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Clubfoot Solutions Team Up With Joey Gase & MBM Motorsports to Raise Awareness for Clubfoot Deformity06 Jun 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Joey Gase will have Clubfoot CUTIES riding on the hood of his #35 car in support of clubfoot deformity awareness on Saturday, June 8th at Michigan International Speedway for the LTi Printing 250.
Dr. Ignacio Ponseti revolutionized the treatment of clubfoot while at the University of Iowa in the 1950s. He developed a non-invasive technique that utilized gentle manipulation and serial casting of the feet to successfully correct clubfoot without major reconstructive surgery. Today, the Ponseti Method is the international standard for clubfoot treatment with a 97% correction rate.
“I am very excited to be teaming up with Clubfoot Solutions this weekend in Michigan,” Joey said. “Clubfoot Solutions helps so many kids all over the world cure their Clubfoot deformity so they can get back to running, playing and being a kid. The best part about it is that Clubfoot Solutions make the Iowa Brace available for anyone no matter regardless of their economic or social circumstances.”
The Iowa Brace was developed at the University of Iowa as an extension of Dr. Ponseti’s egalitarian efforts to ensure that children across the world would have access to the best clubfoot brace, regardless of their economic or social circumstances. The combination of innovation and humanitarian considerations allow the Iowa Brace to be affordable for all families, everywhere.
Dr. Ponseti’s legacy lives on through Ponseti International Association and Clubfoot Solutions. The two organizations are working together to deliver the Ponseti Method to children everywhere, and hope that the Iowa Brace will finally realize Dr. Ponseti’s dream of a high quality clubfoot brace for every child born with this deformity.
If you would like to know more information about Clubfoot Solutions and how you can help please visit www.clubfootsolutions.org.
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Josh Bilicki and RSS Racing are pleased to welcome Zeigler Auto Group and Marriott Companies as the primary sponsors of the #93 Chevrolet Camaro at this weekend's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan Intentional Speedway.
The Zeigler Auto Group has been building a world-class company for over 40 years. Over the years, the Zeigler family has been dedicated to exceeding the expectations of their customers by providing them with an exceptional, honest, and unique experience. The group is encompassed of 23 retail automotive dealerships, the world's largest motorsports dealership and action park, a Zeigler Carquest parts franchise, three finance companies, a leasing firm, insurance firms and a real estate portfolio located throughout Southwest Michigan, Northern Indiana, New York, and Illinois.
Co-sponsoring the #93 Camaro will be Marriott Companies, a construction company specializing in concrete, masonry, pre-cast insulated walls, and construction material distribution. Founder Jim Marriott, who started his career as an apprentice in the masonry field, built the business from the ground up. Today, Marriott is one of the largest and most successful masonry and concrete companies in the area – thanks in large part to Marriott’s team of highly skilled and dedicated leaders who share a common goal – deliver the absolute best quality for their clients.
"I'm very excited and thankful to have Zeigler Auto Group and Marriott Companies onboard our #93 this weekend," says Bilicki. "Our cars have been fast all year, but we can't always show it due to lack of sponsorship. I can't wait to hit this fast two-mile track this weekend and show what we have, and I could not do it without the support from the Zeigler and Marriott Family."
The LTi Printing 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race will take place on Saturday, June 8th, at 1:30PM ET. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.
Josh Bilicki PR
JD Motorsports Chastain & McLeod Earn Top 20 Finishes in Pocono; Tough Break for Leicht and Smithley03 Jun 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
The NASCAR Xfinity Series raced this past Saturday afternoon at Pocono Raceway nestled deep in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for the Pocono Green 250 recycled by JP Mascaro & Sons. JD Motorsports with Gary Keller (JDM) drivers Ross Chastain, Garrett Smithley, BJ McLeod, and Stephen Leicht entered the weekend looking to build on momentum gained from four great runs last time out in Charlotte.
Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 4 Georgia Watermelon Association Chevrolet, started the race from the 14th position after a solid qualifying effort under NASCAR’s new qualifying procedures. From there, he began to inch his way closer to the Top 10 during Stage 1, and with the help of some pit strategy, Chastain was able to finish seventh in the stage, securing four bonus points. When Stage 2 rolled around, Ross felt like he had lost some of the balance in the rear end, causing him to slip back a few spots.
Though the No. 4 team did not earn any bonus points in Stage 2, they made some valuable adjustments which helped position Ross within striking distance of the Top 10 late in the race. On the final Green-White-Checkered restart, Ross lined up 11th, but ultimately came home with a 14th place finish after a chaotic scramble coming to the checkered flag. Coming out of Pocono, Ross still sits 13th in points, now just 23 markers back of the Playoffs cutoff.
BJ McLeod, driver of the No. 15 JD Motorsports Chevrolet, started the race with the least amount of laps on track with just two. He rolled off the grid from the 16th position, right behind Chastain. McLeod ran a quiet, methodical race within the 18th-25th spots all day, laying low and staying out of any trouble. By the time the finish came around, however, he had positioned himself to go to work. He came home with a 17th place finish, which is his best finish of the season. This was McLeod’s third Top 20 finish of 2019, and he now sits 22nd in the standings, just four points shy of the Top 20.
Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 01 JD Motorsports Chevrolet, started the 100 lapper from the 25th position. For the majority of his race, Leicht seemed to race right around BJ McLeod in the 18th-25th positions. The No. 01 Chevrolet fought a tight condition throughout the race, but a late caution aided the crew to allow Stephen to race well into the Top 20. On the last restart, however, he unfortunately got moved out of the way, allowing multiple cars to pass coming to the checkered flag. As they crossed the start/finish line, Leicht was scored in the 23rd position, which is also where he remains in the NXS points standings.
Garrett Smithley, driver of the No. 0 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet, had a tough going this past weekend in the Poconos. It appeared as if the car’s setup was never truly right to his liking, and there was an overall lack of speed. Smithley began the race from the 34th starting position, but quickly made his way up inside the Top 25 early on. Garrett continued to run up inside the Top 25 for a good portion of the day, but unfortunately, near the ¾ mark of the race, a vibration forced him to bring his car to the garage for repairs. The Number Nuthin’ crew worked feverishly to get Smithley back out on the racetrack, where he finished 29th, 17 laps down. Smithley drops one spot in the points standings to 17th position heading into the next race at Michigan.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Michigan International Speedway for the running of the LTI Printing 250 on Saturday, June 8th. Be sure to watch FS1 for live coverage at 1:30 PM ET, or listen along on the radio on MRN. For all things JD Motorsports with Gary Keller, be sure to follow along on our social media pages @JDMotorsports01. #TeamJDM
Cole Custer won the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Pocono Green 250 in a thrilling overtime performance at Pocono Raceway. The No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang recorded its third win of the season.
“Congratulations to Cole, Tony, Gene, and the No. 00 crew,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Cole did an amazing job, chasing down Tyler Reddick and passing him on the final lap for the win. It’s such a privilege to be part of the Ford Performance team and help support these talented drivers with the power under the hood for the Ford Mustangs.”
After starting from the pole position on Saturday, Custer won the first stage of the race, on his way to leading a race high 58 laps out of the 103-lap race.
As a late race caution caused the race to go into overtime, Custer showed patience and maturity. Although, the No. 00 was passed on the restart, Custer made a veteran move, going low as Tyler Reddick took the final turn wide. Custer was able to pass Reddick on the inside, taking the lead and the checkered flag, .226 seconds ahead of Reddick, and clinching his first victory at the 2.5-mile track.
“We are hitting our stride,” commented Custer, when asked about the team in Victory Lane. “We have really fast cars and it is just a matter of doing it week in and week out and we have been doing it. We just need to keep going out there and execute.”
Ford teammates Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric also raced hard, to finish P3 and P7 respectively.
In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series five Ford Performance drivers raced their way into the top-10; Brad Keselowski P2, Clint Bowyer P5, Joey Logano P7, Daniel Suárez P8 and Aric Almirola P10.
The NASCAR teams will head to Michigan to race the first of two races at Michigan International Speedway this season. Reference the full 2019 schedule on www.roushyates.com.
Team 08 East Stroudsburg University Chevrolet Camaro:
The 08 team rolled into Pocono Raceway this weekend on the heels of a 14th place finish last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Gaulding qualified his No. 08 Chevy in the 18th position for the 250 mile event.
The green flag fell and Gaulding had speed. Three cautions plagued the opening stage; however, Gaulding was able to stay out of trouble. Team owner Bobby Dotter (who filled in on top of the box for an absent Patrick Donahue) played a bit of strategy at the end of the first stage, pitting only for fuel. The team had taken tires during a previous caution earlier in the stage, which opened the door for strategy. At the end of the first stage the 08 advanced a few positions to the 16th position.
Gaulding started the second stage from the 16th position. Shortly into the stage Gaudling got into the outside wall and reported that the car sounded a bit off. The car seemed to lose power throughout the run. At the end of the second stage Gaulding was in the 17th position.
The 08 team continued to lose power throughout the final stage. Despite the struggles, the team never gave up. Dotter attempted to play some late race strategy, but a couple cautions foiled the team's initiates. When the checkered flag fell Gaulding brought home his No. 08 East Stroudsburg University Chevrolet Camaro in the 20th position. The team was able to gain 18 points towards the playoff cutoff line this weekend and remains 14th in the standings.
“It was a good car and a good day. Unfortunately we had some kind of internal problem with the engine or exhaust which pretty much ruined our day, but we didn't quit. I felt like we could've had a shot at a top 11 or top 10, something around there. To finish 20th while having those issues, I guess it isn't too terrible of a day. Thanks to East Stroudsburg University for coming on board."
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 08 Team:
“I enjoyed being on top of the box for Gray today. I thought we had a really fast car until we got into the outside wall. The damage ended up crushing the exhaust and ultimately caused a header to break. That really hurt a great run. Onto Michigan."
Team 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevrolet Camaro:
Ray Black Jr. came into Pocono Raceway 18th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. The weekend started off strong for the 07 team after qualifying in the 17th position. After an extremely eventful first stage, filled with three cautions, Ray Black Jr. was in the 21st position.
Crew Chief Jason Miller made some slight adjustments to free up the 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Camaro just a bit, but Black was overall pretty happy with his racecar. The second stage went caution free. Black advanced a few positions to the 18th position. The 07 team began the final stage in the 15th position. After a little bit of strategy the 07 team found themselves running as high as the 9th position inside of 20 laps remaining. Ray Black Jr. would receive some slight damage after Justin Allgaier went spinning with only three laps to go. When the checkered flag fell Ray Black Jr. brought home his number 07 Isokern Fireplaces & Chimneys Chevy in the 18th position.
Ray Black Jr:
“We unloaded with a really competitive car this weekend. Qualifying went really well for us, starting in 17th. We were able to carry over that speed into the race, which set us up for a solid run. We were fast all day until we got a little damage from that late wreck, but it ended up being okay in the end. I'm really proud of all my guys for a great effort."
Bobby Dotter Thoughts on the 07 Team:
“The 07 team continued to show great speed this weekend. I was happy with some of the strategy that was played to give us a shot to finish a little higher. Unfortunately we got caught up in that last caution, but the team rebounded and still brought home a respectable finish. Looking forward to Michigan."
After a couple of top 20 finishes at Pocono, SS Green Light Racing drivers Gray Gaulding and Ray Black Jr. sit 14th and 19th respectively in the NASCAR Xfinity Series points standings. The team will now shift it's focus to Michigan. Coverage of the LTi 250 from Michigan International Raceway will begin Saturday June 8th at 1:30 PM ET on FS1.
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Race Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25):
● Started 10th and finished 11th.
● Under the first caution on the race on lap five, Earnhardt reported the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra was free in the center and “aero tight” when passing other cars. The team elected to stay on track to restart eighth.
● Earnhardt fell back to 13th on the restart on lap nine and struggled to gain position before the yellow flag was shown again on lap 12.
● When the third caution of the day occurred on lap 18, Earnhardt pitted his iK9 Supra for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, noting that the handling had become tight on exit.
● The 29-year-old driver restarted 18th, with several cars staying on track under the caution.
● Earnhardt was able to work his way back to 11th after restarting with only five laps to go in Stage 1.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26-50):
● Started second and finished 12th.
● Earnhardt stayed on track at the stage break to restart second on lap 31.
● In one lap under green, Earnhardt had dropped to sixth as cars with fresher tires began to pass him.
● Racing on older tires, Earnhardt radioed that the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra was free on entry and tight on exit.
● The race stayed green until the completion of Stage 2 on lap 50, and with his car’s handling worsening throughout the run, Earnhardt ended the stage in the 12th position.
● At the stage break, Earnhardt pitted for four tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment and returned to the track in 10th.
Final Stage Recap (Laps 51-103):
● Started 10th and finished 22nd.
● Just eight laps into the final stage, Earnhardt told crew chief Ben Beshore that the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra was handling better on entry but still tight on exit.
● On lap 64, the iK9 team pitted under green for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, then rejoined the field in the 24th position.
● Earnhardt was running within the top-10 and was in seventh when he was spun by the No. 22 on lap 95.
● The iK9 team gave Earnhardt scuffed tires and fuel, and he returned to the track in the 25th position, one lap down.
● When the race went back green on lap 97, Earnhardt sustained damage to the nose of the iK9 Supra after contact with a car ahead of him that had slowed down unexpectedly after an accident on the restart.
● He returned to pit road for repairs to his iK9 Supra and rejoined the field in overtime for the final three laps of the race.
● Cole Custer won the Pocono Green 250 to score his fifth career Xfinity Series victory, his third of the season and his first at Pocono. His margin of victory over second-place Tyler Reddick was 0.226 of a second.
● There were seven cautions for a total of 26 laps.
● Fifteen of the 38 drivers finished on the lead lap.
● Reddick remains the championship leader after Pocono with a 76-point advantage over second-place Christopher Bell.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra:
“We had a bit of a struggle to get the handling of our iK9 Supra to where it needed to be on a long run, but I felt like we had been making good gains on it all day. The pit crew did a great job on pit road, and I felt like we were in good position to pick up a top-10 until I got run over by the 22 (Austin Cindric). From there, we were stuck in the back for the restart, and the guys in front of us just parked coming across the line. We did everything in our control to keep ourselves in it until the end, but it was just an unfortunate finish for this iK9 team.”
The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the LTi Printing 250 on Saturday, June 8 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The race starts at 1:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Tyler Reddick Secures Ninth-Consecutive Top-Five with Second Place Finish at Pocono Raceway
"Another week, another fast No. 2 TAME the BEAST Chevrolet Camaro from the RCR team. We started off the race with a bit of a challenge since we had to start at the rear due to a transmission change that happened after final practice yesterday. I knew if we were smart and didn't get caught up in anyone's mess back there that we'd be back up front in no time. Luckily we were able to get back up there in plenty of time and were able to keep our streak of earning stage points in every stage this season alive. The balance of my TAME the BEAST Camaro was decent in Turn 2, just building tight throughout the run. Randall (Burnett, crew chief) and the team did a great job trying to loosen it up for me, but it just kept snapping back tight. We had to overcome a bit of a hole late in the race after a pit road violation for an outside tire violation, but we had such a fast car that we were able to be back in contention for the final two restart attempts. I had Cole on the start of that final lap but just got way too tight in that final turn. I hate finishing races like that, but we'll rebound next week at Michigan. If we keep bringing Chevrolet Camaros like this one, we'll be in good shape."
Cole Custer won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway with a last lap pass to win the race.
Custer passed Tyler Reddick for the lead on the last corner of the last lap to win in NASCAR overtime at Pocono Raceway.
Reddick passed Custer on the restart but Custer chased him down. Reddick's car went up the track on the final corner of the last lap and Custer would take advantage and slide by for the race win.
"It was pretty unbelievable," Custer told FS1 post-race. "Tyler gave me a real run for my money there. I have no idea how he made it stick on that restart on the bottom passing me but he did. He was unbelievable on the brakes at the end. I was just able to kind of force a mistake a little bit trying to pack air on him."
Custer who started the race from the pole, led four different times throughout the race.
Rounding out the top five were Tyler Reddick in second, Chase Briscoe in third, Ryan Preece in fourth and Christopher Bell in fifth.
The race would go into overtime when Justin Allgaier spun out while running in the seventh position with three laps to go.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head into Michigan International Speedway next Saturday in the running of the LTi Printing 250 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.
Stage 1 Winner: Cole Custer
Stage 2 Winner: Justin Allgaier
Race Winner: Cole Custer
Cole Custer led 59 laps from the pole and, at one point in Saturday’s Pocono Green 250, held a lead of more than 13 seconds, but it took a pass through the final corner in overtime for the driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to win his third NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the season.
Series leader Tyler Reddick had grabbed the lead from Custer moments after the overtime restart on Lap 102. Custer gave chase and, one lap later, took full advantage in Turn 3 at Pocono Raceway when Reddick failed to hold the bottom of the track entering the corner.
Winning for the first time at the 2.5-mile triangular track and for the fifth time in his career, Custer crossed the finish line .226 seconds ahead of Reddick’s No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
Reddick had started the race from the rear of the field because of a transmission change and later rallied from a pass-through penalty for an outside tire violation on his next-to-last pit stop to claim the runner-up spot and extend his series lead to 76 points over fifth-place finisher Christopher Bell.
On the final restart lap, Reddick pushed Custer clear of third-place finisher Chase Briscoe in the top lane, then shot to the bottom of the track and cleared Custer’s Mustang through Turn 1. The move took Custer by surprise.
“Tyler gave me a real run for my money there,” Custer said. “I have no idea how he made it stick on that restart on the bottom, passing me. But he did. He was unbelievable on the brakes at the end.”
But Custer, who hadn’t won from the pole in eight previous tries, had the winning gambit planned as the cars approached Turn 3 for the final time.
“I was just able to kind of force a mistake a little bit trying to pack air on him,” Custer said. “It was a fun end of the race. I had my downshift planned right there. I wish I didn’t have to do it like that, but it probably made it exciting.”
Ultimately, a tight handling condition contributed to Reddick’s undoing and prevented him from holding the inside line in the final corner.
"I tried to really get it stopped and make sure I covered the bottom,” Reddick said. “We just fought tight over the last half of the race. Thought we had a really good restart, got by Cole, but I was too tight out front in clean air. I just got loose in Turn 3 and gave it back.”
Custer won Stage 1 wire-to-wire but lost track position in Stage 2, thanks to a variance in strategic calls by other teams. Justin Allgaier took the Stage 2 victory, but his race fell apart when he spun in Turn 1 seconds after a Lap 98 restart to force the overtime.
By then, Custer had reclaimed the lead on Lap 85 during an exchange of green-flag pit stops and had pulled away to a lead of 13.620 seconds before Austin Cindric’s Ford slipped in the Tunnel Turn and sent Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Toyota spinning.
That caution bunched the field and gave Reddick, Briscoe, Bell and fourth-place finisher Ryan Preece a chance to fight for the win.
In the end, however, it was Custer who prevailed in the fastest car—despite Reddick’s gutsy ploy in Turn 1.