Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Youth Wins But Veterans Show The Way

Darrell Wallace Jr. showed at Gateway that the young NCWTS drivers can get it done – but don’t forget the veterans, many of whom are on the championship fast track. Johnny Sauter leads the standings, with Matt Crafton, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Timothy Peters completing the top four. Ryan Blaney, who is 20 years old but has two series wins, is fifth.
The top four drivers have a combined 980 series starts with 26 wins and five championships. Hornaday leads the way in wins and titles with 51 and five, respectively. Current leader Sauter is next with nine wins, followed by Timothy Peters with seven.
Crafton, the defending series champion, follows with five wins and is attempting to become the first driver to win back-to-back titles.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

K&N Heads To Five Flags. …

K&N Heads To Five Flags. …
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader Ben Rhodes will make his first start at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, Friday. Unfamiliarity didn’t slow him on May 31, when the 17-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, led all but one lap in winning the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Rhodes, a NASCAR Next member, will carry a 49-point lead over Gray Gaulding into the eighth of 16 races. One driver who is familiar with Five Flags is Kenzie Ruston. The NASCAR Next driver was fifth at the half-mile banked asphalt oval in 2013 and returns driving for Ben Kennedy Racing, who won last year’s race. Gaulding, like Rhodes and Ruston a member of the NASCAR Next class, will have a busy weekend. In addition to the Pensacola 150, Gaulding will make his way to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ Drivin’ For Linemen 200. It will be the third career start in the Camping World Truck Series outing for the 16-year-old out of Colonial Heights, Virginia. … The second round of 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action is set for this Saturday with the inaugural Budweiser 300 at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction, Quebec. The Budweiser 300 will mark the series’ first visit to the fast quarter-mile oval, located approximately 40 miles southeast of Quebec City. In the first seven seasons of Canadian Tire Series competition, D.J. Kennington leads the series in oval-track wins with 16.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cheever Bags First NASCAR Win In Brands Hatch

Cheever Bags First NASCAR Win In Brands Hatch
21-year-old son of Indy 500 winner leads wire-to-wire in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series race

FAWKHAM, Kent, England (June 7, 2014) – Eddie Cheever III earned his first NASCAR victory Saturday morning in his third career stock-car start in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

Cheever, the son of former Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr., led every lap at Brands Hatch in England and took over the series’ Elite 1 Division points lead with the victory.

“It’s an incredible weekend for us,” Cheever said. “We didn’t practice yesterday and this morning we made the pole. It was an hard race, but we won it and I couldn’t be happier.”

The Rome, Italy driver – who turned 21 Thursday – won the pole position for the race in qualifying earlier Saturday. His No. 51 CAAL Racing Chevrolet held off the challenges of veteran driver Frederic Gabillon and two-time series champion Ander Vilarino over the 1.198-mile short circuit.

Cheever had finished fourth and sixth in the series’ opening race weekend at Valencia in Spain on April 12-13.

The second of two NASCAR Whelen Euro Series races at Brands Hatch will take the green flag at 1:20 p.m GMT Sunday. Vilarino will start on the pole by virtue of recording the fastest lap in Saturday’s race, while Cheever will start fifth.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


LOUDON, N.H. - In addition to unveiling the exciting event format, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today that Whelen Engineering has signed on as the race entitlement sponsor for the invitation-only special event. Featuring current and past champions from NASCAR's modified tours, the non-stop, 40-lap shootout at New Hampshire Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, July 11.
A beacon in emergency safety warning equipment and long-time supporter of NASCAR modified racing, Whelen will once again be shining brightly when NASCAR racing returns to the "Magic Mile" in July, serving as the official entitlement sponsor for the inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout. The event will pit national and southern modified tour stars against one another with $28,000 on the line.
A privately-owned company that began in 1952, Whelen is in its 10th year as the title sponsor of the Whelen Modified Tour, the longest-running series in NASCAR. In addition to the Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout, the Whelen Modified Tour will also run its traditional 100-lap event, the New Hampshire 100, at NHMS on Saturday, July 12.
"We take a lot of pride in New Hampshire Motor Speedway being known as the 'Super Bowl' venue of modified racing," said Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. "With the addition of the Whelen Modified Shootout, a 100-mile NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race and the new NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying format, I truly believe we have the most exciting "pole day" on the circuit!"
A quick look at The Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout:
  • Total of 20 drivers from NASCAR's Whelen Modified National Tour and Whelen Modified Southern Tour
  • The special event will be a 40-lap race split into two 20-lap segments
  • The starting lineup for the first segment will be determined by random draw; before the second segment begins, a minimum of four and maximum of 10 positions in the running order will be inverted.
  • After the first segment, a competition caution period will be used to reset the field, and laps completed during the competition caution will not count toward the race total. Planned pit stops will not be allowed during the race, and there is a time limit for completion if needed.
  • There will be a 30-minute time limit
  • $28,000 prize pool
  • $4,000 for first-place
  • $800 to start the race
  • Non-points race
Participants eligible for entry into this Special Event include any NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and/or NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour current/past champions; race winners from prior NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and/or NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Championship Events; and the 2013 Rookie of the Year winners from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Any remaining positions will be filled by drivers with the most race wins in NASCAR's modified tours from the start of the 2005 seasons through the race entry deadline of June 20.
The first driver to enter the Whelen All-Star Shootout is defending Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece. The 23-year-old veteran of Kensington, Conn.
“It’s cool because we only get to race the Southern Modified Tour drivers if we travel down to their series, and only once a year when we go to Bristol – so it’s cool to have them come up and especially here in New Hampshire, it’s basically our Daytona 500,” said Preece. “It’s a great event and coming here it’s one of our biggest crowds and there’s a lot of energy going throughout the track, so it’s definitely exciting. I think having the Southern Tour champs and obviously the northern Modified Tour champs is going to make it interesting.
Additionally, NASCAR announced that the Whelen All-Star Shootout will be televised by FOX Sports, with details for the telecast to be provided at a later date.
If positions still remain available, the next positions until the field is filled will be available to the drivers who have the most wins, ranking from most to least, from the 2005 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and/or NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season through the June 20.
"Whelen is the proud sponsor of NASCAR modified racing and this All Star Shootout promises to be a spectacular event," said Phil Kurze, Whelen Vice President of Motorsports. "It is non-stop excitement, from green to checker, when the mods hit the pavement at NHMS and the opportunity for fans to see them twice this July was an opportunity we could not pass up. I hope the fans show their support for this special format and that this event becomes an annual tradition.”
Whelen, which has factories in Charlestown, N.H. and Chester, Conn., is the only United States manufacturer of emergency warning equipment to still manufacture its products entirely in the U.S. Nearly all safety vehicles on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway property are equipped with Whelen Engineering products.
The Whelen Modified All-Star Shootout will drop the green flag at 2:10 p.m. on Friday, July 11. It will be followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for the Camping World RV Sales 301 at 4:40 p.m. and the Granite State 100 K&N Pro Series East race at 6:00 p.m.
For more details and ticket information on events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, or to purchase tickets to the July Camping World RV Sales 301 or September SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends, please stop by our Ticket Office, visit the speedway website at, or call our Ticket Hotline at (603) 783-4931.
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