Ryan Newman's U.S. Army Chevrolet for Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway will pay tribute to the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and the men and women who comprise the specialized Army Health Care Team.

Newman's No. 39 Chevrolet will display Army Medicine on the hood and rear-quarter panels during the Crown Royal Presents Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 short track event. The AMEDD logo will also be included on the hood.

"Showcasing Army Medicine on U.S. Army Chevrolet presents an excellent opportunity to not only recognize and honor the dedicated men and women of the Army Health Care Team but to raise awareness of the more than 80 medical career specialties available in the U.S. Army," said Col. Derik Crotts, Director of Strategic Marketing, Communications and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command.

The U.S. Army Health Care Team is made up of six corps, each with a specific function.

*     Dental Corps -- oral surgery, prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and orthodontics

*     Medical Corps -- more than 40 specialties, including internal medicine, neurosurgery, pathology and psychiatry

*     Medical Service Corps -- behavioral psychology, entomology, hospital administration and nuclear engineering

*     Medical Specialist Corps -- patient care, wellness education, injury prevention

*     Nurse Corps -- critical care nursing, medical surgical nursing and community nursing

*     Veterinary Corps -- animal medicine, veterinary public health, food inspection and research

As an incentive for medical-career students to join the Army Health Care Team, the U.S. Army offers a range of financial assistance and educational benefits.

"Before I get to Richmond I plan on visiting our brave Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center," noted Newman. "I am so impressed with the professional care and medical services that are provided to our heroes. It's a moving and inspiring experience each time I visit Walter Reed and it will be an honor to drive a car that will pay tribute to all the personnel of the U.S. Army Medical Department."

 

US Army/Ryan Newman PR

Richmond (Va.) International Raceway won't carry the speeds of Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, but David Gilliland hopes to stay full throttle at this week's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event after his second top-10 finish of the season.  Gilliland's ninth-place run at Talladega on April 17 gives the driver of the No. 34 Ford more top-10s in 2011 than some of the series' 2010 "Chase" contenders. The finishes are also the first two top-10 results for Front Row Motorsports.

Gilliland looks to carry that momentum to Richmond with a familiar paint scheme on his car.  Gander Mountain returns for its second race of the season on the No. 34 Fusion.  The outdoor retailer partnered with the team earlier this month for the race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Saturday night's Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 will be Gilliland's 10th career start at the .75-mile oval.  To score his third top-10 of the season, he'll need to top his best Richmond career finish of 18th.

"I think, as a team, and as an organization we've gained so much ground from last season to today.  It's obvious that our plate program is one of the best of anyone right now.  We have a great car that has two great finishes and we'll use it again at Daytona and Talladega later this season.  We have a ton of confidence with that package. That's good news for us there.

"Business and commercial side, we're excited to have Gander Mountain on the car again.  This has been another great thing for our team and is really helping us grow.  I go to the Gander Mountain store in Mooresville quite a bit.  I've been into fishing and camping and that sort of thing for a while now, and now I'll be going there even more because of the new property we're moving to.  We're going to have a lot of land, so we'll be outdoors all the time.  It's a great fit for me and it's helping us attract more fans.

"It's almost too bad that we had a week off after Talladega because it would have been good to keep that momentum going.  Actually Richmond is really going to be a total about-face from Talladega.  Obviously, it's a short track, so it's going to be a totally different set-up, completely different car and a different style of racing.  Richmond is a track that is fun, but it's one that we want to improve on too.  The plate tracks and short tracks are where we can really showcase our improvement.

"Derrick Finley, our competition director, has run really well there in the past.  So I think we're going to go with his idea of set-up stuff there, which is completely opposite of what we've run there in the past.  But that's fine because we didn't run as good as we'd liked.  I'm looking forward to going there and trying some new things set-up-wise and hopefully have another good week.

"This team needs another good run.  We've had some things go wrong at some races earlier this season, so we need to make sure that's all behind us and string together some strong runs at tracks where we can excel. Richmond, with all the fans and the lights and everything, sounds like the perfect place to run up front again."

Front Row Racing PR

Richmond (Va.) International Raceway is the perfect hybrid of a big, fast speedway and a quirky short track.  And Travis Kvapil is looking forward to finding the perfect middle ground of speed and handling when he hits the .75-mile track for Saturday night's Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400.


The driver of the No. 38 Long John Silver's Ford is coming off a strong run at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where the team's 29th-place finish didn't adequately reflect the strong effort and fast car they put on the track.


Kvapil has eight starts at Richmond in his Sprint Cup career, with a top finish of 11th.


"We learned a lot at Martinsville, another short track, a couple weeks ago.  But Richmond is really a different animal.  Some of the basics of how you put a short-track car together apply to a place like Richmond.  But Richmond's a little bit bigger, a little bit faster, a little more banking, so set-up is going to be a little bit different.  But it's a fun track to go to, especially when the groove opens up and you can run two- and three-wide. 

"It's kind of like the perfect short track, really.  It's fast enough for aerodynamics and horsepower to play a big role.  But at the same time, it's all about making the car turn through the middle of the corner and have good forward drive off.


"Night racing is always fun. It reminds me of short-track racing back home.  And Richmond is one of the coolest places for night racing.  The fans always come out for the race and fill up the stands.  They're right on top of the action, too, and it's just always an exciting race. I always look forward to going there.


"We actually had a pretty good race at Talladega.  You wouldn't know it by looking at our finish, but that's only because we had to go to the garage at the beginning of the race to make some changes because of the impound rules.  Once we got back out on the track, we were fast.  And with the two-car drafting deal, guys figured out pretty quickly that we were a fast car and that they should try hooking up with us.  If we'd had a chance to get back on the lead lap, we might've had a shot at something good."

 

Front Row Motorsports PR

When fans flock to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for the April 28-30 NASCAR Weekend, they will notice several new amenities, as well as some returning fan-favorite activities. Those who don’t already have tickets for NASCAR’s return to Richmond can log on to www.rir.com for tickets and information. Here is a list of the great amenities awaiting fans this weekend:

Rodney Atkins Pre-Race Concert

The country music star will perform a pre-race concert on the track’s frontstretch prior to the Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, April 30. A limited number of ticketholders who are 21 years of age and older may view the concert on the frontstretch. To receive passes for on-track access, ticketholders are invited to visit the Crown Royal booth located in the white VIBE tent on the midway, adjacent to the Old Dominion Building on Saturday, where they will receive a Crown Royal t-shirt and a lanyard, providing them access to the stage area for the concert. Ticketholders who do not have on-track access passes can still experience the concert from the grandstands.

Wider Seats

Nearly all of the grandstand seats have been widened and now measure 22 inches wide.

Backpacks and Larger Coolers Allowed

Fans may continue to bring their own food and beverage inside the gates at Richmond International Raceway. The new maximum allowed cooler size is 14x14x14 inches – large enough for 36 12-oz beverages. Guests may carry in their items in backpacks or daypacks. Each guest is allowed to carry in one backpack and one cooler.

Concourse Televisions

More than twenty 42” televisions have been installed throughout the concourse, underneath the grandstands.

Video Scoring Tower

Installed last season, the largest video scoring tower in NASCAR will display live race action, pre-race ceremonies, the Rodney Atkins concert, various events happening on Raceway property and many pre-produced videos and graphics. Additionally, fans can stick around after the checkered flag to watch Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations and post-race driver interviews from the Media Center.

Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate

The ultimate tailgate party on Saturday will be at the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate, featuring live music, tailgate games, as well as great tasting Miller Lite and smoked barbecue on sale. Located near the Midway on the Amphitheater Hill, the Miller Lite Ultimate Tailgate is open to fans 21 years of age and older. The festive destination is open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a southern rock band performing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. While in the Ultimate Tailgate, fans have access to the Miller Lite Party Bar, which is loaded with big screen TVs and specials on Miller Lite drafts, as well as a smoked barbecue menu.

Caribbean Beach BBQ

Speaking of barbecue, if you’re looking for a laid-back, tropical environment, check out the brand-new Caribbean Beach BBQ inside Gate 40 all weekend. With a steel drum player, palm trees and sand, it’s like you’ve been transported to a Caribbean oasis. Island beers and tropical barbecue are available for purchase.

Chevy FanFest

Fan Fest presented by Chevrolet returns to the Midway Friday and Saturday. Chevy Fan Fest offer fans a free, family-friendly, interactive hospitality area, which includes displays, interactive games, show cars, children’s activities and more.

Chevy Ride & Drive

Visit Team Chevy (adjacent to FanFest) for a spin in one of Chevy’s hottest new rides in Richmond and get your complimentary Team Chevy t-shirt. Test drive a Cruze, Malibu, Volt, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe or Silverado. You can even get behind the wheel of the Chevy Camaro or Corvette Grand Sport. The Team Chevy Test Drive is open to the public; drivers must be 18 years of age or older with a valid drivers’ license to participate.

American Indoor Karting

An outdoor karting will be set up in the Midway near FanFest for fans to turn laps in 9hp RX-7 karts, reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour. The karting track will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday of race weekend. Tickets to race are $20 for a 20-25 lap run on the track. A computer timing system will track lap times.

The Midway

Outside of the grandstands, Richmond International Raceway offers one of the best interactive and shopping experiences in all of racing, the Midway. The Midway features track and driver souvenir merchandise rigs, interactive displays, games, giveaways, music and more.

V.I.B.E.

The Virginia Industry Business Expo (VIBE), located on the Midway, adjacent to the Old Dominion Building, is an indoor display area, featuring displays and exhibitions from regional businesses, open to the public on Friday and Saturday.

Fans can purchase tickets to all three race days by logging on to www.rir.com or calling 866-455-7223. The weekend features the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night, as Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 race. Advance tickets start at $45.

On Friday night, fans can catch the NASCAR Nationwide Series stars battling with some Sprint Cup Series drivers in the BUBBA burger 250 race. Advance tickets start at $30. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult in general admission sections.

The weekend begins Thursday, April 28 with two races in one night: the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race, followed by the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Thursday’s tickets are $25 and children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

CAR

DRIVER

TEAM

OWNER

CREW CHIEF

00

Brett Moffitt, Grimes, Iowa

Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

Michael Waltrip

Mike Greci

02

CJ Faison, Felton, Del. *

Schaffer Oils/Delaware Auto Exch. Chevrolet

Rich Rudolph

Ed Cole

2

Ryan Gifford, Winchester, Tenn.

TRD Toyota

Max Siegel

Wayne Orme

03

Cody Hodgson, Escalon, Calif. *

Ocala Gran Prix Dodge

Dave Davis

Lonnie Rush

4

Sergio Peña, Winchester, Va.

Freightliner Toyota

John Story

Matt Goslant

6

Darrell Wallace, Jr., Mobile, Ala.

U.S. Army Toyota

Max Siegel

Dave McCarty

07

Corey LaJoie, Concord, N.C. *

Sims Metal Management Ford

Randy LaJoie

Ron Otto

08

Clay Campbell, Martinsville, Va. *

Spraker Racing Enterprises Chevrolet

Susan Spraker

Jeff Spraker

8

Michael Cherry, Valrico, Fla. *

NASCAR's Fueling Dreams Toyota

John Story

Randy Nelson

9

Chase Elliott, Dawsonville, Ga. *

HendrickCars.com Chevrolet

Bill Elliott

Ricky Turner

10

Ryan Blaney, High Point, N.C. *

Seal Wrap Toyota

Dave Blaney

Trent Owens

12

Daniel Suarez, Monterrey, Mexico *

Telmex/TWR/Pine Water Dodge

Lori Williams

Fred Wanke

14

Coleman Pressley, Asheville, N.C.

Kingsford Toyota

Laerte Zatta

Robert Huffman

15

Matt DiBenedetto, Grass Valley, Calif.

Gear Wrench Toyota

Laerte Zatta

Mark McFarland

16

Alex Bowman, Tucson, Ariz. *

X Team Racing Toyota

Laerte Zatta

Jefferson Hodges

18

Max Gresham, Griffin, Ga.

Gresham & Associates Toyota

J.D. Gibbs

Bryant Frazier

24

Zach Germain, Bexley, Ohio

Germain Racing Toyota

Stephen Germain

Jamie Jones

26

Scott Bouley, Thomaston, Conn.

Cutting Edge Signs & Shirts Chevrolet

Kim Griffen

TBA

27

Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va. *

PMC/Health Bridge Imaging Chevrolet

Yale Conley

Gary Ifft

32

Dale Quarterley, Westfield, Mass.

Van Dyk Baler Chevrolet

Dale Quarterley

Edward Murray

35

Andrew Ranger, Roxton Pond, Quebec *

Waste Management Recycling Chevrolet

Robert Torriere

Steven Hibbard

37

Brandon McReynolds, Mooresville, N.C. *

Spraker Racing Enterprises Chevrolet

Jeff Spraker

Scott Goyer

39

Brennan Newberry, Bakersfield, Calif. *

Drager/NTS Motorsports Chevrolet

Bob Newberry

Mark Reynolds

43

Keith Flach, Ravena, N.Y. *

TBA Chevrolet

John Flach

TBA

45

Michelle Theriault, Bristol, Conn.

Pro Gold/VP Parts Warehouse Toyota

Van Pounds

Zac Zearfoss

46

Brandon Gdovic, Yorktown, Va. *

Aquis Communications/ComServe Dodge

Rick Gdovic

Todd Lohse

51

Brandon Haley, Lavonia, Ga. *

Reed Motorsports Ford

Wayne Reed

Mike Haley

54

Julian Albarracin, Bogata, Columbia *

AAIC Chevrolet

Mike Olsen

Harry Norcross

60

D.J. Shaw, Conway, N.H.

Precision JLM/Subway Chevrolet

Julio Miglioli

Dave Fuge

62

Andrew Smith, Pooler, Ga. *

SavannahPawn.com Chevrolet

Edwin Smith

Ryan Farbo

63

John Salemi, Nashua, N.H.

John Salemi Racing Chevrolet

Joe Salemi

Kevin Salemi

64

Rick Gdovic, Pittsburgh, Pa. *

Aquis Communications/ComServe Dodge

Rick Gdovic

Todd Lohse

66

Benny Gordon, DuBois, Pa.

Varischetti & Sons/Samuel Metals Chevrolet

Frank Varischetti

Todd Gordon

71

Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass.

Grimm Construction Chevrolet

Rob Grimm

Rollie Lachance

75

Jason Bowles, Ontario, Calif.

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience Toyota

Marty Gaunt

Jeff Fultz

76

Jerick Johnson, Faribault, Minn.

American Legion/David Law Firm Chevrolet

Jack Johnson

Nick Tucker

83

Peyton Sellers, Danville, Va.

TBA Chevrolet

Bert Sellers, Jr.

TBA

85

Tanner Whitten, Congerville, Ill. *

Fellowship of Christian Farmers Chevrolet

Tad Whitten

Jerry Babb

96

Ben Kennedy, Daytona Beach, Fla. *

Blue Ox Chevrolet

Robert Johnson

Glenn Garrison

97

Tanner Berryhill, Tulsa, Okla. *

National Cash Lenders Chevrolet

Adrian Berryhill

Adrian Berryhill

98

Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz. *

Curb Records Chevrolet

Mike Curb

Bill Wilburn

99

Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, Md. *

Pastrana-Waltrip Racing Toyota

Blake Bechtel

Jerry Baxter

 

Although winning the Sam Bass-designed Gibson guitar is on most drivers’ minds when heading to Nashville Superspeedway, Eric McClure and his TriStar Motorsports team were simply looking to overcome the misfortune that has plagued the team in the past two weeks .  Unfortunately, a series of issues left the team with a disappointing 32nd-place finish.  As a result, the team slipped two positions in NASCAR owner standings and is currently tied with the No. 39 car in the 27th position.

“I really just want to forget this weekend.  There were a couple of different reasons why we struggled today and we will all just work on them before coming back here in July; we actually got in the right direction the last third of the race, despite the engine skipping, so that’s positive..  I’ll be better than I was this weekend as well so it’s just a blip in the season hopefully.  This was the worst we have been all year in a race, but really the first time we just had an overall bad day, so we’ll take the positive things from it and go from there.  I just hate it for the Hefty® brand and all of TriStar Motorsports.  We are better than this and will get back in the direction we were going soon.”

With temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, Eric McClure took the green flag from the 34th position and was able to advance three positions by the time the first caution flag was displayed on lap 49, despite being “tight through the center and snappy loose off of the turns.”  The team took this opportunity to bring the Hefty® BlackOut™/Reynolds™ impala to pit road for four tires with a small air-pressure adjustment, fuel, and a wedge adjustment.  Upon completion of the service, McClure returned to the track in the 31st position.

As the race progressed, the No. 14 impala was able to maintain its position despite no improvement in the handling as the Virginia driver was still battling the car in the center of the turns resulting in valuable time lost to the race leaders.  Green flag pit stops began shortly before the halfway mark of the event on lap 111 with McClure bringing the car to pit road on lap 119 for four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment.  Once the service was complete, the team returned to the track and was scored in the 32nd position.

Over the next 15 laps McClure was able to advance one position when the event’s second caution flag was displayed on lap 134.  Crew Chief Gary Cogswell took this opportunity to once again bring the Hefty® BlackOut™/Reynolds™ impala to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a track-bar adjustment.  Following the service, the TriStar Motorsports team was scored in the 32nd position on the lap 138 restart.  One lap later the event’s third caution flag was displayed.  Although McClure had just visited pit road for service, he hit pit road once again, but this time it was for additional water bottles as he was fighting heat buildup in the car.  Once the race resumed on lap144, he was scored in the 32nd position.

Throughout the remainder of the event McClure visited pit road two additional times, both of which were under yellow conditions. One stop was to check under the hood for the cause of a “miss” that had developed in the No. 14 Impala.  The diagnosis was an electrical problem, but as the team couldn’t determine the source of the problem McClure was sent back on track to ride out the race where he was able to finish the 300-mile event in the 32nd position.  As a result, TriStar Motorsports owner Mark Smith is tied for 27th in NASCAR Owner Standings.

TriStar Motorsports/Eric McClue PR

RAB Racing with Brack Maggard and Kenny Wallace found their rhythm in “Music City” last weekend as the team started and finished inside the top-12 as Wallace piloted the No. 09 TRX Alliance Toyota Camry  to a 12th place finish in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Nashville 300 held at Nashville Superspeedway last weekend.

Heading into the eighth event on the Nationwide Series schedule, Wallace and the RAB Racing team were focused on having a solid run. Wallace posted speeds fast enough for two top-20 positions in both of the scheduled NNS practices on Friday at the 1.333 D-shaped oval track. After the qualifying session was complete on Saturday morning prior to the afternoon event, Wallace picked up several spots from practice, laying down laps quick enough to earn the 11th spot on the starting grid.

Taking the green flag from just outside of the top-10 for the 300-mile event, Wallace held his position inside the top-15 for the first half of the race. Wallace lost a lap midway through the race, but quickly regained a position on the lead lap by earning the “Lucky Dog Award” on the lap 151 restart after the fourth of six race cautions throughout the race.

Running solidly inside the top-14 during the closing laps, Wallace made two late race passes before the checkered flag to secure the 12th finishing spot. The finish marks the sixth time Wallace and RAB Racing have brought home a finish inside the top-20 during the 2011 Nationwide Series season. Wallace currently resides ninth in the NNS driver point standings.

 

RAB Racing PR

A top-ten finish for David Starr in the Bully Hill Vineyards 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway may have been just what the doctor ordered for the SS Green Light Racing team after misfortune struck the team in each of the first four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events to start the 2011 season. Friday night on the concrete track just south of the Music City, Starr proved that with some good luck, the team could run upfront by surging from mid-pack to eighth over the last quarter of the race.

After inclement weather delayed the start of Friday’s on-track activities Starr was solid in practice posting the eleventh best time before qualifying the Zachry Toyota thirteenth in the thirty-six truck field with a lap of 31.03 seconds at 154.61 mph around the mile and one-third track.

At the drop of the green flag David would settle into the twelfth position as the trucks chased pole sitter Kyle Busch. David would hold position through the caution-free first third of the race before dropping to pit road for tires and Sunoco racing gas just past the fifty-lap mark. Shortly after pit stops were complete, a caution for debris would bunch the field and Starr would battle for the fifteenth position until the second caution flew on lap 76.

Several trucks including David came to pit-road to top off under the caution and would now have to come back through the field. On lap 83, David was coming hard on the outside when several trucks got three wide directly in front of him, bunching the field and leaving David in the middle of a second three-wide right behind heading into turn one. David and Max Papis made contact heading into the turn and for one of the few times this season some good luck shined down on the SS Green Light team as Starr came out with the position and minimal damage to his Zachry Tundra and the No. 81 emerged in fifteenth place.

The third caution came out on lap 103 for debris and the Jason Miller led crew took extra time to be sure the damage to the truck would not hurt David over the last fifty laps. He restarted in sixteenth and just three laps after the green flew again, David found more good luck just missing the spinning truck of Austin Dillon.

With 38 laps to go, David was in fourteenth place and quickly made his way to twelfth before getting caught three wide and dropping a couple spots on lap 115. He would work his way around Elliot Sadler, and Parker Klingerman by the time the fifth caution flew with fifteen laps to go when lady luck shined on David a third time as Nick Hoffman was spun by Cole Whitt directly in front the No. 81. David missed Hoffman’s truck by just inches.

With ten laps to go, David was shown in the eleventh position and he would stay up on the wheel charging around Justin Lofton and Justin Johnson working his way to ninth when Papis spun with five to go causing the sixth and final caution.

Busch would battle Ron Hornaday up front as David worked his way past Craig Goess on the inside with just two laps remaining to finish eighth, his second top-ten of the season.

The finish is exactly what the SS Green Light team needed to get positive momentum for the rest of the season, with Starr jumping four places in the 2011 NCWTS drivers point standings to twelfth after five of twenty-five races.

SS Green Light Racing PR

Fans who have tickets for the opening day of Richmond International Raceway’s Spring NASCAR Weekend – Thursday, April 28 – will enjoy some newly-announced benefits. All tickets, which include a seat for the Blue Ox 100 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, are $25, with children 12 and younger admitted free with a ticketed adult.

Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Driver Q&A

NASCAR drivers and personalities Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Travis Pastrana, Michael Waltrip, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Jason White, Hermie Sadler, Aric Almirola, Curtis Markham, Clay Campbell and Max Gresham will participate in a fan question and answer session inside Gate 40 at 4:30 p.m. The Q&A is held inside the grandstand gates, and it is open only to Thursday, April 28 ticket holders.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Autograph Session

Drivers competing in the Blue Ox 100 race will participate in an autograph session inside Gate 40 at 3:00 p.m. The autograph session is inside the grandstand gates, and it is open only to Thursday, April 28 ticket holders.

Thursday Pre-Race Pit Pass

Fans who have tickets for the Blue Ox 100 and Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown may upgrade their race experience with a Thursday-only pre-race pit pass. For $15, the pre-race pit pass allows fans to access the pit area and get an up-close look at the cars in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the Late Model cars that will compete later that night. Pre-race pit access is valid from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To take advantage of the Pre-Race Pit Pass, guests must be 16 years of age or older. Under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian sign release form.

RIR PR


 

Rookie of the Year contender and West Palm Beach, Florida native Blake Koch continues to improve on the race track, week-in and week-out. This week at Nashville was more of the same as Blake recovered from running out of gas and a pit road speeding violation to post his 3rd straight top-25 finish.

In his first trip to the 1.333 mile concrete oval near Nashville, TN, Blake learned the track quickly during practice and was 28th on the time sheets.  The Daystar Television Network No. 81 Dodge was quick in qualifying but lost grip coming out of turn 4 which left him 30th for the start of the race.

Blake patiently moved up from this 30th place starting position and was running in 26th on lap 75.  On lap 114 Blake ran out of gas and was caught speeding on pit road, leaving him with a pass-thru penalty.  This dropped the Daystar No. 81 Dodge back outside the top-30 and Blake would have to drive hard to make up for the set back.  The last 100 laps Blake did just that and was able to “Finish Strong,” as it says on the hood of his No. 81 Dodge with a 25th place result.

Blake continues to sit 25th in the driver’s standings but now is only 26 points out of the top-20.  He was also able to close the gap on Timmy Hill in the Rookie of the Year standings.  The No. 81 Dodge remains 26th in the owner’s standings and is now 17 points ahead of 30th.

MacDonald Motorsports PR

 

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