Coming up this Saturday, July 20th is another tripleheader show at Grandview Speedway, this time featuring the Capital Renegade United Racing Club Sprints in their first appearance of the season as part of T.P.Trailers and Truck Equipment Night. The Sprint events will be sponsored by Victory Auto Glass with the feature paying $2,000 to win. Heading up the Sprint action will be Josh Weller, Chad Layton, Curt Michael, Austin Bishop, former Grandview Late Model champion Ed Aikin who has a URC feature win this season and a host of other Sprint standouts. As an added attraction URC will be hosting a Legends Reunion in the first turn pavilion area. Legends will be signing autographs and chatting with fans starting at 6 p.m. Included amongst the legends will be Sean Michael, Becca Anderson, Mares Stellfox, Charlie Massey, Greg Coverdale, Fran Hogue, Ed Wylie and host of others.
Just added to the list of Legends is Glenn Fitzcharles who got his racing start at Grandview in the stock cars and went on to win 81 URC features and five titles. The Pottstown, PA resident is enshrined in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
The NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Sportsman stock cars will make up the balance of the tripleheader show.
A full series of qualifying events in each division will lead to the main events that will feature the top performers of the night.
At 5 p.m. the Low Down and Dirty Meet & Greet will feature Modified standout Jared Umbenhauer and URC racer Josh Weller at the front admission gate area.
Adult admission for this not to be missed show is $25, youngsters 6 through 11 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free.
With 11 feature races completed in both the Modifieds and Sportsman ten-time track champion Craig Von Dohren sits on top of the Modified standings with 2769 counters. Second spot is held by Duane Howard, a five time champion, with 2590 points. Both Oley, PA residents have earned feature victories with Von Dohren having three and Howard having earned two. Third spot in the standings is held by Hellertown, PA’s Rick Laubach with 2429 tallies and having done it without benefit of a feature win.
Topping the Sportsman is veteran racing talent Brad Brightbill of Sinking Spring, PA. He has three wins, including the Firecracker 40 this past Saturday, and 2196 points. Brad Grim has 2169 points and has done it without a win. Third spot is held by former champion Brian Hirthler with 2124 making for a tight battle for the title. Hirthler has been to victory lane twice this season.
During the 11 events presented this season there have been 56 Modifieds and 41 Sportsman seen in action on the one-third-mile, banked clay oval.
Information on coming events at the Bechtelsville track can be had at www.grandviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone 610.754.7688.
Grandview Speedway PR
After a strong initial push last year, the momentum is rising. People are talking. Hey, this just might happen.
Given all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race – America’s Night Race – as most people fondly refer to it, there’s reason to expect that this magical weekend in August is gaining the support it needs to become an official National Holiday.
Fans from all 50 states and more than 20 countries converge onto 151 Speedway Boulevard August 15-17 to be entertained by the world’s greatest stock car drivers. When the lights go on each night for intense side-by-side racing, fans will cling to the edge of the seats as all of the intensity and drama unfolds.
America’s Night Race has proven to be a bucket list destination for many and offers one of the biggest, grandest celebrations of family, fun, patriotism, music and speed that one can imagine, so the natural progression of events leads to only one destination.
Let’s make it a National Holiday! Consider all of the boxes that are checked.
Community Support: America’s Night Race gets tremendous support from the surrounding Tri-Cities: Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol, and with their help makes the event a weeklong celebration of fun and excitement. To kick off race week and put everyone into a racing mood, each one of those cities hosts a Race Week Party. On Monday, Kingsport will host the opener from 6-10 p.m. and it will be tied in with the Golf Channel’s Long Drive competition at Cattails at MeadowView. Johnson City gets things going on Tuesday at the Founders Park Amphitheater from 6-8:30 p.m. and Food City will host its traditional Family Race Night on Wednesday along State Street in downtown Bristol from 1-9 p.m. All of these events are free to the public will feature NASCAR driver appearances and autograph sessions, music, food and fun. BMS will run shuttle from the track property to each one of these Race Week Parties.
Fun with Friends: There’s so much to do during the weekend around the grounds of Bristol Motor Speedway, including stops in the Fan Midway and Fan Zone. There’s music, games, food, souvenir haulers, driver appearances, autograph sessions and more. Guest Welcome Villages are positioned strategically to offer guest assistance. You’ll also want to kick back and enjoy some NASCAR-style tailgating with your friends prior to each night’s race. There’ll be plenty of appearances by drivers, legends and other celebrities throughout the weekend.
Family Bonding: Want to bring the kids for an action-packed weekend of racing? Don’t worry. BMS provides one of the largest Kids’ Zone on the NASCAR circuit with inflatables, games and activities that will entertain your tykes and at the same time give parents peace of mind. The race is the perfect opportunity for parents to share their love of NASCAR with their children. Talk about the science of racing, pick favorite drivers, share some laughs and also some ooohs and aaahs when the powerful race cars speed around the track. The memories you will make at BMS will last a lifetime and likely be passed on through many generations. And for families who want to come, BMS is offering free kids tickets on Thursday and Friday and only $10 kids tickets on Saturday.. In addition, BMS also has special pricing available for teens, ages 13-19, for each day of racing.
United We Race: You won’t find a place that’s more patriotic, that honors, celebrates and cherishes American virtues and values better than Bristol Motor Speedway. From timeless performances of the National Anthem, to powerful military flyovers, the red white and blue can be seen everywhere around BMS property.
Anniversaries: This year BMS will celebrate one of the most thrilling race finishes in NASCAR history. Back in 1999, Dale Earnhardt bumped Terry Labonte out of the way on the final lap as he steamrolled to the checkered flag. The iconic moment sent fans into a tailspin. Even some of Earnhardt’s diehard legion of supporters were shouting boos at the Intimidator. Labonte, who came out on the winning end of a similar final-lap takeover attempt by Earnhardt back in 1995, was not pleased. In Victory Lane, Earnhardt famously said, “I didn’t mean to wreck him, I just meant to rattle his cage…” That moment has meant so much to Bristol Motor Speedway and the extended NASCAR nation that this weekend it will be celebrated and remembered by track officials.
Social Scene: While you are visiting BMS, you are strongly encouraged to check out the “It’s Bristol, Baby!” sign located at the track’s North Entrance and take a photo or two beside the iconic landmark. Then you’ll need to go ahead and tour all the other BMS signature photo locations positioned throughout the campus to compile a complete set of images.
Now That’s a TV: Another great thing about attending a race at Bristol is the unbelievable entertainment provided by Colossus TV, the world’s largest center-hung stadium video display. Completed in April 2016, Colossus TV has the highest viewing quality of any permanent outdoor stadium display in the world, featuring 2880 x 1350 lines of resolution. Compare that to the average home HD TV screen at 1920 x 1080. It currently hosts nearly 54 million LEDs and 18 million pixels, which are grouped tighter than the large-scale outdoor displays in Times Square. Watching Colossus TV is like sitting in your living room with the state of the art digital experience but still having the race action going on right in front of you.
Awesome Music: Racing and music have been tied together over the years like peanut butter and jelly. Bristol Motor Speedway has built a reputation for bringing in some of the most entertaining acts to perform at various times throughout the weekend. This year’s pre-race concert is headlined by rising country star Travis Denning. There’s also music acts playing all around the property during the weekend. You’ll want to check the schedule of performances so you won’t miss a single beat.
Pre-Race Pit Stop: Speaking of Travis Denning, he will headline the pre-race concert that will be held as the feature attraction in this exclusive access attraction inside the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage. This add-on experience takes your race day to another level. See the haulers, cars, and teams up close and be fully immersed in the Pre-Race activities, including access to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver introductions. A cash bar with food is also available in this area. You can also stick around inside the garage and watch the race until lap 100. This add-on experience is available with any ticket package for Saturday's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race.
Great Camping: While hotel rooms are nice, sometimes it’s great fun to get outside and become one with nature. Bristol Motor Speedway provides you with the perfect opportunity to access your inner outdoors enthusiast during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. BMS owns and operates five campgrounds around the facility and each provides a variety of amenities. Whether you drive a state of the art RV or prefer to anchor a tent in the ground, BMS has you covered. In addition, this year M&Ms has added its “GlampGround” experience to the camping scene at BMS and it’s already sold out. Once you are here camping, you will have easy access to the grounds and all of the excitement going on inside the stadium. Your ticket to fun is merely a quick walk away.
Did we mention, great racing? There’s so much fun to be had and we’ve barely mentioned the real star of the show. Yes, it’s Bristol, baby! Some of the most memorable moments in NASCAR have taken place during the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race on the .533-mile oval that’s nicknamed The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. NASCAR’s best drivers will beat and bang on each other and only the strongest will survive 500 laps of mayhem and chaos inside the high-banked, all concrete bullring. There are four races scheduled over three nights, including action in the K&N Pro Series East, Gander Outdoors Truck Series, Xfinity Series and the Monster Energy Cup Series. In the Cup race, you’ll get to see all of your favorite drivers doing what they do best, including Bristol dominator Kyle Busch, his arch-rival Kyle Larson, defending race winner Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, 2016 Night Race winner Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, 2017 series champ Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace.
So if you want to help the cause, and get behind the push to make America’s Night Race the next National Holiday, go ahead and call your congressmen and women, senators, mayors and governors. Heck, even call the president himself. Tell them it’s way past the time for committee hearings and town hall gatherings on this motion. There’s plenty of evidence supporting this request. Tell them that you too would gladly give your vote to add these three magical August days and nights in Northeast Tennessee to the rotation of U.S. holidays.
If you want to bring the entire clan out to experience the amazing fun that is America’s Night Race, Bristol Motor Speedway officials are making it easier than ever for families to enjoy the weekend. Kids’ tickets (12 and under) are free and adult tickets are $30 for Thursday’s (Aug. 15) UNOH 200 and Bush’s Beans 150 doubleheader. On Friday (Aug. 16), kids’ tickets are free and adult tickets start at $30 for the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Pinty’s Qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. On Saturday night (August 17) adult tickets start at $65 for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race 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 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, please call 423-BRISTOL or buy them online at www.BRISTOLTIX.com. For a limited time, tickets can also be purchased directly from any neighborhood Food City store.
This weekend, tens of thousands of fans will be arriving to New Hampshire Motor Speedway to, not only watch more than 700 miles of racing, but for a full race weekend experience, and no race weekend is complete without delicious food. The largest sporting event in New England will once again feature unique concession stand items prepared by Levy at the Taste of the Speedways, showcasing diverse and unique food options from other Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) race tracks across the country.
The Taste of the Speedways combines all of NASCAR’s favorite flavors under one roof. Located under the Main Grandstand to the right of the Main Elevator, this exciting off-track option is sure to keep fans coming back for more.
Here’s a list of a few unique items on New Hampshire Motor Speedway's menu, including the featured items from other SMI race tracks:
Taste of the Speedways
(Available at the Taste of the Speedway Concession Stand under the Main Grandstands)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Granite State Poutine
Crispy fries topped with creamy clam chowder, cheese curds and fried clams.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Spicy chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, pickle and spicy ranch served with crinkle cut fries.
Bristol Motor Speedway
Crispy crinkle cut fries with carnitas, shredded cheese, pico de gallo and avocado crema.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Double Dog Dare Y’all
Two Carolina dogs topped with chili, cheese, onions and slaw with a side of crinkle cut fries.
Lookin’ for Lobsta?
(Available at the Miller Lite Lobster Lounge located between the Fan Zone and Concord Grandstands near the infield tunnel)
Check out the Miller Lite Lobster Lounge for Maine Lobster Rolls and Lobster Mac & Cheese Bites, plus for you non-lobster eaters, enjoy BBQ Shrimp Skewers and Fried Shrimp with French Fries.
For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 19 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.
Mat Williamson, from St. Catherines, Ontario, has won three out of four DIRTcar 358 Modified Series races and two back-to-back. His unbelievable run continued Mohawk Int’l Raceway as the No. 6 358 Modified parked in Victory Lane four times in four days in DIRTcar competition. ‘Machine Gun’ Billy Dunn was running Williamson down but ran out of laps and settled for second place. Star driver Erick Rudolph missed the podium by a bumper last night but the No. 25R stayed ahead of fourth-place Tim Fuller on this occasion.
Mat Williamson padded his DIRTcar 358 Modified Series points lead with a show of force at the top of the field. It’s a mighty feat no matter what the circumstances but given this is one of the most competitive groups of 358 Modifieds on the tour in years, it’s especially impressive.
Williamson explains his good fortune, “We are certainly rolling. My car owners make it easy for me to go and race one hundred-something times a year and not wear our guys out. It’s pretty cool. It’s nice to win in multiple cars at multiple race tracks. It seems like right now we’ve got a good car on restarts and short runs. The cautions can help in these races.”
It was a caution that gave Williamson the chance to jump then-leader Erick Rudolph and the No. 6 motored away to the lead.
In the previous night’s race at Cornwall lapped traffic almost cost Williamson the win but at Mohawk the No. 6 car was able to cut through the backmarkers.
“We could maneuver. I could get through lapped traffic pretty easily. It was kind of nice. Erick [Rudolph] seemed really good in the beginning but faded. We needed a caution to get rolling,” said Williamson.
Billy Dunn advanced eleven positions and fell just short of making a run at Williamson for the lead.
Dunn described the race, “I’ll take second any day starting from twelfth. It was really tough to pass. I don’t know if I had anything for Mat [Williamson] or not but I certainly would have liked the chance. I thought I used my stuff up a little bit getting to the front. As soon as I got there I knew that was about as good as I was gonna get. I would have liked a late caution but we’ll take second for sure.”
Erick Rudolph is one of the best drivers there is behind the wheel of a DIRTcar 358 Modified but these Series races have brought out the best in everyone who attends making them incredibly competitive and fun to watch. Only four cautions halted racing action in two days and 175 Feature laps.
Rudolph was content with the finish and noted, “Third ain’t bad with the competitors that are here. Any time you can end up on the podium at any of these races it’s a good thing. We had the lead and it just slipped away from us. We were better on the longer runs and he [Williamson] was a little bit better on the short runs. Can’t complain.”
Sixth place finisher Mike Mahaney was very fast off the trailer. He took home the Billy Whittaker Cars Fast-Time Award worth $100 plus a special $150 bonus from Gauvreau Transportation.
Dave Marcuccilli, who has been fast and consistent at all the Series races, is the recipient of the free Hoosier Racing Tire as he finished in the randomly selected position, ninth.
Next up, the DIRTcar 358 Modified Series soars into Utica-Rome Speedway on Sunday, July 21.
FEATURE (75 LAPS)
1.Mat Williamson 2. Billy Dunn 3. Erick Rudolph 4. Tim Fuller 5. Danny Johnson 6. Mike Mahaney 7. Michael Maresca 8. Carey Terrance 9. Dave Marcuccilli 10. David Herbert 11. Kyle Dingwall 12. Ryan Arbuthnot 13. Corey Wheeler 14. Chris Raabe 15. Mario Clair 16. Jordan McCreadie 17. Demetrios Drellos 18. Michael Parent 19. Chad Brachmann 20. Yan Bussiere 21. Anthony Perrego 22. Ryan Bartlett. 23. Brian MacDonald. 24. Mike Stacey 25. Preston Forbes 26. Luke Whitteker 27. Ronnie David III 28. Lance Willix Jr. 29. Louie Jackson Jr. 30. Tyler Meeks 31. Steve Bernard.
DIRTcar Racing PR
The PASSCAR Stock Car Series, featuring Street Stocks, Super Stocks, and American Factory Stocks, and the IMCA Modifieds return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night, July 20th, for round #4 of the 2019 championship season. At intermission, kids in the grandstands will be let onto the front straightaway of the track to collect candy from all the drivers. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race will begin at 7:00.
Going into Saturday’s race, Romoland’s Bradley Morris holds an eight-point lead over Apple Valley’s Joey Haresky in the Modifieds. Blake Thornell of Apple Valley and Riverside’s Justin Dunn are one and two points behind Haresky respectively. Of the top five in the Modified standings, only Thornell and Dunn have posted wins. Bakersfield’s Robby Sawyer won the other race.
Like most everyone else in the class, Modified point leader Morris, who is currently eighth in the Pro 2 Class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series, does not have a win yet this year. However, his two second-place finishes and a fifth are enough to keep him on top of the points.
2019 is offering something different in the PASSCAR Street Stock class. Riverside’s Luke Dodd, who has five track championships including the last three in a row, is only third in the championship standings. Normally by this time of the season he has a commanding lead. This year he trails point leader and arch-rival Blaine Whitson by 16 points. The second spot is occupied by teenager Alyssa Smith. The Norco High School senior trails Temecula’s Whitson by nine-points going into this Saturday. Dodd, Whitson and Stefan Davies of Murrieta each have one win in the first three races of the year.
The top three in the PASSCAR Super Stocks are only separated by eight points. Longtime racer Fred Estrada of Riverside sits on top of the point pile. The driver, who used to race at the long-defunct Corona Raceway and Ascot, has parlayed a win and a second-place finish in his last two races into his current lofty spot on top of the standings. Fellow Riverside resident Tyson Talkington, a former motocross racer and division one speedway motorcycle rider, is only two-points behind. Veteran Rickey Lee of Beaumont is third.
Camaro driving Darren Myers of Anaheim is off to a great start in the first three races in the Factory Stocks. He has a win, a second and a third-place finish. That is good enough to plant him in the point lead. Defending champion Cameron Veatch of Temecula won the last race and only trails Myers by eight-points. Veteran driver Mike Burks of Nuevo is one point behind Veatch in third. Hemet’s Jason Cook, who is fourth in the standings, won the other race this year.
During intermission, fans will be allowed onto the track to meet the drivers who will have candy and hero cards to pass out to kids in attendance.
All cars will contest heat races and main events on Saturday night. Also, if applicable, they will race B mains.
Tickets for Saturday’s race are $15.00 for adults. For active military members with proper id and their spouse or date, it is $5.00 each. Teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.
Camping on the fairgrounds opens at noon on Friday. Tailgating on the grassy area outside of turn four begins at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday.
Advance tickets for all Perris Auto Speedway events are available 24-hours a day online at https://bit.ly/2Aa50Lj or by calling 1-800-595-4849. If you do not wish to buy tickets in advance for any race, there will be plenty of tickets for everyone at the ticket window on race night.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one hour east of Los Angeles and one hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.
Perris Auto Speedway/IMCA Modified Point Standings
- Bradley Morris – Romoland – 114
- Joey Haresky – Apple Valley – 106
- Blake Thornell – Apple Valley – 105
- Justin Dunn – Riverside – 104
- Randy Thornell – Apple Valley – 97
PASSCAR Street Stocks
- Blaine Whitson – Temecula – 66
- Alyssa Smith – Norco – 57
- Luke Dodd - Riverside – 50
- Stefan Davies - Murrieta – 49
- Doug Kelly – Moreno Valley – 47
PASSCAR Super Stocks
- Fred Estrada – Riverside – 58
- Tyson Talkington – Riverside – 56
- Ricky Lee Beaumont – 50
- Tom Smith - Norco – 45
- Mike Olson - Murrieta -45
PASSCAR Factory Stocks
- Darren Myers – Anaheim – 65
- Cameron Veatch – Temecula – 58
- Mike Burks – Nuevo – 57
- Jason Cook - Hemet – 56
- Swede Ogren - Anza - 43
Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2019 season. All Coast Construction, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Flowdynamics, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Inland Rigging, K2 Displays, Living Water’s Hospice, LKQ Pick Your Part, Luke’s Transmission, Pepsi-Cola, Pole Position, PrintItNow.com, Rainbow Bolt & Supply, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunoco Race Fuels, Sunstate Equipment, Trench Shoring, Varner Construction, VIA RV Service and Vista Paint.
As fanfare continues to grow for the inaugural concert at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health, Bristol Motor Speedway is pleased to announce that seating for the ALABAMA show on Saturday, July 27, has officially sold out.
“There is no better way to kick-off the first event at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health than with a sell-out for ALABAMA’s 50th anniversary tour,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager at Bristol Motor Speedway. “We can’t thank the community enough for embracing our new venture and look forward to bringing a variety of music acts to the region in the future.”
Country music powerhouse ALABAMA, with special guest John Michael Montgomery, will christen the new premier outdoor concert venue. Fans will be in for a treat as they sing along to some of the greatest hits in country music history, including “Mountain Music”, “Dixieland Delight” and “Song of the South”. Following the concert, the night sky will light up above Thunder Valley for the Food City fireworks spectacular.
“Ballad Health is thrilled to be a partner in Thunder Valley Amphitheatre’s first sold out event. And in the unlikely event anyone should need emergency care, our team stands ready to assist guests at the new venue or in any of our many emergency care locations,” said Taylor Hamilton, vice president of business development at Ballad Health. “Thunder Valley is an awesome venue bringing thousands of people together. What a great partnership for our region!”
A very limited number of Bud Light Landing standing room-only tickets remain. Call 423-BRISTOL for additional details.
Guests who have tickets for the ALABAMA concert are encouraged to arrive early. Parking lots open at 4:30 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Parking is still available for $10 at the North Lot, which utilizes the two BMS entrances off Hwy 11 E/Volunteer Pkwy. It is strongly recommended that parking be purchased in advance HERE. Guests without parking permits will be directed to the Landing lot (cash only on day of show) off of Hwy. 394 at Copperhead Road.
Guests with North or Accessible parking permits are asked to enter off of Hwy 11-E/Volunteer Parkway. Guests with VIP, Suite or Wheelchair parking permits will need to enter at Copperhead Road, off of Hwy 394.
For more information on how to be prepared for the ALABAMA show at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health, visit ThunderValleyMusic.com.
On Friday night, the NASCAR Xfinity Series raced under the lights at Kentucky Speedway for the lone night race on a 1.5 mile track this season. The recently repaved track always possesses new challenges to drivers, and this latest race was no exception. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) drivers were ready to tackle the challenges in the Bluegrass State head on.
Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Motor Oil Chevrolet, started his night off from deep in the pack in 35th due to a mishap in qualifying. However, he proved to be the biggest mover from the JDM stable, finishing 21st in Stage 1, then following that up with a 19th place effort in Stage 2. The #NumberNuthin driver out of Ligonier, PA retained his spot throughout all of Stage 3 to come home with a 19th place effort, leading the charge of his JDM teammates. With this finish, Smithley was able to move up one spot in the drivers’ points standings, now sitting in 16th.
BJ McLeod had his first drive in the No. 4 machine this weekend in Kentucky, sporting some decals bringing awareness to deceased University of Kentucky player Jared Lorenzen and his Memorial Fund. McLeod qualified his Chevrolet in the 24th position, and continued to run right around the Top 20 throughout the night. Stage 1 had the Florida native scored in 23rd, with Stage 2 showing him in 21st place. BJ ended the night with a 20th place finish, keeping him in the 20th position in the drivers’ points standings.
Stephen Leicht started his No. 01 Rising Star Casino & Resort Chevrolet the highest out of all the JDM cars in 23rd position to start the night off. Leicht ran consistently near the Top 25 throughout the race, finishing Stage 1 in 27th and Stage 2 in 26th, respectively. After having to battle the car coming out of gear late in the race, Stephen was able to stay on track and come home with a 24th place finish. He remains in 19th place in the drivers’ points standings heading into New Hampshire, just 16 points ahead of fellow teammate BJ McLeod.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s Landon Cassill drove JDM’s No. 15 Chevrolet this weekend for the first time this season, but he faced his share of problems all night. Cassill qualified in 30th position to start the race, but early on in Stage 1, he was forced to go behind the wall to fix a suspension issue, relegating him to a 35th place finish at the end of the stage, multiple laps down. Stage 2 showed Cassill in 31st, and as attrition started to hit multiple cars in the latter portion of the race, he was able to continue on to reach a 26th place finish.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire on Saturday, July 20th for the running of the Lakes Region 200. Be sure to tune into NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET to watch the four JD Motorsports with Gary Keller drivers battle it out at the flat track known as the “Magic Mile”. For all things JDM, follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM
On Monday, the ticket office staff of Daytona International Speedway joined Juanita “Lightnin” Epton in celebrating her 99th birthday. Epton has been a part of the speedway’s ticket office operations since 1958 when the “World Center of Racing” was being built.
The ticket office had a barbeque and birthday cake at the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building.
“I love my job,” Epton said. “I love the people I work for. It’s such a nice harmonious place to work in. There’s always something to do to progress this city and this race track and that’s my life.
“I’m waiting for that 100th. I’m not stopping. There’s a step or two ahead of me. I’m going to make it and I’m going to be right here (in 2020) for that 100th birthday; good Lord willing.”
Epton resides in nearby Ormond Beach. Having always believed her place was in the ticket office, she had never seen a DAYTONA 500 in person until 2018 when she watched a portion of the 60th annual DAYTONA 500 from a suite.
Epton’s late husband Joe was NASCAR’s first chief scorer. The couple first met Bill France at the fairgrounds in Spartanburg, South Carolina where Joe was scoring races. When “Big Bill” began building Daytona International Speedway in 1958, the young couple moved down to Florida and “Lightnin” started working in the ticket office alongside Anne B. France, Bill France’s wife.
Tickets for the 2020 DAYTONA 500 and all Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest speedway news.
Hezemans captures nail biting win in front of home crowd, after an action packed round 9 of the Nascar Whelen Euro series on Raceway Venray15 Jul 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Last weekend the NASCAR Whelen Euro series travelled to Raceway Venray, the half mile oval in the Netherlands for round 9 of the championship. Hezemans crossed the finish line after 100 laps as the winner of the event after an action packed race, which saw the lead being swapped 3 times around between three different drivers. Round 9 on Raceway Venray proved to be the last event of the regular season, before dropping into the playoffs for the next round at Hockenheimring on September 21st & 22nd.
Loris Hezemans showed from the start a fast pace after he finished 2nd in free practice, with former F1 and Indycar Champion Jacques Villeneuve just in front. Although the position was strong Hezemans was not completely happy with the car, he explains “Our car would be ok for 4 laps and after it would start to understeer quite badly, we made some big changes to the set up and are hoping it works out for qualifying”.
Qualifying saw three main contenders which battled it out for pole position between the #50 Hendriks Motorsport car of Hezemans, the #11 PK Carsport of Stienes Longin and the #32 GoFas Racing of Jacques Villeneuve, who in his final run edged out Hezemans by 0.044 of a second from grabbing pole position. Next up came the race where the #32 of Villeneuve shared the front row with the #50 of Hezemans who had a good start and attempted a few attacks on Villeneuve, meanwhile the pair were building a gap of 4 seconds over 3rd place until the 1st caution of the race came out on lap 35. Following was a safety car restart which saw the battle get joined by the #11 of Longin who took 2nd place from Hezemans after he fought with low tyre pressures.
The race was briefly red flagged after an accident to the #7 car of Martin Doubek and followed what would be the 3rd and final safety car restart of the race. At the restart there was a brief contact between Villeneuve and Longin, which saw the ex F1 World Champion dropping places and Longin taking the lead with a charging Hezemans just behind. Hezemans knew that with 36 laps to go this was the moment to try and fight back towards victory in front of his home crowd.
Hezemans continued applying pressure from lap 74 onwards to try and capitalize from any small mistake Longin would make, this small error came in lap 85 after the PK Carsport driver ran slightly too wide into turn one and Hezemans was able to grab the inside line and run side by side with the #11 on the backstretch, a slide job move by the #50 of Hezemans into turn 3 and allowed him to grab the lead. From there on out the Hendriks Motorsport driver pulled away and crossed the line as the winner of round 9 at Raceway Venray and back to back winner after his win in round 8 in Most, just behind him the #24 of Nicolo Rocca in 2nd and the #32 of Jacques Villeneuve in 3rd after Stienes Longin received a penalty for a collision with the #32 and dropped back to P14.
Loris Hezemans comments in his post race interview “ I could not have asked for a better way to win, the sensation of winning in front of a home crowd at the only oval on the calendar is a truly amazing experience. It was a very intense and fun race, I had to keep the pressure all race long on either Jacques Villeneuve or Stienes Longin but at the same time to try and conserve my tyres for the last 30 laps where I knew it would be go time. Thankfully my tactic worked and I was able to take the lead with 15 laps to go and cross the finish line as winner of my home race. Lastly I would like to give a huge thank you to my team Hendriks Motorsport who have yet again performed beyond expectations, along with this for me to bring them the victory at their home track is a great feeling.”
The current championship standings have been shuffled around Loris Hezemans jumps to 2nd place in the championship just 7 points behind championship leader Stienes Longin. One point behind Hezemans in 3rd place stands the #24 PK Carsport car of Nicolo Rocca with Alon Day in 4th. The NASCAR Whelen Euro Series goes into its summer break before heading into the double points playoffs at the Hockenheimring for round 10 & 11 on September 21st and 22nd.
NASCAR has long promoted itself and enjoyed the status of America’s ultimate “family sport.” And as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series prepares to head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway later this week for Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), there is still plenty of buzz about the thrilling family duel this past week at Kentucky Speedway.
Kurt Busch’s emotional overtime victory over his younger brother Kyle in Saturday night’s Kentucky race was remarkable because of the championship implications – Kurt has now secured a berth in the 2019 Playoffs and also because it was the first Cup win for Kurt’s crew chief Matt McCall and the first victory for a driver in Chip Ganassi’s famed No. 1 Chevrolet in six seasons.
But equally as compelling, Saturday’s victory marked the first time Kurt, 40, prevailed in a 1-2 Busch finish. Two other times – at the Sonoma, Calif. road course in 2015 and at the Bristol (Tenn.) short track earlier this year – his “little brother” Kyle, 34, was tops in a brothers only outcome.
The combined winning margin when a Busch beats a Busch is mere 1.33-seconds.
Fierce competition between brothers is nothing new to NASCAR’s highest ranks. Bobby and Donnie Allison competed fulltime against one another as did Terry and Bobby Labonte, Jeff and Ward Burton, Darrell and Michael Waltrip and Geoffrey, Brett and Todd Bodine to name a few.
And judging by Busch’s jubilant reaction Saturday night, the thrill of victory may be even sweeter when it comes to one-upping your sibling.
“I haven’t seen him yet, but I was supposed to fly home with him and now I’m looking for a plane ride," Kurt Busch said from Victory Lane, adding with a laugh, “So that’s Kyle. He won’t even wait."
But, he added with a grin, “It’ll be fine. We’re going over to his house tomorrow actually for a little get-together on a Sunday off and I’m going to plop the trophy down right on his kitchen counter."
Kyle – who holds a 2-1 victory edge in the Busch Brothers 1-2 finish record - acknowledged the extra emotion as well.
“I’m glad it was a thriller," Kyle Busch said. “Just unfortunately we were on the wrong end of the deal for everybody at M&M’s and Toyota, Interstate Batteries, all the folks that get us to where we’re at.
“But congratulations to Kurt and Chip (Ganassi) and Monster (Energy) and all the guys over there. It’s obviously cool to put on great races and great finishes and been a part of a lot of them and not very many – in fact, none with my brother like that, so that was a first.
“You know, no hard feelings and we move on."
The Busch brothers join the Labontes as the only two sets of brothers in NASCAR history to earn Cup titles.
But it’s actually the potent sibling duo of Bobby and Donnie Allison who have provided the bulk of brotherly close finishes.
Bobby was the runner-up in the first three career Cup victories for his younger brother Donnie Allison - at Rockingham, N.C. in 1968, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1969 and at Bristol, Tenn. in 1970. Donnie edged his brother Bobby again in the 1971 Winston 500 at Talladega to give the duo four 1-2 finishes in Donnie’s 10 career wins. In fact, Bobby finished top-10 in nine of Donnie’s victories.
The Labontes did not necessarily have the same penchant for close finishes, however they did provide a memorable double dose of sibling excellence. In 1996, younger brother Bobby won the Atlanta season finale with his brother Terry securing his second Cup championship.
That kind of “relative excellence” has historic relevancy. There is plenty of current evidence in the Cup Series’ that the “other” Busch brother tends to fair well when his sibling wins a race. In the 19 Kurt Busch victories that Kyle has competed in, he has three top-fives and six top-10 finishes, meaning he finishes top-10 a solid 31 percent of the time when his older brother wins.
Kurt, meanwhile, has 23 top-10s in the 53 races he’s competed in that Kyle has won – an impressive 43 percent of the time his brother wins, he scores a top-10.
The best Busch combination season is Kyle’s 2015 championship year, when Kurt finished top-10 in all five races his brother won en route to the title. That included his runner-up to Kyle at Sonoma. They both have three wins at this week’s New Hampshire stop.
So, as they say, perhaps, it really is all relative.
“I was in the vulnerable spot," Kurt Busch acknowledged of Saturday’s race. “But I had almost zero intention of lifting in Turns 3 and 4 and if I bounced off the fence, I probably would have then bounced off of him (Kyle).
“It was magic the way it worked out and I think it was two racers putting it out on the line and went as far as we could possibly go without wrecking each other and that’s what it’s all about. When you can have a solid finish like that and two brothers going at it and to put on a show, that’s the best possible outcome.
“If both of us would have been in a pile in a steaming heap and third place would have won it, that would have been big. That would have been bad."
Instead, as far the Busch brothers are concerned, it was good and even better. And the NASCAR fans won as well.