsports Park on June 20.
Kentucky This Weekend
The ARCA RE/MAX Series heads to Kentucky Speedway for the Click-it or Ticket. Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 on Saturday, July 18. The race is part of a same-day double-header weekend with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and will air live on SPEED immediately following SPEED’s coverage of the NCWTS race (7 p.m. Eastern).
The ARCA RE/MAX Series is the only Series to stage Kentucky Speedway events at four different distances; 150-, 155-, 200- and 205-miles. Previous winners include: 150-miles (12 times); Chad Blount (July 2005); James Buescher (May 2009); Brad Coleman (July 2006); Erik Darnell (May 2007); Ryan Hemphill (May 2004); Frank Kimmel (May 2005, May 2001); Michael McDowell (July 2007); Scott Speed (July 2008); Tim Steele (July 2000); Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (May 2008); Steve Wallace (May 2006); 155-miles (one time); Frank Kimmel (May 2002); 200-miles (three times); Chad Blount (July 2002); Frank Kimmel (July 2001); Ryan Newman (August 2000); 205-miles (two times); Kyle Busch (May 2003); Ryan Hemphill (May 2004).
Half-Way Next Time By…
The half-way point of Saturday’s Click-it or Ticket. Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series Race at Kentucky Speedway will mark the official half-way point of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Season. Heading into the 100-lap/150-mile event, Parker Kligerman leads the point standings by 155 points over Justin Lofton. The Series has had six different race winners in ten events, with three first time Series winners (Patrick Sheltra, Sean Caisse, Parker Kligerman).
Rabenold Set for Career First Kentucky Appearance
Kory Rabenold, who will finish out the ARCA RE/MAX Series Season in the No. 14 Ford for Andy Belmont Racing, heads into Kentucky and the remainder of the races on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule without the advantage of ever racing on many of the tracks on the schedule. With the exception of Rockingham (one-mile oval) and Pocono (2-mile triangle), Rabenold is new to every ARCA RE/MAX Series Host Racetrack. Like many drivers, Rabenold plans to use a combination of feedback from his team and computer simulated racing to prepare for upcoming races, including this weekend’s Click-it or Ticket. Buckle-Up Kentucky 150.
“I will be playing the ARCA SIM Racing Game to get an idea on the track,” said Rabenold. “I play for at least two hours a day, everyday. Andy [Belmont, car owner] and I work together very well. I give him a lot of info about the car and he knows what to do to make it better. I think Jennifer [Belmont, spotter] does a great job spotting as well. We work together very well so my hope is to pick up on the track quickly and stay out of trouble so that I can finish the race.”
In 11 career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts, Rabenold finished a career-best 12th at Pocono Raceway in 2007.
Sheltra to appear at Buffalo Wings and Rings Thursday Night
ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship Point Contender Patrick Sheltra will greet race fans and sign autographs at Buffalo Wings and Rings in Crescent Springs, Kentucky (2440 High Street, Crescent Springs, Kentucky, 41017; 859-341-9464), on Thursday, July 16 from 6-8 p.m.
Kyle Busch, David Ragan to Support ARCA-Owned Properties this August
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch and David Ragan will each make appearances at ARCA-owned properties this August. Busch will compete in a 100-lap CRA Late Model race on Friday night, August 14 at Toledo Speedway, which is owned by ARCA President Ron Drager and business man Roy Mott. Ragan will sign autographs for race fans at ARCA-owned Flat Rock Speedway on Saturday night, August 15.
Both Busch and Ragan competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series early during their careers, with Busch earning three ARCA RE/MAX Series victories and Ragan earning one win.
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Upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series Races
Click-it or Ticket. Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway; Saturday, July 18
Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac at Berlin Raceway; Saturday, July 25
Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway; Saturday, August 1
SPARTA, KY. – ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Patrick Sheltra will greet race fans at the Buffalo Wings & Rings located in the High Street Center between Skyline Chili and Dunkin’ Donuts at 2440 High St., in Crescent Springs, Ky., from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 16.
The Indiantown, Fla., driver motors into Saturday’s “Click It or Ticket. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150″ eighth in the series standings after taking a win at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and a total of three top-five and four top-10 finishes this season, including a Kentucky Speedway best sixth-place showing in the May 9 “Drive Smart. Buckle-up! Kentucky 150.” Sheltra has captured a total of three top-10 finishes through five Bluegrass State starts.
The up-and-coming wheelman will sign autographs between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and fans also will be able to check out his official No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings show car. Phone 859-341-9464 for more information.
Sheltra will be a part of the 19th all-time ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, July 18.
The track’s third of four 2009 race weekends opens July 17 with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series practice sessions from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Action continues the following day with a doubleheader featuring the NCWTS “Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers” followed by the “Click It or Ticket. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150.” The day also includes a concert with classic country music artist Lee Greenwood.
Weekend tickets, new infield camping and more Big Deals can be reserved by visiting the tickets pages of this Web site, by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223) or through the Kentucky Speedway ticket offices at 400 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 100, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., or the Sparta, Ky., Fan Center off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North. Fans also can reserve tickets at Meijer stores and Tickets.com outlets.
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5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
FRIDAY, JULY 17
5:00 P-5:30 ESPN 2 NASCAR Now, HD, L
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