CONCORD, N.C. (March 16, 2018) – Fans can expect more power than ever when drag racing’s most spectacular four-wide thrill show returns to zMAX Dragway April 27-29. NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. on Friday announced their entitlement sponsorship of the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
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FONTANA, CA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. went California Cruising On Sunday and cruised away from the field for an easy victory. Truex won the pole for the Auto Club 400, led 125 of the 200 laps in the race and won the first two stages to make it a clean sweep at Auto Club Speedway. It was his first win of 2018, and he did it in dominating fashion.
FONTANA, CA – RIS – Joey Logano sighed and did a spectacular burnout after winning the 20th Annual Roseanne NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday. The race win was never in doubt, even after two late cautions. His No. 22 Ford Mustang was the fastest car. Logano’s dominance was akin to a trip to the woodshed for the rest of the competitors. It was a milestone victory for Roger Penske, the team owner.
FONTANA, CA – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. won the pole for Sunday’s race at Auto Club Speedway on Friday. The driver of the No. 78 car won his second straight pole posting a time of 38.59 seconds to earn the front spot.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Kevin Harvick was mad. A part failure made part of this rear window on his Ford droop in last week’s dominating win at Las Vegas. Initial post-race inspection came with no penalties from NASCAR, but social media posts led to a suspension of his car chief, a huge fine for his crew chief, and a deduction of points earned. Happy Harvick wasn’t happy and he made the rest of the field at ISM Speedway pay. His win wasn’t as dominating as the last two, but it was sweet victory for his team and Stewart Haas Racing.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Sebastien Bourdais overcame a flat tire and used fuel and pit stop strategy to be in the right place at the right time to win the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Bourdais inherited the lead on the re-start of a two-lap shoot-out that turned into chaos when Alexander Rossi slid into race leader Robert Wickens in Turn 1. Wickens, a rookie who won the pole and led the most laps, was forced into the outside concrete wall damaging his car. This brought out the race-ending caution and Bourdais’ victory. Graham Rahal, James Hinchcliffe, Alexander Rossi, and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the unofficial top five.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Brad Keselowski overcame an early penalty on pit road to win the DC-Solar 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at ISM Speedway on Saturday. The race featured two red flags because of rain. Keselowski took the lead off a pit stop with 32 laps left and held off Justin Allgaier in the race that was delayed two hours because of light rain at the mile oval near Phoenix.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Robert Wickens drove his Lucas Oil SPM Honda to the pole position for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Wickens, from Guelph, Canada, won in his first Verizon P1 pole award in his first ever attempt at qualifying for an IndyCar Series race. He will be 29 years old on March 13.
AVONDALE, AZ – RIS – Martin Truex, Jr. will sit on the pole for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at ISM Speedway on Sunday. The defending series champion turned a lap at 136.945 mph in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in the last of three rounds of qualifying on the mile oval.
Ryan Hunter-Reay tops Friday Practice for Verizon IndyCar Series’ Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Ryan Hunter-Reay, winner of the 2014 Indy 500, set the fastest time of the day during Practice 2 for the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. Hunter-Reay piloted his Andretti Autosport DHL Honda to a quick lap of 1.00.8295 seconds – 106.527 mph. James Hinchcliffe, in the Arrow Electronics SPM Honda, followed just 0.0429 seconds slower.
March 6, 2018 Hollywood, CA - I had the great opportunity to preview the racing film, DIRT, by Forrest Films and ESX Entertainment that just happened to include a ton of trucks racing, mud and tempers flying, luxury cars drifting, logo placement, hugs dished out and some first class acting, filming, writing, music, with a few great ‘fake-outs’ and perfectly timed jokes. All the right people and their talents, desires and effort came to fruition in this captivating racing film…
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Last year’s race winner, Sebastien Bourdais, had his season cut short after a near career-ending crash during practice for the 2017 Indianapolis 500. Bourdais broke his hip during a fiery crash that flipped his Dale Coyne Racing Honda upside down after striking the SAFER Barrier at 227 mph. The French native now living in St. Petersburg, Florida, sat out nine races. Amazingly he returned to compete in the final three races of the season – Gateway, Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - RIS – Welcome to St Pete and the festival of speed along Tampa Bay. This is a full weekend starting Friday with a 7:30 am USF2000 practice, continuing through Sunday and the running of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. This is the 15th Indy car race on the streets of St. Petersburg. Action on track includes Pro Mazda, Indy Lights Pirelli World Challenge GT-GTA-GT Cup, GTS and or course Verizon IndyCar series.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Kevin Harvick continues to dominate the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series in almost easy fashion. With the win, Harvick earns his 39th Cup checkered flag and becomes the fourth driver in NASCAR history to win 100 races in the top three series. He joins Richard Petty (200 Cup wins), Kyle Busch (183 wins over three series) and David Pearson (106 in Cup and Xfinity). Harvick now also has the most wins of any driver for Stewart-Haas Racing.
LAS VEGAS, NV – RIS – Kyle Larson, who always seems to bring his A-game on the western swing of the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup races, did it again by winning the Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Larson overcame strong winds and two late restarts Saturday to earn his ninth career Xfinity victory.
The 25-year-old earned his first win on the 1 1/2-mile track in Vegas, where he finished second in both the Xfinity and Cup series races last year.
Larson claimed the lead on the opening lap and eventually led 142 of the 200 laps in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - Kyle Busch won his 50th Career Series race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday night. Busch was there to claim the win when Brett Moffitt got his truck sideways with 26 laps to go. Busch had been behind Moffitt and trying to pass him. When the green finally came out, Busch went on to victory.
LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS - With a strong third round, Ryan Blaney piloted the No.12 Team Penske Ford the pole for Sunday's Monster Energy Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Blaney earned his third career pole with a lap at 191.489 mph, easily outdistancing Kevin Harvick on a windy evening.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kevin Harvick did the double by winning Sunday’s Folds of Honor 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick had won the Xfinity Series race on Saturday. A blown engine in Trevor Bayne’s Ford at Lap 297, bunched up the field for the final restart, but the man known as “The Closer” closed out the race for his first victory of the season.
HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kyle Busch had the Atlanta Motor Speedway truck race in the big until a caution with under 10 laps to go because of a crash by Josh Reaume brought out the caution flag and a pit stop for all the competitors. Busch made his spit stop with one little error. The lug nuts on the left rear weren’t tightened. As Busch raced off to the track, he lost his wheel and the race. Brett Moffitt was the beneficiary, but not without a daring run on the green-white-checker finish.
HAMPTON, GA - RIS - Kevin Harvick did what Kevin Harvick does. He dominated another race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Today's NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was no difference. Harvick led 141 of the 163 laps in his No. 98 Ford Mustang, and pulled away to large leads whenever there was a restart. He went across the finish line 4.183 seconds ahead of second place Joey Logano.
HAMPTON, GA - RIS - Kyle Busch won the pole for the Folds of Honor Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlana Motor Speedway. The veteran driver locked up his 28th career pole and his first at Atlanta in 20 tries after he posted a track best 184.652 mph. Ryan Newman will start second after posting 184.419 mph.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – It was a storybook ending for some and a frustrating ending for others. Austin Dillion took the No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane in the Daytona 500 after the last few laps turned into a train wreck, or something that looked like one. Dillon took the lead in overtime after bumping leader Aric Almirola on the final lap and, one of many such incidents at the World Center of Speed on Sunday.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEB 18, 2018 - RIS) Driver notes and quotes from the 2018 Daytona 500 (We'll be updating this as more quotes come in):
ERIK JONES, No. 20 DEWALT Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE WRECK OUT THERE? - "It looked like the 17 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) just got freed up there by the 12 (Ryan Blaney), unfortunately. We tried to check up and everybody got stacked up, and caused a big wreck. It's unfortunate because the DEWALT Camry was definitely fast – we just didn't get to the end to see what we could really do. We were in position I thought to have a good race. We were staying upfront and out of trouble, it just didn't work out."
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 17 FEB, 2018 – RIS) Tyler Reddick outlasted fate, fuel and crashes to win the PowerShares QQQ 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race after five green-white-checker restarts, inching barely ahead of a last lap effort by teammate Elliott Sadler at the line. The race progressed cleanly until the final stage, when it appeared none of the drivers wanted the race to end. A series of spins and crashes forced the record race length and restart count. The race was originally scheduled for 120 laps but ran a total of 143 with the restarts and twelve caution periods, including the two stage-ending cautions. The margin of victory is posted by NASCAR as 0.000 second – a true photo-finish end.
(DAYTONA BEACH, FL – 16 FEB, 2018 – RIS) Johnny Sauter held off challenges to win an emotional victory for Joe Shear. Sauter's crew chief lost his wife suddenly last December and the team was racing in Chandra's memory. The win was Sauter's third race victory at Daytona.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS - Chase Elliott held off Kevin Harvick in the last two laps to win Thursday’s second Can-Am qualifying duel for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Denny Hamlin led most of the race prior to Elliott’s pass at Lap 16. From then on it was follow the leader until near the end.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – RIS – Ryan Blaney held off a charging Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace, Jr. to win the Can Am Duel No. 1 qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Thursday night. The 150-miler changed the face of Sunday’s race, the first and biggest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup event of the year. Jimmie Johnson, William Byron and Brad Keselowski all were involved in major accidents in the 62-lap race, putting their teams to work on backup cars for Sunday.
ST PETERSBURG, FL - RIS - Helio Castroneves won the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg three times. His winning record on the street circuit is the most in the event's 13 year history. He was first to climb a fence after his victory. In May "Spider Man" has plans to compete and try to win his fourth Indy 500. A victory in the big race would place him with the only other four-time race winners - racing legends A.J. Foyt Jr., Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr.
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Two-Time Indy 500 Champion Returns to Famed Airport Course
Southlake, TX (February 13, 2018) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Al Unser Jr. will be their first grand marshal for the 2018 season when America’s premier vintage racing organization presents their March 1-4 Sebring Vintage Classic at the iconic airport course. In addition to ceremonial duties, Unser will speak to the SVRA membership at a Saturday night banquet.
Unser competed in three Sebring 12-Hour races, finishing on the podium twice. In 1985 the versatile driver was second overall and followed that up with a third-place finish in 1986.
“Al has been a great friend to SVRA since I joined the organization,” said President and CEO Tony Parella. “While he’s best known for his great success in the Indianapolis 500, his resume in sports car racing is very stout, including two overall wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona.”
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Brad Keselowski went from last to first Sunday at Daytona International Speedway to win the The Clash, the unofficial first race of the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series season. The race includes past Clash winners, and you’d never know it by the publicity that it was sponsored by Advance Auto Parts. With the retirements of Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and Danica Patrick, the field was made up of only 17 drivers.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - A Daytona Speedweeks tradition, the Clash is a race for 2017 pole-winners, drivers who have participated in the Clash and many others. It boggles the mind that only 17 drivers are in the race, given the criteria, but that's the case this year. Starting positions were determined by a blind draw of number. Dillon is the lucky winner. He will start alongside Denny Hamlin. After Dillon and Hamlin, the rest of the top 10 starters in order were Joey Logano, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex, Jr., Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson. Rounding out the remaining contestants, it was Ryan Newman in 11th and followed by Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Jamie McMurray, and Brad Keselowski.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - RIS - William Byron had the fast speed in final Daytona 500 trim on Saturday. Byron led 18 laps with a top speed of 201.681mph. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who won twice in restrictor plate races in 2017, ran second (201.649) followed by Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, David Ragan, Paul Menard, Trevor Bayne, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Blaney and Michael McDowell.
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Toyota driver quotes from today on this year's NASCAR Media Tour: CHRISTOPHER BELL, No. 20 Rheem Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing - How do you feel about people’s expectations for you? "Well, that's cool that people believe in me that much. That is really cool. But I've got a year of XFINITY ahead of me, and I'm going to focus part on making the Final Four at Homestead. If we can win races, compete for wins every week and make the Final Four at Homestead, that's a win for us. So yeah, just kind of ‑‑ that's the same goal that I had going into last year, and really as long as you're competitive and can capitalize on that and win some races, you know, that sets you up for the year. That allows you to ‑‑ if you win one race, you're in the Chase, and then if you win multiple races you can start building on those points, and it makes getting to Homestead a lot easier."
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Ford driver quotes from this year's NASCAR Media Tour: DAVID RAGAN, No. 38 Ford Fusion -- HOW IS 2018 LOOKING FOR YOU? "Yeah, 2018 is looking on paper to be an exciting year for myself personally and for Front Row Motorsports. I never thought that I would be able to stay in the Monster Energy Cup Series for as long as I have. I am going to make my 400th start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, my hometown track, so I couldn't have scripted that any better.
(CHARLOTTE, NC - JAN 24, 2018 - RIS) Here are the Chevy driver quotes from this year's NASCAR Media Tour:
AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CAMARO ZL1 met with members of the media at the Charlotte Media Tour and discussed his outlook for 2018, having a teammate in Chris Buescher, running the Rolex 24, and more. Full Transcript:
VIRginia International Raceway Named 2019 SCCA Runoffs Venue
For Immediate Release: TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 24, 2018) -- The Sports Car Club of America® has officially announced the 2019 SCCA® National Championship Runoffs® will be held October 8-13 at beautiful VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. This will be the very first time the Runoffs has been held at the sprawling venue located near the border of Virginia and North Carolina.
ERIK JONES, No. 20 DeWALT Tools Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Ford Performance NASCAR Notes and Quotes - Tuesday, January 23, 2018
(CHARLOTTE, NC – JAN 23, 2018 – RIS) NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway Day Two Quotes
Here are the Chevy manufacturer and track notes and quotes from today's interviews and meetings.
(CHARLOTTE, NC – JAN 23, 2018 – RIS) William Byron couldn't help but smile when asked about his rapidly approaching rookie season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The highly touted rookie from Charlotte, North Carolina, has plenty of reason to be excited: He's driving for a powerhouse team – Hendrick Motorsports – with the iconic No. 24 on the side of his car.