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On August 15, 2019, about 1537 eastern daylight time, a Textron Aviation Inc. 680A, N8JR, was destroyed during a runway excursion after landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport (0A9), Elizabethton, Tennessee. The airline transport-rated pilot and copilot were not injured. The three passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to JRM Air LLC and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated at Statesville Regional Airport (SVH), Statesville, North Carolina at 1519 and was destined for 0A9.

According to the flight crew, the flight departed SVH under visual flight rules and climbed to 12,500 ft. No air traffic control services were requested. The preflight, departure, and en route portions of the flight were routine. Approaching 0A9, the crew announced their intentions to land on runway 24 via the airport's common traffic advisory frequency.

Airport surveillance video captured the initial touchdown, which occurred near the runway touchdown zone, and portions of the accident sequence. The airplane bounced twice, then continued airborne down runway 24 until it touched down a third time with about 1,000 ft of paved surface remaining. The video revealed that the right main landing gear collapsed and the outboard section of the right wing contacted the runway shortly after the third touchdown. The airplane departed the paved surface beyond the runway 24 departure end threshold, through an open area of grass, down an embankment, through a chain-link fence, and up an embankment, coming to rest on the edge of Tennessee Highway 91.

The pilots' account of the landing was generally consistent with the video. The pilots also reported that, following the second bounce, a go-around was attempted; however, the airplane did not respond as expected, so they landed straight-ahead on the runway and could not stop the airplane prior to the excursion. After the airplane came to a stop, the flight crew secured the engines and assisted the passengers with the evacuation. The main entry door was utilized to exit the airplane. A postaccident fire was in progress during the evacuation.

The airplane came to rest upright, on a true heading of 285º. The fuselage aft of the main entry door, the right wing, and the empennage were consumed by the postaccident fire. The left main and nose landing gear were separated from the airframe during the impact sequence. The right main landing gear remained under the right wing and was heavily fire damaged.

The airplane, also known as the Citation Latitude, was a low wing, cruciform tail design with twin, fuselage-mounted Pratt and Whitney Canada 360D turbofan engines. It was equipped with two cockpit seats and nine passenger seats. The airplane was built in 2015 and the owner purchased the airplane new. The total time of the airframe was about 1,165 hours. The maximum takeoff weight was 31,025 lbs. The cockpit, which was undamaged by fire, was equipped with a Garmin G5000 advanced integrated flight deck (flat screen displays and touch screen controls) that recorded numerous flight and systems parameters. The data was successfully downloaded following the accident. The airplane was also equipped with a cockpit voice recorder (CVR). The CVR was damaged by the postaccident fire and was sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorders Laboratory, Washington, DC for examination and download.

The pilot, seated in the left cockpit seat and acting as the flying pilot and pilot-in-command, held an airline transport pilot certificate and a type rating in the accident airplane. He reported 5,800 hours total flight experience, including 765 hours in the accident airplane. His latest recurrent training occurred in October 2018.

The copilot, seated in the right cockpit seat, held an airline transport pilot certificate and a type rating in the accident airplane. He reported 11,000 hours total flight experience, including 1,165 hours in the accident airplane. His latest recurrent training occurred in October 2018.

The reported weather at 0A9 at 1535 included calm wind, 10 miles visibility, scattered clouds at 4,700 and 5,500 ft, broken clouds at 7,000 ft, and altimeter setting 29.97 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Textron Aviation Inc





Aircraft Category:


Amateur Built:






Operating Certificate(s) Held:



Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:


Observation Facility, Elevation:

K0A9, 1592 ft msl

Observation Time:

1535 EDT

Distance from Accident Site:

1 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

29°C / 19°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Scattered / 4700 ft agl

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

Calm / ,

Lowest Ceiling:

Broken / 7000 ft agl


10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.97 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:


Departure Point:

Statesville, NC (SVH)


Elizabethton, TN (0A9)


Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

2 None

Aircraft Damage:


Passenger Injuries:

3 Minor

Aircraft Fire:


Ground Injuries:


Aircraft Explosion:


Total Injuries:

3 Minor, 2 None

Latitude, Longitude:

36.367222, -82.181667


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Ralph E Hicks

Additional Participating Persons:

Rocky Davidson; FAA/FSDO; Nashville, TN

Peter Basile; Textron Aviation; Wichita, KS

Jeffery Davis; P&W Canada; Longueuil, QC


The NTSB traveled to the scene of this accident.


Full time NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Sieg will team up with Premium Motorsports to race the Brickyard 400 in the Monster Energy Cup Series next month. Sci Aps will be the primary sponsor of the #27 Chevrolet.

SciAps, Inc., is a Boston-based instrumentation company specializing in portable analytical instruments.  They develop and manufacture handheld analyzers for petrochem, oil/gas, mining and metals production and fabrication, transportation, military and law enforcement applications.  So much of their customer base are big NASCAR fans, they’re proud to be a primary sponsor for both Cup and Xfinity races.    

This will be the sixth time Sieg will pilot a race car in the cup series. “I’m so excited to join Premium Motorsports at Indianapolis for one of the biggest races of the year. I can’t thank Sci-Aps and everyone at Premium Motorsports for making this possible,” commented Sieg.

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Sometimes drivers just need one more lap to change the outcome of a race. The fast speeds of NASCAR don’t always leave us with enough time to express ourselves in the moment. Here is one more lap of thoughts for us to digest after another exciting weekend of racing.


Turn 1: Matt DiBenedetto! Can we just take a moment to appreciate that at the end of three nights of amazing short track racing we saw a fan favorite ‘underdog’ come within a dozen laps from winning his first MENCS race. Just last week he was notified that he would not be returning to the number 95 Levine Family Racing Toyota. At his lowest point this weekend surrounded by media DiBenedetto reiterated his passion “I want to win in the cup series, that's what I’ve said and that’s my goal. I’m here to keep climbing the ladder”

Matt almost did it, and he did it with flair. Knowing it was his time to get in the ring and start throwing punches, the 28 year old donned a boxing outfit for driver introductions. We are all staring at a crowd favorite, with talent and personality, now he just needs a ride for 2020.


Turn 2: Tough trucks get hot under the lights. This weekend's NGOTS UNOH 200 was an old school bumping and beating Bristol race. NASCAR put traction compound on the bottom groove, and cleaned off the top lane. This created a mostly one lane track for a lot of the race and required drivers to use the bumper to get past others. The second lane did come in through the race, but it wasn’t used as much as we would see the following nights.

During the entire race we saw carnage as there were numerous cautions and short runs. A lot of teams ended up in the garage with fenders falling off their trucks.

Ross Chastain was the most liberal with his bump and runs, especially towards the end of the race where he pressed the issue putting himself on the bottom of a three wide fight in the middle of a corner.

When the smoke cleared drivers were talking, and yelling up and down pit road. There was even a scuffle in the garage area. Chastain put it best “This what built this place, you come in this tunnel theres quotes about rattling cages, there's helmets being thrown, if we are going to fill this place up the carshield chevy is going to be the one adding the excitement.”


Turn 3: Austin Cindric, the big 4? Cindric is not actually comparable to the top three drivers in the Xfinity series, but he may be the most likely to disrupt the party come the playoffs. Currently the fourth seed Cindric is only 16 playoff points behind Tyler Riddick in third and 31 behind Bell in first. The young Team Penske driver has had his share of struggles this season, but has put together fairly consistent results before breaking through with two wins the last three races. Both were on road courses which caters to his driving style, but that doesn't mean he cannot compete on the ovals. Cindric again impressed with a top five at Bristol and next week at Road America favoris him to close the playoff point, and let’s not forget the Roval during the playoffs. The Biggest question is if he makes it to Homestead, can he get it done?


Turn 4: The MENCS is off for a weekend before the nostalgic throwback race at Darlington, but the NXS will pay a visit to Road America before heading to the historic track. The NGOTS will also visit a road course this coming weekend going across the border to rub fenders at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

While I’m disappointed to not see premier series drivers on the edge fighting for the playoffs, I am thrilled that we are going to get more road course action. Both tracks have always put on great events and these drivers are slowly becoming talented and well rounded competitors.

Come Martinsville, Corey LaJoie will be piloting more than just the No. 32 Ford Mustang. 
Longtime Go Fas Racing (GFR) sponsor, Keen Parts/, will transform their usual paint scheme into a Scooby-Doo inspired Mystery Machine for the First Data 500, less than a week before Halloween.
"Scooby Doo was my favorite cartoon growing up, so when Tom and TJ asked what I wanted to do for Martinsville, there was no doubt that I wanted to be driving the Mystery Machine," commented driver Corey LaJoie. "They always have really cool themes behind their Halloween-weekend schemes and I'm excited to be part of this one and thankful for all that they do for our team."
This will be the second year that the Corvette parts supplier has converted their sponsorship of the No. 32 at the October Martinsville event into a unique, eye-catching masterpiece - in celebration of Halloween. 
Last fall, the Ohio-based company brought a purple and black Peanuts scheme that showcased one of the most recognizable characters known, Snoopy. The scheme instantly became a favorite by fans of all ages. 
"We are super excited to present this paint scheme to Corey to run at Martinsville," said longtime friend and sponsor of the team, TJ Keen. "This cartoon was his favorite as a kid and I bet it still is today.  We cannot thank the team enough for letting us do these schemes and we hope you fans will enjoy it."
Owners Tom & TJ Keen have played a key role in many of GFR's most well-known paint schemes, including every GFR throwback scheme at Darlington Raceway. In continuing that, TJ recently announced that they would honor Dale Jarrett with this year's throwback scheme. 
Be sure to check out for any of your Corvette needs. Whether you're looking for a complete interior for your vintage '58 Corvette or a performance accessory for your '09, they have the Corvette part you need and the expertise you want. 
Don't miss the Keen Parts Mystery Machine on track when the First Data 500 is contested on October 27 at 3:00 PM ET. Coverage of the 500-lap event will be on NBCSN and MRN Radio.


The No. 34 Front Row Motorsports (FRM) Ford Mustang will run a special paint scheme for the "Bojangles' Southern 500" NASCAR Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, honoring Jimmy Means' No. 52 Alka-Seltzer Pontiac. Means drove the iconic powder blue car in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

In its early days, Front Row Motorsports was originally known as Means-Jenkins Motorsports, stemming from a partnership between Means and current FRM team owner Bob Jenkins. Their relationship began with Jenkins sponsoring Means at Bristol with his local Taco Bell franchise, which led Jenkins to a partial ownership of Means' race team. The team was active for one year before Jenkins separated and founded Front Row Motorsports.

McDowell's No. 34 Ford will feature the famous light blue body with red and dark blue accents. FRM partner Dockside Logistics will serve as the primary sponsor for the race.
"Throwback weekend at Darlington is one of my favorites of the whole year," McDowell said. "It's fun to recreate some of the most well-known paint schemes throughout the history of our sport. Our owner, Bob Jenkins, has always admired Jimmy Means, and the Alka-Seltzer car is definitely a favorite of his. I'm really excited that we can honor their friendship with our No. 34 Dockside Logistics Ford."

The No. 34 "Jimmy Means Throwback" Ford Mustang will make its debut at Darlington Raceway on Friday, August 30 for practice. The "Bojanges' Southern 500" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race airs Sunday, September 1 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN. 
Fresh off of an 11th place finish at Michigan International Speedway, a challenging intermediate racetrack that previously gave Germain Racing fits, Ty Dillon and company rolled into Bristol Motor Speedway feeling confident and upbeat. The legendary half-mile facility also marks the spot of the GEICO team's first stage win back in April.
The 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has been one of milestones and significant improvement for the No. 13 team. Over the weekend, the group continued their quest for success when they tackled the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
Dillon and his No. 13 GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 started Saturday night's race from the 24th position. With 500 laps lying in wait, Dillon and crew chief, Matt Borland, agreed that patience and persistence would be the keys to success when they took the green flag. As action got underway, Dillon was strong and he made gradual progress, keeping his car clean of any damage while also turning lap times quicker than his fellow competitors in front of him. He continued clawing his way forward and by lap 95 had broken into the top-20.
Dillon remained consistent throughout the night and rarely gave up positions. The Germain Racing crew reciprocated his on-track efforts each time he visited pit road and returned the GEICO Military Camaro to the racing surface in a timely fashion. Atop the pit wagon, Borland operated with a sharp pencil and crafted a strategy that would keep Dillon in a solid position throughout the 266.5-mile event.

When the checkered flag closed out an intense evening of racing, Dillon hustled his No. 13 GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 across the finish line in the 20th position, bookended by Hendrick Motorsports drivers, Jimmie Johnson (five-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion) and William Byron. The result accounts for Germain Racing's second consecutive top-20 finish and their 9th on the season. Dillon has now recorded three top-20's in his last five starts.
"Bristol is my favorite track to come to and the night race is an experience like none other for the fans," Dillon said. "Tonight may not have been our best car overall, but I'm very proud of my GEICO Military guys. We continued to work hard to finish as strong as possible. One of the things we take pride in at Germain Racing is always putting forth the effort to get the best result we can. Matt (Borland, crew chief) made a couple strategy calls that got us back in a position to capitalize and we ended up with a solid top-20 finish. Our team will use this coming off-week wisely and shift our focus to Darlington and the final stretch of the season." 
Germain Racing will now enjoy a week off before returning to action at 'The Track Too Tough to Tame' on Labor Day weekend for race number 25 of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season.
Ty Dillon and the No. 13 GEICO Camaro ZL1 will hit the track at Darlington Raceway for the weekend's opening practice session on Friday, August 30th, at 2:05 PM (ET). Qualifying will follow on Saturday at 2:35 PM (ET).
The Bojangles' Southern 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race is on Sunday, September 1st, and it will be televised live on NBCSN beginning at 6 PM (ET). The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will carry the live radio broadcast, along with SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

He’s back.

While much of the NASCAR community has been crunching numbers, making predictions and reviewing the statistical background of veterans Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Jimmie Johnson in effort to figure out which two would earn the final two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff positions, Stewart-Haas Racing's Daniel Suárez has quietly and efficiently added his name to the mix.

In fact, after earning his second straight top-10 Saturday night under the Bristol Motor Speedway lights, the 27-year old Mexico-born driver and former NASCAR Xfinity Series champion (2016) has stepped over some of these veteran favorites and assumed his position in the title hunt.

A fifth place at Michigan a week ago, followed by an eighth place at Bristol on Saturday night – plus some well-needed stage points and some extraordinary poor luck suffered by the other Playoff hopefuls – and Suárez has found himself ranked 16th in the standings with two races remaining to set the 16-driver Playoff field.

In the last three races he’s out-performed and out-earned his veteran Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who are ranked 17th and 18th as the series takes an “off-week” before the final two regular season races at Darlington, S.C. on Sept. 1 and Indianapolis on Sept. 8.

Suárez trails 15th place Ryan Newman by 12 points. He has a two-point edge on teammate Bowyer and a 26-point advantage on Johnson.

“I feel like that [stage points] was probably the biggest thing of the day," Suárez said of his team’s Bristol top-10. “I feel like that was an amazing call from my crew chief Billy Scott and I’m proud of that call. We have to just keep making those decisions."

Decision-making, fast cars and decent luck will be important at the last two regular season venues – Darlington (S.C.) Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They are both widely-considered among the most challenging tracks in auto racing.

Suárez has certainly had some trouble adjusting to the Darlington nuances – with finishes of 38th and 29th in his only starts at the 1.366-mile track known as being “Too Tough To Tame.” He’s been better at Indianapolis – with finishes of seventh and 18th in his only previous starts at the massive 2.5-mile speedway. He’s yet to lead a lap at either place.

Among those in this four-driver mix, Johnson is the only driver with multiple victories at both Darlington and Indianapolis. He has three wins at Darlington and 12 top-10 finishes in 20 starts. His 551 laps led is also most among this foursome. He suffered a DNF there last year, however. His last top 10 was a third-place finish in 2014.

The driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, has four wins at Indianapolis – seven top-10s in 17 starts. Johnson was runner-up in 2013 and third in 2016 – his last top-10.

Newman, the driver of the No. 6 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford, is the only other driver among these four with a win at one of the final regular season venues. He hasn’t hoisted a trophy at Darlington, but does have an impressive 13 top-10 finishes in 20 starts there, including a runner-up finish in his second career start in 2005. He was 19th there last Fall and had a pair of top-five finishes in the two races just prior.

Indianapolis, however, was the site of one Newman’s most celebrated victories. He won from the pole position in 2013. He has top-10 finishes in the last two races, including a 10th last year.

Bowyer, Suárez’s SHR teammate and driver of the No. 14 Ford, is certainly hoping for a change of fortune at Darlington, where he has only a single top-10 finish in 13 starts. He crashed and finished 36th last year and was 40th with an engine problem in 2017. He’s led 16 career laps at Darlington – all coming in the 2007 Spring race when he won the pole position and earned his only top-10 (ninth place).

Indianapolis has been better for Bowyer. He has four top-10 finishes in 13 races – three of those top-five finishes. He finished fifth last year and led 37 of his career 43 laps total.

With so much expectation – personally and from his team – Suárez acknowledged that he’s managing his emotions, even as he is genuinely enthusiastic about his Playoff hopes.

“I try to go like my normal weeks, but there is always that little pressure, especially since you guys [media] are always talking about it and reminding me of the bubble and the points and all that, which I think is good," Suárez said.

“I have never been in this position before, where I actually was this close to be in the Playoffs. I don’t feel like I’ve ever been in the position where I feel as strong with my team, actually. I feel right now I really want to make the Playoffs because I feel we have a good team. We can perform strong once we are in."

Michael McDowell
No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford Mustang
Started: 28 | Finished: 37
"There’s always a lot going on at Bristol and a lot happening at one time. The top was pretty much the dominant line. It’s hard to pass, so guys were aggressive in making moves. There at the end it looked like maybe the 12 blew a right-front tire, and it’s Bristol – you check up and you kind of all wash up into the same spot. I saw my teammate try to dive low to miss it and just caught it and when he caught it, I just ran right in the back of him. It’s unfortunate for everybody at Front Row Motorsports – lost two cars in that accident and not really anything of our own doing, just wrong place wrong time. It’s unfortunate for the Love’s Travel Stops Ford Mustang and for David – not his last Bristol race, but this was an important race for him and I hate it for him."
Matt Tifft
No. 36 Surface Sunscreen/Plan B Sales Ford Mustang
Started: 27 | Finished: 27
"Our No. 36 Surface Sunscreen/Plan B Sales Ford started off a little tight and brushed the wall in the first half of the race, sustaining some minor right front damage. We made some adjustments as the night went on, but unfortunately broke something while running 23rd with only a handful of laps to go, and we ended up finishing P27. We'll regroup in the off-weekend and come back ready for Darlington."
David Ragan
No. 38 MDS Trucking Ford Mustang
Started: 16 | Finished: 36
"I saw Blaney cut a tire just past the start-finish line and I knew he was gonna run up and hit the wall, and I started trying to slow down. I was already committed to running the top and that happens in a fraction of a second and I got off the gas and hit the brakes, tried to go low, but as they bounced off the wall they came back down the track a little bit and just knocked the radiator out. That’s racing at Bristol. That’s short track racing. We had a solid run. I felt like we had a top-15 to top-20 car. We made some good adjustments throughout the night and it’s just one of those things. That’s kind of the way short track racing goes."


Ryan Newman picked up valuable stage points in stage two of Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway before going to finish 11th in his Acronis Ford Mustang, maintaining his 15th position in the points standings.

A key strategy call near the end of the second stage allowed Newman to remain on track, before going on to cross the line third, earning eight stage points. Combine that with the 11th-place run and Newman walked away from ‘The World’s Fastest Half Mile’ with 34 overall points, remaining above the playoff cutline with now two races left in the regular season.

The South Bend, Indiana, native rolled off the grid 14th in his No. 6 Mustang, just in front of teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Early on Newman battled tight conditions before the first yellow was displayed at lap 79. After a pair of adjustments to help free him up, Newman restarted 13th but reported he was just as tight to finish the stage 17th.

He rolled off 15th for the second 125-lap segment, but from there began charging his way forward. The yellow came out at lap 189, meaning Newman would pit for four fresh tires and adjustments, which set him up for the remainder of the stage. After the yellow was again displayed a pair of times at lap 212 and 242, crew chief Scott Graves called for Newman to stay out and the call paid off as Newman held his ground finishing third in stage two.

After service on his Acronis Ford under the stage break, he would line back up 17th for stage three. The next caution flag would not come until lap 362, but it came at just the right time as Newman had just lost a lap to the leaders. He was the recipient of the free pass and after service on pit road, found himself 13th on the restart with 130 laps to go.

The final yellow of the night would fly at lap 379 when Newman once again pitted for four fresh tires and fuel, before this time restarting 10th. Over the course of the final 113 laps, the field was strung out again and only seven cars finished on the lead lap with Newman crossing the line 11th.

Following an off weekend for the Cup series, Newman and the No. 6 team return to the track Labor Day weekend for the NASCAR Throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway. Race coverage on Sunday, Sept. 1, begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and MRN. Coverage can also be heard on MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90.


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