Jefferson Pitts Racing (JPR) has announced that 28-year-old Northwest dirt late model standout Joey Tanner will drive for the team in the Star Nursery 100 Clash on The Clay in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West series opener at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Tanner won 13 of the 20 races in which he competed with his family-owned dirt late model team last season and has over 91 feature wins, three championships and two ROY titles in a 16-year career, that started at age 12, and has included late model racing on both pavement and dirt at tracks across the nation. He brings with him a strong opportunity for JPR to reach victory lane in the only dirt-track race on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedule this season.
“We’re glad to have Joey racing for us at Las Vegas,” team co-owner Jeff Jefferson said. “Joey is a proven winner who has shown the ability to adapt to different tracks and different surfaces as well. He has tested for us in the past and we benefited greatly from his input. We feel Joey gives us a legitimate threat to win the race and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
Hearing Jefferson’s comments, Tanner smiled. “I feel very confident in our chances to win this race. It may be my first-ever K&N race, but I believe my experience on both dirt and pavement speaks for itself. I can't thank Jeff and Jerry of JPR enough for giving me this opportunity. It's been a lifelong dream of mine and their support and belief in me are unbelievable.”
Asked about how this opportunity came to be, Tanner said his relationship with the team began a year ago at a familiar track to him. “Last year, I went and helped JPR test at Willamette Speedway, a track I won the 2018 dirt late model track championship at, to help them prepare for the first dirt race in Vegas. I was very impressed with their equipment and was also intrigued by the fact that K&N cars would be racing on the dirt. I've known Jeff Jefferson and his brother for a long time, going back to the NASCAR Northwest Tour days and racing at Yakima Speedway, where the Jefferson name is very well known, so the history and friendship between his family and my own was already made. In December, I had a close family friend, Rick Suran, owner of Eastside Paving, approach me about sponsoring me to race the K&N race on the dirt in Las Vegas if it was to happen again this year. Rick and my family both thought that this particular race was the one that would benefit me the most for my racing career and that it was finally time to make my jump into the NASCAR ranks. Once the race date was announced, we were able to put the deal in place for me to compete. I chose JPR because I believe in their program, their equipment and team owners Jeff Jefferson and Jerry Pitts. I thought my best chance to win was with them, based on history and our relationship.”
The Star Nursery 100 for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West takes place on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, on The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This will be the second time the series has run this event. The event will be taped for television by NBC Sports Network, airing on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. Eastern.
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On the heels of NASCAR’s most prestigious event, the Daytona 500, The NASCAR Foundation has started the nomination process for one of the sport’s most prestigious off-track honors, the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.
The award honors the philanthropic ideals and vision of the late Betty Jane France, who started the foundation in 2006. Nominations will close on Friday, March 22. The nomination form can be accessed online at NASCARfoundation.org/Award; completed forms can be submitted via e-mail or regular mail.
The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a NASCAR fan in recognition of community service that has significantly impacted the health and wellbeing of children, which was a lifelong focus of France’s philanthropic efforts – and her vision for The NASCAR Foundation’s focus.
Four award finalists and the charitable causes they represent will be announced in November; after a one-month on-line vote, the award winner will be announced during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards in December. Each finalist will receive a minimum $25,000 donation from The NASCAR Foundation, with a $100,000 donation provided to the award winner.
“We are coming off an outstanding year when the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award really connected with our fan base,” said Nichole Krieger, executive director of The NASCAR Foundation.
“The connection produced nominees that embodied what our award is all about. They loved their work, but they also loved NASCAR. We anticipate a similar turnout this year and are excited to see the nominations start coming in.”
The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered an appeal of a P6 level penalty issued on January 30 to David Gilliland (owner), Ty Gibbs (driver) and Chad Walter (car chief), relative to the No. 17 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team at New Smyrna Speedway.
The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2019 NASCAR Rule Book: Sections 12-5.3.7 and 12-220.127.116.11.5.
The original penalty assessed: Car owner (David Gilliland) had been fined $5,000; assessed with the loss of 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship Car Owner points for the 2019 NKNPSE Season; had been suspended from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East until the completion of the third NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event; and placed on NASCAR Probation through December 31, 2019. Driver (Ty Gibbs) had been fined $5,000; assessed with the loss of 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship Driver points for the 2019 NKNPSE Season; had been suspended from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East until the completion of the third NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event; and placed on NASCAR Probation through December 31, 2019. Car chief (Chad Walter) had been fined $5,000; and suspended from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East indefinitely.
Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
- That the Appellants violated the Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice.
- That the Panel affirms and upholds the original Penalties assessed by NASCAR to team owner David Gilliland and driver Ty Gibbs.
- That the Panel rescinds the Penalty assessed by NASCAR to car chief Chad Walter
The panel consisted of the following three individuals:
- Mr. Dixon Johnston
- Mr. Bill Mullis
- Mr. Dale Pinilis
The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR Rule Book.
This weekend when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) rolls into Atlanta Motor Speedway, Acorns will make its debut in the sport alongside NASCAR veteran Ryan Newman in the No. 6 Ford Mustang.
The Acorns Ford will be hard to miss (or easy) on the 1.5-mile speedway, featuring a fresh, bright green paint scheme that aligns with the company’s mission to look after the financial best interests of the up-and-coming. What is Acorns you might ask? It is the nation’s first financial wellness system with over 4.5 million investment accounts.
For Newman, investing was something he taught from a young age and has continued throughout his storied career at NASCAR’s elite level.
“At a young age my father taught me to invest in myself and never stop growing,” said Newman. “In our sport we’re faced with big decisions at a split second every week, but Acorns takes the pressure away and makes a big decision small by investing for you. With Acorns anyone can invest and they do the rest.”
Growing is something Newman has embraced, making the jump to the winningest team in the sport for NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Jack Roush in 2019. After winning 13 races with Hall of Famer Roger Penske from 2000-08, including Rookie of the Year honors in 2002, Driver of the Year accolades in 2003, and the 2008 Daytona 500, Newman made the jump to Stewart-Haas Racing.
From there his career continued to grow, capturing four more wins with the organization and adding eight more poles to his illustrious qualifying track record. He capped his tenure at Stewart-Haas by winning the 2013 Brickyard 400.
Following a five-year stint with Richard Childress Racing, Newman is again excited to grow this season and beyond while investing in his future in the sport.
“I’m excited to represent a company like Acorns that is encouraging all Americans to invest in their future,” Newman added. “With the support of like-minded individuals, I hope we can share our successes on and off the race track this season.”
Like Newman, Acorns is committed to investing spare change and growing wealth for the everyday American.
- Investment Accounts: Currently 4.5M investment accounts; 350,000 new investment accounts in 2019
- More than $1B under management, much of it in spare change.
- 5 products with 200,000+ customers each in 4 years.
- Found Money Dollar Amount Rewarded: $4.2M
- Number of Found Money Brand Partners: 275
- Include brands like Nike, AirBNB, Lyft, Apple, Expedia
- More than 400,000 people have signed up for Acorns Later to save for a better life later.
- More than 250,000 oak trees planted in partnership with OneTreePlanted. From acorns mighty oaks do grow!
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Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champ Joey Logano Ready For More Success at Bristol Motor Speedway20 Feb 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Joey Logano says that anytime he experiences the highest level of success on the racetrack, a sudden burst of energy just comes pouring out of him uncontrollably. He describes it as an out of body experience.
He went to that very rare zen place last November after winning his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. In that moment of euphoria, he trades words and phrases for a more primitive response.
“Just a lot of screaming,” Logano said. “I think I pulled a muscle.”
A few years earlier at Bristol Motor Speedway, Logano experienced that same rush of adrenaline and post-race elation after capturing his first checkered flag at the iconic all-concrete half-mile bullring.
It was another time that he was overcome in a screaming fashion, overjoyed to grab a victory at The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.
“You know you come across the line at Bristol and it’s such a big win here, that I’m kind of at a loss for words, so I just scream,” Logano said after winning the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race in 2014. “There’s just so much raw emotion that comes out of nowhere.”
Logano, now with a NASCAR championship ring firmly secured to his finger, will be looking to once again experience a thrilling victory that produces a ton of screaming on Sunday, April 7 at Bristol Motor Speedway during the running of the Food City 500.
With two Night Race victories at BMS, Logano would love to add a Food City 500 trophy to his case. He says you really know you’ve earned something special when you are presented a Gladiator Sword in Victory Lane at The Last Great Colosseum.
“It’s just the baddest mamma jamma racetrack ever built,” Logano says.
“Winning at Bristol, it’s such a driver’s racetrack,” he continues. “It’s such a tough place to get around. You’ve got to think about 500 laps around that place. It’s like, so long, and you’re just shot at the end of it, mentally and physically, and your car is wore out and you’re trying to get everything you can. There’s rubber everywhere, and you’re trying to stay out of that, but you’re trying to run fast laps, and trying to work around other cars. You never get a break.”
It’s a track that seems to fit Logano’s style of racing. He has performed well there over the years. He has nine top 10s in his last 13 starts at BMS, including the two victories. In the two races last year he finished ninth and fourth respectively, and led 95 laps of the August race.
“What makes Bristol so much fun to go around is that you can drive around this place four or five different ways and have a lot of speed no matter how you drive it,” he said. “It’s what fits your style and the setup of your car.”
And speaking of cars, Logano will be bringing a brand new No. 22 Pennzoil machine to Bristol this year. During Daytona Speedweeks, the car performed very well, finishing third in the Clash, winning his Gander RV Duel and placing fourth in the prestigious Daytona 500.
“I think it showed (at Daytona),” Logano said. “Our team is continuing the momentum from the championship. I think that’s a really good thing.”
However, Logano knows that his championship season is in the rearview mirror. He’s already mentally shifted gears and is fully focused on the 2019 season.
“It’s nice to walk in (the Cup garage) knowing that you know how to (win a championship) because you’ve proven you know how to do it,” Logano said recently. “You always say you know how to do it, but until you do it, you don't really know.
“You have that on your side that makes you feel more confident in yourself. I think that’s a good piece. Like I’ve told everyone though, that’s all last year, all washed out. We’re all back at zero right now.
“It was great, we rode the wave, enjoyed it (and) had a lot of fun. But it’s over. We’re past champions. We need to try to be the new champion this year.”
In only seven weeks, NASCAR fans will have their first chance to see Logano and other top NASCAR stars such as Chase Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch in action and witness short track racing at its best during the April 5-7 Food City 500 weekend. In addition to Sunday’s Food City 500, the event also will showcase a Saturday doubleheader with the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. On Friday, the Cup Series stars will try to break the BMS track record of 131.668 mph (Denny Hamlin, Aug. 2016) as they qualify during Bush’s Beans Pole Day. Friday afternoon’s Food City Family Race night, held at the track, is one of the longest running fan events on the NASCAR circuit.
During the Food City 500 weekend you’ll definitely want to take advantage of so many activities to make a complete weekend of family fun, including great video entertainment provided by Colossus TV, the world’s largest center-hung video screen, premium VIP experiences like the Chairman’s Experience, tailgating, on-site camping, concerts, great food and beverages in the concession stands throughout the property, and so much more.
And for families who want to bring the entire clan, Bristol Motor Speedway officials are making it easier than ever for kids to have an awesome experience. Kids’ tickets (12 and under) are free and adult tickets are $10 for Friday’s (April 5) Bush’s Beans Pole Day. On Saturday (April 6), kids’ tickets are free and adult tickets start at $30 for the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Zombie Auto 150 NASCAR K&N Series event. On Sunday (April 7) adult tickets start at $50 for the Food City 500 and kids’ tickets are $10. For all races, each child must have a physical ticket in hand to enter the gates. The Bristol Motor Speedway ticket office is the only authorized location that can produce the free kids’ tickets.
To purchase tickets to the Food City 500, please call 423-BRISTOL or buy them online at www.BRISTOLTIX.com. Tickets can also be purchased directly from any neighborhood Food City store.
Two years ago, veteran NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) driver Austin Wayne Self (@AustinWSelf) found himself in a similar position leaving Daytona with a good finish to start the season.
But, one circumstance is majorly different heading to Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, site of Saturday afternoon’s Atlanta 200, Self will be a competitor in the event. In 2017, Self finished a career-best second at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, but did not attempt Atlanta, wiping out the team’s hopes of a competing for a championship.
However, the mindset is completely different 24 months later where the AM Racing team led by crew chief Eddie Troconis treks to Atlanta on the heels of a solid ninth-place finish to open the season.
With some momentum on their side, the team is eager to impress in the opening races of 2019.
“It felt so good for our team to have such a strong run at Daytona,” said Self. “I feel like we impressed a lot of people. I don’t think many expected us to make it to the final round of qualifying. We kept the speed and performance up through the first two stages of the race and then survived the chaos at the end to get us a top-10 finish.
Saturday afternoon’s double-header will be the second race where Self and Troconis have worked together but the Austin, Texas native says that the chemistry with his new crew chief hasn’t even hit its peak.
“Eddie’s energy, focus, and leadership really contributed to our success at Daytona last weekend,” added Self. “He was eager to listen to what I was saying about our No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado and made the adjustments I needed to improve our speed on the track.
“I know that there’s a vast difference between Daytona and Atlanta, but that trust between each other is quickly building and I think it will only continue to get stronger the longer the season goes. I honestly feel like we can win a race or two this year, that’s how pumped I am right now.”
Self, 22, will make his third start at Atlanta’s 1.54-mile track and looks to better his top-15 performance last year. In his track debut in 2016, he finished 16th.
“My record isn’t that bad at Atlanta,” noted Self. “It’s a track where patience is your best friend. Tires go away in a hurry and you have to manage that. The stage breaks help, but you have the chance to get yourself a lap down during the third stage if you don’t manage yourself.
“We have high hopes that we can backup what we did in qualifying at Daytona and put ourselves in a good position for the race. If we can’t put ourselves in a good spot to win, collecting as many points as possible is our top priority.”
Troconis says he’s proud of the commitment by Self and sees Daytona as only the preview of what’s to come for AM Racing.
“I’m proud of our team,” he said. “We came out of the box with a new group of guys but a very dedicated bunch. I’m looking forward to the year. Austin gave us everything he could behind the wheel, and we survived the race as best as we could.
“Austin has proven to be a steady and firm driver on the intermediate tracks in the past and I hope with the improvements we’ve made to the truck, it will allow him to pick up a bunch of spots and earn another top-10 finish to carry us into Las Vegas.”
The Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and JB Henderson Construction will support Self in his 65th career start.
GO TEXAN, celebrating its 20th Birthday this year, 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.
JB Henderson Construction based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico performs general and mechanical contracting for manufacturing, industrial, commercial, and institutional clients in both the public and private sectors.
AM Technical Solutions, Abbie Gregg Inc., Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the second race of the year.
In 64 NGOTS races, the 2015 ARCA Menards Series Rookie of the Year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and five top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.1 during his three years of competition.
For more on Austin Wayne Self, like his Facebook page (Austin Wayne Self) or follow him on Twitter @AustinWSelf.
For more on AM Racing, please like their Facebook page (AM Racing) or follow them on Twitter @AMRacingNASCAR. A new website is forthcoming.
Visit JB Henderson Construction at jbhenderson.com.
For more information on Don’t mess with Texas and how you can become involved in the program, visit dontmesswithtexas.org.
For additional information on CForce premium artesian water, please visit cforce.com.
For more on Flying Circle, please visit flyingcirclegear.com, like them on Facebook (FlyingCircleGear) and follow them on Instagram (@flyingcirclegear) and Twitter (@flyingcircle_). Also connect with Flying Circle on Pinterest and YouTube.
The Ultimate Tailgating 200 (130 laps| 200.2 miles) is the second of 23 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races on the 2019 schedule. Practice begins on Fri., Feb. 22 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. A final practice session is set for 4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. Qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 23 beginning at 10:40 a.m. The 32-truck field will take the green flag shortly after 4:30 p.m. with live coverage on FOX Sports 1, the Motor Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90).
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Michael McDowell on Atlanta
“We have a lot of momentum heading to Atlanta after our top 5 finish last weekend at Daytona. I’m excited to see how the racing will be with the new downforce package. If all goes well, I think that we will see a lot more pack racing, and that is what allows us to look at Atlanta and think we could possibly win there. In years past, you run top-20 and are excited about that. The top teams are going to be the top teams and the top drivers will always be the top drivers. But if you get a restart with five to go and can run wide open, it will be like Daytona. It will be a shootout. I like that style of racing. It has always suited me really well and if we can put ourselves in that position enough times, hopefully we can capitalize on that. I’m really looking forward to getting back on track and hopefully having a great race for our partner Fr8auctions this weekend.”
Matt Tifft on Atlanta
"I think it's going to be interesting. I feel like Atlanta is going to be a little more like truck racing and I think there's going to be a lot more momentum in being able to use the top there. The interesting part is going to be pit road, when you have a lot more cars on the lead lap than in years past. The good thing is, we ran a similar package in the Xfinity Series, so I have a little experience to go off of. I'm really excited to have our partners Tunity and Surface Sunscreen on board this weekend and to put on a great show for them."
David Ragan on Atlanta
“Atlanta is a unique racetrack because it is so fast, but it does have a worn-out surface where tires go away quick, so I think that it’s going to be about having a combination of a fast car that gets though the air well with this new downforce package. I think that speed in general when you have a lot of on throttle time is going to be important, but handling is going to be very important when they drop the green flag. You’re not going to be able to hold it wide open for lap after lap after lap, you’re going to have to have a car that gets into the race track, that turns with the front tires, that has good rear side-bite on exit, and so, it’s going to be a combination of, ‘how much do I put into handling, to how much do I just concentrate on pure speed.’ So, I think that it’s going to be a great race. We have a new partner, FireAde on the car, so I’m excited to have them there to experience what should be an awesome weekend.”
Attending a NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is an experience like no other, and the track is working with its partners in the “Entertainment Capital of the World” to provide a plethora of activities for fans to enjoy during their visit next week.
Whether it’s seeing their favorite driver up close at a special appearance or listening to free music, the more than 100,000 people who will come to town for the weeklong racing festival are in for a treat. From hometown drivers Noah Gragson and Brendan Gaughan appearing at the Ultimate Vegas Sports Weekend FanFest at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 4-5 p.m. Pacific Time and the highly popular NASCAR Hauler Parade up the Las Vegas Strip at 6 that same night, fans can get primed and ready for NASCAR action in a variety of ways.
NASCAR faithful will have plenty of chances to see their favorite drivers, including Las Vegas native Kyle Busch appearing at M&M’s World on the Las Vegas Strip at 6:30 p.m. and Kurt Busch participating in the Feb. 28 autograph session at the LVMS Dirt Track before the World of Outlaws and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races begin. Click here for a complete list of driver appearances.
The speedway also is bringing back the Turn 4 Turn Up fan area on the concourse level overlooking the 1.5-mile oval, a special gathering spot that was a huge hit during LVMS’s September race weekend. The Ferris wheel will be back, and the area – which is free to all ticketholders – also will feature fire pits, food trucks, a DJ, mechanical bull, games and drink special in a festival-like atmosphere.
In addition, a number of popular bands and musical acts are performing in the Neon Garage Friday through Sunday. There also will be several appearances at the NASCAR.com Trackside Live stage in the Neon Garage throughout the weekend.
LVMS’s spring 2019 NASCAR Weekend begins with Strat Qualifying and the Strat 200 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race on Friday, March 1, continues with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 2, and finishes with the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, March 3. That NASCAR action will be preceded by two nights of World of Outlaws action on Feb. 27 and 28 and the Star Nursery 100 K&N Pro Series West race on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the LVMS Dirt Track, giving the nearly 1,000-acre facility five consecutive days of top-notch racing.
For tickets to all events, or for specialty items like Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 parking permits or driver introduction passes, call 1-800-644-4444 or log on to LVMS.com.
Where: River Spirit Expo Center - Tulsa Expo Raceway 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114
Early Parking: December 30, 2019
All Parking: December 31, 2019
Event Dates: January 1, 2020 - January 4, 2020
Late Entry ($125 per class entered): December 7, 2019 - December 18, 2019
At Race Entry ($125 per class entered): December 31, 2019
Entries can be paid by Cash, Master Card, or Visa. No personal checks are accepted without prior approval. Entry includes Sunday Pit Pass.
Fax Entries To: (918) 836-5517
Call Entries To: (918) 838-3777
Enter Online At: http://www.tulsashootout.
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