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  • NASCAR distances itself from Donald Trump after remarks

    NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump.

    On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami.

    "We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that's what led us to the decision today," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

    A message seeking comment from Trump left by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.

    Higdon was responding to a letter released by Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis, whose company is the title sponsor of NASCAR's Truck Series. Lemonis made it clear he would not attend or participate in the awards ceremony if it's held at a Trump property. The ceremony was held at Doral last year.

    "My company... has enjoyed a long running relationship with NASCAR as I believe the vision of our companies both embody family, respect, unity, comradery and diversity," Lemonis wrote in a letter to NASCAR chairman Brian France. "These sentiments are at the core of what our country stands for and will continue to embrace.... Due to recent and ongoing blatantly bigoted and racist comments from Donald Trump in regards to immigrants of the United States, I would like to inform you that I will not, nor will any representative of Camping World, participate or attend in the ceremonial event if it is held at any Trump property.

    "Our company will not stand to support any person or organization that associates with such beliefs and we feel strongly about distancing ourselves from any negative and discriminatory comments made against any gender, ethnicity, age group or so forth. I would hope that the entire NASCAR organization would agree with my sentiments."

    NASCAR and Camping World are the latest to distance themselves from Trump following his inflammatory statements regarding immigrants from Mexico.

    NBC, which is one of NASCAR's television broadcast partners, parted ways with Trump earlier this week.

    Higdon said NASCAR is looking for another place to hold its awards ceremony and plans to formally announce a location later this summer.

  • NASCAR Hall Of Fame Class Announced

    NASCAR have announced the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The five-person group – the seventh in NASCAR Hall of Fame history – consists of Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, O. Bruton Smith and Curtis Turner. In addition, NASCAR announced that Harold Brasington won the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Next year’s Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, broadcast on NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, live from Charlotte, N.C.

    The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session in Charlotte to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2016 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.

    NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton announced the class and Landmark Award winner, respectively, this evening in the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s “Great Hall.”

    The Class of 2016 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the second year, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion (Kevin Harvick). In all, 57 votes were cast, with two additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as potential nominees for induction (Jerry Cook and Robert Yates). The accounting firm of Ernst & Young presided over the tabulation of the votes.

    Voting was as follows: O. Bruton Smith (68%), Terry Labonte (61%), Curtis Turner (60%), Jerry Cook (47%) and Bobby Isaac (44%).

    The next top vote-getters were Red Byron, Benny Parsons and Rick Hendrick.

    Results for the NASCAR.com Fan Vote, in alphabetical order, were Buddy Baker, Alan Kulwicki, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin and Benny Parsons.

    The five inductees came from a group of 20 nominees that included, in addition to the five inductees chosen: Buddy Baker, Red Byron, Richard Childress, Ray Evernham, Ray Fox, Rick Hendrick, Harry Hyde, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Hershel McGriff, Raymond Parks, Benny Parsons, Larry Phillips, Mike Stefanik and Robert Yates.

    Nominees for the Landmark Award included Brasington, H.Clay Earles, Raymond Parks, Ralph Seagraves and Ken Squier. It is awarded to competitors or those working in the sport who have acted as a NASCAR ambassador through a professional or non-professional role. Anne B. France won the inaugural award last year. 

    Class of 2016 Inductees:

    Jerry Cook
    Jerry Cook made his name in modifieds, winning six NASCAR Modified championships, including four consecutively from 1974-77. All the while, he was vying with another driver from his hometown of Rome, New York, nine-time champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans, for supremacy in NASCAR’s open-wheel realm. After retiring from racing in 1982, Cook stayed with the sport and helped shape the series known today as the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Cook served as the series’ director when it began in 1985 and remains with NASCAR as competition administrator.

    Bobby Isaac
    Bobby Isaac’s uncanny skill at drawing speed from a race car puts him on a short list of NASCAR legends. His 49 career poles ranks 10th all time. Maybe more impressive: Isaac captured 19 poles in 1969, which still stands as the record for poles in a single season. Isaac began racing in NASCAR’s premier series in 1961. He finished runner-up in the series standings in 1968 behind NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson. In 1969, he finished sixth in the standings after posting 17 wins and those 19 poles. In 1970, Isaac won the championship posting 11 victories, 32 top fives and 38 top 10s in 47 starts. Isaac won 37 races in NASCAR's top series, ranking 19th on the all-time list.

    Terry Labonte
    Terry Labonte is a two-nickname NASCAR star. Early in his career he was known as the “Iceman” for his coolness under pressure. But his demeanor belied his determination.  Later in his career he became known as the sport’s “Iron Man” thanks to 665 consecutive starts in NASCAR’s premier series, a record which stood until 2002. Winning two premier series championships, in 1984 and ’96, is impressive; the 12-year gap distinguishes Labonte further. No other driver has won his first two championships that far apart and Labonte is one of only six drivers with championships in two decades. Labonte’s stellar career is tucked between perfect bookends – his two Southern 500 wins, in 1980 and 2003. His 361 top-10 finishes ranks 10th all time.

    O. Bruton Smith
    O. Bruton Smith, executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., promoted his first stock car race in Midland, North Carolina at the age of 18. Smith’s early endeavors included operating the National Stock Car Racing Association – seen as an early competitor to NASCAR – and building Charlotte Motor Speedway. CMS became the foundation of Speedway Motorsports Inc., which currently owns eight NASCAR tracks hosting 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and additional high-profile motorsports activities. Smith took SMI public in 1995, the first motorsports company to be traded at the New York Stock Exchange. He was inducted into the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame and National Motorsports Press Association’s Hall of Fame, both in 2006; and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Curtis Turner
    Called by some the “Babe Ruth of stock car racing,” Curtis Turner was among the fastest and most colorful competitors in the early years of NASCAR premier series racing. Turner competed in NASCAR’s first “Strictly Stock” race in 1949 in Charlotte and was the only driver to win a NASCAR premier series race in a Nash. He posted his first of 17 career victories in only his fourth start on Sept. 11, 1949, at Langhorne (Pennsylvania) Speedway. Although many of Turner’s victories came on short tracks and dirt ovals – much of his career pre-dated NASCAR’s superspeedway era – he won the 1956 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and the first American 500 at Rockingham Speedway in 1965. He remains the only series driver to win two consecutive races from the pole leading every lap. He also won 38 of 79 races in which he competed in the NASCAR Convertible Division.

    Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR:

    Harold Brasington
    Harold Brasington, a South Carolina businessman, believed in Bill France’s fledgling NASCAR business, created the sanctioning body’s first superspeedway – a one-of-a-kind egg-shaped oval, paved on an old cotton and peanut field. Expecting 10,000 fans to show up at Darlington Raceway’s first competition on Labor Day of 1950, 25,000 spectators showed up for the inaugural Southern 500 – NASCAR’s first 500-mile race.  Darlington's success inspired Brasington to extend his reach north -- to North Carolina. He employed his track building and promoting expertise, helping in the creation of Charlotte Motor Speedway and building North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Teams Penalized

    Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams have been penalized following last week’s event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    The No. 1 team has been penalized for an infraction occurring during pre-qualifying inspection May 21. The right rear quarter panel wheel opening was modified after qualifying inspection.

    The infraction is a P2 level penalty and violates the following Sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
    12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing.

    20.4.b: Body; All approved OEM-manufactured body components must be used as supplied except as required to stiffen, or to attach to other vehicle components. Tolerances from CAD surfaces and template tolerances are provided to allow for manufacturing, fabrication, and installation variability. Approved Parts: GM R: NSCS 0786. Part Name: Quarter Panel RS, Effective date Aug. 1, 2012.

    20.4.2: Surface Conformance (a). Coordinate measuring machines, scanning equipment, and templates, among other tools, will be used to inspect body surfaces for conformance to the approved OEM and NASCAR CAD files.
               
    As a result of this violation, crew chief Matt McCall has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.

    Additionally, two teams – the No. 48 and No. 51 – have been assessed P1 level penalties for receiving written warnings in two consecutive events, both at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 48 team received a warning from the May 16 event and also received one from pre-qualifying inspection from last week’s event. In addition to receiving a warning from the May 16 event, the No. 51 team also received one from pre-race inspection from last week’s event.

    Per Section 12.5.3.1 of the NASCAR rule book:

    Warnings and P1 penalty options: b. Multiple warnings issued to the same member or team will result in one or more P1 penalties; c. If the same team receives two warnings during the same event or two warnings during two consecutive events, whether the events are championship or non-championship, then this may result in one or more … P1 penalties at NASCAR’s discretion.

    As a result of these infractions the No. 48 and No. 51 teams will receive the last two choices in the pit selection process, respective to qualifying results, for this weekend’s event at Dover International Speedway.

  • NASCAR XFINITY Series Team Penalized For Rule Violation At Talladega Superspeedway

    The No. 40 team OF Driver Derek White that competes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series has been penalized for a rule infraction discovered during pre-race inspection May 2 at Talladega Superspeedway.

    The infraction is a P3 level penalty and violates the following Sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:

    12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
    20.17.2.1: Overall vehicle weight
                B. Any and all ballast added to the vehicle must be bolted inside an added ballast container, inside the main frame rails, and/or inside the front sway bar mounting tube.

    As a result of this violation, crew chief Kevyn Rebolledo has been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. Additionally, driver/owner Derek White has been docked 15 NASCAR XFINITY Championship driver and car owner points.

  • National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Statement

    Today the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Mr. Bryan Moss, heard and considered the appeal of a P5 penalty issued on March 31, 2015 to Richard Childress (owner), Ryan Newman (driver), Lucas Lambert (crew chief), James Bender (tire technician) and Philip Surgen (race engineer) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #31 at Auto Club Speedway.

    The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:

    12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
    20.16: Wheels and tires
                A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted.
    20.16.2: Tires
                F. Modifications to the tires, by treatment or any other means, will not be permitted.

    12.5.3.5.2: Minimum P5 Penalty Options (includes all four points below):

                A. Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not
                B. $75,000-$125,000 fine
                C. Suspension for the next six series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR
                D. Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons

    12.5.3.5.3: P5 Level infractions detected during post-race inspection:
    If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added to those listed previously in this section:
                A. Loss of an additional 25 Championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a Championship Race or not
                B. Loss of an additional $50,000

    The original penalty assessed included a $125,000 ($75,000 plus $50,000) fine, six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to Lambert; six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to both Bender and Surgen; and the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship car owner and 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver points to both Childress and Newman.
     
    On April 16, a three-person National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard the appeal and made the following decisions:

    1. The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice and it is a P5 level  violation.
    2. The Panel amends the original Penalty levied by NASCAR because there is no written explanation of what constitutes a post-race inspection. Therefore the Penalty elements added under Section 12.5.3.5.3. are removed and the Penalty adjusted to:
    -Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points for Richard Childress.
    -Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points for Ryan Newman.
    -$75,000 fine.  Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period.  Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for crew chief Lucas Lambert.
    - Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period.  Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Tire Technician James Bender.
    -Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period.  Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Race Engineer Philip Surgen.

    Upon hearing today’s testimony, Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, made the following decisions:
    •    Based on a preponderance of evidence, the Appellants violated the Rules.
    •    Based on a preponderance of evidence, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer upholds the penalty as amended by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.

    The decision of the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer is final and binding on all parties.

  • Nature's Bakery Begins NASCAR Journey with Danica Patrick

    Nature’s Bakery, a rapidly-growing snacks and food brand headquartered in Reno, Nevada, has joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to become the primary sponsor of driver Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with the 2016 season.

    The multiyear sponsorship agreement will see Nature’s Bakery and its signature tagline, “Energy for Life’s Great Journeys”, adorn Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet SS for 28 races a year.

    Nature’s Bakery was founded in 2010 by the father-and-son duo of Dave and Sam Marson with a mission of making delicious, convenient, on-the-go snacks that complement health-conscious living and active, everyday lifestyles. Their lineage in the food industry can be traced back to the 1960s when Dave’s father, Richard Marson, opened a family bakery. Growing up in the bakery, Dave passed his passion and skills along to his son, Sam, whereupon the two combined their knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit to form Nature’s Bakery.

    “Danica Patrick is one of the most fit and health-conscious drivers in all of racing and she embodies the Nature’s Bakery customer,” said Dave Marson, founder of Nature’s Bakery. “We make great products that complement Danica’s lifestyle and the always on-the-go environment in which she competes. Nature’s Bakery provides ‘Energy for Life’s Great Journeys’ and we’re very proud to embark upon this NASCAR journey with Danica and Stewart-Haas Racing.”

    “It’s an honor to represent Nature’s Bakery and also a great deal of responsibility,” Patrick said. “They have ambitious goals and they’re going to rely on me and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing to deliver. I have ambitious goals too. It’s why I came to NASCAR and, specifically, to Stewart-Haas Racing. There’s still a lot I want to achieve in this sport and I’m looking to continue my professional journey with a brand as determined as I am.”

    Patrick is motorsports’ most recognizable athlete and the most marketable personality in NASCAR according to Repucom’s 2015 Davie Brown Index. Her success on the racetrack, which includes an IndyCar Series victory and a Daytona 500 pole, transcends her into the mainstream, proven by a 2014 Harris Poll which named Patrick the second-most recognized female athlete in the United States, behind only tennis star Serena Williams.

    “All you need to say is ‘Danica’ and people know exactly who you’re talking about,” Dave Marson added. “She has immersed herself and succeeded in a very intense sport and been recognized for her efforts. By offering convenient, easy-to-find and affordable products that people can feel better about eating, we’ve carved a niche for Nature’s Bakery in the fast-growing, packaged snack-food industry. With our partnership with Danica and Stewart-Haas Racing, we’re able to take that niche mainstream.”

    “Danica has proven she belongs in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we’re very happy to have her a part of our team for years to come,” said Tony Stewart, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. “Nature’s Bakery is a natural fit with Danica. She has played an important role in the growth of all the businesses associated with her and our growth as a race team. Our partnership with Nature’s Bakery is all about growing their business. In Danica, we have the best possible person to help Nature’s Bakery achieve its goals.”

    About Nature’s Bakery:
    Nature’s Bakery, headquartered in Reno, Nevada, is an on-the-go snacks and food brand that was founded in 2010 by father and son, Dave and Sam Marson. Believing in quality and the use of thoughtful ingredients, the two set out on one simple mission – to create delicious, convenient snack and food products people can enjoy in their everyday lives. Adding to their popular line of stone-ground, whole-wheat fig bars, Nature’s Bakery now offers gluten-free fig bars. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.NaturesBakery.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NaturesBakery, on Twitter @NaturesBakery, on Instagram @NaturesBakery and on Pinterest @NaturesBakery.

  • New Motorsport Complex for Brisbane/Gold Coast

    One of South–East Queensland’s largest motorsport projects is underway. “Loves Speedway and motorsport complex”, is set to create history, being the first multipurpose motorsport park in Australia. Strategically located between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Loves Speedway and motorsport complex is earmarked to host local, national and international events.

    Our vision is to become the hub for automotive based activities including Speedway, 1/8 Mile Street legal drag racing, Burnout competitions, Go-kart and Drift Tracks, Car shows, Monster Trucks, Stunt Shows and Super Cross and Motorcross events. It will also cater to more than 40 competitive sports and provide a large exhibition area for outdoor shows and events.

    With a ‘fans first’ approach to planning and design, the stadium will offer an unrivaled spectator experience. Once completed, the complex will feature corporate facilities, meeting rooms, club house, catering services, medical facilities’, state of the art L.E.D lighting, and large display screen.

    The “Loves speedway and motorsport complex” project will be built at no cost to local rate payers or taxpayers alike. This facility will create local jobs, and generate millions of dollars in annual revenue for the city. The local community will also benefit from regular charity and non-profit organised events. These events have been encouraged by the local authorities, aimed at reducing community crime and driving related offenses.

    The consortium behind this exciting new development is made up of the current management team from Archerfield Speedway, John and Kathy Kelly. John and Kathy are well recognised promoters and accomplished competitors. Local Businessmen, Scott Wilson and David Grose, will also join this duo to support and create this facility. Our goal is to provide a complete venue for competitors, their families, friends, and spectators looking for local entertainment. This project will ensure a bright future for motorsport in South East Queensland.

  • Newgarden Scores First Career Victory at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

    Josef Newgarden wasn't nervous with three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and a hard-charging Graham Rahal within striking distance in the closing laps of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. The 24-year-old Tennessee native held off both competitors and pulled away for his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory in his 55th start.

    Newgarden, driving the No. 67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet, is the fourth different winner in as many races this season. This was the first victory since the merger of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and the team's sixth win overall.

    "This is the way I wanted to do it. I didn't want to win on some crazy incident, or on luck," Newgarden said. "This team deserves it. They gave me an incredible car and let me get out there and rip with the thing and pass people on pure merit. And that's due to CFH Racing - they were just incredible today. We're going up against the giants, but I think this team can be a giant one day."

    Rahal, who charged from fifth in the final 10 laps on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course, overtook Dixon on the final lap to claim his first podium finish since Belle Isle 1 last May. Rahal, driving the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda, finished 2.2061 seconds behind Newgarden.

    "The Honda did a great job for me today," Rahal said. "I passed a lot of guys and I hope everyone enjoyed the race because we were pushing to the last seconds. A few more laps and I think we would have had (Newgarden)."

    Dixon, who won a week earlier on the streets of Long Beach, Calif., finished third in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. He has finished on the podium in all six races at Barber Motorsports Park (four second-place finishes and third in each of the past two seasons).

    Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power, who won at Barber in 2011 and 2012, placed fourth in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the past two races at Barber, finished fifth in the No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda.

    Helio Castroneves was running fourth in the final laps but had to pit with one lap remaining for a splash of fuel. The unplanned stop dropped the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner to 15th place in the waning laps - one position behind Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, who maintained the series championship lead by three points over Castroneves heading to the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9.

    Newgarden, who started a season-high fifth, had a previous best finish of second (Baltimore 2013 and Iowa 2014). He placed eighth after starting fourth at Barber Motorsports Park last year. He led a field-high 46 laps - more than double his previous career total.

    Auburn Football Coach Impressed in First Visit to Race

    Gus Malzahn has coached some great athletes on the gridiron, but the Auburn University football coach had a newfound appreciation for the conditioning of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers after visiting the KV Racing Technology compound before today's race. Malzahn was a guest of Raymond Harbert, chairman and CEO of the Harbert Management Company that is an associate sponsor this weekend on the No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet driven by Stefano Coletti.

    "I enjoy Indy car racing and this will be my first experience seeing it first-hand," Malzahn said as he took his first close-up look at the KV cars. "The fact that it worked out, I was in town already with Mr. Harbert and Charlie Miller (Harbert's executive vice president and global head of distribution). It's great to be here. I'm just learning about it behind the scenes."

    Malzahn, who guided Auburn to the national championship game in his first year at the helm in 2013, planned to be an interested spectator in Coletti's pit during the race. He was impressed with the preparations drivers must undertake to stand up to the rigors of Verizon Indy Car Series racing.

    "It's real interesting to me about the drivers, how much they have to work out and how fit they've got to be," Malzahn said. "I just got through talking to (Coletti) and he was talking about his workout routine. A lot of people probably don't know that, but working out two hours a day and the mental and physical awareness you have to have to do this is really unbelievable."

    'It Feels Good' for Country Singer to See Race

    Drake White's current country music hit is "It Feels Good," which described well the local native's first visit to a Verizon IndyCar Series race. White sang the national anthem before today's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

    "It does feel good," White said when asked to sum up his excitement. "Because I say it all the time, I try not to make the pun, but it does feel good out here, man."

    White, from Gadsden, Ala., felt even better seeing his name decaled on the No. 8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chevrolet driven by Sage Karam. White is signed to Dot Records, a Big Machine subsidiary, and said he draws motivation from the progress of Karam, who at 20 is the youngest driver in the field.

    "To come out here and see my name and my hard work paying off from a music standpoint, and being plastered on the back of a car, is pretty awesome," White said. "(Karam) being a young guy and being able to come out here and do what he's been able to do is just a testament to his dedication and his talent.

    "I love the aspect of maybe telling somebody to follow the dream or push forward or go for it. Just because it hasn't been done doesn't mean that it can't be done. He's really inspired me to go out and push my boundaries musically."

    Of Note
    Brian Campe, race engineer for Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 2 Hawk Performance Team Penske Chevrolet, grew up in Huntsville, Ala., where his father was a NASA employee. Montoya won the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29 and led the point standings heading into the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. "We finished the 2014 season on a high note and we have carried that momentum through the offseason and into the start of 2015," Campe said. "We found out where our weaknesses were and we attacked those, which were the street courses and road courses, and we've been strong in those areas so far."... Spencer Pigot (Juncos Racing) made it a sweep in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, winning the weekend doubleheader nightcap today by 5.9781 seconds over Jack Harvey (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agjanian). Pigot took over the championship lead by seven points over Ed Jones (Carlin).... In the second Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires race of the weekend, Neil Alberico (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) inherited the lead and drove to victory after pole sitter Weiron Tan (Andretti Autosport) was penalized and moved to the rear of the field for blocking at the start. It was the third win in five races this season for Alberico, who holds an eight-point lead in the standings over Santiago Urrutia (Team Pelfrey).


    POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES

    JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet, race winner): "This is the way I wanted to do it. I didn't want to win on some crazy incident or on luck. This team deserves it. They gave me an incredible car and let me get out there and rip with the thing and pass people on pure merit. And that's due to CFH Racing - they were just incredible today. We're going up against the giants, but I think this team can be a giant one day. We've got great partners in Chevrolet and Firestone - they deserve it and today they made it easy on me. Today was a good day and we need to have more of these."

    GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda, second place): "I'm really proud of these Steak 'n Shake guys. They've worked extremely hard and today I drove that race 110 percent, every single lap. We knew when we made the strategy call to stay out (that) we had to go fast in order to make up the gap. I've got to say Honda did a great job for me today. It's still tough to follow, but obviously I passed a lot of guys. This team has come a long way and I think we have proven that. Eventually one of these days we'll win one of these things. I hope everybody enjoyed the race because we were pushing there until the last second. It was great racing with Ryan (Hunter-Reay), Will (Power) and (Scott) Dixon - he gave me room there in those last couple turns. That's pretty nice of him; not a lot of guys do that."... (On if he had a chance to win): "(Jack) Hawksworth got out of the pits in front of me and that held me up and we lost a few seconds right there, so we had to pit a little earlier than we wanted to. A couple laps
    earlier, we would have gotten him I think."

    SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Coke/Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, third place): "It was definitely a tough day. It started horribly, we kind of got pushed around there at the start and just didn't get a clean line there. We dropped like a rock - we bled the rear tires off on the first set and I think we were the first to stop in that situation. It kind of altered the day and how we could kind of deal with tires and fuel and all that kind of stuff. We knew the alternate strategy was going to come late and it came strong. All in all, congratulations to Josef (Newgarden) - he's a hell of a driver, with a small team, and for them to get a victory is really cool to see."

    WILL POWER (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, fourth place): "Very eventful. A fun race that you like if you end up in a good position. Man, I didn't even see what happened when I got put in the gravel there (the incident with Sato). But I did everything I could to get back and got back to fourth, so it's a good result considering. After (the incident) I was just focusing on doing a good job, saving fuel and passing when we could. Did everything we could, got back. I didn't even see what happened on that penalty because I just felt a hit from behind. I thought I was clear. I looked in the mirror, it was hard to see, but that's racing."

    RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda, fifth place): "I think that was as good as we were going to get today. We really worked hard on saving fuel. We had to have a lot of discipline to pull that off. Some guys pitted a little later than us and they were able to go a little heavier, a little harder (at the end), so we missed out on the podium because of that. All in all a good day. Progress. We had to save a lot of fuel today. One of the worst things in an Indy car is having to save fuel while guys behind you are on good tires and don't have to save any (fuel), like Graham (Rahal)."

    JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, series points leader): "We had a long day with the No. 2 Hawk Performance Chevy. We started with a bad qualifying effort, but we seemed to be in an OK position to dig ourselves out of the hole at one point. We were racing with (Ryan) Hunter-Reay and he finished fifth. It's hard to race with some of the guys in the back of the pack. They are young and sometimes make moves like you aren't even there when you are right beside them. So we ended up with two broken wings and a 14th-place finish."

    HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet): "Not the finish we hoped for the AAA Insurance Chevrolet. There was just a bit of miscommunication on our fuel number that, unfortunately, caused us to have to pit with one lap left. You never want to see the white flag on pit road. We were on the same strategy with (Josef) Newgarden and (Scott) Dixon, but we were needing to meet a different fuel number than they were and I didn't understand that. So I was trying to balance making the number we had to meet with not giving up a position to Dixon, who was behind me. Unfortunately that caused us to come up short. I hate it because the AAA guys gave me another car that could've easily won the race, but it was a crazy race out there today."

    STEFANO COLETTI (No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet): "We were off to a great start with a great strategy. We pitted and then after that we were running 10th and the car felt great and we were up there. However, when we pitted, an accident just happened and Race Control apparently thought that I came in when the yellow was out, which I really don't think is the case. We need to get that clarified because they sent me to the back of the field and my race went downhill from there. I tried to pass (James) Jakes and we both made contact and spun, and then I got a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact and after that it was really over for me. I feel bad for my team because they have been working so hard to give me such a fast race car, but we seem to be getting the worst luck and hopefully that changes soon."

    JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda): "The race was pretty good for the Arrow Electronics team. We were able to pick up a couple of spots, obviously. The pace of the car was really good and I think the guys called the right strategy for where we started. We were missing in one area: We just didn't quite have it on the brakes today, unfortunately. That allowed Graham (Rahal) to stay in front of us while he was on blacks (primary tires) there and it really got us stuck behind those Coyne cars for way too long. You look at where Graham finished and we were right with him there. Obviously we missed a bit but strategy was good, car was good and like I said, if we'd of just had a little bit more on the brakes, I think we could've made some good headway. We stayed out of trouble, had a good points day and we'll take it. We get faster and faster, more and more competitive in these races and that's what we need to see. A big thanks to all the Arrow crew guys for a solid weekend and we look forward to the GP of Indy now."

    JAMES JAKES (No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): "It was a disappointing day for the No. 7 MediaTech Honda with UMP and HelpForScoliosis.com. We just had an error in the pits and then we got turned around, actually when we were on the lead lap. It's disappointing but we'll take credits from this weekend and move on to the Indy grand prix. Obviously, the No. 5 car got some more points for the team, which is good, and we'll try to do the same next week."

    SAGE KARAM (No. 8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chevrolet): "Another rough day for the No. 8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chevrolet. We started out well on that first lap and actually moved up a position fighting for a spot in the top 10, but then the setup just went kind of loose. We came in and looked at what was going in and it looks like one of my rear springs actually broke. There's nothing we can do about that, but it's still a shame because I think we had a good car all weekend."

    TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): "It was a tough day for NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing. We really had a roller coaster of a race weekend with a bad practice to start and then a solid qualifying effort. It just kind of went downhill even from the first lap when I got caught between some cars and dropped a few spots. It was just a hard day for the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet, with struggling to maintain tires and get back to the front of the pack. I'm happy for Scott (Dixon) for scoring another podium, but the 10 car definitely needs to get back up to the front."

    SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 11 Team Mistic E-Cigs-KVSH Chevrolet): "We had a great day. The Mistic machine was awesome. It's just Race Control ruined it for us. You can't leave two drivers stranded out there because they did a great job. Simon (Pagenaud) and I were managing our tires better than most people, we were first and second and we were going to come into the pits a few laps later and they called a caution for debris. They should have let us know they were going to call a caution and given us a chance to pit. They didn't do that and it ruined our day. After that, it was recovery mode. Thankfully, we had a great car and we beat all the guys we were competing against... some guys in front of us and the guys who were on the same strategy. But you can't overcome being dropped to the back of the pack like that. That was a shame because it should have been a very different day. The Mistic crew did a great job and we will keep trying, but for sure it is very frustrating."  

    TAKUMA SATO (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda): "It was good to finish the race under the very tough and difficult circumstances. At the start of the race we gained a couple positions and we were working through our strategy when the yellow came out and we tried to take advantage of it, so we pitted. I think the decision was OK as there were a couple other good cars on the same strategy. We used red (alternate) tires in two stints, but one stint was really long and later in that stint we were struggling to keep pace quite a lot. Now you can say we should have come in, change tires, get a splash of fuel, etc., but at that time it was a difficult decision. We were losing a lot of positions, but the team decided at the time to stay out so I would only have one more pit stop. It was a tough day. And I had the collision with Will (Power), which looked like he didn't see me when I was already committed into the turn. He just came out of the pit and we were side by side and I tried to avoid him, but it was not possible. He is the last guy I would want to hit out there. It was a tough day but we learned something for both cars and hopefully we can put it to good use for the Indy grand prix."

    RODOLFO GONZALEZ (No. 18 Dale Coyne Honda): "We were really competitive and it is a bit misleading to see a 20th-place finish because we had made up some really good ground during the race.  I had a lot of interesting battles with some big names in the series, so that was good. We finished quite a few places below where we were running a lot of the day because we took a little gamble on fuel at the end and didn't have enough to make it to the end. We were still running pretty good even though I was saving fuel and then I had to save even more, which was difficult. We ran as high as 10th and were running P15 at the time. I had some good battles with (Juan Pablo) Montoya and (Takuma) Sato, who are very good drivers. Two laps from the end, we didn't quite make the fuel numbers and it was disappointing I had to come in and finish 20th. In the end, it was good experience and in the future I just have to be more cautious of the way I save fuel."

    FRANCESCO DRACONE (No. 19 Dale Coyne Honda): "This felt like a never-ending race because of all of the track action and how physical it was out there. I was a little disappointed in my performance during some phases of the race, but there were others where I gave some guys a good battle when I was in the middle of the pack. I got my lap back and was slightly off strategy, so I was fighting for position for a while with some fast guys. During the last stint someone came into my rear tire and we had to do an extra pit stop. I didn't have any more (alternate) red tires left so we had to go to black and I ended up last because of this. I think I would have finished 21st or something without that puncture. The strategy was really good and I was running in clean air, but someone hit my tire and that was it."

    SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet): "We had plenty of pace in the Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet. Plenty. Plenty. We would have challenged for the win. In the first stint when we got by Will (Power), we were looking really strong coming up on Helio (Castroneves) and (Josef) Newgarden. It was a little bit of a shame. We just got unlucky with the yellow there. From then on we had to be really aggressive and attack and pass people, which we did. That was fun from that part; I'm happy with my driving. But I feel like we had a much better car than the result we actually had, but there are always some outside factors you can't control. Congratulations to Newgarden on his first win. He deserves it. He has been knocking on the door for a long time. I'm really happy for him."

    CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 26 AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda): "I think sixth for me is like a victory today. I mean, I always want to win, but this sixth feels so good because of how we started the weekend. Starting 22nd at Barber (Motorsports Park), it is really hard to make your way to the front. My team did a great job - in pit stops, in strategy. I think I did a great job at saving fuel; I'm more or less a rookie at saving fuel, but I think now I have my 'saving fuel degree' from university (laughs). Now I'm looking forward to the next one."

    MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 27 Snapple Honda): "I lost too much time early in the stint to (Scott) Dixon and Ryan (Hunter-Reay). I had a go at Dixon... I got pushed off the track, so we lost a lot of track position. I lost a lot of time, really, in that stint trying to conserve (fuel). I need to get better at managing, but we were losing the rear tires, so it was a real struggle."

    JACK HAWKSWORTH (No. 41 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda): "I didn't get a great start off the line, got caught in it in the first corner, but got my rhythm in the first stint and picked off a few cars. Then we pitted and had a good second stint and were running with (Simon) Pagenaud and (Tony) Kanaan. Then on the restart, I passed Pagenaud but couldn't stop the car on the exit and I ended up losing that spot. Then we settled into a rhythm and were doing OK, but we died there on the reds (alternate tires) at the end and should have pitted a lap earlier. When we did pit we had an issue and we lost a lot of time in the pits, so then it was day done. We just had to bring the car home. It's disappointing really because we could have gotten a top 10 or 11 out of it. So a bit disappointed."

    CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet): "It was kind of a frustrating race with some of the calls that were made and I think they're worth investigating further. Overall, the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew just never stopped fighting. We had really good pit stops. We did get caught out with that first yellow and had to go with an alternate strategy, but we were quick when we needed to be. I mean to be knocking on the door of a top-10 finish after our strategy went completely wrong is a pretty good result for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet. I'm looking forward to the Indy road course and the entire month of May. I feel like we made a big step as a team this weekend and hopefully we can keep that up in a few weekends at the GP of Indianapolis."

    GABBY CHAVES (No. 98 Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Honda): "We ended up with the right strategy to take us to a possible top-eight finish. One of our stints on the (alternate) red tires, we just couldn't hang on to the handling. About four or five laps in, and it just took us off the pace. I'm very happy we again showed our strength in race trim and had strong stops by the BHA guys."

  • NHRA Kansas Nationals offers nitro blast Memorial Day weekend

    The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returns to venerable Heartland Park Topeka on Memorial Day weekend for the 27th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals, May 22-24.

    The best in Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock will again face off to get their hands on the coveted Wally during one of the most exciting events of the year. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel), Courtney Force (Funny Car), and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

    The NHRA Kansas Nationals is a tradition-rich event in the heart of the Midwest, where drag racing history has been made repeatedly, leaving fans on the edges of their seats. Heartland Park Topeka was the site of the first four-second and 300-mph passes in Funny Car, set by Chuck Etchells and Jim Epler, respectively, as well as the site of the 100th win by a female driver in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, achieved by Force last season.

    The NHRA action is sure to heat up Memorial Day weekend, annually one of the biggest and most anticipated weekends of auto racing in the United States.

    Last year in Top Fuel, Massey scored his second win of the season and second in Topeka, defeating 2013 world champ Shawn Langdon to win the event. Massey won one more race, in the Countdown to the Championship, and ended the season in third place in points. The driver of the Red Fuel dragster already has a win this season in Gainesville and will try to make it two for the year at the multipurpose facility in the Kansas capital city.

    Three-time Top Fuel world champ Larry Dixon has two wins at the facility, his last in 2009. Dixon, driver of the C&J Energy Services dragster, has had an interesting start to the year. He walked away from a spectacular high-speed crash in Gainesville and rebounded to post a runner-up finish in Las Vegas. Others to watch in the Top Fuel field include 2013 Topeka winner Langdon, 2012 world champ Antron Brown, 2006 Topeka winner and recent Houston champ Doug Kalitta, Las Vegas winner Richie Crampton, 2014 Topeka No. 1 qualifier Brittany Force, and J.R. Todd.

    The Force family has hit a number of milestones at speedy Heartland Park. The 16-time Funny Car world champion, John Force, has nine wins in Topeka, the most for any driver in a Pro category, but none since 2008. At the event last year, John’s daughter Courtney raced to the 100th victory by a woman in Mello Yello Series history. She also secured the No. 1 qualifying spot, as did sister Brittany in Top Fuel, marking the first time in history that sisters were top qualifiers at the same event.

    The Force team returns to Heartland Park Topeka with a different look in 2015. Armed with a new sponsor and manufacturer, the elder Force will attempt to drive his Peak Antifreeze Chevy Camaro SS into the winner’s circle for the second time this season following his win in Las Vegas. Courtney will pilot her new-look Traxxas Chevy Camaro SS in search of a second Topeka victory. John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight has two victories at Heartland Park Topeka at the controls of his Auto Club Camaro SS.

    Two-time Funny Car world champ Cruz Pedregon has four wins at the track and will be gunning for a fifth after a runner-up finish at the event last year. Ron Capps, this season’s winner in Gainesville and Houston, would love to tie Pedregon with four wins at the facility. His Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jack Beckman, who won the Charlotte event in March, claimed a victory here in 2012 en route to his first Funny Car world championship. Notably absent from the Topeka winner’s circle is two-time and defending world champ Matt Hagan. Three-time national event winner Alexis DeJoria, Del Worsham, two-time world champ Tony Pedregon, Tim Wilkerson, and Chad Head are a few of the other Funny Car competitors who are expected to compete for victory in the Sunflower State.

    Defending Pro Stock winner Johnson will be looking for a fourth Topeka win. He has struggled to start 2015, but Topeka has proven to be a productive venue for the driver of the Magneti Marelli Dodge Dart.

    Perhaps the hottest drivers to start the Pro Stock season are reigning Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders-Stevens, who has won the last two events on the schedule, and four-time world champ Greg Anderson. Enders-Stevens leads the Pro Stock points and is looking for her 14th victory and first at the NHRA Kansas Nationals. Anderson, driver of the Summit Racing Chevy Camaro, was the winner in Gainesville and runner-up in Charlotte and has a successful pedigree in Topeka with four wins.

    Shane Gray secured a victory in Topeka in 2011 and will try to score his first of the season. Jason Line, Vincent Nobile, V. Gaines, and Chris McGaha also figure to be major factors in the 200-mph factory hot rod category.

    As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers as they’re granted an exclusive pit pass to the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet. This unique opportunity in motorsports gives fans direct access to the teams, allowing them to see firsthand the highly skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds and enjoy cherished face time with and get autographs from their favorite NHRA drivers.

    Fans also will want to visit NHRA’s popular Nitro Alley and Manufacturers Midway, where sponsors and race vendors create a carnival atmosphere with interactive displays, simulated competitions, merchandise, food, and fun for the entire family.

    NHRA’s Baptism by Nitro campaign will make its first appearance in Topeka. Inspired by the popular phrase “baptism by fire,” commonly used to describe when an individual is thrust into a new situation, experience, or environment, Baptism by Nitro is NHRA’s call to encourage longtime fans to introduce a family member or friend to the heart-pounding atmosphere of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

    Throughout the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, NHRA fans are encouraged to share first-time Baptism by Nitro fan experiences on social media. Prizes will be given all year to the best nitro rookie reactions captured in the pits or in the grandstands and posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. All posts should include the hashtag #BaptismbyNitro and tag @NHRA.

  • NISSAN Confirmed as naming rights sponsor for Winton

    The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara will be the name behind Event four of the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria this weekend.

    The event will be known as the NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint to celebrate the upcoming launch of Nissan’s latest pick-up utility.

    As well as event naming rights sponsorship, Michael Caruso’s #23 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar will race at Winton in a fresh NP300 Navara livery.

    The striking red colour scheme of the #23 NP300 Navara Nissan Altima V8 Supercar is also a nod to the upcoming race debut of the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LM P1 car at next month’s Le Mans 24 Hour, part of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

    Fans attending the NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint will get a chance to see the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara on display at the circuit this weekend.

    The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara is ‘powerful made clever’, a tough, powerful and capable vehicle with premium ride, comfort and interior, smart technologies and sleek, modern styling.

    NP300 Navara is built on Nissan’s 80 year history of building reliable and innovative pick-up utilities, or ‘utes’, with over 14 million Nissan pick-ups sold globally.

    “Winton is a great fit with our all-new Nissan NP300 Navara,” said Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Managing Director and CEO Richard Emery.

    “This event is a favourite with dedicated motorsport fans, many of which will be driving to the event or camping at the circuit with their own Navara.

    “The NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint comes at an opportune time for us as the NP300 Navara goes on sale in Nissan dealerships around Australia in the days following this weekend’s event.”

    The NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint also marks the 30th anniversary of the first time the rural circuit hosted the Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercars Championship in 1985.

    Nissan has taken victory at Winton in 1989 (George Fury, Nissan Skyline), 1990 (Jim Richards, Nissan Skyline), 1991 (Jim Richards, Nissan GT-R) 1992 (Mark Skaife, Nissan GT-R) and 2013 (James Moffat, Nissan Altima).

  • NT pledges further $8 million to Hidden Valley

    The Northern Territory Government has confirmed an additional $8.05 million worth of funding for upgrades to Hidden Valley Raceway.

    NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has announced the funding ahead of the territory’s 2015 Budget.

    It comes in addition to the $9.6 million of public support for upgrades at the venue undertaken over the last 18 months.

    Recent work has included a full resurfacing of the circuit, completed late last year, and the replacement of the earth-filled tyre bundles between turns 1 to 4 with concrete.

    The latest funding consists of $4 million to replace water mains and systems, $2 million to install a glass-fronted structure that includes seating, bar and kiosk and a VIP area, $1 million to install lighting and power for the pit area $750,000 for upgrades to the Darwin speedway race surface, $200,000 to upgrade air fences and $100,000 to install WiFi throughout the complex.

    According to Mr Giles, the continued upgrades will help keep the V8 Supercars Championship coming back to the NT once the current contract between the parties expires in 2018.

    “The Territory is fast building a reputation as a haven for motorsports and this significant investment will help ensure events like the V8 Supercars are here to stay,” Mr Giles said.

    “Motorsports fans have a lot to look forward to in Budget 2015 with a multi-million dollar package of sports infrastructure spending right across the Territory.”

    Funding for a new Summernats-style modified car festival in Alice Springs is also expected in the 2015 Budget ahead of the inaugural event in September.

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  • Pierce Powers Hell Tour Win at Belle-Clair

    Bobby Pierce powered from pole to checkers on Wednesday night at Belle-Clair Speedway to earn his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season.

    Pierce, who leads the tour’s championship battle, held off Rodney Melvin midway through the 40-lap main event and fought off Shannon Babb down the stretch to earn the $5,000 victory.

    Babb, whose two-race win streak ended with Pierce’s win, Melvin, Ryan Unzicker and former Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard rounded out the top five.

    “It feels really good,” said Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., who also won last year’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals event at Belle-Clair. “This is starting to become one of my favorite tracks. I’m really good at these little bullrings. You can get up on the cushion and get a good run off.”

    The DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour heads to Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway on Thursday night.

    DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Belle-Clair Speedway; Belleville, Ill.; June 24, 2015

    A-MAIN (40 LAPS) - 1. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL ($5,000); 2. (18) Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL; 3. (27M) Rodney Melvin, Benton, IL; 4. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 5. (B5) Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL; 6. (1S) Rick Salter, Auiston, IL; 7. (78) Chad Zobrist, Highland, IL; 8. (33X) Tim Manville, Troy, IL; 9. (C8) Timothy Culp, Sheridan, AR; 10. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr, Batesville, AR; 11. (6K) Michael Kloos, Trenton, IL; 12. (91) Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX; 13. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 14. (81JR) Jason Riggs, Harrisburg, IL; 15. (10) Daryn Klein, Fairview Heights, IL; 16. (38L) Ryan Little, Springfield, IL; 17. (87) Jason Zobrist, Highland, IL; 18. (16H) Mike Hammerle, St Charles, IL; 19. (1M) Jim Moon, New Florence, MO; 20. (4) Jason Suhre, Highland, IL; 21. (12B) Kevin Weaver, Gibson City, IL; 22. (7) Matt Weidner, Highland, IL.

    HEAT RACE WINNERS: Rodney Melvin, Daryn Klein, Tyler Erb and Bobby Pierce.

  • Porsche scores a double in a thrilling race!

    263 500 spectators! Le Mans again attracted a bumper crowd this year, which set a new record. Porsche scored a magnificent 17th victory thanks to Hülkenburg, Bamber and Tandy in no. 19 while no. 17 in the hands of Bernhard, Webber and Harley finished second giving the German make a double.

    LM P1
    Four major manufacturers were entered in the blue riband category, LM P1, for the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours. Audi and Porsche defended German colours with almost equally-powered cars against a Japanese duo Toyota, the reigning world champion, and Nissan, making its comeback to top-level racing, with a greater performance disparity.

    In the German-Japanese battle the German camp came out on top in terms of speed and endurance thanks mainly to Porsche. The two German manufacturers were locked in a no-holds-barred fight throughout the race. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro and Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers rivalled each other in terms of daring at over 240 km/h when allowed to do so by track conditions.

    Logically speaking, the only car that didn’t run into trouble won the race. The no. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid scored the German make’s 17th victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. It got the better of Audi, but not without a few difficulties, as the latter’s cars were delayed by a succession of glitches. The first Audi to drop back was no. 8 on late Saturday afternoon after hitting the guardrail between Mulsanne and Arnage. After taking the fight to the no. 19 Porsche all night no. 7 lost its engine cover at 06h55 on Sunday morning. As a result of a slight contact with a Ferrari during the night and problems with its left-hand front hybrid system, no. 9 was the last of the Audi Team Joest cars to run into trouble, which prevented the Ingolstadt manufacturer from scoring its 14th victory.

    In the meantime, the two rookies German Nico Hülkenberg, the only current F1 driver in the race, New Zealander Earl Bamber and Englishman Nick Tandy (2 Sarthe outings), continued racking up the stints without faltering, and took a lead they were never to lose on lap 252 on Sunday morning when the no. 7 Audi fell back.

    The No. 17 Porsche driven by Webber, Bernhard and Hartley finished on the second step of the podium. The car held the lead in the early stages of the race, but it too lost ground in the evening after being hit by a 1-minute penalty for overtaking under yellow flags. At the chequered flag it was only 1 lap behind its sister car that had covered 395 laps, only two fewer than the overall distance record for the race!

    In the Japanese camp Toyota put on a good show although the TS040 Hybrid was outpaced by the German cars. No. 2 in the hands of Sarrazin-Wurz-Conway was the highest placed (6th) eight laps behind the winner. Only one of the three Nissans on the grid finished after nos 21 and 23 had retired early on in the night and two hours before the finish respectively. No. 22 took the flag, but was an unclassified finisher as it hadn’t done at least 70%, of the distance covered by the winner.

    LM P2
    Clean sweep for the Hong Kong-based team KCMG that won the race after setting the fastest time in qualifying. Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre and his British team-mates Matthew Hewson and Richard Bradley in the no. 47 Nissan-engined Oreca 05 had to fight hard to beat their rivals, especially the armada of Ligiers, which were hit with a string of race incidents (fire on no. 26 and penalties on no. 28). KCMG then had to cope with the threat from another Oreca 05 entered by Thiriet by TDS Racing. It gave the blue and silver car a run for its money in the opening stages of the race before a collision in the middle of the night in the Forza Motorsport chicane. The no. 99 Aston Martin leading its category rear-ended the no 46 Oreca driven by Tristan Gommendy. While no.99 was able to restart the French car suffered terminal damage in the incident. The no. 38 Gibson O15S run by English team Jota Motorsport, victorious in 2014, finished second less than a minute behind the winners followed by the no. 26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2.

    LM GTE Pro
    The race got off to a flying start in the LM GTE Pro category, which had lost one of its potential victory contenders in qualifying when the no. 63 Corvette crashed heavily, and the car couldn’t be repaired in time for the race. The title defender, the no. 51 Ferrari, led first time round, but it was soon overtaken by the Aston Martins. Porsche lost a car early on when no. 92’s engine caught fire on Les Hunaudières at 15h18 with Patrick Pilet at the wheel. Thus, all the hopes of Team Porsche Manthey reposed on no. 91 that was in third place on Sunday morning before having to pit with a leak in the gearbox. The no. 51 Ferrari let the no. 64 Corvette fight it out with the nos 99, 95, and 97 Aston Martins, and then retook the lead at 05h00 on Sunday morning after which it became involved in a ding-dong battle with the Corvette. But the Italian car ran into problems, and at 11h00 it was pushed into its garage for repairs to the gearbox. It rejoined in third place behind its sister car no. 71 under threat from the no. 95 Aston Martin.

    With a five-lap lead with two hours to go to the finish Gavin-Taylor-Milner in no. 64 were able to ease off as 15h00 approached. They took the flag to give General Motors its eighth victory at Le Mans, the first for the Chevrolet Corvette C7 that covered 337 laps and finishing 17th overall. The nos 71 and 51 Ferraris completed the top 3.

    LM GTE Am
    The no. 98 Aston Martin, which dominated qualifying in the hands of Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda, led the category in the race although the no 72 SMP Racing Ferrari and the no. 83 458 Italia entered by AF Corse posed a threat to the English car. Throughout the night the no. 72 Ferrari was never far behind and went into the lead whenever no. 98 refuelled.

    On Sunday morning no. 72 driven by Viktor Shaiter went straight on at Indianapolis. This incident looked like it had handed victory to the Aston Martin until 46 minutes from the finish Canadian driver Paul Dalla Lana lost control of his car and hit the guardrail in the Ford corners. Although he got out of the Vantage V8 unhurt he was unable to restart. It proved to be a very cruel race for Aston Martin that had already lost a car, no. 96, at 07h39 on Sunday morning. Roald Goethe had a big shunt in the Karting corner and was taken to the Le Mans hospital centre to undergo examinations. Behind the leaders there was a superb scrap between the no. 77 Porsche entered by Dempsey Proton Racing and the no. 62 Ferrari run by American squad, Scuderia Corsa. They finished in this order behind the no. 72 Ferrari of Basov, Shaytar and Bertolini who had taken the lead in LM GTE Am. So Patrick Dempsey fulfilled a dream by appearing on the podium of the Le Mans 24 Hours with his fellow-countryman, Patrick Long, and German Marco Sieefried after a great race.

  • Power Wins Third Consecutive 600 Pole

    Will Power earned the Verizon P1 Award for the third consecutive year at the Texas Motor Speedway oval and tied a legendary Indy car driver for career pole positions in the process.

    Driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power recorded a two-lap average speed of 218.519 mph (47.9410 cumulative seconds) as the first of 23 Verizon IndyCar Series qualifiers for the Firestone 600 to be run under the lights June 6 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). It is Power's fourth pole this season and 40th of his 11-year career, tying him with retired Team Penske driver Rick Mears for fifth place on the all-time list.

    Power set track qualifying lap records earlier this season on street courses at St. Petersburg and Detroit Belle Isle, as well as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He was six-tenths of a second off his 2013 Texas Motor Speedway two-lap qualifying record on the 1.455-mile, high-banked oval and led a Team Penske sweep of the top-three qualifying positions.

    "When I drew No. 1 (in the qualifying order), I was a bit worried about conditions, but it stayed consistent throughout the whole run of qualifying," said Power. "I was really happy to get pole, honestly. I felt if I could be in the top five, I'd be happy. Starting first, really happy about that."

    Power will be seeking his second victory at Texas Motor Speedway in the 248-lap event. He won the second race of the same-day doubleheader in 2011.

    "The race will be interesting," he said. "There are many (aero kit) components you can put on the car to add downforce, but it's really draggy so it's going to be about finding the compromise between speed loss and grip."

    Simon Pagenaud, fastest in the late-morning practice in the No. 22 Avaya Team Penske Chevrolet, earned his third front-row start of the season with a two-lap average speed of 218.441 mph.

    "I just missed it by a little bit," said Pagenaud, who posted the fastest lap of the practice session at 218.744 mph.

    Helio Castroneves, who has won four times at Texas Motor Speedway, qualified third (218.069 mph) in the No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet. Carlos Munoz, winner of the first race last weekend at Belle Isle, broke the Penske stranglehold up front by qualifying fourth (217.831 mph) in the No. 26 AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda for Andretti Autosport.

    Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya (217.530) and Graham Rahal (217.438) qualified on Row 3.

    "Starting up toward the front with these boys is exactly where we need to be. Obviously, points are a big focus for us right now," said Rahal, who is fifth in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings in the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda. "It is going to be a tough race; everybody is going to have to manage their tires as well as they can. I feel like our race car is pretty good and I feel like track position is going to be pretty important here, too."

    Ryan Hunter-Reay, uninjured in a crash in the morning practice, qualified his repaired No. 28 DHL Honda 21st.

    1. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 218.519   
    2. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 218.441   
    3. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 218.069   
    4. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 217.831    
    5. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 217.530   
    6. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 217.438   
    7. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 217.411   
    8. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 217.337   
    9. (83) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 217.323   
    10. (8) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 216.920   
    11. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 216.876   
    12. (7) James Jakes, Honda, 216.864   
    13. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 216.686   
    14. (67) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 216.210   
    15. (20) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 216.197    
    16. (19) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 215.929   
    17. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 215.621   
    18. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 215.303   
    19. (5) Ryan Briscoe, Honda, 215.162   
    20. (98) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 215.146   
    21. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 215.026   
    22. (18) Pippa Mann, Honda, 214.654   
    23. (4) Stefano Coletti, Chevrolet, 211.930   

  • Press Conference - Knoxville 2015

  • Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas: Can it get any better?

    The 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship continues with the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, after a thrilling opening race in Qatar.

    As the paddock prepares for the race at the 5.5 km Circuit of the Americas, there are a number of talking points on everyone’s lips with fans wondering if it could possibly get any better after an incredible opening round under the floodlights in Qatar. It is the third year in a row that the MotoGP™ World Championship returns to COTA, with Honda having completed a 1-2 (Marquez and Pedrosa) at each previous race.

    Ducati confirmed that they are “back” in Qatar, completing the reversal in the Italian manufacturers fortunes since Luigi Dall’Igna joined the factory team as Sporting Director from Aprilia at the end of the 2013 season. The new GP15 showed that it was not just a “one-lap wonder” on the softer tyre option and Dovizioso will fancy his chances after he claimed his first podium for Ducati in Austin last season. One change for the Ducati Team and Pramac Racing, is that they will now have to make do with 22 litres of fuel as opposed to 24, after achieving three podiums in the last two seasons.

    Valentino Rossi was the focus of the world’s media after taking a spectacular race win under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit. Can Rossi produce the same in Austin? There is no doubt that the nine-time World Champion still has the same hunger for success as when he made his World Championship debut 20 years ago, although his best finish in Austin is a 6th place back in 2013. His teammate Jorge Lorenzo had to make do with 4th in Qatar, after he experienced an issue with his helmet that ruined his chances for the win. The Spaniard had actually led the race at times and was dicing with the Ducati’s until the problem, but believes he can be battling it out for the race win in Austin where he has a best place finish of 3rd.

    Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez got his title defence off to the worst possible start in Qatar, when he ran wide at the very first corner, eventually finishing the race in 5th. Marquez will be confident he can respond in Austin having won the previous two races held at the circuit. In fact the Spanish rider actually left COTA last year having topped every practice session, qualified on pole, and led every lap of the race on the way to his win, setting a new Circuit Record in the process.

    Dani Pedrosa confirmed he will miss the Americas & Argentina rounds due to the arm pump issue that he revealed after the Qatar race, which  has been affecting him for the past year. The Spaniard will be replaced by Hiroshi Aoyama, who has filled in for Pedrosa before at the Dutch TT in Assen in 2011. Aoyama has 64 races under his belt in the MotoGP™ class, and finished 12th last year in Austin on the Aspar Honda RCV1000R.

    Suzuki made their return to MotoGP™ in Qatar, and as to be expected there were some teething problems for the Japanese manufacturer, with both Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales down on power compared to their rivals. Team Suzuki Ecstar have never raced at COTA before, as the track was added to the MotoGP™ calendar after the Japanese manufacturer left the class in 2011.

    CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow won the battle of the satellite riders during the first round, finishing 0.5s ahead of his compatriot Bradley Smith on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha. Crutchlow crashed out of the Austin race last year, but in 2013 he managed a creditable 4th place. These two look set for a season long battle and it should be close once again as Smith also seems to like the track, finishing 5th at COTA last season as the leading Yamaha. His teammate Pol Espargaro should also be in the mix having only lost out to the British rider by just 0.1s in Qatar.

    Expect to see more from Scott Redding on the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V after he crashed out on the 2nd lap of the Austin GP last year, plus don't forget the Pramac Racing bikes of Yonny Hernandez and Danilo Petrucci which once again could perform well in qualifying as they make use of their softer tyre option.

    Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera was the top Open class rider at Losail, although he should face a tougher fight from German Stefan Bradl on the Athina Forward Racing bike this time around, with the German taking 4th at COTA in 2014.

    CWM LCR Honda’s Jack Miller will be hoping to improve his fortunes after he crashed out of his MotoGP™ debut in Qatar, and he has tasted success at COTA before having won the 2014 Moto3™ race in Austin from pole position.

    One man who will be looking for a good result in Austin is Aspar MotoGP Team’s Nicky Hayden who will be his starting 200th MotoGP™ race in front of his home fans, with his previous best finish at the circuit being a 9th place two seasons ago.

    The Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas takes place between 10-12 April, with practice on the Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.

  • Richards Edges Clanton In Thrilling Finish At Brighton

    Josh Richards was fast all night at Saturday's Dibbits Excavating and Vanderlaan Building Products Mud Slinger 50 presented by Excel Tower Service at Brighton Speedway. But in the final 10 laps, the three-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion needed more patience than speed to claim his fourth series victory of the season.

    After leading from the start of the 50-lap race, Richards, 27, of Shinnston, W.Va., expertly picked his way through heavy traffic during the race's closing laps and held off points leader Shane Clanton's furious late charge to win the second round of the Great Northern Tour in a side-by-side finish at the third-mile oval.

    "It was all about patience tonight," said Richards, who earned the 53rd WoO LMS victory of his career in just the second series race ever held at the Ontario track. "I just stayed really patient because there was really nowhere to go.

    "I knew Shane was coming and we kept getting boxed in. I saw Shane at the white flag, but I knew if I could just keep my speed up and not have (a lapped car) push up into me I could win it."

    Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., nearly pulled off the last-lap pass when Richards was forced to drive to the high side of the slower machine of Boom Briggs entering turn three, but the low line was blocked just enough by Briggs to slow Clanton's run off the corner. Richards edged back ahead to claim a $10,650 victory by a thin margin of 0.142 seconds.

    The victory was a nice rebound for Richards, who finished seventh in the Great Northern Tour opener at Fonda (N.Y.) Speedway on Thursday after an engine problem forced him to start from the tail of the main event in a backup car.

    With Clanton winning the Fonda race and scoring points in the championship chase, Richards was happy to regain at least a few points on Saturday. He heads into round three of the Great Northern Tour at Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway on Sunday 94 points behind Clanton.

    "I feel like we've had a really fast car most of the year, but we've just had a lot of bad breaks like what happened at Fonda," said Richards, who thanked the crew on his Valvoline-sponsored Rocket Chassis house car team for their hard work repairing the issues from Thursday to get ready for Saturday's race. "Shane's been really fast and consistent. We've just got to focus on winning races and finishing up front. It felt really good to get a win tonight and pick up some points, even if it was only a few."

    Clanton settled for the runner-up spot in notching his 15th top-five finish in 18 races this season. Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., crossed the finish line third, well behind the lead battle. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, was just behind McCreadie in fourth with Rick Eckert of York, Pa., rounding out the top five.

    Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., was sixth at the finish, while Ross Robinson of Georgetown, Del., advanced from the 11th starting spot to finish seventh. Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., finished eighth with Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., ninth and Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., 10th.

    Gunning for what would have been his second straight WoO LMS victory and his sixth on the season, Clanton challenged Richards through the middle portions of the race and gave all he had to catch Richards in the closing laps. But his Weldbank Energy Capital Race Cars house car came up half a car short of completing the winning pass.

    "I tried the top, bottom, middle - it didn't matter," Clanton said of his late-race bid for the lead. "We were doing all we could to get by him, but he was just a bit better in lapped traffic.

    "I got to running the top and caught him a little bit, but then I think I hurt my tires and got them a little too hot. I caught him at the end when he got boxed in behind those cars and made a valiant effort on the last lap."

    The race was slowed by four cautions. The first appeared with two laps complete for a tangle back in the pack involving Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon, Pa., and Steve Baldwin of Trenton, Ont. Another yellow flag waved just after the restart for the slowing machine of Charlie Sandercock of Belleville, Ont. A lap-8 caution was for Union, Ky., driver Darrell Lanigan's brief adventure off the banking in turn four, and a flat tire for Bernheisel brought out the final caution with nine laps complete.

    WoO LMS competitors move to another Canada oval on Sunday in Cornwall (Ont.) Motor Speedway for round three of the Great Northern Tour. The four-race trek concludes on Tuesday with a visit to Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway.

    The Great Northern Tour serves as a precursor to one of the season's biggest race weekends in Lernerville Speedway's ninth annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com. The crown jewel event features three nights of WoO LMS action kicking off Thursday, June 25. It all builds toward the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win Firecracker 100 finale on Saturday, June 27.

    For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries.

    Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Dibbits Excavating and Vanderlaan Building Products Mud Slinger 50 presented by Excel Tower Service at Brighton Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

    1. (1) Josh Richards/50 $10,650
    2. (2) Shane Clanton/50 $5,600
    3. (3) Tim McCreadie/50 $3,650
    4. (5) Morgan Bagley/50 $3,050
    5. (7) Rick Eckert/50 $2,650
    6. (9) Chub Frank/50 $2,250
    7. (11) Ross Robinson/50 $1,900
    8. (4) Eric Wells/50 $1,850
    9. (17) Chase Junghans/50 $1,750
    10. (8) Gregg Satterlee/50 $1,200
    11. (14) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,700
    12. (6) Frank Heckenast Jr./50 $1,550
    13. (10) Greg Oakes/50 $1,000
    14. (13) Boom Briggs/50 $1,450
    15. (19) Andrew Reaume/49 $850
    16. (15) Jordan Yaggy/49 $1,050
    17. (20) Brandon Overton/49 $1,320
    18. (16) Bryan Bernheisel/45 $750
    19. (23) Philip Potts/38 $730
    20. (24) Steve Baldwin/36 $700
    21. (22) Jim Bernheisel/22 $700
    22. (18) Corey Earl/9 $700
    23. (12) Charlie Sandercock/2 $700
    24. (21) Michael Oakes/2 $725

    Time of Race: 24 Mins., 10 Secs.
    Margin of Victory: 0.142 Secs.
    Yellow Flags: Four (laps 2, 2, 8, & 9)
    Lap Leaders: Richards (1-50)
    Provisional Starters: Potts, Baldwin
    WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' Winner: Robinson ($500)
    WoO LMS 'Rookie of the Race' Winner: Yaggy ($250)

    Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

    Group A

    1. 22-Gregg Satterlee, Rochester Mills, Pa., 13.289
    2. 22G-Greg Oakes, Franklinville, N.Y., 13.423
    3. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 13.431
    4. 29-Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky., 13.465
    5. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., 13.516
    6. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 13.553
    7. 99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 13.594
    8. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 13.624
    9. 88-Andrew Reaume, Blenheim, Ont. , 13.745
    10. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 13.758
    11. 22JR-Michael Oakes, Franklinville, N.Y., 13.824
    12. 29P-Philip Potts, Frankford, Ont., 14.131
    13. 5-Steve Baldwin, Trenton, Ont., 14.303
    14. 46-Brandon Mowat, Brighton, Ont., 14.440
    15. 77-Caley Weese, Carrying Place, Ont., 14.819
    16. 11P-Jordan Peters, Fort Erie, Ont., 15.755

    Group B

    1. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 13.205
    2. 14m-Morgan Bagley, Longview, Texas, 13.468
    3. 76-Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga., 13.493
    4. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 13.520
    5. 77-Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, Minn., 13.523
    6. 57-Charlie Sandercock, Belleville, Ont., 13.559
    7. 7v-Rick Eckert, York, Pa., 13.560
    8. 119B-Bryan Bernheisel, Lebanon, Pa., 13.566
    9. 7R-Ross Robinson, Georgetown, Del., 13.707
    10. 119-Jim Bernheisel, Lebanon, Pa., 13.925
    11. 92-Adam Turner, Cherry Valley, Ont., 14.425
    12. 42-Adam Nayler, Wooler, Ont., 14.460
    13. 97-David McDonald, Brighton, Ont., 14.478
    14. 12-Kyle Sopaz, Trenton, Ont., 14.515
    15. 1M-Andy Mayhew, Pickon, Ont., 14.666
    16. 11-Corey Earl, Picton, Ont., 15.266

    Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Wells, Satterlee, Frank, Briggs, Reaume, M.Oakes, Weese, Baldwin.

    Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Heckenast, McCreadie, G.Oakes, Lanigan, Junghans, Potts, Mowat, Peters.

    Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Clanton, Eckert, Robinson, Yaggy, Overton, McDonald, Turner, Mayhew.

    Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Bagley, Sandercock, B.Bernheisel, Earl, J.Bernheisel, Sopaz, Nayler.

    B-Main No. 1 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Junghans, Reaume, Oakes, Potts, Baldwin, Mowat, Peters, Weese.

    B-Main No. 2 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Earl, Overton, J.Bernheisel, Turner, McDonald, Mayhew, Sopaz, Nayler.

    World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):

    Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Clanton
    Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Richards
    MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Richards
    Quartermaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Clanton
    Wrisco (three sheets of aluminum/certificate to A-Main winner): Richards
    Mobil 1 ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Bagley
    JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Eckert
    Lincoln Welders ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Frank
    VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Satterlee
    Edelbrock ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main): Junghans
    Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Satterlee
    Cometic ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Heckenast
    JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): G.Oakes
    Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Briggs
    Quartermaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Reaume
    JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 16th-place finisher in A-Main): Yaggy
    Quartermaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Potts
    Mobil 1 (20 percent certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): B.Bernheisel
    JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 21st-place finisher in A-Main): J.Bernheisel
    MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): M.Oakes
    QA1 ($50 to driver with fastest lap of the night): Clanton
    Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 certificate to highest-finishing non-WoO driver): Robinson

    2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of June 20 - 18 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

    1. Shane Clanton 2558
    2. Josh Richards 2464 (-94)
    3. Darrell Lanigan 2418 (-140)
    4. Chub Frank 2396 (-162)
    5. Tim McCreadie 2312 (-246)
    6. Morgan Bagley 2300 (-258)
    7. Rick Eckert 2280 (-278)
    8. Eric Wells 2250 (-308)
    9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 2246 (-312)
    10. Chase Junghans 2194 (-364)
    11. Brandon Overton 2188 (-370)*
    12. Boom Briggs 2008 (-550)
    13. Jordan Yaggy 1886 (-672)*
    *Rookie of the Year contender prohibition applies regardless of the size or use of the drones or other UAVs. Karting Australia may permit on application the use of drones or other UAVs on a case-by-case basis.  Such Applications should be made with Karting Australia’s Media & Marketing Manager in writing.

  • Schatz Wins 9th Knoxville Nationals

    If anyone had any doubts as to whether or not Donny Schatz was going to earn his ninth Knoxville Nationals title, the North Dakota native made a statement by leading 50 laps flag-to-flag to win the 55th running of the FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.

    Making wholesale moves through traffic in the closing laps, Donny was asked about the very close passes, “It’s not the traffic that was bothering me. It was the restarts. It’s my job to get through traffic. If I can’t then I’m probably going to lose my job. The past couple weeks, seem like people get a run on you and can slide you, so you just had to do something different. One time I’d go to the bottom, one time I’d go to the top and keep mixing it up, but it’s hard to do that without mixing yourself up.”

    “The boss was here tonight. Can’t thank him [Tony Stewart] enough for all the support to allow us to be with Bad Boy Buggies, Chevrolet Performance, and all our marketing partners to do what we love to do.”

    Taking off from the pole, Donny Schatz jumped to the lead with Kerry Madsen in tow. Working low on the Knoxville Raceway, the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 was joined by the No. 29 of Kerry Madsen who railed the cushion.

    Closing on the lead on the third rotation, Madsen continued to build momentum, pulling to the back bumper Schatz off the fourth turn as the No. 15 swapped lines to the high side down the front stretch to block the run of the American Racing Custom Wheels No. 29.

    Keeping Donny within sight as the leaders hit traffic on Lap 10, the Bad Boy Buggies No. 15 found roads blocked, allowing Madsen to close in once again. With a full head of steam on Lap 12, Donny put a pair of slower cars between him and Madsen; leaving the Aussie to contend with Danny Lasoski.

    Coming from sixth, the GoMuddy.com No. 2 worked cushion to hub on the Knoxville Raceway, trading second with Madsen as the caution flew on Lap 16 for the No. 41 of Jason Johnson who shredded the left rear tire.

    Underway, Madsen kept pace into the first two turns with Lasoski in line. Unable to do anything with the No. 15, the race for second saw Lasoski taking the spot on Lap 25, just as the field came to the mid-point break.

    Changing gears on the No. 15 during the five minute break, Schatz took the high line with Danny charging low. Unable to advance to the lead, Donny began pulling away as Danny worked to hold his second position, but would slip to fourth on Lap 32 as Kerry Madsen flew by on the cushion with Brad Sweet taking the low line.

    Watching as the No. 15 pulled away with a 2.104 second advantage, the red flag flew on Lap 35 for the No. 51 of Paul McMahan who tripped the cushion in turn four battling for eighth with Bryan Clauson. Quick work by the Pit Crew put the CJB Motorsports No. 51 back on track for the restart.

    Splitting lines on the restart, Madsen again could not make work of the No. 15, but again had to contend with Brad Sweet. Working low on Lap 37, Brad Sweet all but had Madsen cleared, only to see the No. 29 squeeze between his Right Rear Tire and the wall.

    Going back and forth for the runner-up spot, the pair kept Schatz within seven tenths of a second as the caution waved again on Lap 40.

    Again keeping Schatz to under a second advantage, the pair worked to traffic on Lap 48 with Schatz boxed in by back markers. With the center line barely open, Donny threaded the needle, putting the finishing touches on his ninth FVP Knoxville Nationals victory; crossing 1.363 seconds ahead of Kerry Madsen.

    “I tried as hard as possible to get it done. I got behind him in dirty air and was just was jumping around on the cushion like an idiot, but I wasn’t going to leave anything on the table,” said Madsen. “I thought it was on there. I thought I had a quicker car and I just apologize for not getting the job done but he didn’t make a mistake the last 15 laps. I was ready to pounce, but it didn’t happen.”

    Holding on for third was Brad Sweet after a hard battle with the No. 29.

    “I tell you what this is a huge step in the right direction for Kasey Kahne Racing and the Ollie’s Bargain Barn Outlet. The car was really good. We hit on some stuff at the Front Row Challenge and we carried some momentum into here and when the time to hit it right in the A-Main was right, we hit it. I really didn’t want to see those yellows because I really felt like we were more maneuverable than the guys in front of us, but hats off to Donny. He makes it really hard to win this race.”

    Coming on strong in the second half of the feature event, Shane Stewart came from 12th to fourth with Joey Saldana completing the top-five. From 14th, Brian Brown crossed sixth with Daryn Pittman going from 15th to seventh. Having battled up front for so many laps, Danny Lasoski slipped to finish eighth with Lucas Wolfe ninth and Greg Hodnett earning hard-charger honros in tenth from the 23rd starting spot.


    Completed     A main         50 Laps     Completed
    Pos.     Car     Name, Hometown     Time     Points
    1.     15     Donny Schatz Fargo, ND
    2.     29     Kerry Madsen St. Marys, NSW, Aust
    3.     49     Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA
    4.     16     Shane Stewart Bixby, OK
    5.     71M     Joey Saldana Brownsburg, IN
    6.     21     Brian Brown Grain Valley, MO
    7.     9     Daryn Pittman Owasso, OK
    8.     2     Danny Lasoski Dover, MO
    9.     1Z     Lucas Wolfe Mechanicsburg, PA
    10.     27     Greg Hodnett Spring Grove, PA
    11.     24     Terry McCarl Altoona, IA
    12.     17W     Bryan Clauson Noblesville, IN
    13.     7     David Gravel Watertown, CT
    14.     93H     Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH
    15.     29W     Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA
    16.     89     Cody Darrah Red Lion, PA
    17.     19M     Brent Marks Myerstown, PA
    18.     1B     Dale Blaney Hartford, OH
    19.     1     Sammy Swindell Germantown, TN
    20.     3A     Billy Alley Bennet, NE
    21.     51     Paul McMahan Nashville, TN
    22.     41     Jason Johnson Eunice, LA
    23.     12     Lynton Jeffrey Sydney, NSW, Aust
    24.     12X     Wayne Johnson Knoxville, IA
    25.     24R     Trevor Canales Roseville, CA

    Starting Order: 15, 29, 7, 71M, 49, 2, 51, 24, 41, 93H, 1B, 16, 1Z, 21, 9, 17W, 29W, 19M, 3A, 12X, 1, 89, 27, 12, 24R

    B Main Results

    Completed     B main         22 Laps     Completed
    Pos.     Car     Name, Hometown     Time     Points
    1.     12X     Wayne Johnson Knoxville, IA
    2.     1     Sammy Swindell Germantown, TN
    3.     89     Cody Darrah Red Lion, PA
    4.     27     Greg Hodnett Spring Grove, PA
    5.     45     Tim Shaffer Aliquippa, PA
    6.     7TAZ     Tasker Phillips Pleasantville, IA
    7.     1D     Justin Henderson Sioux Falls, SD
    8.     W20     Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH
    9.     13     Mark Dobmeier Grand Forks, ND
    10.     19S     Stevie Smith Broken Arrow, OK
    11.     2KS     Craig Dollansky Elk River, MN
    12.     35AU     Jamie Veal Warrnambool, VIC, Au
    13.     7D     Dustin Selvage Indianola, IA
    14.     10H     Chad Kemenah Alvada, OH
    15.     11K     Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN
    16.     O1     Christopher Bell Norman, OK
    17.     83     Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX
    18.     55W     Logan Wagner Harrisonville, PA
    19.     18     Ian Madsen St. Marys, NSW, Aust
    20.     3G     James McFadden Ormeau, QLD, Aust
    21.     40     Clint Garner Sioux Falls, SD
    22.     67H     Sam Hafertepe Jr. Sunnyvale, TX
    23.     17B     Bill Balog Brookfield, WI
    24.     82     Dusty Zomer Sioux Falls, SD

    22 laps is the distance, top 4 to the A....False start....Dusty Zomer caught the cushion in turn one, sending the No. 82 into the wall....Sam Hafertepe, Jr. into the work area under caution with no brakes, he will restart....Wayne Johnson takes off into the lead....

    Logan Wagner deep in the field nearly tagged the wall, thankfully able to continue....Working Lap 2, Clint Garner with contact from James McFadden cuts the Left Rear down on the No. 40 while running fifth....One lap complete....Race for fourth, James McFadden to the inside of Sammy Swindell, but the engine let go on the No. 3g....Swindell to second on Lap 4....Pass for fourth on Lap 5, Greg Hodnett takes in from Justin Henderson....

    Bottom is the preferred line as Johnson finds the back of the field on Lap 10....A few drivers starting to head back to the cushion, Swindell is one of them trying to run down Wayne Johnson....Lap 18, Johnson held up by Reutzel trying to put him a lap down, that allows Swindell to close the gap....Cody Darrah trying for the runner up spot in the closing laps....

    Wayne Johnson makes the A-Feature for the seventh time with his B-Feature win. Sammy Swindell, Cody Darrah, and Greg Hodnett move on.


    C Main Results

    Completed     C main         15 Laps     Completed
    Pos.     Car     Name, Hometown     Time     Points
    1.     17B     Bill Balog Brookfield, WI
    2.     11K     Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN
    3.     83     Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX
    4.     67H     Sam Hafertepe Jr. Sunnyvale, TX
    5.     11     Steve Kinser Bloomington, IN
    6.     13X     Jac Haudenschild Wooster, OH
    7.     7S     Jason Sides Bartlett, TN
    8.     17A     Austin McCarl Altoona, IA
    9.     3     Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA
    10.     1A     Jacob Allen Hanover, PA
    11.     44W     Austen Wheatley Lake Stevens, WA
    12.     55     Brooke Tatnell Sans Souci, NSW, Aust
    13.     99     Brady Bacon Broken Arrow
    14.     88N     DJ Netto Hanford, CA
    15.     95     Matt Covington Glenpool, OK
    16.     17     Josh Baughman Odessa, TX
    17.     9P     Parker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN
    18.     4R     Jon Agan Knoxville, IA
    19.     1X     Don Droud Jr. Lincoln, NE
    20.     56     Davey Heskin St. Michael, MN
    21.     1S     Logan Schuchart Hanover, PA
    22.     70     Dean Jacobs Wooster, OH
    23.     22     Tony Shilling Knoxville, IA
    24.     96     Bronson Maeschen Pleasantville, IA

    15 laps is the distance, top four to the B....Kraig Kinser to the lead with Steve Kinser, from sixth, moving to second, but the caution is out for Matt Covington before the field could complete the lap....

    This time, it's Davey Heskin with the lead on the start....Caution working Lap 3 for Bronson Maeschen who went into the wall in turn one....On the restart, Bill Balog just rolled low to take second after restarting fourth....Lap 3 Kinser coming back after the runner-up spot....Lap 4, side-by-side with no luck as Balog starts to pull away....

    Working Lap 6, race for third between K. Kinser and Aaron Reutzel....Safety Caution while working Lap 7, back to Lap 6 for the restart....Steve Kinser going after the transfer spot on the restart, goes side by side on Lap 8, gets the door slammed in his face by Aaron Reutzel....Lap 10, Kinser makes the pass for fourth in turn one....Race for fifth between Reutzel and Hafertepe with both going after Steve Kinser....Lap 13, Reutzel with a very close pass on the high side exiting turn four....Lap 14, Aaron and Sam going after it for fourth....

    Final lap, Davey Heskin out of fuel while leading, that gives the win to Bill Balog. Kraig Kinser, Aaron Reutzel and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. will move on.

    D Main Results

    Completed     D main         12 Laps     Completed
    Pos.     Car     Name, Hometown     Time     Points
    1.     17     Josh Baughman Odessa, TX
    2.     99     Brady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK
    3.     4R     Jon Agan Knoxville, IA
    4.     22     Tony Shilling Knoxville, IA
    5.     47     Jeff Swindell Bartlett, TN
    6.     O     Bud Kaeding Campbell, CA
    7.     44     Chris Martin Ankeny, IA
    8.     11N     Randy Hannagan Pittsboro, IN
    9.     81X     Lee Jacobs Dalton, OH
    10.     31B     Shane Golobic Fremont, CA
    11.     25     Dylan Peterson Hartford, SD
    12.     2LX     Ed Lynch Jr. Apollo, PA
    13.     7X     Kaley Gharst Decatur, IL
    14.     28     Jonathan Cornell Sedalia, MO
    15.     49J     Josh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA
    16.     21AU     Jordyn Brazier Sydney, NSW, Aust
    17.     71A     RJ Johnson Tampa, FL
    18.     4     Dakota Hendrickson Omaha, NE
    19.     23     Jimmy Light West Springfield, PA
    20.     19     Bob Weuve Newton, IA
    21.     71X     Tyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN
    22.     20N     Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO
    23.     2L     Logan Forler Boise, ID
    24.     5V     Colby Copeland Roseville, CA

    12 laps is the distance, top four to the C....Bacon and Baughman drag race for the lead with Baughman taking it....Race for the transfer spot on Lap 2, Tony Shilling has it for the time being....Caution working Lap 3 for Hunter Schuerenberg who stopped on the back straightaway....Bacon back after the lead on the restart, working low but can't get the pass on Lap 3....

    Lap 4, the pair are still wheel-to-wheel with Baughman finally taking the line entering the first turn while working Lap 5....Lap 7, Tyler Courtney slowed suddenly, stacking up a few cars, but was able to get to Pits....Lap 11, Baughman nearly into a slower car, Bacon is right there, but will be denied.

    Josh Baughman wins, Bacon, Agan, and Shilling will move on.

    E Main Results

    Completed     E main         10 Laps     Completed
    Pos.     Car     Name, Hometown     Time     Points
    1.     23     Jimmy Light West Springfield, PA
    2.     20N     Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston
    3.     19     Bob Weuve Newton, IA
    4.     49J     Josh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA
    5.     25     Dylan Peterson Hartford, SD
    6.     15M     Bobby Mincer Burlington, IA
    7.     4S     Danny Smith Chillicothe, OH
    8.     35     Skylar Prochaska Lakefield, MN
    9.     69     Mike Moore Des Moines, IA
    10.     81     Austin Johnson Pleasant Hill, IA
    11.     93     Glenndon Forsythe York, PA
    12.     23M     Lance Moss Cherryville, NC
    13.     17M     Todd Mickelson Minot, ND
    14.     29C     Willie Croft Roseville, CA
    15.     2K     Kevin Ingle Huron, SD
    16.     1P     Curtis Evans Norborne, MO
    17.     75     Glen Saville Razorback, NSW, Aust
    18.     19P     Paige Polyak Tiffin, OH

    10 laps is the distance, top five to the D....Jimmy Light will take the early lead....Working Lap 2, Paige Polyak with a soft roll exiting turn two.....Field is starting to stretch out with Light leading....

    Hunter Schuerenberg closed the gap in traffic on Light to battle for the lead on Lap 6 as the caution waved for Kevin Ingle who rolled to a stop just inside the back stretch....

    Willie Croft, who was running third, pulled in as the caution lights turned off....Josh Schneiderman with a good run on the restart, goes from seventh to fourth through turns one and two....Jimmy Light wins.

    Hunter Schuerenberg, Bob Weuve, Josh Schneiderman, and Dylan Peterson are the drivers moving on to the D-Feature.

  • Schatz Wins WoO at Placerville Showdown

    Donny Schatz battled past Kyle Hirst and forward from a fifth place starting position at Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts Wednesday night to score his fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

    Schatz's win came as the series returned to the track for the first time since 1992.

    "The locals are tough here on their own turf, especially at places we've never been," Schatz said of Hirst and his fellow California natives. "We came out, started fifth and bided our time. My Bad Boy Buggies team always make the right decisions and gave me a car that got better and better as the night went on and those other guys faded a bit."

    Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team are just the third repeat winners of the 2015 season.

    A crash dominated the middle portion of the feature and brought out a prolonged red flag. The lap 21, chain-reaction incident caught up several drivers including Jason Johnson, Daryn Pittman and Kraig Kinser.

    Johnson was taken to an area hospital following the crash. According to Johnson's wife Bobbi, the rookie of the year contender is alert and talking to doctors. Doctors are still evaluating Johnson's injuries and will know more information in the coming days.

    Pittman climbed from his car under his own power but was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.

    Kinser was OK and able to finish the feature.

    A spectator was also transported to an area hospital for further evaluation following a separate incident the lap before.

    Jason Sides and Andy Forsberg initially held the front row for the night's 35-lap feature. When it came time to take the track for the feature however Forsberg was late to staging and was penalized and moved back to the next row. That shifted Kyle Hirst's HAM Construction car to the front row with Sides.

    When the green flag flew, Hirst battled past Sides before the two reached the back straight, with a surging Forsberg taking over the second position. For the next five laps, Hirst and Forsberg battled for the lead. A red flag flew on lap five after Tanner Thorson flipped in the middle of turns one and two. Thorson was OK.

    Another caution flew on lap eight, with the front of the field largely remaining static. By lap 15, Hirst began catching the back of the field. As Hirst looked for a way around the lapped car of Justyn Cox, Forsberg saw an opportunity. Through the next several laps, Forsberg searched high and low looking for a line around Hirst, with Cox as the pick.

    Even after Hirst cleared Cox, the battle between he and Forsberg continued with the two even making contact at one point. Through it all though, Hirst maintained the lead.

    Schatz also used the lapped traffic to his advantage, battling past Sides on lap 19 coming out of turn four for the fourth position as the two worked their way through.

    Following the open red flag on lap 21, Schatz battled past Forsberg to take over the second position. He then set his sights on Hirst for the lead. Hirst bobbled coming off turn two on lap 27, which gave Schatz an opening. He passed Hirst as the two drivers came off of turn four to complete lap 28.

    A red flag and two cautions came late in the race. Ultimately, the final caution setup a green-white-checkered finish. On the final restart, Forsberg fell off and gave up the third position to Sides' East Coast Logistics car. Hirst maintained his second place perch and was unable to catch Schatz. Forsberg ultimately finished the night in seventh.

    It was the third win for Schatz during the Outlaws' California swing.

    "I haven't typically been very good in California but when you're not good at something you have to work on it and that's what we're doing right now. On the California tour, that's three more than we've had the last couple of years. All we do is build on that, build on the weak spots and see what happens."

    It was the first podium finish of the season for both Hirst and Sides.

    "We'll take it. Running second to Donny is a privilege so congratulations to him and his team", said Hirst, who finished second. "Had it for a while. I thought Andy (Forsberg) was coming - the next thing I saw was the 15 go by me on the front straightaway."

    "Kyle and Forsberg were having really good races," Sides said. "You can never count out Donny. He just sneaks by on the outside of everybody. Just happened to be up here."

    Placerville Speedway Notebook

    RACE NOTES: Tonight's Brad Sweet's Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts was the first World of Outlaws event at the track since 1992… Tonight's win was the fourth of the season for Donny Schatz… Schatz is one of just three drivers this season to have repeat wins… Kerry Madsen was the night's KSE Hard Charger, advancing 13 positions to finish in 12th… Jonathan Allard scored the night's quicktime… Jason Sides and Kyle Hirst both scored their first podium finishes of the year… Jason Johnson and Daryn Pittman were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation following a crash on lap 21… A spectator was transported to the hospital for further evaluation following a separate incident on lap 20.

    CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Tanner Thorson; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Jonathan Allard; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): David Gravel; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jonathan Allard; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Superflow ($50 cash): Bud Kaeding; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): David Gravel;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Justyn Cox; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Cory Eliason; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Johnson.

    SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 4 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu - 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman - 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

    A-Main - (35 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$6,000]; 2. 35M-Kyle Hirst [4] [$3,500]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1] [$2,000]; 4. 83-David Gravel [3] [$1,800]; 5. 3C-Jonathan Allard [8] [$1,500]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [10] [$1,400]; 7. 7C-Andy Forsberg [2] [$1,350]; 8. 22K-Shane Golobic [18] [$1,300]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [6] [$1,250]; 10. 71M-Joey Saldana [13] [$1,200]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [14] [$900]; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen [25] [$300]; 13. 83J-Tim Kaeding [9] [$700]; 14. O-Bud Kaeding [24] [$650]; 15. 49-Brad Sweet [22] [$600]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21] [$550]; 17. OO-Cory Eliason [12] [$500]; 18. 24-Rico Abreu [7] [$500]; 19. 20J-James Sweeney [19] [$500]; 20. 31C-Justyn Cox [23] [$500]; 21. 41-Jason Johnson [20] [$500]; 22. 9-Daryn Pittman [17] [$500]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [16] [$500]; 24. 29W-Willie Croft [15] [$500]; 25. 88-Tanner Thorson [11] [$500]. Lap Leaders: Kyle Hirst 1-27, Donny Schatz 28-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 29-Kerry Madsen [+13]

    Qualifying - 1. 3C-Jonathan Allard, 10.582; 2. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.599; 3. 7C-Andy Forsberg, 10.650; 4. 35M-Kyle Hirst, 10.660; 5. 83J-Tim Kaeding, 10.865; 6. 51-Paul McMahan, 10.872; 7. 88-Tanner Thorson, 10.963; 8. OO-Cory Eliason, 10.976; 9. 71M-Joey Saldana, 11.008; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.037; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.055; 12. 83-David Gravel, 11.078; 13. 7-Craig Dollansky, 11.091; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.097; 15. 29W-Willie Croft, 11.104; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.112; 17. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.123; 18. 22K-Shane Golobic, 11.161; 19. 20J-James Sweeney, 11.172; 20. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.223; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.252; 22. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.257; 23. 5V-Colby Copeland, 11.269; 24. 31C-Justyn Cox, 11.287; 25. 99-Shawn Wright, 11.298; 26. 14-Andy Gregg, 11.326; 27. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 11.330; 28. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.340; 29. 22-Mason Moore, 11.385; 30. 68-Chase Johnson, 11.390; 31. O-Bud Kaeding, 11.416; 32. 98-Sean Watts, 11.461; 33. 45-Jake Morgan, 11.611; 34. 12X-Jarrett Soares, 11.674; 35. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.751; 36. 19-Keith Bloom, 11.782; 37. 7H-Jojo Helberg, 11.982

    Heat 1 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 2. 83J-Tim Kaeding [3]; 3. 3C-Jonathan Allard [4]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 7. 22-Mason Moore [8]; 8. 45-Jake Morgan [9]; 9. 7H-Jojo Helberg [10]; 10. 99-Shawn Wright [7]

    Heat 2 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 4. 22K-Shane Golobic [5]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 6. 68-Chase Johnson [8]; 7. 12X-Jarrett Soares [9]; 8. 51-Paul McMahan [3]; 9. 14-Andy Gregg [7]

    Heat 3 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 29W-Willie Croft [1]; 3. 88-Tanner Thorson [3]; 4. 7C-Andy Forsberg [4]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [8]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [9]; 7. 1s-Logan Schuchart [7]; 8. 5V-Colby Copeland [6]; 9. 20J-James Sweeney [5]

    Heat 4 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 83-David Gravel [2]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 3. 35M-Kyle Hirst [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 5. 31C-Justyn Cox [6]; 6. OO-Cory Eliason [3]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [7]; 8. 98-Sean Watts [8]; 9. 19-Keith Bloom [9]

    Dash - (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 2. 7C-Andy Forsberg [4]; 3. 83-David Gravel [1]; 4. 35M-Kyle Hirst [3]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky [7]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 8. 3C-Jonathan Allard [6]

    Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [-]; 2. OO-Cory Eliason [2] [-]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [3] [-]; 4. 20J-James Sweeney [4] [-]; 5. 5V-Colby Copeland [5] [$300]; 6. 1s-Logan Schuchart [8] [$250]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [9] [$225]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [15] [$200]; 9. 98-Sean Watts [12] [$200]; 10. 45-Jake Morgan [13] [$200]; 11. 99-Shawn Wright [6] [$200]; 12. 68-Chase Johnson [11] [$200]; 13. 12X-Jarrett Soares [14] [$200]; 14. 22-Mason Moore [10] [$200]; 15. 19-Keith Bloom [16] [$200]; 16. 7H-Jojo Helberg [17] [$200]; 17. 14-Andy Gregg [7] [$200]