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In the first official training, this Saturday, 06/07, in Sebring, Dante Fibra and Kau Machado (PRO/#07) and Dudu Trindade/Daniel Coutinho (GP/#17) were the fastest, at the racetrack with the path of 6,002 meters of extension, the longest of all eight editions of Sprint Ra CE Brazil. In an interview after the track activities, Dante Fibra was said to be very happy and, above all, surprised at the optimum performance in training.


"The track is amazing. The car's got a great hit. Everything went as scheduled here and we got even more than we planned. The idea is to keep this pace, "says the rider who participates for the first year of the competition.


Daniel Coutinho and Eduardo Trindade, a duo of the 2019 edition, maintains a constancy of results since the Homestead stage held last weekend. 

"We were able to adapt the track and the heat also here in Sebring. We will seek the same performance until the podiums tomorrow, "says Daniel.


Three of the nine stages of the Sprint Race 2019 make up the international Cup. In addition to the races in the United States (3rd and 4th stages), the tournament also includes those of Posadas, Argentina (7th stage), on October 20. The disputes will have the same format as the national calendar, with two official workouts, two individual leaderboards and two 23-minute races and one more lap.


During the following week of each stage there will be special materials in the programming of the Channel RedeTV!, the accelerated program-in SBT, YouTube (youtube.com/acelerados) and the program National Sports Channel, channel 26 of Vivo (São Paulo).


Sprint Race Brazil is sponsored by Yokohama, Motul, MILITEC1 and Brazil Roaming.
 
Check out the result of the first training of the Sebring/Sprint International Cup Stage:
1) #7 Dante fiber/Kau Machado, PRO, 2m28s333
2) #18 Pedro Lopes, PRO, 2m28s970
3) #28 Vinicius Kwong, PRO, 2m30s762
4) #17 Dudu Trindade/Daniel Coutinho, GP, 2m30s883
5) #55 caê Coelho/Adolpho Rossi, GP, 2m31s521
6) #19 Rafael Seibel/Max Papis, GP, 2m32s273
7) #78 Lucca Croce/Allan Croce, PRO, 2m32s506
8) #44 Luiz Arruda, GP, 2m35s716
9) #97 Josimar Jr, GP, 2m35s723
10) #99 Vinny Azevedo/Walter Lester, GP, 2m35s735
11) #858 John Rosate/Bruno Smielevski, PRO, 2m36s739
12) #77 Luca Milani/Roberto Milani, GP, 2m41s789
13) 85 Eduardo Lesssi, GP, 2m42s242
14) #73 Wagner Pontes/Julia Piquet, GP, 27:57.589
15) #82 Gerson Campos, PRO, no time

 

Saturday, 07/06/2019

01:20pm to 02:00pm - Sprint Race Brasil - 40 minutes practice

01:00pm to 02:00pm - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - Grid

20:00pm - Sebring 300 - START Sprint/Enduro (double points)

05:00pm - Sebring 300 – Finish

TROPHY PRESENTATION  - VICTORY LANE

05:00pm TRACK CLOSED

 

Sunday, 07/07/2019

09:00am to 09:15am - Sprint Race Brasil - 15 min qualifying #1 (just 1 lap inside the pits)

09:20am to 09:30am - Sprint Race Brasil - 10 minutes qualifying #2

10:30am to 11:00am - Sprint Race Brasil - Grid

11:00am to 11:30am - Sprint Race Brasil - Race #1

11:30am to 12:00am - Advanced - 30 minutes

12:00am to 12:30pm - LUNCH - 30 minutes

12:30pm to 01:00pm - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - Grid

01:00pm to 01:30pm - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - Sprint Race (Double points)

01:30pm to 02:00pm - Advanced - 30 minutes

02:00pm to 02:30pm - Sprint Race Brasil - Grid

02:30pm to 03:00pm - Sprint Race Brasil - Race #2

03:00pm - TROPHY PRESENTATION VICTORY LANE

03:00PM - Track closed


 

Officially, Canada Day was celebrated throughout the country last Monday – as it is every year on July 1.
 
Apparently, nobody told that to many drivers competing in one or more of the four IMSA-sanctioned series this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park who extended the celebration into this weekend in Bowmanville.
 
Between the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (four drivers) – which headlines the weekend with Sunday’s two-hour and 40-minute Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Acura – the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (12), the IMSA Prototype Challenge (six) and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama (12), there are a total of 31 drivers from Canada. Three drivers – Cameron Cassels from Coldstream, British Columbia, Scott Hargrove from Vancouver, B.C. and Marco Cirone from Bolton, Ontario – are competing in multiple races this weekend.
 
The WeatherTech Championship weekend entry list includes four Canadians – Hargrove and Zacharie Robichon from Ottawa, Ontario, who are sharing the No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R for Canada-based Pfaff Motorsports; Cassels in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA in the LMP2 class, and Dalton Kellett, who is making his IMSA debut this weekend in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA in LMP2.
 
Kellett, from Stouffville, Ontario, has been on the open-wheel driver development ladder for the past several years, racing in Indy Lights full-time since 2016. His early impressions of IMSA have been positive.
 
“I'm happy to be here,” Kellett said. “The paddock is great. You know, you come from the IndyCar paddock, which is obviously a healthy, strong group, but then you come here and it's like, 'Wow, this is great as well.' It's like a really healthy paddock. A lot of drivers, you know, great drivers here, a lot of cars. So, it's really exciting to see the sport is this strong on this side of it as well.”
 
Whereas Kellett is making his first IMSA appearance this weekend, Montreal’s Kuno Wittmer is on the other side of the spectrum. He was the 2014 WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) champion and is racing in Saturday’s two-hour Pilot Challenge race at CTMP.
 
He’s made a total of 39 starts in IMSA’s premier series [WeatherTech Championship, American Le Mans Series (ALMS) or GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series] and has competed full-time in Pilot Challenge the past few years. He shares the No. 75 McLaren GT4 with Paul Holton driving for another Canada-based team, Compass Racing.
 
Wittmer knows what it’s like to race in front of the home crowd at CTMP, having done so many times in IMSA and other events over the years. That’s why he’s thrilled to be here.
 
“Being on home soil is always a nice thing,” Wittmer said. “I mean, you have your support system around you. You have your family and friends, fans that have, honestly – I've seen some of the fans this weekend so far that have been here since Day 1 when I've come here, which was '98.
 
“So, it's like, 20 years or 21 years now, and it feels pretty good to always come back to the same place and compete. And now to compete in a series – a really, really high-caliber series in IMSA, in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, you can't ask for better.”
 
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park co-owner, Ron Fellows, is proud of the strong turnout of his countrymen competing this weekend. Fellows is a sports car racing legend – a member of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame and one of the 50 Great IMSA Drivers named as part of the IMSA 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2019 – who knows what it feels like to win IMSA races in front of his home fans at CTMP.
 
The three-time ALMS series champion also won three races at the racetrack formerly known as “Mosport.” He has a pretty good idea what the experience will be like for the 31 Canadians this weekend.
“To race in front of the home crowd – back when I was doing it with Corvette, you knew where the people had signs up and it was really cool to see,” said Fellows. “It's, I dunno, gotta be worth a few tenths (of a second) to be in front of the home crowd.
 
“I know the prototype guys, back in the ALMS days, they sort of dreaded the fact that if Ron and [then-Corvette Racing co-driver] Johnny (O’Connell) won the GT Le Mans class, that's all that got reported in Canada. It was that and 'Oh, by the way, an Audi won or something like that.’
 
“But you're racing in front of friends and family and all the Canadians will have that opportunity. So, it's important for them and it's a track that most of them will have grown up learning how to race on. A little bit of home court is not a bad thing.”
The first race of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura weekend featured the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and Race 1 was over nearly as soon as it began.
 
Roman De Angelis scored his fourth victory of the season on Saturday morning in the No. 79 Mark Motors Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car after a strong start at the drop of the green flag.
 
The 18-year-old from Belle River, Ontario, started on pole alongside Jeff Kingsley in the No. 16 Policaro Motorsport Porsche, but was unchallenged heading into Turn 1 as Kingsley struggled to get up to speed. De Angelis reveled in the clean air, going on to win by a staggering 14.598 seconds.
 
“It was pretty difficult to be honest with you,” said De Angelis, who will start from the No. 1 spot for Race 2 on Sunday morning. “We struggled a bit with rear grip. We had a shock go bad yesterday in qualifying and to replace that overnight, you never really know how these shocks are going to break in or how they’re going to act. So yeah, the left rear was a bit sketchy in all the right-handers, so I just kind of had to adapt to the way the car was.
 
“It was definitely not an easy one for us but once again I can’t thank Mark Motors enough. We’re pulling away in these points and we just need to keep doing that.”
 
While initially dropping to third place at the start, Kingsley bounced back to regain the runner-up position ahead of Patrick Dussault in the No. 77 Lauzon Autosport Porsche. This is the first podium for Kingsley since winning the first race of the season, also at CTMP as part of the annual Victoria Day SpeedFest held in May. This is Dussault’s third podium of the year.
 
Meanwhile in the Platinum Masters class, it was an exciting race for winner Marco Cirone in the No. 88 Porsche for Mark Motors Racing. After starting seventh on the grid, Cirone moved up to fourth place and was eagerly looking to steal the final overall podium spot from Dussault in the final minutes. Coming onto the frontstretch, however, Cirone got loose as he peeked inside Dussault’s Porsche and spun.
 
Fortunately for Cirone, the battle for third was well ahead of the rest of the field, so he was able to recover and continue on for the Platinum Masters victory and overall fourth-place finish.
 
“I’m very happy with the Masters win, but to be quite honest in my heart I had that third place, man,” said Cirone. “I was going for it so hard and perhaps that was the problem, that at the end there I wanted it so bad that I tried too hard and I lost control unfortunately.
 
“But still a great drive by Patrick and Jeff Kingsley and super congratulations to my partner, Roman. I just want to thank the Mark Motors team, Liza and Michael (Mrak), for being here and supporting us. Thank you to IMSA and a special thank you to (Porsche factory driver) Kevin (Estre), the new Porsche Cars Canada coach. He really helped me out and is a wonderful person.”
 
Earning the Yokohama Tire Hard Charger Award for gaining the most positions in the 45-minute race was Michael Levitas in the No. 37 TPC Racing Porsche. Levitas – who won the most recent Platinum Masters race at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal last month – moved up from 13th to ninth and finished just off the Masters podium, with a fourth-place finish in class.
 
Race 2 for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is schedule for Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET ahead of the headlining IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix at 1:05 p.m.
The GT3 Cup Challenge Canada race can be streamed live on the series Facebook page. The WeatherTech Championship race will air live on the NBC network. 
 The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans (GTLM) class is often considered the most competitive form of GT racing in the world and every so often something extraordinary happens that reaffirms that claim.
 
Such was the case Saturday’s qualifying at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park when the entire GTLM field – eight drivers representing four different manufacturers – at one point held the provisional pole during the final five minutes of the 15-minute session.
 
The driver who topped the leaderboard when it mattered most was the No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE of Jesse Krohn. He lapped the 2.459-mile circuit in one minute, 13.086 seconds (121.123 mph) to score his first career WeatherTech Championship pole, leading a front row sweep for BMW in the GTLM class for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura (NBC, IMSA Radio, Radio Le Mans and Sirius XM, 1 p.m. ET).
 
The lap was a track record for the GTLM class, besting Nick Tandy’s pole-winning time from last year of 1:13.517.
 
“Finally, I’ve waited for this for a long time,” said Krohn, who will team with co-driver John Edwards on Sunday. “We went for the good ol’ one-lap banger. We put it all on one lap. We know it’s going to be critical on tires here to win the race. The more you can save in qualifying the better you can have for the race. Definitely a great job from the guys giving me the car I have today. The lap was good, really good, to be honest. I don’t think there was any more I could have given.
 
“It’s going to be an absolute dog fight as always. It’s really tight, and there is no room for mistakes. We almost had a clean weekend at Watkins (Glen), but one little error really puts you back in this class. So all we need to do is have a clean one, no little mistakes on track or in the pits. And really just do a flawless fast race.”
 
Joining Krohn on the front row is teammate Tom Blomqvist, who qualified second in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 with a lap of 1:13.548. Ryan Briscoe qualified third in the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, followed by the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet and No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR of Laurens Vanthoor.
 
With Foley’s First Career Motul Pole Award in GTD, BMW Sweeps WeatherTech Championship GT Pole Positions
Saturday turned out to be a great day for Robby Foley, the Turner Motorsport team and BMW in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
Qualifying the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3, Foley earned his first career Motul Pole Award by posting the fastest lap of the session in the GT Daytona (GTD) class at one minute, 16.172 seconds (116.215 mph). Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix Presented by Acura will be only his 11th WeatherTech Championship start.
 
“It was a great car,” said Foley, who will co-drive with Bill Auberlen. “We’ve been working through a lot of changes in the practice sessions and for qualifying we just tried to put a perfect lap together. I think I left maybe a little bit on the table, but I got most of it and it was good enough for pole. The track changed a little bit there from morning to afternoon. I think we gained some temp, so it was a little bit different and I was able to put together a decent enough lap and put it on pole.”
 
His pole kicked off what would be a sweep of the GT pole positions for Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix, as Jesse Krohn in the No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE topped the charts in the following GTLM qualifying session.
 
“It’s one of my favorite tracks,” said Foley of CTMP. “It’s super high commitment. You’re on edge the entire lap. Especially for qualifying when you have a little more on the tire, just being new, low fuel, you’re just trying to maximize and do everything for that last little bit, and it’s a big lap. I had to dig deep for that one. I was P2 for a while, about two-tenths off, I had to kind of put it all together there at the end. So it’s definitely gratifying to get a pole here, it takes everything.”
 
Looking to defend their CTMP victory from 2018, Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will start the No. 33 Riley Motorsports-Team AMG from outside the front row after Keating posted a qualifying time just .081 seconds off of Foley’s.
 
A pair of Acura NSX GT3s from Meyer Shank Racing will make up the second starting row. Last week’s winners from the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher in the No. 86 Acura, will start third alongside the No. 57 Acura for Heinricher Racing with Katherine Legge and Bia Figueiredo in fourth.
He did it again.
 
One year after taking the overall pole position for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura for the first time with a track record lap, Colin Braun broke his own track record to win another Motul Pole Award in qualifying for Sunday’s two-hour and 40-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. Live television coverage of the race begins on the NBC network at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
 
Braun posted a best time of one minute, 5.452 seconds (135.250 mph) in the No. 54 CORE autosport Nissan DPi, exceeding his 2018 record lap of 1:06.375. It was his 18th career top-level IMSA pole and his fourth at CTMP (he had Prototype Challenge class poles in 2012 and 2016 also).
 
He and co-driver Jon Bennett also are the race’s defending winners and already have four previous wins at CTMP with PC class wins in 2013, 2015 and 2016 to go with the overall and Prototype class victory last year. They’ll go for five on Sunday.
 
“I’m excited to be on pole here, at a track that I love, and Jon Bennett loves,” said Braun, who scored the first pole for a Nissan DPi since Pipo Derani did it in qualifying for the 2018 Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. “I think no matter what car we’re in we always have good confidence here. This is a track we run well at, so that tends to make us feel like we’re going to be fast here.
 
“You unload and you are fast, and that’s a sort of self-fulfilling cycle. We just feel really good about always coming up here. I’m happy to be on the pole, tomorrow is a long race and a different mindset, and it takes of lot of things to win. Honestly, we didn’t even do a mock qualifying run. We just worked on our race car in all three practices, and got Jon in the car, and just stuck to our plan. I feel good about what we have for a race car for sure.”
 
Bennett will share the front row with Helio Castroneves in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi. Castroneves logged a best qualifying lap of 1:05.526 (135.097 mph) in the car he shares with co-driver Ricky Taylor.
 
After scoring a breakthrough victory last Sunday in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, Jonathan Bomarito and co-driver Harry Tincknell will go for their second straight win from third on the grid in the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P DPi. Bomarito qualified the car at 1:05.780 (134.575 mph).
 
WeatherTech Championship DPi points leaders Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron will look to extend what is currently a scant, one-point lead over No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R co-drivers Felipe Nasr and Derani. Montoya has a slight advantage on the starting grid after putting the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 fourth with a lap of 1:05.872 (134.387 mph).
 
Nasr will start sixth behind fifth-place qualifier Tristan Nunez in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P. Nunez clocked a best lap of 1:05.913 (134.304 mph) and will co-drive with Oliver Jarvis on Sunday; Nasr’s best lap was a 1:06.080 (133.964 mph).
 
In the LMP2 class, Kyle Masson collected his second career WeatherTech Championship Motul Pole Award. Masson’s best lap was a 1:08.211 (129.779 mph) in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA.
 
“Qualifying went really well,” Masson said. “It’s awesome to be back here this year and to have the weekend start out extremely successfully compared to the way it turned out last year. It was a big disappointment last year with the Turn 1 incident in Practice 1. So, to make it through qualifying and to actually get the pole, it’s a big morale boost for the team going into tomorrow.
 
“This track is very fast. We had a great car coming into the weekend and the Performance Tech crew just dialed it in. We’re right where we need to be for the race.”
 
In addition to live NBC network television, live race coverage also will be available from IMSA Radio on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio (Sirius Channel 219, XM 202, Streaming 972).
 
Tickets for the race may be purchased at the gate. More information is available on on CanadianTireMotorsportPark.com.

The Sprint Race lands in Sebring (FL-USA) this weekend, July 07, after performing three proofs marked by the alternation and excitement that permeate the major competitions. The period is still not of predictions, but what the pilots showed in the opening Test of Londrina (PR-BRA), São Paulo (SP-BRA) and in Homestead (FL-USA) is the most revealing indicative that 2019 must be a real spectacle of motorsport at the highest level in All tournaments in the category that handle unpublished flights in American territory.


At the Sebring International Raceway, one of the most demanding of the season, located in the city of Sebring, Florida, riders are motivated to accelerate on the unprecedented track, longer stroke also, with 3.74 miles (6.02 meters long) and 17 curves.


"I like the challenges of this track and we are ready for this dispute. As in Homestead, we're confident. The simulator tests we performed for Sebring were productive. The fight will be great again, but we are focused on our work and hope to get out of there with victory, "said Dante Fibra who divides MR # 07 with Kau Machado.


"Thiago Marques (organizer) and Sprint are making history. I want to do it together. Winning in Sebring would be a dream come true! ", concluded Luiz Arruda, of MR # 44.


The action on the track starts on Saturday morning (06) with the first free practice. On Sunday (07), the classification for setting the starting order takes place from 9 hours. At 11 hours, begin the exams that make up the double round of the fourth stage of the Sprint Race, second of the international Cup, and at 14:30 the second race-always on local time (1 hours less than Brasilia).

 Three of the nine stages of the Sprint Race 2019 make up the international Cup. In addition to the races in the United States (3rd and 4th stages), the tournament also includes those of Posadas, Argentina (7th stage), on October 20. The disputes will have the same format as the national calendar, with two official workouts, two individual leaderboards and two 23-minute races and one more lap.


During the following week of each stage there will be special materials in the programming of the Channel RedeTV!, the accelerated program-in SBT, YouTube (youtube.com/acelerados) and the program National Sports Channel, channel 26 of Vivo (São Paulo).


Sprint Race Brazil is sponsored by Yokohama, Motul, MILITEC1 and Brazil Roaming.

Saturday, 07/06/2019

07:00am to 03:00pm – FARA Registration - Chateau Elan Hotel

07:00am to 12:00pm -  Fara Tech  - Garage 29&30

08:00am to 08:30am - Mandatory drivers meeting - In meeting room for FARA drivers

08:00am to 11:00am - Advanced Registration - Chateau Elan Hotel

08:00am to 11:00am - Academy Tech Garage 32 & 33

09:00am to 10:00am - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B 1 hour T-n-T

10:00am to 10:40am - Sprint Race Brasil - 40 minutes practice

10:45am to 11:15am - Advanced  - 30 minutes

11:15am to 11:45 - LUNCH  - 30 minutes

11:45am to 12:15pm - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B  - 30 minutes Open Practice

12:15pm to 12:45pm - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - 30 minutes Qualifying

12:45pm to 01:15pm – Advanced - 30 minutes

01:20pm to 02:00pm - Sprint Race Brasil - 40 minutes practice

01:00pm to 02:00pm - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - Grid

20:00pm - Sebring 300 - START Sprint/Enduro (double points)

05:00pm - Sebring 300 – Finish

TROPHY PRESENTATION  - VICTORY LANE

05:00pm TRACK CLOSED

 

Sunday, 07/07/2019

09:00am to 09:15am - Sprint Race Brasil - 15 min qualifying #1 (just 1 lap inside the pits)

09:20am to 09:30am - Sprint Race Brasil - 10 minutes qualifying #2

09:00am to 09:30am - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - Grid

09:30am to 10:30am - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - MPS Sprint Race (Double points)

10:30am to 11:00am - Advanced  - 30 minutes

10:30am to 11:00am - Sprint Race Brasil - Grid

11:00am to 11:30am - Sprint Race Brasil - Race #1

11:30am to 12:00am - Advanced - 30 minutes

12:00am to 12:30pm - LUNCH - 30 minutes

12:30pm to 01:00pm - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - Grid

01:00pm to 01:30pm - FP-1/2-MP-1A/B-2A/B-3A/B-4A/B - Sprint Race (Double points)

01:30pm to 02:00pm - Advanced - 30 minutes

02:00pm to 02:30pm - Sprint Race Brasil - Grid

02:30pm to 03:00pm - Sprint Race Brasil - Race #2

03:00pm - TROPHY PRESENTATION VICTORY LANE

03:00PM - Track closed

Gordy Gundaker pulled off a slide job on Shannon Babb through turns three and four coming to the checkers on Friday night at Farmer City Raceway to win his second consecutive DIRTcar Summer Nationals Feature.

Gundaker, Babb and Bobby Pierce battled back-and-forth over the final 10 laps for the $10,000 payday at the quarter-mile dirt oval before Gundaker drove it in hard and slid up in front of Babb for the win.

Twenty-nine DIRTcar Late Models signed up for the 29th visit to Farmer City Raceway for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals. Four-time “Hell Tour” Champion Babb set the front row with Gundaker in the 50-lap Feature.

Babb took command early over Pierce and Brian Shirley. Pierce challenged for the lead early on the bottom, but Babb had the top on lockdown. Pierce and Shirley fell into line on the top while Gundaker ran the bottom.

Lapped traffic helped Gundaker pass Shirley for third when Babb wobbled a bit in turns three and four allowing Pierce to close in. Pierce continued to attempt a pass on the bottom, but heavy lapped traffic slowed down Babb and Pierce as Gundaker closed. It was a three-car battle for the lead as your leaders caught heavy lapped traffic. One lapped car spun in front of the leaders, bringing out the caution, before Babb managed to brake enough to avoid contact.

On the restart Gundaker passed Pierce on the top for second and went after Babb. Pierce, Shirley and Kent Robinson went three-wide for third as Robinson came to life on the bottom in the late stages of the race.

Ten laps remained with Gundaker challenging Babb for the lead until Robinson spun in turn one to bring out a caution. Gundaker passed Babb on the restart then the two exchanged the lead back-to-back laps, being separated only by the blink of an eye at the line each lap.

With three laps to go, Pierce made it three-wide for the lead. Gundaker came to the white flag with lapped traffic on the bottom and Babb on his outside. Gundaker then pulled off the slide job on the lapped car and Babb to earn the victory.

Long Rides Top Groove to DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals win: Michael Long charged from eighth to victory on Friday night at Farmer City Raceway to earn his first DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals win of the season.

Ray Bollinger kicked off the 25-lap feature with Allen Weisser on the front row. Weisser already has a win on the 2019 campaign with the “Hell Tour” and started hot with the early lead. Fourth-place starting Kenny Wallace moved forward to battle Spencer Hughes and Ray Bollinger for second, eventually taking the position as he ran fast on the bottom.

Race leader Weisser fell off the pace and pulled off with 16 laps to go, giving Wallace the lead, but a caution flew for a spinning car in turns three and four.

On the restart Wallace went back to the bottom, Long put his RAGE house car on the top and slid into the lead with 10 laps to go. Wallace continued in second with Bollinger challenging him on the outside and Nick Hoffman and Mike McKinney racing side-by-side for fourth.

Long used his momentum in the top groove to drive away and pick up the victory worth $1,500. Hoffman was second with Wallace, McKinney and Bollinger rounding out the top five.

For more information on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, go to TheHellTour.com. For information about the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals visit ModifiedNationals.com.

Summer Nationals Late Model Feature (50 Laps) - 1. 11-Gordy Gundaker [2]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb [1]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce [3]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley [4]; 5. 7R-Kent Robinson [7]; 6. 21-Billy Moyer [12]; 7. 25W-Allen Weisser [20]; 8. 33-Rodney Melvin [5]; 9. 89-Mike Spatola [14]; 10. 24-Ryan Unzicker [9]; 11. 4G-Bob Gardner [11]; 12. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [19]; 13. 1W-Donny Walden [8]; 14. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [18]; 15. 13-David Jaeger [17]; 16. 25H-Chuck Hummer [22]; 17. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [10]; 18. 10S-Taylor Scheffler [13]; 19. 25F-Jason Feger [16]; 20. 30-Mike Glasscock [21]; 21. 84-Myles Moos [15]; 22. B12-Kevin Weaver [6]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 25W-Allen Weisser[+13]

DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 18L-Michael Long [8]; 2. 2-Nick Hoffman [5]; 3. 36-Kenny Wallace [4]; 4. 96M-Mike McKinney [6]; 5. 77-Ray Bollinger [1]; 6. 18-Jeffrey Ledford [9]; 7. 28M-Frank Marshall [10]; 8. O5-Dave Wietholder [18]; 9. 7H-Spencer Hughes [3]; 10. 5-Steven Brooks [16]; 11. 24H-Mike Harrison [11]; 12. T6-Tommy Sheppard, Jr. [20]; 13. 22-Wade Wenthe [14]; 14. 5S-Alan Stipp [15]; 15. J1-Roger Jackson [19]; 16. R0-Rory Overmyer [21]; 17. 14-Rick Conoyer [13]; 18. 3L-Jeff Leka [12]; 19. 99-Hunt Gossum [7]; 20. 25W-Allen Weisser [2]; 21. 27P-Brody Pompe [17]; 22. 59R-Jacob Rexing [22]; KSE Hard Charger Award: O5-Dave Wietholder[+10]

DIRTcar Racing PR

Long-time NASCAR pit reporter and magazine editor Dick Berggren has been named the recipient of the 2020 Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. Berggren becomes the ninth journalist to win the prestigious award named after Ken Squier and Barney Hall, the first two recipients.

Berggren will be honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities on Jan. 31, 2020 and featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Tickets to the Induction Weekend events go on sale to the public on Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m. A special presale is available to NASCAR Hall of Fame members through Friday, July 5 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets to Induction Ceremony events begin at $75 per person (plus tax and applicable service fees).

“For more than three decades, Dick Berggren helped bring fans closer to the action across all levels of motorsports,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France. “Though best known for his role as a pit reporter for NASCAR national series races, Berggren’s dedication to the grass roots level of racing helped shape his legend. His work with short track racing magazines brought life to the many series that make up the soul of NASCAR.”

Easily identified by his trademark flat cap, Berggren was a fixture on NASCAR television coverage from 1981 through his retirement in 2012.  He began his television career as a pit reporter for ESPN in 1981 and appeared on CBS, TBS and TNN broadcasts before closing his career with a 12-year stint as the lead pit announcer for NASCAR on FOX.

Beyond his television work, Berggren dedicated his craft to short tracks, simultaneous serving as editors of both Stock Car Racing and Open Wheel magazines. He also went on to found Speedway Illustrated, which touts itself as “America’s favorite monthly short track racing magazine.”

A college professor by trade, Berggren began his motorsports announcing career as the PA announcer at Arundel Speedway in Maine. Prior to that, he raced a variety of cars, including stock cars and modifieds.

Berggren is a member of the Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Hall of Fame and was named National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Writer of the Year in 1999.

Berggren was among eight nominees voted upon by a panel comprised of NASCAR and NASCAR Hall of Fame executives, journalists, public relations representatives and former drivers. The Squier-Hall Award was created in 2012 to honor the contributions of media to the success of the sport. Chris Economaki, Tom Higgins, Steve Byrnes, Benny Phillips, Norma “Dusty” Brandel and Steve Waid also have won the award.

The other seven nominees for the 2020 award were:

Russ Catlin, one of the best-known early racing writers and historians; editor of Speed Age Magazine

George Cunningham, long-time beat writer for The Charlotte Observer, Atlanta Constitution and NASCAR Scene; is the namesake for the annual NMPA award for Excellence in Writing

Shav Glick, covered motorsports for the Los Angeles Times for 37 years bringing NASCAR coverage to the West Coast

Mike Harris, spent 30 years as the lead motorsports writer for the Associated Press

Bob Jenkins, served as the lead NASCAR lap-by-lap anchor at ESPN from 1982-2000.

Bob Moore, spent more than 20 years as a NASCAR beat writer including stints with the Daytona Beach News-Journal and The Charlotte Observer

T. Taylor Warren, best known for his three-wide photo of the 1959 Daytona 500 finish, he covered every Daytona 500 until his death in 2008.

NASCAR PR

The Bobby Labonte Foundation, founded by NASCAR Champion and Hall of Fame race car driver and High Point businessman Bobby Labonte, is excited to welcome High Point, N.C. Mayor Jay Wagner back to its annual Charity Bike Ride. The Foundation is adding an exciting new, family-oriented event to its 2019 ride - the Mayor's Ride - a FREE, fun ride through the city's streets for ages 12 and up.

 
The 2019 Bobby Labonte Foundation Charity Bike Ride will be held Saturday, September 7 at 8:30 am. The Mayor's Ride kicks off at 9:00 am. At 10:00 am, the Business High Point -Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon on FamFest, a free family festival that will include a NASCAR race car simulator, bounce houses, dunk tanks, games, food, face painting, balloon art, mascots and the annual kids' bike race. Parents can browse local vendors for jewelry, crafts and art, and take part in a DIY activity with Home Depot.
 
"We are honored to once again welcome Mayor Jay Wagner to my charity bike ride," said Bobby Labonte. "Mayor Wagner has been a longtime supporter of our efforts to help build stronger futures for children and families, and we're excited to work with him to offer an additional event during this year's festivities. I encourage all our local families to join us on the Mayor's Ride through our city - if you have a bike and helmet, you qualify!"
 
All proceeds from the Bobby Labonte Foundation Charity Bike Ride support this year's charity grant recipients: High Point LEAP, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, Inc. and High Point Swim Club. All three non-profit organizations align with the Bobby Labonte Foundation's mission to support children and families in the Triad area.
 
"As a High Point native and lifelong resident, I'm thrilled to support the Bobby Labonte Foundation's efforts to improve the lives of children and families in our hometown," said Wagner. "I encourage everyone to come out and join us for this year's events, ride with me in the Mayor's Ride, have fun at FamFest and I thank Bobby for his commitment to our community."
 
This year, events also include the return of "The Bicycle: Art Meets Form" gallery exhibit at Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, N.C. on Thursday, September 5. A VIP ride and luncheon will be hosted by Labonte the morning of Friday, September 6, followed by an evening silent auction and cocktail party. The Charity Bike Ride starts at 8:30 am Saturday, September 7 and offers cyclists a 40 km, 60 km, or 100 km route.
 
Registration for the charity bike ride is now open at bobbylabontefoundation.org. Tickets for the VIP ride and luncheon and the silent auction and cocktail party will be available for purchase soon on the Bobby Labonte Foundation website. All of the proceeds from the charity bike ride, the brunch ride, and the silent auction and cocktail party will fund the 2019 grants.
To find out more about the 2019 Bobby Labonte Foundation Charity Bike Ride, to become a sponsor, or to register, visit bobbylabontefoundation.org.

Bobby Labonte Foundation PR

Mike Harrison goes back-to-back with the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, passing point leader Tyler Nicely for the lead in heavy lapped traffic to claim the $1,500 pay day at Macon Speedway on Friday night.


Bartonville, Illinois driver Allen Weisser set the front row with Nicely. Weisser started strong, searching for his second win of the 2019 season with the tour, but no one wanted it more than Nicely. The Owensboro, Kentucky racer has sustained the point lead with consistent finishes, but has yet to pick up his first DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals victory this year.

Nicely led by nearly a full Macon straightaway until lapped traffic came into play. With five laps to go of the 25-lap Feature, Harrison closed the huge gap Nicely had and split lapped traffic to get around Nicely for the lead. Harrison made veteran moves around the 1/5 mile to leave the field behind and win his fourth DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature of 2019.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals advances to the Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois for a Friday Night Lights special tonight, July 5th. Follow the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Facebook and Twitter @SummerNationals and don’t miss a single lap live with your DIRTVision Late Model Fast Pass, powered by DirtonDirt.com, for only $39/month. Visit www.DIRTVision.comfor more information.

Modified Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 24H-Mike Harrison [8]; 2. 25N-Tyler Nicely [2]; 3. 2-Nick Hoffman [5]; 4. T6-Tommy Sheppard, [4]; 5. 36-Kenny Wallace [6]; 6. 25W-Allen Weisser [1]; 7. 25-Jacob Steinkoenig [10]; 8. 77-Ray Bollinger [9]; 9. 7H-Spencer Hughes [11]; 10. 14-Rick Conoyer [3]; 11. O-Tim Hancock [15]; 12. 87C-Alan Crowder [7]; 13. 59R-Jacob Rexing [14]; 14. 71-Jeff Graham [21]; 15. 7T-Blake Thompson [12]; 16. 777-Trevor Neville [13]; 17. 33J-Jeff Vernier [23]; 18. 88-Rob Lee [16]; 19. 57-Tim Hamburg [22]; 20. 87Z-Zeb Moake [17]; 21. 78-Jeff Ray [25]; 22. 57H-Andrew Hamburg [18]; 23. 45-Kyle Hammer [19]; 24. 9-Ken Schrader [20]; 25. J1-Roger Jackson [24]; Hard Charger: 24H-Mike Harrison[+7]

DIRTcar Series PR

Gordy Gundaker goes back-to-back in the Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway after getting around Bobby Pierce on a last lap pass to win his second career Summer Nationals "Hell Tour" event. The St. Charles, Missouri racer won it on the bottom in 2018 and does it again in a thrilling finish, bringing fans to their feet in the final corner.

Twenty-four DIRTcar Late Models checked in on Thursday night at the 1/5-mile as the fans packed the stands for the 4th of July special. Two-time event winner Bobby Pierce sat on the front row with five-time Herald & Review 100 winner Shannon Babb. On the start, Bobby Pierce quickly threw a slider on Babb for the lead to get to the top, but Babb crossed Pierce over to retain the top spot.

Babb lead almost the entire way with several cautions mixed in through 100 laps. Three different leaders in the final three laps set the stage for an epic finish. Heading into turn three on lap 98, Pierce threw a bonzai slidejob on Babb for the lead that resulted in Babb making contact with the wall, putting him out of the race with significant right-front damage. Babb, who led 97 laps until that point, drew the caution and eventually retired from the race.

Pierce then led the field to green on the restart with Brian Shirley and Gundaker following. Pierce ran away to a commanding half-straightaway lead on the white flag lap, as Gundaker passed defending Summer Nationals champion Shirley for second. It seemed as though Pierce won the race as he powered off of turn four towards the checkered flag, but the caution was thrown.

Ryan Unzicker and Dennis Erb Jr. came together on the back straightaway, putting Unzicker in a very dangerous position. Officials called the yellow for Unzicker, parked on the back straightaway. This led to a single-file restart with 99 laps complete and $5,000 on the line.

Pierce threw it in very hard on the top of turns one and two on the restart and was almost completely sideways upon corner exit, leaving the bottom door open for Gundaker. Pierce pushed in the middle of three and four, shooting his momentum down, allowing Gundaker to slip by underneath and collect his second career Hell Tour victory.

Mother Nature might have been a thorn in the side of the Summer Nationals this season, but the racing and storylines have been second to none when the rain has stayed away, and Thursday night was no exception. The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour next advances to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois for a Friday-night-lights special on July 5.

Follow the DIRTcar Summer Nationals on Facebook and Twitter @SummerNationals and don’t miss a single lap live with your DIRTVision Late Model Fast Pass Powered by DirtonDirt.com for only $39/month. Visit www.DIRTVision.com for more information. 

Late Model Feature (100 Laps) - 1. 11-Gordy Gundaker [6]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce [1]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley [5]; 4. 25F-Jason Feger [7]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb, Jr. [3]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. [9]; 7. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk [11]; 8. 51-Dean Carpenter [12]; 9. 16-Rusty Griffaw [10]; 10. 24-Ryan Unzicker [4]; 11. 10S-Taylor Scheffler [15]; 12. 13-David Jaeger [17]; 13. 27-Greg Kimmons [20]; 14. 32M-Cody Maguire [18]; 15. 33H-Roben Huffman [19]; 16. 18-Shannon Babb [2]; 17. 31AUS-Paul Stubber [14]; 18. 16H-Mike Hammerle [23]; 19. 25H-Chuck Hummer [21]; 20. 33B-Billy Hough [13]; 21. 18W-Trent Workman [16]; 22. 25W-Allen Weisser [8]; 23. 82B-Jason Milam [22]; 24. 48T-Phil Taylor [24]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 27-Greg Kimmons[+7]

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