Glen Wood, the founder of Wood Brothers Racing along with brothers Leonard and Delano Wood passed away early this morning. Wood was a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. A former driver – he won four times at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. – Glen Wood founded the Wood Brothers Racing team with brothers Leonard and DelanoIn Wood’s first win at Bowman Gray Stadium in April 1960, he beat a field that included former champions Richard Petty, Rex White, Ned Jarrett and Lee Petty.
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J.D. Gibbs, son of JGR owner Joe Gibbs, has passed away at 49 years of age. Gibbs died Friday after a four-year battle with a degenerative neurological disease. Gibbs was a co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing and was president of JGR from 1997 to 2015. JGR won four NASCAR Cup titles under his leadership with Bobby Labonte in 2000, Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005 and Kyle Busch in 2015.
NASCAR Champion Plans Complete VROC Series, Three Other SVRA Weekends
Southlake, TX (December 18, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), in collaboration with the ATF & Gunslinger race team, announced today that NASCAR Truck Series champion Mike Skinner will compete in at least six SVRA race meets in 2019. With Andrew Franzone, Skinner leads ATF & Gunslinger. The NASCAR star will enter a 1966 Corvette in SVRA’s new Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am series, as well as race his three Truck Series racers in Group 10 races. The race team also has Skinner’s sons, Jamie and Dustin, in leadership positions.
The VROC races will take place at Road Atlanta, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), and Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Skinner will also compete at three other stops on the SVRA schedule, events at Sebring, Lime Rock Park, and COTA. SVRA is also welcoming Skinner to make exhibition runs with his aero-engineered, “tricked out,” carbon-fiber Skinner Special Toyota Truck he drove at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS) last June.
VROC Championship Includes Charity Pro-Am Races at IMS, VIR, and Road Atlanta
Southlake, TX (November 29, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that it would present a championship points series it calls the Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) in 2019. VROC builds on the success of the SVRA Charity Pro-Am races that began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. Virginia International Raceway (VIR) hosted a second pro-am this past September. A new pro-am will be presented at the March 28-31 Road Atlanta weekend, making for a three-race series. Plans call for two championship trophies to be awarded – one for both an amateur and a professional racer.
All three races will benefit charity. The new Road Atlanta Charity Pro-Am will support Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance to combat-wounded service members, their families, and families of those killed in action. The organization focuses on those involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and their families. The SVRA race weekend will run during their Month of the Military Child.
In a way, the 2018 formula one world championship was won again by Lewis Hamilton, but for the fifth time, clinching his title at the Mexican Grand Prix in October, just like he did it the year before with his fourth.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—It only could be a fitting end for Lewis Hamilton as the Briton, already a five -time world champion, took the lead on lap 35 Sunday evening at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit, concluding with a 2.5 second victory over Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen took third.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—R.I.S.—Lewis Hamilton proved Saturday evening that even after a slow beginning, he can still become the king of qualifying as the Briton clocked a track lap record of 1:34:794 to take his 11th pole of the season, for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit, ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Joey Logano kept saying he was the favorite to win the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship since his controversial win at Martinsville Speedway last month. In fact, he reiterated that opinion when asked at Phoenix last week. Sunday’s result says he knew what he was talking about. In spades.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Tyler Reddick, considered the underdog in the Xfinity championship race was hardly that on Saturday. He outraced Ford’s Cole Custer, Toyota’s Christopher Bell, and fellow Chevrolet driver Daniel Hemrick, to win the Ford Ecoboost 300 and the championship with the victory.
HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Brett Moffitt is the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion. He battled Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, and Justin Haley for the championship in the Ford Ecoboost 200 at Miami-Homestead Speedway on Friday night. Moffitt won by winning the 134-lap race around the four-turn, 1.5-mile speedway in Homestead, Florida to become the first Truck Series champion to win the season finale since champion Jack Sprague won the season finale in the 1999 season.
More than 3.5 million lights strung across more than 3.75 miles make Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect and Drive a can't-miss attraction for fans looking to get into the holiday spirit.
-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C. –When Charlotte Motor Speedway opens its doors for the eighth annual Speedway Christmas presented by Disconnect and Drive this weekend, fans will be treated to the biggest and brightest holiday lights spectacle yet at the iconic speedway. Ushering in the return of one of the Southeast’s largest and most-anticipated holiday traditions, the show kicks off Saturday with the Egg Nog Jog, a holiday-themed 5K run through the lights, before visitors from across the country descend on the twinkling track for the drive-through show, which runs nightly through Dec. 31, but is closed Christmas Day.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – In a wild final elimination race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Kyle Busch won for the eighth time this season to tie Kevin Harvick for the most Cup victories and possibly set up a head-to-head battle for the championship. The road to get to the championship race was not easy for Busch or the other four who qualified.
TODD AND M. SMITH SECURE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES; TORRENCE, TODD, GRAY AND M. SMITH WINNERS AT SEASON ENDING AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS
Todd secured his first Funny Car career world championship during the opening round of eliminations; M. Smith locked-in his third Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship and fourth event victory of the season; Torrence made history by sweeping the Top Fuel wins during the playoffs; Gray clinched his eighth Pro Stock win of the season
INTERLAGOS, Brazil- R.I.S.—Taking advantage of Max Verstappen’s error on lap 44, Lewis Hamilton went on to win his 49th career victory in the turbo hybrid era, at the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday afternoon with a 1.4 second victory over the Dutchman. Kimi Raikkonen finished in third.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Christopher Bell had to wait until the next-to-last race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series to punch his ticket to the playoffs. He did it with a dramatic win at Phoenix. Starting from 38th, Bell roared through the field to win the Whelen Trusted To Perform 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and advance to the Nov. 17 season championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
INTERLAGOS, Brazil—R.I.S.—With a fifth world championship in the bag, Lewis Hamilton continued to impress with his performances, by taking pole for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Brazil with a 1:07:281 fastest lap Saturday afternoon, just ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas.
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT - NOVEMBER 9, 2018
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S POWER OF PRIDE CAMARO ZL1,was joined by two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso via Skype from Sao Paulo, Brazil during his media availability to discuss their impending ride swap in Bahrain. Full Transcript:
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kevin Harvick came to ISM Speedway this weekend without his championship-winning crew chief and car chief but shrugged it off and won the pole for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Phoenix.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Kevin Harvick maintained his domination at Texas Motor Speedway with a impressive victory in Sunday’s AAA 500. Harvick won both stages and a final pass of fellow Ford driver Ryan Blaney was a thing of beauty. After that, he just drove away and won his eighth race of the season (a career high) and became the second driver that will race for the 2018 championship at Miami Homestead Speedway.
FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Cole Custer passed Tyler Reddick in a three-lap shootout at Saturday’s O’Reilly 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race and went on to assure his place in the final championship four at Homestead in two weeks by winning going away.
World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am Lights Up Friday Night
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars driver Tim Shaffer had a big night on Friday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Shaffer won his heat race and the dash prior to Saturday's World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am finale. (RIS-John Davison photos)
FORT WORTH, TX - RIS - Ryan Blaney might be out of the final four playoff picture, but he's still fast. Friday's qualifying for the AAA 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway saw Blaney win the pole position with a blitering speed of 200.505 mph in his Team Penske Ford, one of only two drivers to run at 200 mph. The other was Clint Bowyer, who fell just short of his fellow Ford driver's fast speed.
Free Entry For Participating Car Owners
Southlake, TX (November 1, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced it would present motorsports reunions to celebrate iconic marques throughout the 2019 season. The idea was tested with a Corvair reunion at the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) weekend in September with outstanding results. The VIR event saw the largest number of racing Corvairs ever appearing at a single venue, and attracted new car owners to SVRA. VIR drew a record number of ticket-purchasing fans and automobile enthusiasts for its SVRA event. While motorsports reunions have traditionally been annual gatherings at single venues, SVRA is breaking new ground by showcasing such celebrations from coast-to-coast through the national platform of its 2019 schedule.
“Our vision since my first year with SVRA in 2012 was to move our sport from its dependency on entry fees as our primary revenue stream to focus on ticket sales and sponsorships,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “We have not raised the price of entry fees since 2012 while steadily growing our sponsors and the front gate. SVRA is moving into the realm of mainstream motorsports and this new program is more evidence of that.”
NASCAR Star, Late Model Team Owner Previews World of Outlaws World Finals presented by Can-Am
NASCAR star Clint Bowyer gave iRacing sim-racing Dirt Late Model champion Zach Leonhardi a ride in his Clint Bowyer Racing World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model on Wednesday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico—R.I.S.—Leading most of the race was no problem for Max Verstappen, who for the second year in a row, won the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday afternoon at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, with a 17 second victory over Sebastian Vettel, with the German’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in third. But the day belonged to Lewis Hamilton, who by finishing in fourth place, took his Fifth world championship, tying Juan Manuel Fangio of becoming the second all-time winning championship F1 driver, next to Michael Schumacher.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS Joey Logano led the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway four times for a total of 309 laps in his #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, including retaking the lead from Martin Truex Jr. exiting turn four of the final lap with side-by-side bashing, to grab his 20th victory in 360 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and secure one of four spots to compete for the championship at Miami-Homestead. After being bumped by Logano as they approached the start-finish line, Truex Jr slammed the outside wall and then wagged back and forth to slide across the line to finish a disappointing third as Hamlin slipped past for a second-place finish.
Starting Line Up by Row Martinsville Speedway First Data 500
MEXICO CITY, Mexico—R.I.S.—Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen, had dominated the entire weekend leading up to Saturday’s qualifying at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, and the latter had the chance to become the youngest pole sitter in history, but Ricciardo ruined that opportunity with a shocking last lap time of 1:14:759, to lead a Red Bull 1-2 in preparation for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton improved his chances to clinch his fifth world title by finishing third.
MARTINSVILLE, VA – RIS Rookie Todd Gilliland started from the pole position of the Texas Roadhouse 200 at Martinsville Speedway, but 40 year-old veteran Johnny Sauter led three times in the #21 GMS Racing / ISM Connect Chevrolet for a total of 148 of the 200 laps to take his fourth victory at the famous paper clip shaped half mile track in southern Virginia. Sauter finished first in all stages of this race on his road to domination over the field during a race that was completed in only 1 hour, 31 minutes and five seconds. Sauter has now won 23 times in 241 Camping World Truck Series races.
Texas Roadhouse 200 unofficial results
After spending the last three seasons having their own brand of sponsor, along with very small ones, the American Haas F1 Team announced this week that they will for the first time in the team’s history, incorporate a brand-new title sponsor in the form of the British energy company, Rich Energy, which will begin starting in 2019.
Studying Up: Drivers Shake Down 2019 NASCAR Rules Package in Goodyear Tire Test
-- For Immediate Release -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Hemric and Aric Almirola tested Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday
WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, LIME ROCK PARK
ADDED TO SVRA SCHEDULE IN 2019
Southlake, TX (October 23, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today revealed its 2019 racing schedule which includes the additions of two of America’s most revered road courses, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and Lime Rock Park. America’s premier vintage racing series gets into full swing for its 41st year in February with the annual Sebring Vintage Classic weekend and closes with the seventh Golden Bell Helmet U.S. Vintage National Championships at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in October.
“The addition of these two iconic courses to our schedule is the culmination of years of building and then strengthening our national racing platform,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “These are venues where racers and race fans feel the heart and soul of American road racing. Lime Rock Park lives the history of our sport every day. As for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, all of us at SVRA see that as the crown jewel of California road courses.”
KANSAS CITY, KS - RIS - Chase Elliott won for the second time in three races and punch his ticket to the next round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Elliott needed 98 career starts before he figured out how to close out a win. The breakthrough victory 11 events ago sparked his performance in NASCAR’s playoffs and Elliott bookended this second round with wins.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – John Hunter Nemechek took the lead after a caution with eight laps to go and went on to get his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday. Nemechek took the checkered flag 5.200 seconds ahead of Daniel Hemric to win at Kansas Speedway, the venue where his father, Joe Nemechek, won his final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2004.
AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.—It might have taken a little over eight years, but a veteran won Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas as Kimi Raikkonen, taking advantage of a Lewis Hamilton error of pitting on the 11th lap of the race, went on to win , with a 1.2 second victory over Max Verstappen, who began the race in 18th place. Hamilton himself finished in third, but because his championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, took fourth at the last second by passing Valtteri Bottas laps from the end, the F1 title battle will move on to the next round in seven days at Mexico City.
AUSTIN, Texas—R.I.S.—Lewis Hamilton came even closer to tying Juan Manuel Fangio’s record Saturday afternoon, with a productive 1:32:237 final qualifying time, ahead of both Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, in preparation for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas.
KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s race as Kansas Speedway on Friday as he battles for a place in the next level of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup championship. Logano has won once this year but must guard against losing his position in the battle for the final eight places in the standings.
TALLADEGA, AL – RIS – Stewart Haas’s four Fords dominated the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup 1000Bulbs 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, but only two finished the race because the other two ran out of fuel. Aric Almirola took the lead when a dominant Kurt Busch slowed because of fuel and held off Clint Bowyer for the win in overtime. The final two laps were exciting and determined several drivers’ fate for the championship.