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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series star Ryan Truex visited Robert S. Gallaher Elementary School in Newark, Del., today to help announce the winner of Dover International Speedway’s second-annual Monster Mile Youth Nation Design Challenge.

Approximately 200 fourth- and fifth-graders lined the sidewalk around the school as a police escort, complete with motorcycles, cars and flashing lights, led the student-designed pace car, driven by Truex, into the school’s driveway.

The winning designer, Gallaher fifth-grader Calista Rakshit (pronounced Rock-SHEET), immediately recognized her concept, an ocean theme including depictions of a dolphin, a sting ray, jellyfish, a sea turtle, sea horses and plant life.

“That’s a better drawing than anything I could do,” said Truex, a Mayetta, N.J., native and driver of the No. 16 Sea Watch International Toyota for Hattori Racing. “I grew up near the beach, so when I got to drive a car with a beach scene on it, I thought that was pretty cool.”

Calista’s parents, Sanjoy and Fina, as well as little sister Indira, also attended the presentation. Calista said she chose the ocean scene because of a recent family vacation.

“I can’t believe I met a real-life driver,” Calista said. “I was really surprised.”

Truex, 25, will be one of the contenders in the “Bar Harbor 200” presented by Sea Watch International NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Monster Mile on Friday, June 2, part of the upcoming June 2-4 NASCAR tripleheader weekend.

More than 2,500 fifth-graders from 21 schools across Delaware participated in the Monster Mile Youth Nation Design Challenge, which saw students submit colorful and creative design ideas for the Monster Mile’s official pace car during national “Youth Art Month” in March.

The winning design, selected by a team from the Dover International Speedway marketing and communications departments, was placed on the pace car earlier this month.

Following the outdoor activities, the students assembled in Gallaher’s cafeteria for a video presentation and a chance to ask Truex questions about his racing career, which has included starts in all three of NASCAR’s top touring series. Before and after the assembly, the award-winning Christiana High School Steel Band performed some favorites, including “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid” in honor of Calista’s design.

Truex fielded a range of queries, including how fast he as ever gone in a car (“220 miles per hour during a test session”) to injuries he has suffered (the worst ones were a concussion and broken wrist), dirt racing (first attempt will be this year at Eldora) and how he began his racing career.

“I was 14 years old when I started, older than you all are now,” Truex said. “My father had a race team, so I was around it early on. Everyone’s got something they are good at and for me, it was racing. Having my family be involved from the start has been a big key to my success.”

As part of her prize, Calista will receive a VIP experience at the Saturday, June 3 NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race in Dover, including the opportunity to be on-stage for pre-race activities. The weekend is highlighted by the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, June 4.

For tickets or more information on Monster Mile events, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.

Dover Motorsports PR

MB Motorsports is set to host its second annual Marketing Expo on Wednesday, April 26th at Gateway Motorsports Park.  The team will make several sponsorship announcements, as well as unveil its driver line up for upcoming races.

Organizations interested in becoming a marketing partner with MB Motorsports are welcome to see first hand how the team’s multi-faceted programs can help grow their operations.

“Last year’s event was a big success,” notes team owner Mike Mittler. “This time around we’re going even bigger.  Everyone at Gateway Motorsports Park has been tremendously helpful in coordinating this event. Our goal is to show potential sponsors what all we can do for them, both at the track and off.  We’ll have the interactive show truck out there so people can try their hand at being a “crew-member” changing tires during a pit stop.  We’ll also have the ride-along truck, as well, so guests can see what it’s like to actually make a fast lap around Gateway.  Guests can also tour the hauler and see how we operate on race day.”

“In addition,” adds CM2’s Michael Boswell, “Potential marketing partners will have a chance to learn how our program is designed to simultaneously work on national, regional and local levels while balancing brand awareness with direct engagement with the most loyal consumer base in America.”

“We’ll be making several sponsorship announcements, as well” says Mittler.  “Potential sponsors will have a chance to speak with some of our existing partners who can share their experiences of working with our team.”

MB Motorsports will also make driver announcements for upcoming races and attendees will have a chance to meet several of the team’s drivers from its 2017 roster on hand, including Kyle Donahue and Kevin Donahue.

The event will include a catered lunch from St. Louis’ favorite, Hot Shots.

To attend MB Motorsports’ Marketing Expo, send your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You can also call 636.745.7757 or 779.301.7031.

The MB Motorsports Marketing Expo will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at 10 am at Gateway Motorsports Park.  The event is not open to the public.

MB Motorsports PR

Race Like A Pro Simulators (RLAPS) has signed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Chase Briscoe to an endorsement deal. The agreement calls for Briscoe to endorse the new virtual simulator training system created by the Indiana-based startup, RLAPS. Under the agreement, Briscoe will utilize RLAPS on his website and all his social media. The race driver’s helmet will feature RLAPS (see photo).

RLAPS also plans on making short videos of Briscoe training on the RLAPS Simulator to post on social media. Briscoe is also well known for racing online. He was the winner of iRacing Pro Race of Champions which features competition against other professional race car drivers from around the world, “I run triple screens at home. Once I put on the VR headset, I felt like I was really in the actual car with full range of motion. It (RLAPS) turned the iRacing into a teaching tool with full-blown motion. The track felt like real tracks with the bumps even more visible than before. The motion on the (RLAPS) simulator would have helped me prepare better—shorten the learning curve.”

Briscoe, whose hometown is in Mitchell, Indiana, was born into racing. Chase’s grandfather Richard Briscoe is a legendary Sprint Car owner, having 37 different drivers spanning 40 years. Chase’s father Kevin Briscoe is also on that legendary list. Kevin raced sprint cars for more than 20 years and won over 150 feature events.

Before moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver series in 2017. Chase Briscoe won the ARCA championship 1n 2016 by winning an astounding 6 races in one season to do so.

“We are thrilled to have Chase as part of the Race Like A Pro Simulators team,” says RLAPS President, George F. Stone III, “His endorsement of our new product is a testament to the quality of our simulators and is an important first step in promoting this educational tool as we head to market.”

RLAPS Simulators have been designed to be at the pinnacle of driver virtual experience. Developed with expertise from racers and the IUPUI Motorsports Engineering program, the RLAPS Simulator provides “close to life” realistic feedback that drivers feel during the simulation. With the development of accurate physics modeling and premium hardware, RLAPS is the one-stop shop for an ultimate driver training experience on a simulator to prepare drivers like Chase Briscoe for their on-track driving achievements.

The RLAPS Simulator has full motion with pitch, roll and yaw. Visualization is via an immersive display with either virtual reality (VR) headset or multi-screen display with 170° field of view. RLAPS also provides motion-cued vibration feedback, force feedback steering wheels, pedals, shifters and premium racing seats. The RLAPS software system is integrated to provide fast and accurate physics-rendering that reflects the real physics behavior of the race car to improve driver training on track interaction and racing.

Race Like A Pro Simulators is an Indiana-based start-up scheduled to begin mass production this year. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Walter Thomas, Jr., CEO at Race Like A Pro Simulators (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or George F. Stone III ,President (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

RLaps PR

Like any professional sports team, there are going to be days that will be easier to swallow than others.

On Saturday afternoon, AM Racing experienced one of those moments first hand when their No. 22 GO TEXAN / STAR Fund Toyota Tundra failed to qualify for the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

But like any professional sports team does in agonizing defeat, there’s a triumphant motivational moment and it came from team principal and owner Tim Self.

“At the end of the day, there are no bad days,” he said. “Yes, there are bad situations, but we’re out here doing what we love and representing first-class partners, but there’s no excuses. We will get better.

“I had mistakenly told the team that we were provisioned in and so they were more focused on race set up than qualifying. It was one of the reasons we opted not to make a mock-qualifying run during practice this past Friday at Martinsville Speedway. I had misunderstood a conversation that I had with NASCAR officials earlier in the week.

“I’m proud of my guys, my driver and our partners. Just like we’ve seen with the NCAA Basketball tournament, some of the best teams in the country saw their season come to an end for no simple reason than it just wasn’t their day. That’s what happened to us. It wasn’t our day, but it’s not the end of the road.

“Martinsville is over and done with and we’re already looking ahead out the windshield with no plans of turning back. I can’t wait to get back on the track with our team!”

With the heart and passion of AM Racing built around their founding origin of the Lone Star State, the team took a heavy approach to push insight about not only their ongoing Texas-based campaign, but recovery too.

On the hood of the team’s No. 22 Toyota Tundra sported the GO TEXAN logo.

GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.

Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.

On the quarter panels of their truck, AM Racing donated the space to bring awareness to the STAR Fund.

The State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund was created solely with monetary donations from private individuals and companies, including Farm Credit, Valero and McCoy’s Building Supply. STAR Fund money may be used to assist farmers and ranchers in rebuilding fences, restoring operations and paying for other agricultural disaster relief.

While the team didn’t compete in the third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race of the season, they did receive adequate exposure during the lone practice session on Friday aired live on FOX Sports 1.

“Even though we experienced hardship, I was super proud to represent the state of Texas in such a passionate way at Martinsville,” said driver Austin Wayne Self. “I’m not promised every race this season, so it’s important for me to make the best out of every opportunity presented.

“Martinsville didn’t go our way, but the past is in the past and we’re set on making new memories for the future.”

Looking ahead, the team has some testing on the docket ahead where Austin Wayne Self thinks it will be prove to be a benefit to his AM Racing team.

“With every minute on the track, it allows us the opportunity to add to our setup notebook and hopefully be better the next time we’re on the track for competition. I’m thankful to drive this No. 22 GO TEXAN / STAR Fund Toyota Tundra and look forward to the my next chance behind the wheel.”

AM Racing PR

Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on FOX from Martinsville (Va.) Speedway scored 1,591,000 viewers according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the most-watched NCWTS race on any network in five years.

The race, won by Chase Elliott, peaked at nearly two million viewers (1,952,000) during the final 30 minutes of the broadcast, and was the most-watched since the 2012 NCWTS race from Daytona International Speedway on SPEED.

Audience delivery was up 35% from last year’s race on FS1 (1,177,000) and was 23% better with Adults 18-49. Additionally, it was 24% better than FOX’s last NCWTS race, Talladega in October of last year, a race that delivered 1,285,000 viewers.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns May 12 from Kansas Speedway with the Toyota Tundra 250 live on FS1 at 8:30 PM ET.

FOX Sports PR

Chase Briscoe made his Martinsville Speedway debut over the weekend at the half-mile paper clip oval in the state of Virginia. Briscoe, making his third career start in the Camping World Truck Series, had a rough and tumble day in his No. 29 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing.

When things got underway, Briscoe started the 250-lap event in the eighth starting spot. The young driver had a clean stage one and sat sixth on the leaderboard at its conclusion. The team made their way down pit road for four tires under the caution flag, earning two spots off of pit road. When stage two went green, Briscoe restarted fourth.

The second stage of the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 was rougher on the 22-year old racer. On lap 101, Briscoe and Noah Gragson made contact in turn two, bringing out the fifth caution of the day. However, despite the contact with Gragson, Briscoe went on to finish third in stage two.

The third stage of the race would be even tougher for Briscoe. On lap 160, 20 laps into the third stage of the race, Briscoe made contact with Kyle Donahue in turn two, bringing out the eighth caution of the race. The team had no choice but to pit for four tires and fuel, dropping him all the way down to 21st on the leaderboard. By lap 235, Briscoe sat 12th on the race leaderboard when the final caution of the race came out involving three drivers in turn one. Reporting a loose condition, the No. 29 team elected to pit, dropping him to the 15th position.

“There were a lot of incidents on track today, but it’s a byproduct of the tight racing at Martinsville,” said Briscoe after the race. “I got into some guys and a couple guys got into me. I didn’t mean to do it, and I know those guys didn’t mean to either.”

From there, Briscoe gained three positions in the final 12 laps of the race to capture an 11th-place finish.

"Today was eventful, and definitely an up and down day for our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 team. We had really good speed, but we just couldn’t get the track position we needed,” said Briscoe. “We certainly didn’t get the finish we were capable of today, but to run up front for most of the day is something to be happy about. We’ve had a strong start to the season, speed-wise. We’ve been in contention everywhere we’ve been, we’ve had the fastest truck at some point every week, and we make gains all weekend. I’m really looking forward to Kansas.”

The No. 29 Ford F-150 team sits seventh in the Camping World Truck Series driver standings after just three races. The series will not see the track until Kansas Speedway on May 12th. The Toyota Tundra 250 can be seen live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

After battling an ill-handling BTS Tire and Wheel Distributors/Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network/Advance Auto Parts/Valvoline Ford F-150 in the early going of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Alpha Energy Solutions 250, Regan Smith battled back over the race's second half to capture a 12th place finish.
 
"At the end of the first practice on Friday," Smith said, "we had gotten our F-150 to a place where it had some speed and would handle well on a relatively green track. Then it rained, the Cup cars ran a full practice and we had qualifying. By the time we hit the track for the race, the track was rubbered-up and the handling was completely different."
 
After starting 20th, Smith stayed around that spot in the running order throughout the first 70-lap segment. The team brought him in at the first break to loosen up the truck, but in the second segment, the No. 92 lost a lap under a long green-flag run. A couple cautions later and more adjustments last, Smith found himself in the free-pass spot with a truck that was racing much better. At lap 166, the team was running in the top 10 and stayed there until getting shuffled back a few spots on a late restart.
 
"I can't say enough about what (crew chief) Mike (Hester) and the pit crew did," Smith said. "MIke made a good call to gain some track position and the crew adjusted and adjusted to put us in a position to get a top 10."
 
Smith and the Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises team return to NCWTS action when the series makes it next stop May 12 at the Kansas Speedway. The team plans to bring the same truck Smith ran 12th with at Atlanta back in March.

RBR PR

Austin Hill and his No. 02 Victory Wear Ford F-150 team rallied from a late pit-road penalty Saturday, to a top-15 finish at Martinsville Speedway. After starting the 250-lap event from the 22nd position, the Winston, G.A. native had meticulously worked his way into the top-15 by the end of segment one, on lap 70. Coming to pit road for four tires and fuel, Hill reported his truck was tight in the center, on both ends of the track. Crew chief Bruce Cook addressed the issue with an air pressure and trackbar adjustment. Utilizing his spotter, Mike Herman Jr., Hill began working the heavy traffic around the .526-mile short track. Having worked his way into the 10th position, Hill and team utilized the lap 135 caution to again come to pit road and work on the No. 02 Victory Wear Ford. As Hill left his pit stall, the gas can became lodged and drug halfway down pit road. Per NASCAR rules, Hill had to come back to pit road for a stop-and-go penalty and start at the tail end of the field, in 23rd.  Never giving up, Hill started his quest towards the front, where he found himself knocking on the door of 10th place, before a late race restart, shuffled him back to 14th place, where he would take the checkered flag in heavy traffic.

 

                        Start – 22                    Finish – 14                  Laps Led – 0

 

AUSTIN HILL QUOTE:

“Today was a solid day for everyone involved with our No. 02 Victory Wear Ford F-150. We didn’t have a great qualify run and that put us behind a little bit at the beginning, but our truck had great long-run handling and speed, giving us a slight advantage as I felt a lot of the guys were all on a short run package. We had a little hiccup on pit road, dragging the gas can, but I am just happy our fuel man wasn’t injured as he went after the can. All-in-all even though we had a top-10 truck, we brought our Victory Wear Ford home in one piece, with a solid top-15 finish and are ready to get back into action at Charlotte (Motor Speedway) in May.”

Austin Hill PR

Started: 18th
Finished: 25th 
Status: Running
Driver Points: 19th (36 Points)

Stewart Friesen Race Recap

Final practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) was cancelled Friday, resulting in only 50 minutes of track time for Stewart Friesen and the Halmar Friesen Racing team before qualifying Saturday afternoon. The No. 52 Chevy was fast, and Friesen advanced to the second round of qualifying, earning the 18th starting position in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.  
  
By lap 19 of the race, Friesen was running 11th and working his way through lapped traffic while still managing to take care of his tires. He ran as high as 9th and finished the Stage solidly in 12th.  

After a four-tire pit stop, Friesen would restart the second Stage from 14th position. He fought a tight truck for the next 70 laps, making it difficult to enter the sharp corners that make Martinsville so challenging. Friesen fell back to 19th as the second Stage came to an end under caution.

On lap 176, Friesen avoided a three car wreck in turn 4 that put the field under the 7th caution of the afternoon. He came in for a four-tire pit stop, only to make a second pit-stop just two laps later for a tire issue. With the race nearing conclusion, it would be difficult for the team to make up the lost time on pit road and would end the day in 25th position. 
Stew says...
 
"I'm disappointed with our finish today. I'm ready to run up front and finish up front, something I know we are capable of doing. My team did a great job and I got some valuable experience, but definitely frustrated with how our day ended.

We are only three races into the season, and I know we will start having finishes we are proud of soon."

HFR PR

Race Like A Pro Simulators (RLAPS) has signed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Chase Briscoe to an endorsement deal. The agreement calls for Briscoe to endorse the new virtual simulator training system created by the Indiana-based startup, RLAPS. Under the agreement, Briscoe will utilize RLAPS on his website and all his social media. The race driver’s helmet will feature RLAPS (see photo).

RLAPS also plans on making short videos of Briscoe training on the RLAPS Simulator to post on social media. Briscoe is also well known for racing online. He was the winner of iRacing Pro Race of Champions which features competition against other professional race car drivers from around the world, “I run triple screens at home. Once I put on the VR headset, I felt like I was really in the actual car with full range of motion. It (RLAPS) turned the iRacing into a teaching tool with full-blown motion. The track felt like real tracks with the bumps even more visible than before. The motion on the (RLAPS) simulator would have helped me prepare better—shorten the learning curve.”

Briscoe, whose hometown is in Mitchell, Indiana, was born into racing. Chase’s grandfather Richard Briscoe is a legendary Sprint Car owner, having 37 different drivers spanning 40 years. Chase’s father Kevin Briscoe is also on that legendary list. Kevin raced sprint cars for more than 20 years and won over 150 feature events.

Before moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver series in 2017. Chase Briscoe won the ARCA championship 1n 2016 by winning an astounding 6 races in one season to do so.
“We are thrilled to have Chase as part of the Race Like A Pro Simulators team,” says RLAPS President, George F. Stone III, “His endorsement of our new product is a testament to the quality of our simulators and is an important first step in promoting this educational tool as we head to market.”

RLAPS Simulators have been designed to be at the pinnacle of driver virtual experience. Developed with expertise from racers and the IUPUI Motorsports Engineering program, the RLAPS Simulator provides “close to life” realistic feedback that drivers feel during the simulation. With the development of accurate physics modeling and premium hardware, RLAPS is the one-stop shop for an ultimate driver training experience on a simulator to prepare drivers like Chase Briscoe for their on-track driving achievements.

The RLAPS Simulator has full motion with pitch, roll and yaw. Visualization is via an immersive display with either virtual reality (VR) headset or multi-screen display with 170° field of view. RLAPS also provides motion-cued vibration feedback, force feedback steering wheels, pedals, shifters and premium racing seats. The RLAPS software system is integrated to provide fast and accurate physics-rendering that reflects the real physics behavior of the race car to improve driver training on track interaction and racing.

Race Like A Pro Simulators is an Indiana-based start-up scheduled to begin mass production this year. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Walter Thomas, Jr., CEO at Race Like A Pro Simulators (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or George F. Stone III ,President (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

RLaps PR

Harrison Burton, in only his second time behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) truck, finished a career-best 13th place in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). This was his first race of the 2017 NCWTS season.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Burton started his No. 51 DEX Imaging Toyota Tundra seventh on Saturday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.
  • During the first stage of the race Burton found his rhythm in the truck and stayed near the top 10 for most of the 70-lap stage. He was scored 11th when the caution flag flew.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Burton began stage two from the 10th position with four fresh tires.
  • When the caution flag flew on Lap 117 the No. 51 Toyota Racing team did not make a trip to pit road when most of the leaders in the field did. Burton restarted sixth but when the stage ended, under a caution, the rookie was scored seventh.
 
Stage Three Recap: 
  • After a four-tire pit stop, the DEX Imaging Tundra started the third stage 16th after many of the trucks in front of him did not pit.
  • On Lap 174 Burton was caught in a three-truck scuffle and got spun from behind, bringing out a caution. The 16-year-old brought his Toyota Tundra to pit road for four tires. Luckily, the No. 51 Tundra received very minor damage from the spin.
  • For the rest of the race Burton got back into his rhythm and was scored 13th when the checkered flag flew.

KBM PR