Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Canadian Cruiser: Tagliani To Run Second Career Truck Race At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Alex Tagliani – a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada – hopes to keep the trophy in his home country after he competes in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).

Tagliani will pilot the No. 29 Brad Keselowski Racing Ford F-150. Last season’s race at CTMP marked the first and only other time Tagliani drove in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He won the Keystone Light Pole Award and finished 16th.

A regular competitor in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Tagliani has one win, four top-five and seven top-10 finishes in seven starts on the northern circuit. The 41-year-old driver took the wheel of Team Penske’s No. 22 in this year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Mid-Ohio and looked to win the event from the pole until Regan Smith bumped him out of the way on the final lap. Tagliani placed second.

Hayley Heads Home
NASCAR draws new international competitors every year. Drivers from outside the United States who have competed in the sanctioning body’s three national touring series this year include Anthony Kumpen (Belgium), Daniel Suarez (Mexico) and Alex Tagliani (Canada). One driver from outside the U.S. racing exclusively in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Cameron Hayley from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Hayley, who runs for ThorSport Racing out of Sandusky, Ohio, ranks sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings. He will make his second career NCWTS start in Canada when he takes the wheel of his ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He placed 11th at CTMP last year.

On the season, Hayley owns three top-five and five top-10 showings in 14 starts with a best finish of fourth (Pocono).

Championship Points Race ‘Jam-Packed’ Entering Great White North
As if it couldn’t get any tighter, the top of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship points standings became jam-packed after last Wednesday’s race at Bristol. Tyler Reddick continues to lead Matt Crafton and Erik Jones, but only by six and seven points, respectively. Jones finished sixth and Crafton placed seventh to slightly close the gap on Reddick who came in eighth at The Last Great Colosseum.

Reddick has never raced at a road course.  Jones started and finished third in his lone start at CTMP, last season. Crafton has finishes of sixth (2014) and 10th (2013) in his two starts at CTMP.

If Reddick or Jones, both 19, were to win the championship, the individual would become the youngest NCWTS title winner in its history, supplanting Austin Dillon, who accomplished the feat in 2011 at the age of 21 years, 6 months and 22 days.

Crafton is chasing his third consecutive NCWTS championship. Last year, he became the first driver to successfully defend a NCWTS title.

Gaulding Gets In Saddle For Kyle Busch Motorsports
NASCAR Next alum Gray Gaulding will pilot the No. 54 Krispy Kreme Toyota in his debut for KBM in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Gaulding, 17, posted his career-best start and finish at CTMP last season when he placed fourth from the second position. He has made 10 previous NCWTS starts (one in 2015, nine in 2014). The Colonial Heights, Virginia native is a regular in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where he has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in 8 starts this season.

"I'm very excited to be a part of KBM," Gaulding said. "It's a dream as a driver because I remember growing up watching Kyle and how much I wanted to drive for him when he started his own team. I know his mentality is to go out every weekend and win races. It's a championship organization with great people and I know I'll be able to go to the race track and have an opportunity to win at each race."

Wong To Make Camping World Truck Series Debut
Brian Wong will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, competing for Venturini Motorsports. The 26-year-old Californian is the first-ever Chinese American to score a podium finish in both the TUDOR United Sports Car Series as well as the ARCA Series. Wong has competed in the past in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. In 22 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West/East starts, Wong claims two top-five and six top-10 finishes.

Will Another NASCAR Next Member/Alum Win At Canadian Tire Motorsport Park?
NASCAR Next drivers have taken a liking to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Both NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races have been won by NASCAR Next members / alumni (Chase Elliott, 2013; Ryan Blaney, 2014).

Since drivers under 18 years old can compete on road courses and tracks of 1.25 miles or less, NASCAR Next member Cole Custer and NASCAR Next alum Gray Gaulding (both 17) join current NASCAR Next member John Hunter Nemechek and NASCAR Next alumni Erik Jones, Cameron Hayley and Ben Kennedy as Chevrolet Silverado 250 entrants.

All six drivers raced at CTMP for the first time last season: Jones (third-place finish), Gaulding (fourth), Custer (ninth), Hayley (11th), Kennedy (15th), Nemechek (25th).

Nemechek is coming off a career-best third-place finish at Bristol.

Daniel Hemric – Truck Series’ Model Of Consistency
A light bulb must’ve clicked on for Daniel Hemric at Dover. Beginning at the Monster Mile, Hemric has logged top-10 finishes in eight of the last nine NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races. Bookending the span are two fourth-place showings – Hemric’s two career-best finishes. Prior to his current run, Hemric had just one top-10 finish (10 at Kansas) in the first eight races. The 24-year-old Kannapolis, North Carolina native has ascended from 10th in the NCWTS standings prior to the Dover race all the way up to fifth. Hemric will go for his fifth consecutive top 10 in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He has never competed on a road course in a NASCAR national series, but showed adaptability by finishing fifth at Eldora in his first time racing on dirt.

Dramatic Finishes Highlight First Two Truck Races In Canada
It’s not “Guiding Light” or “As the World Turns” but fans are more than likely to witness high-octane drama in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Both of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at CTMP (2013-14) have featured dramatic finishes. In 2013, Chase Elliott became the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history (a record that has since been broken twice) when he dumped Ty Dillon on the final lap to visit Victory Lane. Last year, Ryan Blaney and German Quiroga each passed each other on the final lap as Blaney edged out Quiroga by a mere 0.49 seconds.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Venturini Motorsports enters Kimmel and Kimmel

Venturini Motorsports enters Kimmel and Kimmel for Salem ARCA Fall Classic

(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 25, 2015) - If race fans were disappointed that Frank Kimmel wasn't in the line-up in the spring ARCA Racing Series presented Menards race at Salem Speedway, they'll be super excited, times two, when the Federated Car Care Fall Classic rolls off Saturday night, September 19.
Not only will Kimmel be back in the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, his son Frank Kimmel II is entered in a second Venturini Motorsports machine.
"I'm not sure who came up with the plan or how it all came up, but one night my dad called me and mentioned that Billy (Venturini) wanted to run me at Salem," Kimmel II said. "I did a start and park for them in the spring, but we're coming to race this time. My dad started talking to me about it back in May...then in mid-June Billy said, 'let's put something together,' and we've been working toward it ever since."
Kimmel II is slated to drive the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, the same car that Dominic Ursetta finished third in at Salem back in late April.
"The seat got mounted last week...the chassis went to the paint shop. It's going to look like a brand new car. I couldn't be more excited."
Kimmel II knows he'll be up against some stiff competition - the most recent Salem winner Ken Schrader, current ARCA point leader Grant Enfinger and his dad, who just happens to be a nine-time winner at Salem.
"Our mindset going in is to run all 200 laps. The 55 car I'm driving is right in the thick of it for owner points, so I can't do anything too crazy. If we run all 200 laps, don't put a scratch on it and roll it back on straight, it'll be a good day, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't care about winning the race. I want to win that race more than anything right now, and that means beating my dad."
Kimmel's father has a little different spin on it.
"We're all racing each other, whether it's our teammates or not, and we all have a job to do for our sponsors and all the people who support us," said Frank Kimmel, a 10-time ARCA national champion.
"But it's crazy to think that I wouldn't be rooting for my kid. Of course I'm going to be aware of where he's at and what he's doing out there. He's got a job to do just like I do. He knows I want to win, and I understand he wants to win it.
"We'll just try and take care of each other just like any teammates more, no less. There'd be nothing cooler than Frankie and me battling for the win in the end. It would absolutely be the coolest thing in the world if Frankie could win an ARCA race at Salem. But if I have a faster car in the end, and if I can pass him without touching him, I'm going to do it. He wouldn't want me to lay over for him, and I wouldn't expect him to lay over for me."
Of course at Salem it's not just the other competitors that get in the way, it's the grand ole track itself that keeps drivers constantly up on the wheel.
"I was talking with Billy about Salem the other day," said Kimmel II. "Salem's probably the toughest short track ARCA races on. The place is so unforgiving. Forget the other competitors for a minute. Salem doesn't permit any mistakes. Trouble is...if you commit yourself to a particular line in the corners, you're committed. If you get in a bad situation, it's nearly impossible to get out of it. If someone spins in front of you, once you've committed in the corner, there's usually no way out. Spotters are a big deal there, and you have to be aware of who you're racing and who you're around at all times. There's nothing simple about the place."
Like his father, Kimmel II has racked up some impressive credentials at Salem over the years, earning three consecutive championships from 2008 through 2010. After winning the Rookie of the Year honors in the Salem Street Stock class in 2007, Kimmel II won the championship in 2008. In 2009, he moved up into the Super Stock class, earning Rookie of the Year and the season championship in the same year. Kimmel II repeated as the Salem Super Stock champ in 2010.
Kimmel II also won the Firecracker 200 at Salem in 2007 and the Halloween 200 in 2011. He's also a two-time winner of the Frank Kimmel Street Stock Nationals at Rockingham Speedway.
Kimmel II also earned a pair of seventh place finishes in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races at Salem in 2011 and 2012.
"I just want to thank Venturini Motorsports for this incredible opportunity they're giving me. I'm going to have a lot of local support from family and friends for the race. Special thanks to Class Act Trucking and Jim French Builders for their support. We'll have some more names on the car too. I'm really excited."
Kimmel II's cousin Will Kimmel is also expected to enter the Federated Car Care Fall Classic at Salem.
The Fall Classic weekend also coincides with Salem's Old Settlers Days festival, which kicks off with Friday Night on the Square in downtown Salem. ARCA and Salem officials, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, are planning an ARCA driver autograph session Friday night in the town square to accompany the festival.
Salem Discount Tickets on Sale at Menards
Discount tickets for the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic at The Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery are now on sale at five Menards locations in Indiana and Kentucky. Advance ticket sales are available for $15, a savings of $12 from the gate price, at Menards stores in the following locations: Bloomington, Ind., Columbus, Ind., Princeton, Ind., Evansville, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky. The discounted tickets are on sale through Sept. 18.
Salem Raceday Schedule
ARCA Racing Series practice for the Federated Car Care Fall Classic at Salem will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19 with final practice to follow at 1:45. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is set for 4:00. A driver autograph session follows at 4:45 with driver introductions at 6:45. The race is scheduled to get the green flag at approximately 7:15. will feature live timing and scoring of all on track activities, as well as live audio, including flag-to-flag coverage of the Federated Car Care Fall Classic.
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Porsche, Tandy, Pilet Score Third Straight Victory

Porsche, Tandy, Pilet Score Third Straight
TUDOR Championship GTLM Victory In Oak Tree Grand Prix
Ferrari Racers Sweedler And Bell Take First 2015 Win In GT Daytona Class
DANVILLE, Va. (Aug. 23, 2015) – Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet led every lap en route to their third consecutive TUDOR United SportsCar Championship victory in the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR in Sunday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway.

The team scored its second consecutive 1-2 finish, with the No. 912 entry of Earl Bamber and Joerg Bergmeister taking second, 27.267 seconds behind. Unofficially, Pilet took over the points lead in the GTLM class. Tandy missed two races earlier in the season to compete in other races in Europe, and scored the overall victory in June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans co-driving a Porsche prototype with Bamber and Formula 1 racer Nico Hulkenberg.

The TUDOR Championship’s GTLM and GT Daytona (GTD) classes were featured in the two-hour, 40 minute race, which ran without a full-course caution. Tandy started the race from the pole, with Pilet retaining the lead on their first pit stop on lap 30. With temperatures hovering in the mid-80s, Tandy returned to the car on the final stop on lap 61.

The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari of Pierre Kaffer and Giancarlo Fisichella gave the Porsches a run for their money. Kaffer made a thrilling charge late in the race in a bid to take second from Bamber, only to come up 0.575 seconds shy of the No. 912 Porsche as the Ferrari finished third for the second consecutive race.

Sweedler, Bell Claim First GTD Victory Since 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona
Bill Sweedler and co-driver Townsend Bell earned their first victory in the GT Daytona (GTD) class since their win at the inaugural race of the TUDOR Championship, the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Their victory in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Robert Graham/Royal Purple Ferrari 458 Italia marks the first TUDOR Championship win of the season for Ferrari.
Sweedler took the lead 27 minutes into the Oak Tree Grand Prix after battling pole-sitter Dion von Moltke in the No. 48 Castrol EDGE Audi R8 LMS since the start. The Ferrari held the top position in the class for the majority of the race, only giving up the lead to the Audi for a brief three laps and the No. 007 TRG-AMR car for one, before Bell once again snatched it. The Scuderia Corsa duo are now second in the points with 226.
Kuno Wittmer drove the No. 007 Royal Purple/Orion Energy/LaSalle Solutions/PassTime USA/Mellow Mushroom Aston Martin Vantage to a second place finish, allowing co-driver Christina Nielsen to extend her GTD points standings lead to six points, 232-226, over Sweedler and Bell. Nielsen took over the GTD points lead from Haase and von Moltke after placing second at Road America two weeks ago.
Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing drivers Mario Farnbacher and Ian James captured the team’s third podium finish of the season, placing third in Sunday’s race. The team gained one place in the standings, putting them in fifth with 213 points.
  • Porsche now has four consecutive GTLM victories, a streak that began in June with Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler’s triumph in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR. Porsche leads the GTLM manufacturer standings by eight points, 260-252, over BMW.
  • Unofficially, Pilet took the GTLM points lead with two races remaining. The Porsche driver has 248 points, followed by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, drivers of the sixth-place finishing No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, with 243 points. Third, with 240 points, are Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, who finished fifth in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL IHG Rewards Club BMW Z4 GTLM.
  • Adding to its laurels, the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR also was awarded the DEKRA Green Challenge Award. The award is presented each race to the most environmentally clean, fast and efficient GTLM competitor. The award is determined through Green Racing protocols established by the United States Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International.

Nick Tandy, Driver – No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR
“It was pretty awesome. The last time I got to race for a win overall was at Le Mans. It feels something special to see the checkered flag drop on your car after a long grueling race. It might have looked easy at the end, and there at the end it might have been, but the first two stints were really tough. We were counting on a caution period, but we had to manage the fuel and the tire use. We knew we had to stay in front of the Risi car, but in the end they have to stop earlier than us. So they were pushing just as hard as us with their tires and their fuel consumption. We were pushing hard when Patrick came out, he did a great job with his pace and fuel consumption, so when I got in it was about not making mistakes and taking it down to the flag.”
Patrick Pilet, Driver – No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR
“It was really a perfect car this weekend. We seemed to get a lot more pace, and the car was really good. We had to manage the tire and of course the fuel, but it looks really easy from the outside, but it wasn’t. I gained a lot of time to the Ferrari through the traffic. I would like to be first with Nick in the drivers’ championship, but if it’s me in No. 1 in the championship, that’s fine. We have two more events, and COTA is one of my favorite circuits. I ran two races last year in the same event, but I think we have a great package for that race and for Petit Le Mans.”

Townsend Bell, Driver – No. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia
“It was just a fantastic day. The Ferrari was terrific from the first session. Full credit to the team on the preparation and the hard work. Bill gave me a great car and all I had to do was steer it around. I had a bit of an issue with the (No.) 48 on cold tires. We had a little ‘rubbity-rub’ with them. But once we settled in, the car was flawless. We settled in and just had to manage the car until the end.”
Round 11 will feature all four TUDOR Championship classes in the Lone Star Le Mans at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas on Saturday, Sept. 19.


(SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – August 23, 2015) – Rain has ended a one-hour practice session at the Illinois State Fairgrounds this morning and Menards Pole Qualifying has been canceled for today. The starting lineup for the 100 will be set by current car owner points.
A steady mist with an occasional rain shower cut the scheduled one-hour morning practice short at the mile-dirt track. Will Kimmel and Kyle Weatherman were the fastest two drivers during the practice session.
Officials from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Track Enterprises decided to forgo Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell in an effort to provide additional track time prior to the scheduled 1:30 p.m. start of the race.
ARCA Racing Series point leader Grant Enfinger will start on the pole for the race with eight-time Springfield winner Frank Kimmel on the outside pole.
2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #16
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield Illinois, 8-23-15 100

August 23, 2015 / 10:57 AM

1 23 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL
2 25 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN
3 22 Kyle Weatherman/Wentzville MO
4 55 Matt Tifft/Hinckley OH
5 98 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX
6 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ
7 6 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL
8 52 Hunter Baize/Bremen KY
9 2 Sarah Cornett-Ching/Summerland BC
10 42 Bo LeMastus/Louisville KY
11 58 Tyler Dippel/Wallkill NY
12 59 David Levine/Highland Park IL
13 69 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN
14 9 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL
15 97 Alex Clubb/Morris IL
16 10 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY
17 48 James Swanson/Clarksboro NJ
18 68 Mark Meunier/Louisville KY
19 06 Con Nicolopoulos/Columbus MI
20 40 Justin Lloyd/San Jose CA
21 0 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN
22 3 Josh White/Charleston WV
23 00 Mike Abram/St. Louis MO
24 5 Mark Littleton/Arenzville IL
25 27 A.J. Fike/Galesburg IL
26 81 Kevin Campbell/St. Louis MO
27 34 Mike Basham/Henryville IN
28 73 Dale Shearer/Chillicothe MO
29 56 B.J. Deal/Brownstown IL
30 16 Kelly Kovski/Springfield IL
31 24 Ryan Unzicker/El Paso IL
32 89 Brad Dubil/Bettendorf IA