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When Speedway Associates Inc. and PASS officials announced the richest-ever Super Late Model race in the United States would be a night event at Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway there were naysayers who said it couldn't be done. They were wrong.
On Saturday, the 300-lap green flag event known simply as “The Race” will crown its winner under the lights for the first time since the track opened in 1947. Thirty-five generator set light towers, similar to those that provide light for road crews working at night, will allow fans to enjoy the fifth-eighths mile speedway's intense action in true Saturday night short-track fashion as 45 drivers battle for the $75,000 first place prize.
“I knew it could be done because my dad raced under generator set lights in the '70s,” said Alton McBride Jr., who noted the speedway contracted with the Winston-Salem, N.C., branch of United Rentals and Hertz Rentals for the lights. “Tom (Mayberry, PASS owner and president) and I have both raced at some short tracks where we had only half of the candle light power that has been brought to HNWS. I guess you could say the lighting of this legendary track occurred because two warped minds – mine and Tom's – got together with a wild idea and then sold it to Speedway Associates company team members and it became a reality.”
McBride said there were people who drove by the speedway on Highway 421 Tuesday night, saw the lights and came by the track to purchase tickets Wednesday because they didn't want to miss “the historic moment.”
“None of this would be possible without PASS and we are proud to be associated with such a class organization,” McBride said.
Daytona 500 winners Geoff Bodine and Sterling Marlin are among the nearly 100 drivers who have entered the event, which will receive the green flag at 6 p.m. Saturday. Practice for the PASS Super Late Models and tour-type Modifieds will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m.. On Friday, practice begins at noon with PASS qualifying for the top-15 positions starting at 5 p.m. Modified time trials are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Twenty-lap PASS Super Late Model qualifying heats are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, practice starts at noon with the two 40-lap Last Chance races set for 2 p.m. The 100-lap Modified race begins at 3:30 p.m.
North Wilkesboro Speedway PR
After months of anticipation, the Pro All Stars Series’ marquee event for the 2011 season, known simply as “THE RACE” (April 7-9) at North Wilkesboro Speedway in North Carolina, is now upon us. It will also be the first event “Under the Lights” at the historic racetrack. To top that off, in a major announcement today, officials from PASS have announced a partnership with Speed51.com for the event, to make “THE RACE” available, with live video and audio, in a Pay-Per-View fashion on your computer.
With an entry list of more than 90 Super Late Models to date and at least $75,000 up for grabs for the winning driver at the legendary North Wilkesboro facility, plus a strong field of the East Coast’s top Tour-Type Modifieds, “THE RACE” has become an event of epic proportions.
Fans have been swiping up advance tickets for “THE RACE” in recent weeks and a record crowd is expected at North Wilkesboro for “THE RACE.” But, for the fans that cannot make it to the track for the 300-lap Super Late Model spectacular and the 100-lap Modified feature, the Pay-Per-View ticket will be the next best thing to be part of this event.
Speed51.com will provide live flag-to-flag video coverage of “THE RACE” with a live audio feed, as well. For just $19.99, fans across the globe will be able to tune in to the live coverage of both the Modified and Super Late Model features exclusively on Speed51.com.
“We are pleased with the amount of advance tickets sales for ‘THE RACE’ so far and we wants fans to know there still plenty of tickets available, but we know that some of the teams’ family members, fans and sponsors may not be able to make it to the track this weekend,” said Tom Mayberry, President of the Pro All Stars Series and promoter of “THE RACE.” “That is why we have partnered up with the guys at Speed51.com to have this exclusive video of what we think will be the biggest short track racing event in the country this year.”
Fans can sign up for the video broadcast, available only through Speed51.com, through a link on the site starting on Wednesday, April 6th. Payment can be made with a major credit card or PayPal via a secure payment authorization. Then, on Saturday, registered viewers (through an exclusive individual log on and password per purchaser) will be able to catch all the action of the 300-lap, $75,000-plus-to-win Super Late Model event and the Modified feature live on their computer.
“We at Speed51.com have always enjoyed a solid relationship with Tom and the entire PASS organization and that’s why we’re proud to work with them on their first-ever live video stream of their biggest event of the year,” said Bob Dillner, owner of Speed51.com. “This race’s entry list reads like a who’s-who of short track stock car racing, so it will be awesome to see a packed grandstand enjoy all the racing action while fans at home, who can’t make it to North Wilkesboro, will be able to watch all the action from home, as well.”
The Pay-Per-View broadcast on Saturday, April 9 will kick off with two Last Chance Qualifiers for the Super Late Models at 2:30pm. After that, the Modifieds will hit the track for a 100-lap, $5,000 payday. And finally, the green flag on “THE RACE” will drop at 6:00pm.
The weather in North Carolina is expected to be beautiful so come out and enjoy some great races. If not, the $19.99 Pay-Per-View ticket will still allow you to see one of the biggest races of the season. All details for “THE RACE” are online now at www.proallstarsseries.com .
PASS Racing PR
It's count down time for THE RACE at Historic North Wilkesboro Speedway and from the first green flag to the final checkered there's three days of excitement ahead, guaranteed to fulfill every short track racing fan's need for speed.
PASS South presented by JE Pistons and Roush Yates Performance Parts teams will kick off the three day extravaganza of speed on Thursday April 7 with a hauler parade through the streets of North Wilkesboro at high noon. Both the PASS super late models and the tour-type modifieds have practice scheduled from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
The action gets underway in earnest on Friday April 8 when over ninety super late models and a strong field of modifieds take to the track , beginning with practice from noon until 4:00 PM.
At 5:00 PM the pressure to make the big show begins. Only the top fifteen PASS South super late models will qualify from time trials, and its every teams' goal to make the Elite 15 and lock into THE RACE. The ground pounding mod squad sets their feature field at 6:30 PM, and at 7:30 PM its time for what's guaranteed to be some of the wildest action of the weekend: the PASS South heat races. It's a series of twenty lap shoot outs that will set positions 16-30 for THE RACE, and if you can't make the cut on Friday your chance of being in the line up for the richest super late model asphalt short track event of the year are pretty slim.
Drivers will have one last ditch opportunity to make THE RACE when Saturday April 9 kicks off with two Last Chance Qualifiers, and there's one spot available for THE RACE to the winner in each of those events. The Last Chance races are slated to go green at 2:30 PM. When the smoke clears the stars of southern style modified racing will be in the spotlight for 100 laps and a $5,000.00 payday.
Then its time for THE RACE, 300 green flag laps for the finest field of super late model racers ever assembled for an inaugural event. The green flag drops at 6:00 PM and and when the final checkered flag flies under the lights, one driver will leave the speedway $75,000.0 (and possibly $100,000.00!) richer, knowing he or she has defeated one of the toughest short track fields ever assembled.
PASS Series PR
Heritage Propane has joined the Roush Drag Team as the primary sponsor on two Roush Drag Team cars in the National Mustang Racing Association (NMRA) and National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Series. The company will be featured on the 2010 Roush Stage 3 Mustang Powered by Propane, driven by Susan Roush-McClenaghan. The 2005 Roush Stage 3™ Mustang will be driven by teammate Donnie Bowles.
Heritage Propane is a national provider of propane with over 1.1 million customers nationwide, and offers its products and services to both the residential community and automotive industry. The company is also the official propane supplier of the Roush Drag Team.
“I am very excited about Heritage Propane joining the Roush family,” said Roush-McClenaghan. "My father began his career by exercising his innovative and competitive spirit in drag racing. Through
this partnership, Heritage Propane has offered our team the opportunity to carry that legacy forward. I am greatly looking forward to working together as we demonstrate the versatility and performance capabilities of propane on the track over the next few years.”
McClenaghan leads the Modular Muscle class in the NMRA series. Bowles was the NMCA Open Comp champion in 2010, and is competing in the Open Comp Class in the NMRA Series this season. Both drivers are serious championship contenders in their respective classes.
Ed Varney, Vice President of National Account Marketing of Heritage Propane, said his company is excited to partner with Roush for both on and off-track reasons.
“The technology they provide is exceptional,” Varney said. “Together we can surely increase the market for autogas in the United States. With the service we provide at Heritage Propane, and the dependability of the Roush Propane product, we are quite optimistic about the future of propane autogas."
Jim Hamilton, Heritage Propane’s Vice President of Central and Metro Lift Operations, added that partnering with Roush is critical to the promotion of propane as a viable alternative fuel in the United States.
“We feel this is a huge step towards our Autogas program,” Hamilton said. “The technology that Roush Clean Tech and Roush Drag Racing brings to our industry comes with extensive engineering and proven technology. The future of propane autogas is unlimited with the exposure and technology coming on board, and the Roush Drag Racing team is a viable art of the future success.”
Roush Drag Team PR
G-Force Karts and Emporia, Virginia natives, Hermie and Elliott Sadler, are joining forces to present the “1st Annual Sadler Brothers Shootout Benefiting Brunswick Academy” on Wednesday night, April 27, at G-Force Karts in Richmond, VA. The event is open to the public and will feature both Sadler brothers in a go-kart race against the fans.
To participate, fans must be pre-qualified for the main event to race against the Sadler brothers. Anyone can qualify throughout the month of April by visiting G-Force Karts in Richmond, American Indoor Karting in Fredericksburg, or American Indoor Karting in Virginia Beach. Each location will take the top-5 adult and top-5 junior qualifiers to advance into the Sadler Brothers Shootout.
Last chance qualifying will take place on the day of the shootout from 12:00-6:00 p.m. at G-Force Karts located at 4245 Carolina Avenue, Richmond, VA. The main go-karting event between Hermie and Elliott will begin at 6:00 p.m. on April 27. If you do not qualify for the main event, you can still come out to support the NASCAR drivers and cheer on the fans as they go head-to-head with Emporia’s Sadler Boys.
Richmond International Raceway will be on site with the 2011 pace car to raffle off a pair of tickets to both the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, April 29, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race under the lights on Saturday night, April 30.
G-Force Karts and Quaker Steak and Lube will also raffle off gift certificates on the day of the event.
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $20 each throughout the month of April at the following locations, with 100% of the proceeds going to Brunswick Academy:
· Brunswick Academy, Principal Dan Ward (2100 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA)
· Hermie Sadler’s FOSHO Italian Sports Grille (916 W. Atlantic St, Emporia, VA)
· Last Chance Qualifying tickets can be purchased at:
o G-Force Karts in Richmond (4245 Carolina Avenue)
o American Indoor Karting in Fredericksburg (1400 Central Park Blvd.)
o American Indoor Karting in Virginia Beach (2736 North Mall Drive.)
For more information on Brunswick Academy please visit: www.BrunswickAcademy.com
For more information on G-Force Karts please visit: www.GForceKarts.com
Joe Dennette Motorsports
Josh Berry will kick off his second season with the JR Motorsports late model program this Saturday when he races the No. 72 R&B Chevrolet at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
The 20-year-old native of Hendersonville, Tenn., is slated to compete in 20 late model races for JR Motorsports this year at Motor Mile Speedway. Last year, Berry participated in 10 events with the team, earning four top-10 finishes.
L.W. Miller, a long-time competitor in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, will serve as crew chief and team manager for the No. 72 R&B team this season. Miller will partner with program director Willie Jackson in leading the program in 2011.
“I’m really excited to be working with JR Motorsports again this year, especially with my new crew chief, L.W. Miller,” said Berry. “JR Motorsports has a great tradition of success with its late model program, and we want to continue to build on that success this year. Willie Jackson has basically built this program to what it is, and having his expertise and experience is a great thing to have. With L.W. joining us this year, I feel I'm in the best possible situation I could've ever hoped for.”
Miller’s season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series kicked off March 13 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C. He drove to a fourth-place finish in his No. 36 Speedco/Lucas Oil Chevrolet for Baker Motorsports. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Series returns to action Saturday night at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway. This is one of two dates in 2011 in which the driving schedules of Berry and Miller conflict. Miller will spend all day Friday helping Berry and the late model team prepare for the weekend before heading to Hickory on Saturday.
“Josh has improved immensely in his short time at JR Motorsports,” Miller added. “Anytime you have the opportunity to put someone with Josh’s talents in this type of equipment, you expect to go out, run competitively, and win races. Those are our goals with this year.
“I wish I was going to be there Saturday night, but we’ll be racing our No. 36 Speedco/Lucas Oil car at Hickory. We’re really excited about outlook for this year. We should’ve won the season-opener at Caraway, but we were caught up in an accident while leading. It was an unfortunate way to start the season, but we’re looking forward to rebounding this weekend. Nothing would be better than to see JR Motorsports win at Motor Mile and Baker Motorsports win at Hickory tomorrow night.”
Prior to joining forces with JR Motorsports, Berry won track championships and numerous feature wins in Legends cars at Fairgrounds Speedway and Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tenn., as well as Huntsville (Ala.) Speedway. Berry is also a highly-regarded online racer, who is currently ranked fourth in the NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series.
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NASCAR racing is back in the hands of the fans with the release of NASCAR The Game 2011. Activision Publishing, Inc (Nasdaq: ATVI) and leading independent developer Eutechnyx today announced the release of NASCAR The Game 2011 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. NASCAR The Game 2011 captures the thrill and spectacle of NASCAR with a complete field of 43 cars and drivers, 23 authentic tracks, full damage modeling, realistic wrecks, pit stops and truly authentic details from pre-race flyovers to victory spinouts.
Players now have full access to renowned NASCAR drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Mark Martin, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and 2011 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne. Fans also have the ability to create their own driver, embarking on a career that will gain sponsors, endorsements, friends and foes. The driving style of each driver has been meticulously recreated and the game factors in point standings, past encounters and team affiliations as players progress through to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.
On the track, rivalries flare as players draft, bump and rub at incredible speeds. Additionally, high impact crashes, collisions and debris must be navigated with split second decisions to achieve glory at the checkered flag. There is also split screen two player action and 16-player online racing* for the ultimate challenge against friends. Customizable options and settings make NASCAR The Game 2011 the most accessible racing game available for fans of every skill level.
“This game embodies the spirit of our sport, along with the intensity and pure excitement of racing upwards of 200 mph. Aside from being on the track, this gameplay is the best way for fans to get an unprecedented, realistic NASCAR experience,” commented Blake Davison, vice president, licensing and consumer products at NASCAR.
“We’ve been able to incorporate awesome NASCAR elements that will help rookies and pros alike make every race a high-octane adventure,” said Ed Martin, Executive Vice President at Eutechnyx. David Oxford, Executive Vice President at Activision Publishing, added, “Any motorsports enthusiast or fan of racing games will thoroughly enjoy NASCAR The Game 2011 – the speed, rush, tension, excitement and energy of the sport is an experience unlike any other.”
Exclusive GoDaddy.com paint schemes and garage signage have been integrated and are available by retrieving unlock codes at GoDaddy.com/Danica or GoDaddy.com/Mark. A partnership with Sprint brings enhanced game replays, a special unlockable Sprint decal pack and even Miss Sprint Cup into the game. Additional game content, video and special features can be found at GoDaddy.com and on Sprint NASCAR’s mobile app and website.
NASCAR The Game 2011 is available now on Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system for $59.99 MSRP and on the Wii™ System from Nintendo later this Spring for $49.99 MSRP. It is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. For more information visit www.NASCARTheGame.com or follow the game on Twitter @NASCARTheGame or on Facebook.
* Online available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system only
Rick Ware Racing's Stephen Masch 29, passed away this past week after suffering fatal injuries from an auto accident on March 11th, 2011 with fellow crewman Dean Shaut who also died at the scene as a result of the crash.
The Masch family would like to announce the viewing and visitation from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday March 30th, 2011 at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home, located at 301 E. Michigan Ave, Saline, MI.48176. The
funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday March 31, 2011 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, located at 4205 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
Rick Ware Racing has set up an account at SunTrust Bank and is pleading for donations to assist the families with their tremendous losses and expenses.
If you would like to donate, please see the following information or go to wareracing.com or on Facebook go to: Rick Ware Racing
Donations can be sent to:
Stephen Masch &/or Dean Shaut Benefit
c/o SunTrust Bank
232 Williamson Rd
Mooresville, NC 28117
704-664-2067 Melissa King
Rick Ware Racing PR
For the past few weeks, it has been all but impossible to turn on the television without being subjected to some new update on the antics -- and particularly the ever-expanding list of outrageous comments -- of actor/pontificator Charlie Sheen.
Opinions seem to be evenly divided as to whether Sheen is:
1) Suffering some sort of unfortunate public breakdown
2) The canniest self-promoter in America.
He is on the morning talk shows, the magazine shows, the entertainment channels and the news channels.
He has even managed to infiltrate professional sports. Following a Today Show interview, I ran across an online poll (OK, I voted in it), conducted by a highly-respected media outlet and accompanied by a story written by someone I actually know, which posed the question, “Which NASCAR driver possesses the most ‘tiger blood’ like Charlie Sheen?”
Uh-oh; now we’ve gone and dragged NASCAR into this thing.
Sheen has a flair for dramatic, even bombastic statements in which he compares someone, usually himself, to things he considers spectacular, like F-18 fighter jets and the aforementioned tigers. But something about this river of rhetoric has been nagging at me, and I have finally realized what it is. Sheen is being touted as a complete original, but haven’t we heard a lot of this stuff before?
Yep. And not only have we heard it – we’ve said it.
Remember when the “All we do is win” T-shirt – a reference to Denny Hamlin’s comment as he crossed the start/finish line after taking the checkered flag in last May’s Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway -- made its first public appearance at the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, where it was worn by Hamlin’s date? Sure enough, the No. 11 team won that contest, along with eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races last season, and finished second in the driver standings. So Sheen’s “The only thing I’m addicted to is winning” comment seems like flagrant theft of intellectual property to me. Clearly, Hamlin said it first.
Like a lot of other people, making a list each morning helps me accomplish more during the day. A typical example would include activities like write, do laundry, buy shoes; just my normal stuff. I have this mental image of Jimmie Johnson and his crew chief Chad Knaus doing something similar each January, sitting down together to make their checklist of resolutions for the upcoming year, then crossing each one off as it is completed: win races, make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, win the title (again); just their normal stuff.
Johnson isn’t generally known to be verbally aggressive. He lets his actions on the track definitively speak for him. Sheen seems to admire this kind of dogged success, reminding us that “The scoreboard doesn’t lie. Never has.”
“I’m different. I have a different constitution. I have a different brain … I got tiger blood, man,” Sheen says. Forty-seven percent of respondents to the online poll mentioned earlier feel this description also applies to Kyle Busch.
That’s interesting, and rather astute. No matter how many trophies he wins in any racing series you can think of, Busch never, ever abandons the hunt. Look no further than the March 18-20 race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he swept both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events, for the most recent example.
So this tiger blood deal, although it sounds a bit gory, seems to be quite the compliment. Tigers are tenacious and territorial, speedy and strong. Apparently, besides the usual attributes, i.e. being warm and red, tiger blood has the capability of helping propel its host to the very highest level of accomplishment – making him the ‘top cat,’ so to speak. Isn’t that goal of every driver, every week?
What this all boils down to is that, despite all the confused head-scratching he has caused me and everyone else recently, I have a couple of things to positively acknowledge Charlie Sheen for. First, I have finally, definitely learned that silence really is golden. And second, if you’re going to plagiarize the comments of others, aim straight for the top. It seems that even Mr. Sheen realizes the grandest descriptions should be derived from the grandest things. So what does that say about NASCAR?
This time last year, Zach Germain was looking forward to the start of his NASCAR racing career. The Columbus, OH, native, saw the Greenville-Pickens Speedway season debut as a test on so many levels. Now he looks forward to the kick off of his sophomore season with a sense of preparation and confidence. But, he still knows he and the No. 24 Germain Racing Camry team will be tested when the green flag waves on Saturday night.
“I was able to learn a ton in the ten K&N Pro Series races last year. There certainly is a difference between going into Greenville-Pickens Speedway last year and this year. Last year, I’d never raced this car or raced the track. That said, I think Greenville is going to be an all new experience for this No. 24 Germain Racing Camry team,” said Germain.
The goals have changed for the sophomore driver, who began last season focused on finishing races. This year, he and crew chief Jamie Jones expect top-ten performances.
“Our biggest goal this year it is to become a top-ten team. If we can do that, we’ve become successful. We need to practice in the top-ten, qualify and run in the top-ten. We saw in the off-season that we can run with the best teams, and, our goal is to do that every week this year,” said crew chief Jamie Jones.
Germain tested his new No. 24 Germain Racing Camry at Greenville last week. He realized then how the work he and his team did in the off-season, and the addition of NASCAR champion David Green to the spotter’s stand, have changed his vantage point leading into Saturday’s South Carolina race.
“Before we got to Greenville for the test, I had my ideas of what I expected. I had to laugh because it was still a new experience. I didn’t remember the track surface as being that rugged and, because my laps were much more aggressive than last season, our car was pretty loose off of turns two and four,” smiled the Miami University graduate. “There was some peer pressure there with so many other K&N Pro Series teams at the track for the test session, but, over the hundreds of laps we logged, I really got to see how I’ve changed as a driver.”
Green first worked with Germain in Phoenix last year.
“David has been great at helping me become more confident and aggressive. Last year, it was all about ‘defense.’ This year, we have our cautiously aggressive team motto, and, David helps me understand the different points when I should be thinking of passes and when I should not” said Germain.
Before Germain gets to see the Greenville fans again, he’ll make a couple other appearances. Wednesday night he will sign autographs at NASCAR Night at the Charlotte Bobcats game. On Friday morning, Germain will visit Shriners Hospital for Children—aside from the waving of the green flag on Saturday night, Germain considers this stop possibly the favorite part of his race weekend.
Germain Racing PR