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For your fix of adrenaline, exhilaration and speed, Homestead-Miami Speedway is the place to be the next two weeks as the Speedway hosts back-to-back Fast Lane Fridays. On Friday, July 12 and Friday, July 19, Fast Lane Friday will return to the championship track, and car enthusiasts and guests will be able to enter their street-legal cars to compete on the Speedway’s 1/8-mile drag strip from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Prior to the event, competitors and spectators will have the option of purchasing their tickets online by visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/FastLaneFriday. Those who purchase their tickets online in advance of the event will realize a $5 savings. If you buy online, tickets for participants of Fast Lane Friday are $20, while it is $10 for spectators. Any purchase made at the gate is $25 for participants and $15 for spectators. Children 12 and under are free.
In addition to the cost savings, those who purchase their tickets online will enjoy the convenience of entering the facility using their own designated route. Guests who would like to purchase their tickets at the event will enter the facility through a separate route. These traffic patterns can be viewed by visiting the “Fast Lane Friday” page on the Homestead-Miami Speedway website.
To keep up with the most up-to-date Fast Lane Friday information, including weather alerts, competitors and spectators may text “HMSFLF” to 69050 to receive text alerts. Message and data rates may apply. Also, stay connected with Homestead-Miami Speedway news via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat by following @HomesteadMiami. Fast Lane Friday and Homestead-Miami Speedway information is also available on the official Homestead-Miami Speedway mobile app, downloadable on Apple and Android smart phones.
For more information on Fast Lane Friday, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/FastLaneFriday.
Pit Note 3: Speedway Children's Charities New Hampshire Chapter to Host Six Events During Race Weekend10 Jul 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Not only is “The Magic Mile” jam-packed with racing action during the upcoming Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend (July 19-21) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter has a full lineup of fun events that help children in need across New England.
“Race week is a very important week for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter,” said Hillarie Scott, director of Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter. “With race fans traveling from all over New England, the events are built to keep them entertained and give them memorable experiences throughout the week, all while donating to help the children in need in their own backyard. We’re so thankful for the help from all of the drivers and volunteers who donate their time to help make these events extra special.”
Wednesday, July 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Laps for Charity: For a $30 donation, drive your own car or sit shotgun in the NHMS Pace Car as it takes three “fast laps” around “The Magic Mile.”
Thursday, July 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Charity Clay Shoot presented by NRA: Join NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Matt Mills and Vinnie Miller for a fun day of clay shooting and enjoy the great outdoors of New Hampshire. Cost is $300/person or $1,000/foursome.
Friday, July 19 at 8:00 a.m.
Champions Breakfast: Celebrate the 2018 NASCAR champions including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore at a breakfast emceed by five-time NHMS winner and NBCSN commentator Jeff Burton and long-time NASCAR pit reporter, magazine editor and 2020 Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence recipient Dick Berggren. Registration is $50/person.
Friday, July 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wicked Good Live Auction: Don’t miss your chance to bid on NASCAR memorabilia and other exciting items including Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series sheet metal and racing gear from many of your favorite drivers. This free event will be held at the Trackside Live Stage, located next to the infield tunnel.
Saturday, July 20 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Track Walk presented by PPG: Walk a lap around “The Magic Mile” with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney. Registration is $20/person online at SpeedwayCharities.org through July 18 and $25/person starting July 19 at the Speedway Children’s Charities booth in the Fan Zone. Children 16 and under are free with a paid adult.
Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21
Red Bucket Brigade: Keep an eye out for the red buckets making their way through the grandstands in search of spare change and loose bills to add to the weekend’s fundraising efforts.
Each December, Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter distributes grants to nonprofit organizations in the region. In 2018, 55 grants were distributed totaling $75,190, and since its inception in 2009, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and SCCNH have distributed more than $1.7 million supporting more than 749,000 children across New England.
For more information about upcoming events for Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, call Hillarie Scott at (603) 513-5738 or visit SpeedwayCharities.org/
For ticket information for all 2019 events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the July 19 Friday Night Dirt Duels presented by New England Racing Fuel, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at NHMS.com or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.
Pocono Raceway announced today they will add traction compound in all three corners of ‘The Tricky Triangle’ for the upcoming Gander RV 400 race weekend. The traction compound, also known as PJ1, will be applied to the third lane in Turn 1, the second lane in Turn 2 and the third lane in Turn 3.
Pocono Raceway has been collaboratively working with NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports, Inc., to enhance the on-track action for their upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS,) NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) and ARCA Menards Series (AMS) event weekend.
Nick Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway CEO: “Pocono Raceway will always do everything we can to put our fans first. The addition of the traction compound in all three Turns should allow for more side-by-side racing in the corners with more lane choice for drivers. In the end, we want fans attending and watching on NBCSN to see a competitive and enjoyable race.”
Scott Miller, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition: “We are constantly looking at ways to improve racing across all tracks and series. Nick Igdalsky at Pocono Raceway shares the same goal – to give our fans the best experience and racing possible. After conversations with our drivers, teams, and Goodyear, we felt that the application of PJ1 in all three corners at Pocono would help put on the best race for our fans.”
Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford for Team Penske: “Pocono Raceway has consistently gone out of their way to make race weekends exceptional experiences for the fans. Working with NASCAR, Goodyear and with input from the teams, they’re going to take that dedication to the track with the application of PJ1. As a driver, I certainly applaud their efforts to enhance the racing. I’m looking forward to getting back up to ‘The Tricky Triangle’ and seeing how the compound impacts the racing.”
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing: "I've been an advocate for using traction compound at Pocono for a while now. It gives us more lane options as drivers, and that's what this current aero package needs. I think this will help put on a better show for the fans."
The Gander RV 400 race weekend will feature three days on on-track action at Pocono Raceway from July 26-28. Friday’s event will include AMS practices and the qualifying, NGOTS practice and qualifying and the FORTS USA 150 AMS race. Saturday’s events will include MENCS practices, the Gander RV 150 NGOTS race and MENCS qualifying. Sunday’s Gander RV 400 MENCS race is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET.
For tickets and more information, visit www.poconoraceway.com or call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929).
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With Isabella Robusto and Gracie Trotter having won VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro races in consecutive weeks and Katie Yonchuk claiming a Beginner Bandolero triumph, Tuesday was Farm Bureau Bandolero Outlaws driver Jadyn Daniels’ turn to visit Victory Lane at America’s Home for Racing.
Daniels' pink-and-white No. 24 Bandolero won her heat race and backed it up in the 20-lap feature. The Concord, North Carolina, native kept her cool and pulled away from Parker Eatmon and Connor Yonchuk in the final laps to cruise to her first Shootout win by 1.19 seconds.
“I can’t thank my dad and my team enough, I’ve always dreamed of winning here,” Daniels said. "It’s so awesome. I can’t thank everyone enough. On that last lap, I was just thinking of bringing it home for all of them. I had to.”
Zach Miller and Boston Reid Real Estate Pro division points leader Carson Ferguson swapped the lead multiple times in the first 10 laps of the sixth Pro feature. When the dust settled – and a late restart bunched the field up one final time – Miller had the measure of Ferguson and Bubba Wallace, who finished third after starting eighth.
Miller entered Tuesday’s races ranked third in points. His first Pro victory, however, gave Miller the perfect mix of momentum and satisfaction with four races left to catch Ferguson in points.
“It’s huge,” Miller said. “This is my second year in Pro and I’ve yet to get a win until now. Farbo Motorsports gave me a great car. Carson threw everything he had at me. It’s good to finally get a win.”
Todd Midas assumed the lead early in Tuesday’s Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company Masters division feature and didn’t surrender it the rest of the way, keeping polesitter Carl Cormier at bay for the final circuits. Cormier’s car didn’t pass Midas nor did it clear post-race inspection, moving Cormier to the rear of the field and promoting Mark Green to second.
“It’s pretty cool and it’s always an honor to beat these guys,” Midas said. “They’re pretty good. Our car wasn’t really that great for most of the day. I guess when I’m not following somebody, I might be a little better.”
Janson Marchbanks withstood a green-white-checkered restart and a spate of accidents to score his first PMG Young Lions win of the year after finishing third and second in his most recent starts.
“It got really dicey,” Marchbanks said of the final two-lap dash, which saw runner-up Sam Butler get to Marchbanks’ bumper. “I didn’t get the best start. It was a great race. My guys are top notch.”
Points leader Jason Alder solidified his hold on the VP Racing Fuels Semi-Pro championship battle, wiring the field in a dominant performance. Alder scored his third triumph of the summer with title rivals Isabella Robusto and Gracie Trotter in tow.
“It’s a lot of fun knowing there’s so many sponsors, so many people behind you, making this happen,” Alder said.
Luke Morey cleared Lucas Vera with four laps to go in the K1 RaceGear Bandolero Bandits feature after a nose-to-tail scrap for nearly 10 laps. Morey held off Vera and Tristan McKee to record his first Shootout triumph.
Kenton Case sped to a convincing win in the Bandolero Beginner Bandit A-feature a week after winning the B-feature. David Snook Jr. won Tuesday night’s B-feature, which took place prior to Case’s victory in the main.
“I was just hoping nobody would pop up behind me and take me out of the lead,” Case said.
Next Tuesday’s Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on July 16 marks First Responder Night featuring a burnout contest on the frontstretch.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies scheduled for 6:15 p.m.
Tickets, which cost only $8 for adults and are FREE for kids 13 and under, can be purchased at the gate or in advance by calling 800-455-FANS or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.
Follow all the thrilling Bojangles’ Summer Shootout action using the hashtags #LetsBoRacing and #WeCreateLegends. Connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or get all the latest news and information with the Charlotte Motor Speedway mobile app.
Boston Reid Real Estate Pro (25 Laps): 1. Zach Miller; 2. Carson Ferguson; 3. Bubba Wallace; 4. Joey Padgett; 5. Ryan Mackintosh; 6. Garrett Manes; 7. Daniel Wilk; 8. Gus Dean; 9. Davis Rochester; 10. Hudson Halder; 11. Vince Midas; 12. Harrison Halder; 13. Caleb Heady; 14. Bryson Ruff; 15. Jason Simmons
Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company Masters (25 Laps): 1. Todd Midas; 2. Mark Green; 3. Tom Pistone; 4. Robby Faggart; 5. Jan Ingram; 6. Dwayne Holder; 7. Charles Parker; 8. Carl Cormier
PMG Young Lions (25 Laps): 1. Janson Marchbanks; 2. Sam Butler; 3. Austin Macdonald; 4. Ethan Norfleet; 5. Zack Miracle; 6. Landon Rapp; 7. Tommy Good; 8. Jaiden Rayna; 9. Jake Bollman; 10. Landen Lewis; 11. Kade Brown; 12. William Cox; 13. Conner Jones; 14. Jason Chapman; 15. Lacy Kuehl; 16. Jake Waltman; 17. Tyler Chapman; 18. Christina Pedano; 19. Molly Lindner; 20. David Sullivan; 21. David Johnson
VP Racing Fuel Semi-Pro (25 Laps): 1. Jason Alder; 2. Isabella Robusto; 3. Gracie Trotter; 4. Dj Canipe; 5. Hunter Wright; 6. Braden Rogers; 7. Cole Dockery; 8. William Robusto; 9. Craig Biryla; 10. Walter Reardon; 11. Austin Saunders; 12. Carson Poindexter; 13. Dacin Roberson; 14. Cole Brown; 15. Blake Lothian; 16. Joshua Plummer; 17. Toni Breidinger; 18. Nick Craig; 19. Jordan Plummer; 20. Justin Laduke; 21. Justin Gareis; 22. Justice Calabro; 23. Rajah Caruth; 24. Faron Laney
Farm Bureau Bandolero Outlaws (20 Laps): 1. Jadyn Daniels; 2. Parker Eatmon; 3. Connor Yonchuk; 4. Logan Clark; 5. Trevor Wester; 6. Garin Mash; 7. Zac Fowler; 8. Carson Ramsey; 9. Skyler Chaney; 10. Santiago Hill; 11. Carter Russo; 12. Sean Abell; 13. Natasha Elder; 14. Cameron Murray; 15. Wyatt Philyaw; 16. Josh Horniman; 17. Whitney Meggs; 18. Fran Pedano; 19. Madison Miracle
K1 RaceGear Bandolero Bandits (20 Laps): 1. Luke Morey; 2. Lucas Vera; 3. Tristan McKee; 4. Alden Garcia; 5. Bobby Elder; 6. Kody King; 7. Truett Miranda; 8. Hank Hall; 9. Jacob Bradley; 10. Nate Honeycutt; 11. Kaleb Bradley; 12. Layton Harrison; 13. Alex Meggs
Beginner Bandolero A-Main (15 laps): 1. Kenton Case; 2. Natalie Richard; 3. Colt Johnson; 4. Hudson Canipe; 5. Katie Yonchuk; 6. Jonathan Pedano; 7. Seth Helms; 8. Payton Johnson
Beginner Bandolero B-Main (15 laps): 1. David Snook Jr.; 2. Hunter Jordan; 3. Neal Dulin; 4. Finn Buckley; 5. Cale Dejarnett; 6. Julianna Case; 7. Alison Johnson; 8. Ava Grace Tobias
With $2,000 up for grabs for a win in the T.P.Truck Equipment NASCAR Sportsman Firecracker 40 on Hatfield Quality Meats Night this Saturday, July 13th at Grandview Speedway you just know competition is going to be fierce. And consider the fact that the racers have been rained out for the past two Saturdays and you just know they will be chomping at the bit to go racing especially with the big bucks on the line.
Point leader Brian Hirthler will be a favorite to win. The Green Lane racing talent will have plenty of competition as he goes for the rich victory and a chance to increase his lead in the standings for the NASCAR Sportsman track title.
At present Hirthler has just a 26 point lead over challenger Brad Grim. With the help of two feature wins the past champion has 1999 counters while Grim, without a win, sits with 1973 points. Veteran Brad Brightbill has two wins and 1935 points.
Looking to gain some ground with a strong effort in the 40-lap race will be Kyle Lilick, Brad Arnold, Kyle Smith and a host of others.
Joining the Sportsman as part of the tripleheader will be the T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds lead by such standouts as point leader and ten time track champion Craig VonDohren along with Duane Howard and Rick Laubach. Also joining the action with be another ten time track champion Jeff Strunk who has been on a hot streak lately.
And the always fun to watch Blast from the Past Vintage Racers will close out the three division show.
Fans are invited to visit the Low Down & Dirty Meet and Greet featuring Sportsman racers Brad Brightbill and Mike Koffel along with Modified racer Louden Reimert. It all gets started at 5 p.m. in the main entrance area.
Adult admission is $22, youngsters 6 through 11 pay just $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free.
Coming up on Saturday, July 20th is another tripleheader show featuring the Capital Renegade United Racing Club Sprints in their first appearance of the season at Grandview. Heading up the Sprint action will be Josh Weller, Chad Layton, Curt Michael, Austin Bishop, former Grandview Late Model champion Ed Aikin who has a URC feature win this season and a host of other Sprint standouts.
The NASCAR 358 Modifieds and Sportsman will be making up the rest of the three division show that is sponsored by T.P.Trailers and Truck Equipment of Limerick, PA.
Adult admission for this not to be missed show is $25, youngsters 6 through 11 pay $5 and kids under 6 are admitted free.
Information on all racing action at Grandview Speedway is located at www.gradviewspeedway.com, Facebook or telephone the track at 610.754.7688.
Grandview Speedway PR
Since 1993 the Solar Car Challenge has been one of the premier ways for high school students to come together in the name of STEM research and competition to build something truly impressive, a fully functional solar-powered vehicle, and starting Friday 35 teams from across the country descend upon Texas Motor Speedway to put their cars to the test.A contingent of 16 North Texas teams highlights the field as teams travel to the world-renowned motorsports facility from as close as nine miles and as far as 2,037 miles away, all for the chance to test their mettle over a course of four race days on the 1.5-mile speedway.The Solar Car Challenge is an educational program designed to help motivate students in science, engineering and alternative energy, and teach students how to design, engineer, build, race and evaluate road-worthy solar cars. The Solar Car Challenge Foundation, based in Plano, Texas, is celebrating its 26th anniversary this year.
The North Texas contingent that will compete in the Solar Car Challenge consists of 16 teams: Arlington Martin, Plano Green Team, Mineral Wells, Coppell (2 teams), Covenant Christian (Colleyville - 2 teams), Prosper, Ben Barber Innovation Academy (Mansfield), The Winston School (Dallas), Wylie East, Greenville (2 teams), Libery Christian (Argyle), Harmony Science Academy (Euless), and All Saints' Episcopal School (Fort Worth).Also representing Texas are Harmony School of Innovation (Brownsville), Stony Point Solar (Round Rock), School of Science and Technology San Antonio, and Southwest Legacy High School (Von Ormy).The other states being represented by teams are:
- Arkansas - LISA Academy North (Little Rock)
- California - Northwood High School (Irvine); Palmdale High School (Palmdale)
- Colorado - Animas High School (Durango)
- Florida - North Tampa Christian Academy (Wesley Chapel)
- Illinois - Pana High School (Pana)
- Kentucky - Bath County High School (Owingsville)
- Oklahoma - Dove Science Academy (Oklahoma City)
- Michigan - Heroes' Alliance (Detroit); Okemos High School (Okemos)
- Mississippi - Houston Career and Technology Center (Houston)
- Missouri - Frontier STEM High School (Kansas City)
- New York - Staten Island Tech High School (Staten Island)
- Washington - Raisbeck Aviation High School (Tukwila)
High school teams began preparation for these yearlong solar car projects during education workshops in September of last year. Additional workshops, on-site visits, mentor opportunities and summer camps helped the projects come to fruition. The teams will compete in four divisions - Classic, Advanced Classic (used their classic car for more than three years), Advanced and Electric-Solar Powered - in the closed circuit race.Science & Technology magazine named the Solar Car Challenge as one of the top Science & Engineering programs in the country.The Solar Car Challenge has 211 high school solar car projects in various stages of development in anticipation of an upcoming solar racing event. Teams are located in 37 states, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.For more information and race updates on the Solar Car Challenge, please visit solarcarchallenge.org.
July 9, 2019. Quaker State is proud to host the 9th annual Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart, part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), at Kentucky Speedway. The triple-header motorsports weekend is headlined by the Quaker State 400, the final race on the 1.5-mile tri-oval speedway taking place on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30PM EST and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.
“The Quaker State 400 is the longest running race entitlement partnership in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as we currently enter our ninth year,” said Carlos Maurer, President of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company. “To celebrate Quaker States’ more than 100 years in motorsports, we decided to get the fans involved by allowing them to vote on, and ultimately decide which of three throwback paint schemes Paul Menard would sport during Saturday evening’s race. Keeping on the throwback theme, throughout the weekend, fans can visit the Quaker State Pit Stop Fan Zone outside the track to check out some truly historic Quaker State race cars and priceless memorabilia!”
2019 Race Fan Experiences:
- The Quaker State Pit Stop Fan Zone will be buzzing with nostalgic motorsports racing history, including Quaker State memorabilia (signage, race team gear, advertisements) and vintage race cars from Quaker State driving legends:
- Tony Pedregon’s 2004 Chevy Camaro Funny Car
- Brett Bodine’s 1992 Ford Thunderbird driven in the 1992-93 season
- Steve Kinser’s 2004 Popeye 75th Anniversary Sprint Car
- To celebrate Kentucky Speedway’s 20th anniversary and honor the brand’s over 100-year history, Quaker State designed three throwback paint schemes inspired by famous Quaker State drivers and their cars. Leading up to the race, fans had the chance to bring back a piece of racing history by voting online for their favorite paint scheme of years past. The winning design, Steve Kinser’s 2005 Quaker State Sprint Car that earned his record-setting 20th World of Outlaws championship, won fans’ hearts all over again, and the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford Mustang, driven by Paul Menard, will don the design during the Quaker State 400.
- In the center of the display will be a replica Quaker State 400 trophy where fans can capture the feeling of being in victory lane with family and friends and take the perfect photo using #QS400.
- Fans in the area can spin the prize wheel for a chance to win Quaker State branded swag or enter for a chance to win a custom Quaker State racing helmet signed by Paul Menard.
- Fans attending the race will receive a Quaker State-green rally towel as they enter the gates, while supplies last. Race-goers will be encouraged to show their support for their favorite drivers by waving their towel from the time they approach the starting line until they take the checkered flag.
Quaker State ‘VIPs’:
- Tommy Pike Customs will have four of its custom builds on display, including: a 1969 Ford F100 aka “The Quaker State Truck”, a 1971 Ford Bronco, a 2017 Toyota Tundra and a 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL.
- Lowrider Magazine will have a presence in the footprint to showcase some low rider vehicles. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and take photographs with Lowrider Magazine’s editor in chief, Joe Ray. Additionally, Lowrider Magazine will be teasing a custom build they’ll be working on with Quaker State before debuting the vehicle at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November 2019.
- On Saturday, Quaker State Fishing League Worldwide pro-angler Jimmy Houston will host an open fishing hour onsite at the track demonstrating how to cast a line like a pro, sign autographs and answer fan questions.
In addition to the Quaker State footprint, on Thursday, July 11, Quaker State and Hagerty will host a car show which is expected to feature about 100 vehicles! Enthusiasts and fans are encouraged to showcase their vehicles and enter into the car show to be judged and awarded recognition from some of Quaker State’s celebrity judges including Tom Cotter from Barn Find Hunters, Tommy Pike of Tommy Pike Customs and Joe Ray, Editor in Chief of Lowrider Magazine.
Quaker State makes it its mission to provide motorists with products that offer the value that they desire and expect. To stay up-to-date on the latest Quaker State activities, be sure to ‘Like’ the official Quaker State Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/QuakerState) and follow Quaker State on Twitter (www.twitter.com/QuakerState).
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There’s a lot of rear-view mirror watching in the track championship battles as the 2019 season edges past halfway at South Boston Speedway.
Heated contests rage in three of the track’s four divisions headed into Saturday night’s Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model Twin 75 and the leader in the fourth division cannot breathe too easily.
The combined point differential between first and second in three divisions – Limited Sportsman, Budweiser Pure Stock and Budweiser Hornets – is 20 points.
Kevin Currin holds a razor-thin, two-point, 256-254, margin over Steven Layne in the Hornets Division, despite Layne’s series-leading three victories. Layne has a better average finish than Currin, his 2.5 compared to Currin’s 3. But Currin has used passing points (dropping to the rear at the start of a race to snag bonus points for cars passed) to erase Layne’s advantage. Currin has accumulated 29 passing points; Layne 15.
Nathan Crews and Jordan Pickrel have dominated the Pure Stock Division through the first nine races and the result is another tense points race. Crews has a six-point, 327-321 lead over Pickrel.
Crews has won five times; Pickrel three. Each has experienced one poor finish all season. Pickrel was seventh in the season opener and Crews was seventh two weeks ago.
Daniel Moss leads the Limited Sportsman Division in wins with four but finds himself 12 points in arrears of Danny Willis Jr., 324-312. Willis has a pair of wins, has finished in the top three all but once and has strategically amassed 28 passing points, 18 more than Moss.
There were more winners – five – in the featured Late Model Stock division than any other at South Boston in the first half of the season, but the Late Model points race has the widest margin of any.
Peyton Sellers, Lee Pulliam, Philip Morris, Trey Crews and Austin Thaxton have all visited victory lane this season. Sellers has four wins, Pulliam and Morris two each and Crews and Thaxton one apiece.
Sellers holds a 58-point, 376-318 margin over Thaxton, while Thomas Scott is another nine back in third. Pulliam is fourth with 297 points and Crews is fifth at 249.
The intensity ratchets up this Saturday night with twin 75-lap Late Model races, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.
Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first race taking the green at 7 p.m.
Tickets are just $10 for adults with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paying adult.
‘A Dollar a Lap to Stop the Gap’ - American motorsports team to raise money for Canadian charity, StopGap Foundation, at the Honda Indy in Toronto09 Jul 2019 Written by Adam Sinclair
StopGap will receive $1 in donations from Fat Boy Racing sponsor Surgere for every lap completed in any of the three divisions of the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, the highly competitive support series for the NTT IndyCar Series.
StopGap Foundation, co-founded by Luke Anderson, is a Toronto-based, accessibility focused charity whose aim is to create a barrier-free world, one ramp at a time.
“I co-founded the StopGap Foundation after my frustration with not being able to access spaces reached a tipping point” said Luke Anderson. “As a wheelchair user I'm all too familiar with the large percentage of spaces (between 60-75% in most neighbourhoods) that are not physically accessible.”
StopGap manufacturers and distributes the innovative, brightly painted accessibility ramps to businesses and educates the public of the beneﬁts of a barrier-free society.
Since 2010, StopGap has populated the world with over 2000 accessibility ramps.
"We love coming to Toronto and the race fans from this city are amazing" said Brendan Puderbach, Fat Boy Racing Team Owner and Manager. "This year we decided we wanted to give back to the city by supporting the StopGap Foundation. They have done great things to make Toronto a more accessible city for everyone. We are grateful for our sponsor Sugere and the Road to Indy who are supporting this fundraising initiative we are calling A Dollar a Lap to Stop The Gap.”
“We're working with like-minded advocates in communities all across Canada to help ensure that society's collective understanding about the importance of accessibility and inclusion continues to advance and grow” said Anderson.
“Surgere knows a thing or two about removing barriers, as they work on removing barriers to access to information and data on the management of goods and production processes. Their donation will help support our awareness raising projects, remove barriers, and ultimately help so many people reach their full potential.”
Fat Boy Racing is inviting Toronto race fans to drop by their garage in the Road to Indy Paddock (located in the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place) to learn more about StopGap, speak directly with StopGap volunteers or to donate to the charity.
StopGap is currently looking to raise funds to research and dissect public policy to address the disconnect between existing bylaws that restrict access and the need for accessibility in alignment with the Province of Ontario’s goal to be fully barrier free by 2025.
StopGap has been raising awareness of the importance of a barrier free society through their School Project program by visiting elementary schools to educate and empower youth to connect with single step entry-way business owners. In turn, the students help paint and distribute the ramps to these businesses.
Donations can be made directly to the charity at www.StopGap.ca. Each accessible ramp StopGap builds costs around $250.
Fat Boy Racing is a “race team hell bent on having fun” and competes in the IndyPro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires division of the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires. With Brendan Puderbach (#31) behind the wheel, they became the 2017 National Class Champions. Drivers Charles Finelli (#83) and Phillippe Denes (#98) will be racing the streets of Toronto at the Honda Indy in Toronto.
The Road to Indy, presented by Cooper Tires, is the IndyCar sanctioned racecar driver development program featuring three tiers of open-wheel racing - Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, IndyPro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. Winners of each series are afforded opportunities and scholarships to help aspiring drivers move up the ladder to compete in IndyCar and race in the Indy 500.
The Honda Indy is the annual IndyCar race on the Streets of Toronto, located downtown at Exhibition Place. The event runs from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14, 2019. Each day is packed fast action ontrack racing activity and offers many off-track activities and fun for race fans of all ages. For more information and tickets visit www.hondaindy.com
Surgere specializes in using sensor-based technologies to track assets as they move through each segment of the Supply Chain. Their role in the evolving i4.0 supply chain is to provide their clients with advanced asset visibility, data analytics, and strategic guidance while reducing costs.
The Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products takes place on a challenging 1.786-mile, 11-turn street circuit centered upon Exhibition Place, just a few miles from downtown. The weekend will comprise Rounds 10 and 11 of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, plus the eighth and ninth races of the season for both the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the first rung on the ladder, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship. At least 13 different nations from five continents will be represented among the three championships.
Askew, VeeKay to Continue Rivalry
Five different winners have emerged from the opening half of the 18-race Indy Lights season, although Oliver Askew and Rinus VeeKay have established themselves as the mid-season favorite. At stake is a highly prized scholarship which will guarantee entry into at least three NTT IndyCar Series races in 2020, including the 104th Indianapolis 500.
They have continued to be closely matched. Askew has won three times for Andretti Autosport and currently holds a narrow three-point advantage over VeeKay, who also has won three times for Juncos Racing, including the most recent race two weeks ago at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Both have fared well on the Toronto streets in the past. VeeKay scored a brace of USF2000 podium finishes on the pair’s first visit to Exhibition Place after Askew had qualified on pole for one of the races. Last year VeeKay swept both Indy Pro 2000 races from the pole as Askew established a new race lap record.
In the team stakes, Andretti won one of the two races in 2018 as Colton Herta posted new lap records for both qualifying and the race. One year earlier, Juncos Racing and Kyle Kaiser emerged on top in both races on their way to clinching the championship.
Askew’s Andretti Autosport teammates, Robert Megennis, from New York, N.Y., and Ryan Norman, from Aurora, Ohio, also have tasted the fruits of victory this year. One year ago, Norman finished third and fourth in the two Toronto races and is keen to build upon that experience this week.
Another former race winner, Aaron Telitz, is set to return to the Indy Lights fray this week with Belardi Auto Racing. Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., has finished on the Toronto podium each of the past two years in Indy Lights, and in 2017 swept both Indy Pro 2000 race wins on his way to securing the championship.
Dalton Kellett is another contender who is especially looking forward to the Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. Kellett hails originally from Stouffville, Ont., and is coming off a victory in his LMP2 sports car debut in last weekend’s IMSA championship at nearby Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Kellett, who joins VeeKay at Juncos Racing, scored a pair of fifth-place Indy Lights finishes in 2018.
The weekend will begin with a 40-minute practice session at 10:10 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 12. The first 30-minute qualifying session at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday will set the grid for Race One at 12:45 p.m., while a separate period of qualifying at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday will form the grid for Race Two at 11:00 a.m.
In the U.S., both races will air live and on demand on NBC Sports Gold with practice and qualifying coverage carried via live streaming on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV, indylights.com and indycar.com. Internationally, all practice, qualifying and race events will be live streamed on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV and at indylights.com. Additional coverage can also be found on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts which airs live on network affiliates, Sirius 216, XM 209, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile App powered by NTT Data.
Canadian Thompson Seeks Indy Pro 2000 Glory
The outcome of this year’s Indy Pro 2000 championship and a scholarship to graduate into Indy Lights for 2020 remains finely poised as the series heads to the Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products for the mid-point in its 16-race season. Four different drivers representing four different teams – Parker Thompson (Abel Motorsports), from Red Deer, Alb., Sweden’s Rasmus Lindh (Juncos Racing), Singaporean Danial Frost (Exclusive Autosport) and Kyle Kirkwood (RP Motorsport Racing), from Jupiter, Fla. – have shared top honors in each of the four race weekends held thus far.
Thompson currently holds second place in the points table, 29 adrift of leader Lindh, who won twice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course in May. Lindh, who celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this week (July 6), posted the fastest race lap, including a new track record, on his only other appearance in Toronto last year in USF2000.
Lindh’s primary rival one year ago was Kirkwood, who won both USF2000 races on his way to securing the championship with a record-breaking sequence of 11 wins. Kirkwood is the hottest driver on the Indy Pro 2000 trail after winning the two most recent races at Road America.
Even Frost, who dominated the oval race in May at Lucas Oil Raceway for Michael Duncalfe’s Canadian-based Exclusive Autosport team, has good reason to look forward to this weekend’s races after earning a best finish of fourth last year on the Toronto streets during a partial season in USF2000.
Other leading contenders from among a high-quality field will include Lindh’s Juncos Racing teammate, Sting Ray Robb, from Payette, Idaho, who already has three podium finishes to his name this year and is anxiously seeking his first-ever victory; and Kirkwood’s Guatemalan teammate, Ian Rodriguez, who impressed by finishing second and fourth last month at Road America.
Antonio Serravalle, from Toronto, will be looking to improve upon his season best of a pair of seventh-place finishes for his family-run Pserra Racing Limited team.
In addition to fielding a pair of cars for Phillippe Denes and Charles Finelli, FatBoy Racing sponsor Surgere, an Ohio-based specialist in supply chain management, will donate $1 for every lap completed this weekend in all three Road to Indy series to the StopGap Foundation, a Toronto-based, accessibility-focused charity whose aim is to create a barrier-free world, one ramp at a time. More details at www.StopGap.ca.
The Indy Pro 2000 contenders will have a busy time on Friday with a 25-minute practice session at 8:45 a.m. followed by a pair of 20-minute qualifying sessions at 2:05 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Race One is set to start at 9:25 a.m. on Saturday, with the green flag for Race Two scheduled for 9:55 a.m. on Sunday.
Eves Back on the Winning Trail in USF2000
Braden Eves has taken this year’s USF2000 championship by storm. The 20-year-old former karting star from New Albany, Ohio, dipped a toe in the water last year by contesting the season finale at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway, then hit the ground running on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., in March after joining the multiple and defending championship-winning Cape Motorsports team. Eves also swept the two races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road circuit in May.
Born in Southern California to New Zealand parents and raised in Australia, where he won a Formula Ford 1600 Championship last year – and then went on to claim the Mazda USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout – McElrea also has impressed this year with Pabst Racing. He began the year with four consecutive podium finishes and followed up a well-deserved maiden victory at Road America in Race One with his first pole in Race Two.
Pabst teammate Colin Kaminsky, from Homer Glen, Ill., is still seeking his first win but his recent results, including pole positions at Lucas Oil Raceway and Road America, suggest it might be just around the corner.
Eves’ teammate, Floridian Darren Keane, has been seemingly a magnet for misfortune during the first half of the season. Nevertheless, he has confirmed his pace with a pole, three fastest race laps and a pair of second-place finishes.
After learning his craft in F4 the past two years both in England and Mexico, Manuel Sulaiman has shown good speed for DEForce Racing, finishing twice on the podium in the opening three races. The Mexican has been pushed hard since then by 14-year-old karting standout Jak Crawford, from Houston, Texas, who, despite his tender years (he was too young to compete in the opening races at St. Petersburg, Fla.), also has been building his experience in the NACAM F4 series, winning four times and currently lying second in the points table to Sulaiman.
Other contenders will include Denmark’s Christian Rasmussen, who represents the driver development team run by former USF2000 and Indy Lights champion Jay Howard; Brazilian second-generation racer Eduardo Barrichello (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports); Englishman Matt Round-Garrido (BN Racing); Zach Holden, from Greenfield, Ind., already a podium finisher this year who joins the Indianapolis-based Legacy Autosport team this weekend for the first time; and another pair of 14-year-olds, Reece Gold (Cape Motorsports), from Puerto Rico, and Nolan Siegel (Newman Wachs Racing), from California.
Friday, July 12, will include both an early morning 30-minute practice session at 8:00 a.m. and qualifying for the first of two USF2000 races later in the day at 2:40 p.m. A second qualifying session will commence at 8:05 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Race One at 11:20 a.m. The green flag for Race Two on Sunday is set for 9:00 a.m.
Both USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 will feature global live streaming of all sessions on the Road to Indy TV App, RoadToIndy.TV, usf2000.com, indypro2000.com and indycar.com.
The Vigo County Fair at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds is underway in Terre Haute, IN which means the Wednesday night fair race is set to go green. The July 10 event will feature the BRANDEIS Midwest Sprint Car Series in addition to the Pro Late Models and DIRTcar Modifieds. The three classes will take center stage for a great night of racing on the dirt half-mile.
The “Rumble at the Fair” on Wednesday appears on the MSCS schedule for the very first time. The BRANDEIS MSCS Sprint Cars will be competing in a feature that pays $3,000 to win and $300 to start. The MSCS Sprints always brings a great field of cars with some top name drivers. Many will use this event for a tune-up of the upcoming Indiana Sprint Week race at the end of the month.
MSCS last raced at Terre Haute on August 12, 2018. Thirty cars were present. Chris Windom set fast time at 20.071 seconds around the half mile. Robert Ballou finished ahead of Windom to win the feature. Other big names in the field included Chase Stockon, Carson Short, Justin Grant, Jon Stanbrough, and Shane Cottle. MSCS will also race at Terre Haute a second time this year. That event will be on Sunday, August 11th.
The top ten drivers in the BRANDEIS MSCS Points standings at Mid Season are Kyle Cummins, Brady Short, Dakota Jackson, Donny Brackett, Stephen Schnapf, Jordan Kinser, Aric Gentry, Brandon Mattox, Chayse Hayhurst, and Kent Schmidt. Chayse Hayhurst leads Kyle Hathaway and Ryan Bond in the 2019 MSCS Rookie Standings.
The first ever BRANDEIS MSCS Mid Season Championship points chase ended July 6th. Mother Nature won the race that night but Kyle Cummins had already secured another championship. He had established a lead of 65 points over Brady Short. The $1,500 award will be presented to Cummins at Terre Haute. Rain prevented the top three from being recognized this past Saturday.
In addition to the Sprints, the Pro Late Models will get their one and only chance to race the 1/2 –mile this year. The Pro Lates will run under either Indiana Late Model Series rules or DIRTcar Pro Late Model rules. For tires, competitors are allowed to use any of the following: Hoosier LM20/LM40/D-21/D-55. The event will pay $800 to win and $115 to start.
The DIRTcar Modifieds, the staple class of the track, will also be in action for the third time this year.
Pit gates will open Wednesday at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps will start at 6:30, and racing will take the green at 7:30 PM. Race teams are reminded to use the back entrance to the fairgrounds to enter the pit area, due to the fair.
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