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SVRA - SVRA ANNOUNCES VINTAGE RACE OF CHAMPIONS (VROC) FOR 2019

 

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:02 AM, 11.29.2018

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Hamilton Takes Final Race of Season in Abu Dhabi

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 2:55 PM, 11.25.2018

Hamilton Takes 11th pole of Season in Abu Dhabi

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:47 PM, 11.24.2018

Logano Wins at Hometead and Claims the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:49 PM, 11.18.2018

Tyler Reddick Wins 2018 Xfinity Series Championship at Homestead

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 11:46 PM, 11.17.2018

Brett Moffitt Wins at Homestead and Takes Home the 2018 Truck Championship

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:59 PM, 11.16.2018

Speedway Christmas By the Numbers: Millions of Lights, Thousands of Cars, Countless Memories Made

tunnel of lights reflected in rain puddles - opening weekend weather is going to be fine.

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 PM, 11.15.2018

Kyle Busch Wins Phoenix as the Final Four is Determinded

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:22 PM, 11.11.2018

Mello Yello Championships Awarded at Auto Club NHRA Finals

Pro Stock champion Tanner Gray - youngest NHRA Pro champion

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

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:48 PM, 11.11.2018

Verstappen Victory Cheated by Mistake As Hamilton Wins in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton takes the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen spins off the course following his collision with Esteban Ocon. Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 3:04 PM, 11.11.2018

Christopher Bell Wins at Phoenix to Race for a Championship at Homestead

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.10.2018

Hamilton Takes 10th Seasonal Pole in Brazil

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 2:12 PM, 11.10.2018

Johnson and Alonso Discuss Car Swap

Fernando Alonso and Jimmie Johnson at the 2018 Media Tour

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:

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 7:59 PM, 11.09.2018

Harvick Shrugs Off Penalty and Wins Phoenix Pole

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 1:27 AM, 11.10.2018

Harvick Dominates Texas to be the Second Driver to Race for a Championship

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:01 PM, 11.04.2018

WoO World Finals Heading to Final Day

Tim Shaffer had a good night at Charlotte on Friday

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)

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 2:04 AM, 11.03.2018

Ryan Blaney Powers to Texas Pole

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 10:21 PM, 11.02.2018

SVRA - SVRA TO HOST MOTORSPORTS REUNIONS THROUGHOUT 2019 SEASON

2018 Corvair reunion at the Virginia International Raceway

 

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.”

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Volume 2018, Issue 11, Posted 9:41 AM, 11.01.2018

Verstappen Wins in Mexico; Hamilton Takes Fifth World Title

Lewis Hamilton peforms a donut in from of the Mexican fans flowwing his fourth place finish, taking his fifth world title, tying him with Juan Manuel Fangio. Photo by Getty Images.

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 10:13 PM, 10.28.2018

Joey Logano Literally Beat Martin Truex Jr. to the Flag for First Data 500 Victory

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:25 PM, 10.28.2018

Ricciardo Takes Shocking Third Pole of Season in Mexico

Daniel Ricciardo (left) with Red Bull Racing manager Christian Horner following Ricciardo's pole in Mexico Saturday.

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 6:03 PM, 10.27.2018

Johnny Sauter Spanked the Youngsters to Take Texas Roadhouse 200

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 4:20 PM, 10.27.2018

Haas F1 Team Names Rich Energy For Title Sponsor From 2019

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 PM, 10.26.2018

'19 Rules Package Gets Checkout in Charlotte Tire Test

Daniel Hemric

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

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:11 PM, 10.23.2018

SVRA - Historic Courses Complete 13-Race Weekend Schedule

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.”

 

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:29 AM, 10.23.2018

Chase Elliott Wins Cup Race at Kansas and Moves on to the Next Round

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:27 PM, 10.21.2018

John Hunter Nemechek Wins His First Xfinity Race at Kansas

Nigel Kinrade

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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:07 PM, 10.21.2018

Raikkonen at Last, Wins One in Texas

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 5:20 PM, 10.21.2018

Hamilton Takes Pole at Austin; Eyes Fifth Title

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 7:00 PM, 10.20.2018

Logano Wins Kansas Pole

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 1:16 AM, 10.20.2018

Almirola Wins at Talladega in a Battle of Stewart Haas Fords

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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.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 7:46 PM, 10.14.2018

NHRA Carolina Nationals Eliminations Report

Steve Torrence

(CONCORD, NC - OCT 14, 2018 - RIS) The final day of the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by Wix Filters almost looked as if it would be continued through to Monday, but the cloudy skies never did more than a light early sprinkle that didn't affect the schedule or proceedings more than minimally. Final rounds were held under brightening skies and in almost perfect atmospheric conditions. Championship races came to Charlotte in the pro classes still in doubt and will head to the next event at The Strip at Las Vegas in two weeks before the finals at Pomona, California two more weeks down the road.
Class championships went to Steve Torrence, continuing his streak to four victories in Top Fuel, Ron Capps in Funny Car, Jason Line in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 6:42 PM, 10.14.2018

It's A Force Field in the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters

Brittany Force headed the field in Top Fuel

-- For Immediate Release -- CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2018) – Brittany Force made it a clean sweep of No. 1 qualifier honors this year at zMAX Dragway on Saturday, after the defending NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion roared to the top in qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters. Brittany Force moved to the top of the charts in Top Fuel qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway; Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also earned No. 1 qualifier honors after Saturday's final two rounds of qualifying

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 8:40 PM, 10.13.2018

SHR Puts All Four cars at the Top of the Field, Kurt Busch Gets the Pole at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, AL - Stewart Haas Racing put its four cars in the first four positions on Saturday with Kurt Busch being the fastest of the fast, in qualifying for Sunday's 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race.  SHR’s Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola qualified second through fourth, respectively. 

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Volume 2018, Issue 10, Posted 9:26 PM, 10.13.2018