|HEBRON, Ohio (July 14) — There will be plenty of JEGS yellow and black at one of the high-performance auto parts giant’s biggest events of the year, JEGS Speedweek, a double-header race taking place Thursday-Sunday at historic National Trail Raceway. Reigning divisional and regional champions Mike Coughlin and Troy Coughlin Jr. will be joined by Paige Coughlin, Makenna Brown and Jeff Taylor in representing JEGS.com in a variety of classes in both races. JEGS Speedweek combines the first Lucas Oil Series Division 3 race of the season with the annual JEGS.com SPORTSnationals, a special national event exclusively for Sportsman racers. The D3 race will take place Thursday and Friday, followed by the SPORTSnationals on Saturday and Sunday. Mike Coughlin“We have a whole lot of racing ahead of us this weekend and I’m very excited about it,” said Mike, the reigning D3 Top Dragster champion. “Aside from a little spin I took in Tony Collier’s bracket car a few weeks at Dragway 42, I haven’t raced since last fall so I’m absolutely ready to get back on the racetrack. “My guys, Greg Cody, Tony Collier, Dave Raurk and Ryan Micke, did a bunch of work in the off-season to insure we wouldn’t have any drop-off in performance from last year’s incredible run and we’ve just been waiting for the green light to race. I know I’ll be treasuring whatever racing we’re able to do this year because we never know what will happen.” Mike will follow-up this weekend’s race with two more double-header weekends in Topeka, Kan., and Indianapolis. “We’re going to stay very busy and I love it,” Mike said. “I couldn’t be happier. Starting this weekend at National Trail, which (track owner) Jay Livingston has revived to its former glory and beyond, we’re going to have a bunch of fun, and racing with my family makes it even better.” Troy Jr. returns from a weekend outing in Pro Stock to pilot his always-reliable JEGS.com Super Comp dragster. After winning back-to-back regional championships in Top Alcohol Dragster, Troy Jr. is ever-anxious to compete in a pair of races that bear his family’s famous company name. “Any time I’m representing JEGS I take an incredible amount of pride in what that means,” Troy Jr. said. “From my grandfather’s time starting JEGS here in Columbus 60 years ago to nowadays with my dad and uncles running JEGS and a lot of us third-generation kids working there, it’s truly an honor to be a part of it all. Troy Coughlin Jr.|
“We have a lot of cars entered in both races and I will be so happy if we can find the winner’s circle. It won’t be easy because this event has attracted all of the top racers in the country, but we have all the pieces in place to challenge for every trophy.” After participating in four high-profile bracket races in the last month, Paige arrives at her home track of NTR looking to turn on as many win lights as possible in her JEGS.com Super Comp dragster. The college junior cut her racing teeth at NTR and says returning to the familiar confines of her local track gives her a great level of comfort. “I pretty much grew up at this track, either running my Junior Dragster or watching my brother and my uncles’ race, so it’s definitely my favorite place to compete,” Paige said. “Plus, it’ll be nice to race a full quarter-mile again. We did really well at the bracket races so my crew chief Justin Beaver feels really confident in the car. “It’s the first Division 3 race of the year and we’re repping No. 32 on my dragster this year so we’re coming in with our heads held high. It’s always a blast racing with my Uncle Mike, my brother TJ, and my cousin Makenna. Me and Makenna have been racing together a lot and she’s doing so well. It’s not an easy transition but she’s handling it well.” Paige Coughlin
Like Paige, Makenna is searching for her first win in Super Comp and having two chances at glory during JEGS Speedweek is exciting, although she is more focused on continuing to learn the nuances of driving a nine-second dragster. “Although it has been around five months since I last raced in Super Comp, I feel really confident going into this double header,” Makenna said. “My team and I feel we have the JEGS.com dragster set up really well and I know they’ve been working really hard. “It has been nice to get some bracket races in and get more comfortable with the car, but I am really ready to be back with the NHRA. I am so thankful to be able to represent JEGS and my family at the track. I am also excited to return to National Trail Raceway, the track where I started racing juniors, won my first race, and won two back-to-back track championships. I have a lot of good memories there and am really excited to make some more.” Decorated drag racer Taylor, who helps Team JEGS with numerous projects involving the group’s racing program, rounds out the team roster this week. Taylor will be captaining the JEGS.com Dodge Challenger in Stock eliminator.
5:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, July 18
NBC Sports Network, NBC Trackpass and IMSATV.com
Radio Le Mans and IMSA.com
ACURA, HPD AT SEBRING
Acura Motorsports and its performance arm, Honda Performance Development, have recorded a total of eight victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring, including three class wins for Acura, four LMP2 class wins under the HPD umbrella, and an overall win in 2016.
This weekend’s two-hour, 40-minute contest is an addition to the 2020 schedule as a result of adjustments made to the calendar in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acura’s initial victory at the rugged airport circuit came in 1993, when Comptech Racing brought its Acura Spice prototype home first in the Camel Lights division, and fifth overall in the 47-car field. Three-time Camel Lights champion Parker Johnstone anchored the driver lineup, with co-drivers Dan Marvin and Ruggero Melgrati.
In 2007, Acura returned to endurance sports car racing for the first time since ’93, and promptly won the LMP2 class – finishing second overall – in the debut of the Acura ARX-01a prototype in the hands of Andretti Autosports drivers Dario Franchitti, Bryan Herta and Tony Kanaan.
Acura won the LMP2 category again at Sebring in 2009, with Lowe’s Fernandez Racing finishing third overall in its Acura ARX-01b driven by Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz.
HPD supplied customer teams in the LMP2 category from 2010-2016, scoring class wins at Sebring in 2011, 2012 (in both the American Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship races) and 2013.
In 2016, HPD and partner team Tequila Patron ESM scored an overall victory at Sebring in a Honda-powered Ligier JSP2 co-driven by Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown.
ACURA TEAM PENSKE
The combination of Acura Motorsports, Team Penske and the Acura ARX-05 DPi resulted in a sweep of IMSA’s season-long championships in 2019, claiming the Manufacturers’, Teams’ and Drivers’ championships.
Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya combined for three race wins and four additional podium finishes to claim the 2019 Drivers’ Championship in the #6 Acura Team Penske entry. Teammates Helio Castroneves and Ricky Cameron complied five podium finishes in their #7 ARX-05 to help Acura secure the Manufacturers’ title.
The Acura ARX-05 is the latest in a line of prototype sports cars to be fielded by the company, dating to 1991, just five years after the launch of the Acura brand. Based on the successful ORECA 07 chassis, the ARX-05 DPi features Acura-specific bodywork and utilizes the production-based Acura AR35TT twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine.
ACURA NSX GT3 EVO TEAMS
Fielding a pair of Acura NSX GT3s, Meyer Shank Racing took the Drivers’ and Team championships in GTD, with drivers Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman scoring one win (with endurance co-driver Justin Marks) at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, and four second-place finishes in 10 races to claim the Drivers’ Championship for Farnbacher and Hindman, and the teams title for MSR.
For the GTD class, this weekend’s race at Sebring is part of the Sprint Cup Championship, for shorter races on the 2020 schedule, and is not part of the overall WeatherTech SpotsCar Championship. As a result, the Meyer Shank team will not be present in Sebring this weekend, but will return for the next round, July 31-August 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Starting at the WeatherTech 240 at Daytona earlier this month, the Texas-based Gradient Racing organization is fielding an Acura NSX GT3 Evo in IMSA GTD Sprint Cup completion for drivers Marc Miller and Till Bechtolscheimer. The pair finished a solid 10th in their IMSA debut at the WeatherTech Daytona 240. The Gradient team is focusing on the GTD Sprint Cup championship, and will lead the Acura NSX GT3 Evo effort at Sebring this weekend.
WHERE TO WATCH
Television coverage from Sebring begins at 5:30 p.m. EDT Saturday on the NBC Sports Network. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on the NBC Sports App and NBC Gold with NBCSN Trackpass authentication. Practice and qualifying action can be found at IMSATV.com.
Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on the NBC Sports App with NBCSN authentication.
Fans can listen to audio commentary via IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM Radio; and follow the race live via in-car cameras, IMSA Radio and timing & scoring available worldwide on IMSA.com and the IMSA mobile device App.
Acura Motorsports social media content and video links from the WeatherTech 240 will be available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD). Produced by the CoForce Digital Media, the YouTube videos can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
July 14, 2020
If there ever was a NASCAR All-Star Race made to order for Matt DiBenedetto and the No. 21 Menards/FVP team it’s this one.
Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic the annual non-points-paying extravaganza has been moved from its traditional home at Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway, one of DiBenedetto’s best tracks. And it will be run this Wednesday night, giving him and his team a chance to capitalize on their recent momentum.
His stirring run at Bristol in 2019, where he led 93 laps and eventually finished second, played a big role in his being selected by the retiring Paul Menard to replace him as driver of the iconic No. 21 Mustang fielded by the Wood Brothers.
“Obviously I’m pretty glad that it’s at Bristol,” DiBenedetto said. “I think it’s cool, a cool change. I’m a little biased, though. I love Bristol so much. One of my favorite tracks.”
Because DiBenedetto hasn’t won a Cup race in the past year, he’ll have to race his way into the main event by winning one of the Stages of the preliminary Open or through the fan vote.
That prospect doesn’t intimidate him at all.
“I think it’s cool,” he said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to race our way in. I know the fan vote is important, too. People have been voting, which we appreciate a lot as a team.”
The timing of the All-Star event is a plus for DiBenedetto and the Menards/FVP team.
They were fast when the Cup Series ran a points-paying race at Bristol in May before being swept up in a multi-car crash, and they’ve been on quite a roll in the past few weeks, winning Stage points and running among the leaders every week.
His third-place finish this past Sunday at Kentucky Speedway shows just what the team is capable of doing on a regular basis.
“You see how fast our cars are,” he said. “It makes it so fun driving these things. We’re really getting in a groove as a team now. I finally feel it clicking real well.”
He said his confidence has never been higher.
“What does that, though, is my team,” he said. “Driving this 21 car for the Wood Brothers, having such a good team, great people around you, firing off the race with no practice, yeah, it’s pretty good, don’t really touch it, tiny air pressure [adjustment].
“That’s amazing to have that good of people here. Having our alliance with Team Penske, support from them. All the support from Ford and Menards/FVP. That is what does it. That’s what makes my confidence so high because I’m so confident in my guys.”
The Open is set to get the green flag at 7 p.m. Wednesday night, followed by the All-Star race at 8:30. TV coverage is on FOX Sports 1.
• Garcia, Taylor coming off Daytona win in No. 3 Corvette C8.R• Chevrolet enters tied for GTLM Manufacturer Championship• Corvette Racing program with 11 class victories at Sebring
|DETROIT (July 14, 2020) – Corvette Racing doesn’t have to wait long for its chance at a second straight victory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team returns to the track this weekend at Sebring International Raceway for the Cadillac Grand Prix in search of another win for the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.|
Both Corvettes will be on the GT Le Mans (GTLM) grid at Sebring as the IMSA championship embarks on its third race of the season and second following a weeks-long layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike the team’s previous 21 visits to the 3.7-mile, 17-turn road course, Saturday’s affair is a two-hour, 40-minute sprint race.
It’s the same format that saw Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor claim a class victory in the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona on July 4. The Independence Day result gave Corvette Racing its 100th win in IMSA as well as the first for the new Corvette. The No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R won by 1.977 seconds in the car’s third race, and Garcia set the fastest GTLM lap of the race.
The sister Corvette – the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM C8.R – scored pole position with Oliver Gavin at the wheel. He and teammate Tommy Milner led the race on two occasions and went on to finish fifth in the race. Like Daytona, Sebring is a track that Corvette Racing has a significant amount of testing data available, having completed a multi-day test there earlier this year and also early in the C8.R’s initial development period.
Sebring is steeped in Corvette Racing history. The circuit has witnessed the team take 11 class victories since 2002, and all four drivers have previously won there. Gavin leads with six GT-class victories, Garcia has three and Milner two. Taylor was part of one overall winning effort.
Like Daytona two weeks ago, Corvette Racing (like all competitors) will operate at Sebring in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines for social distancing and wear appropriate PPE at all times. The event schedule will include a one-hour practice Friday with another practice Saturday morning, qualifying early Saturday afternoon and a race into dusk Saturday evening.
The mid-engine C8.R is based on the strong foundation of the 2020 Corvette Stingray with both developed simultaneously. There is a deeper level of technology transfer between the race car and production Corvette than ever before, which helps contribute to many of its advancements. As a result, the C8.R shares the highest percentage of parts between the production and race car than any previous generation.
Initial design and development on the Corvette C8.R – with Corvette Racing engineers working alongside Corvette production personnel – began more than five years ago with track testing starting within the last 18 months. Heavy emphasis on wind tunnel and simulation aided in the testing program.
The Cadillac Grand Prix at Sebring is set for July 17-18 with live race television coverage on NBC Sports Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App starting at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. IMSA Radio will broadcast all practice and qualifying sessions as well as the race on IMSA.com, which also will host live timing and scoring.
|TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.R: “Both Daytona and Sebring are good tracks for us, especially with this new Corvette C8.R and the testing we have done at both places. It lessens the learning curve for us to some extent. The temperature and difference from what we would have expected in March at Sebring will be significant this weekend, although it shouldn’t be too different than what we faced at Daytona a couple of weeks ago. I was encouraged by the car at Daytona, and we feel similarly about the package we have going into this race. Sebring, no matter if it’s a one-hour practice session or a 12-hour race, is always going to be difficult. It’s not the smoothest track in the world and has a lot of high-G corners and big brake zones. The fatigue and drain you normally feel after the 12 Hours probably won’t be as bad this time, but it’s still going to be difficult. That won’t change at all.”|
|Richard Childress Racing in the All-Star Race … Richard Childress Racing has won four NASCAR Cup Series All-Star races with drivers Kevin Harvick (2017) and Dale Earnhardt (1987, 1990 and 1993). Earnhardt’s 1987 All-Star victory included the legendary “Pass in the Grass.”|
Battle at Bristol … For the first time in history, the Cup Series stars will battle for one million dollars on the high banks of the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’ of Bristol Motor Speedway. Adding to the excitement, NASCAR will implement the ‘choose cone’ rule for restarts. The idea for a choose cone came after Austin Dillon petitioned for it on Twitter saying, “It’s time for a choose cone. The bottom is at a disadvantage. This will create drama and allow us to decide our fate. Paint something on the track before the start finish line. One to go we choose our destiny.” Both Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick will need to race their way in by winning a stage in the All-Star Open in order to secure a spot in the feature event, the All-Star Race.
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Catch the Action … The NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Open at Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live Wednesday, July 15, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
The NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live Wednesday, July 15, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports One and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
|This Week’s Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Off Road/E-Z-GO Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Bristol Motor Speedway… In 13 NASCAR Cup Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dillon has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. He posted his best finish of fourth in August 2016. He is a former winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the track. Vying For A Spot In The All-Star Race … Dillon, who has made two previous All-Star race starts, will be vying for a spot in this year’s event by competing in the All-Star Open. The 22 drivers entered in the All-Star Open can race their way into the All-Star Race by winning a Stage. Fans can also vote Dillon into the All-Star race by participating in a fan vote at nascar.com/fanvote. Tracker Off Road … Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE prominently features TRACKER ATVs, a game-changing new line of all-terrain vehicles and side-by-sides offering breakthrough performance, service and value in the off-road industry. TRACKER OFF ROAD was born out of a powerhouse partnership formed between Bass Pro Shops and TRACKER founder Johnny Morris and Textron Specialized Vehicles, bringing together the undisputed world leader in boating with a global leader in innovation and technology. Bass Pro Shops … Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.” Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit basspro.com.|
E-Z-GO …E-Z-GO is an iconic, world-renowned brand in golf cars and personal transportation vehicles. Products sold under the E-Z-GO brand include RXV® and TXT® fleet golf cars, Freedom® RXV and Freedom TXT personal golf cars, E-Z-GO Express™ personal utility vehicles, and the 2Five® street-legal low-speed vehicle. Known for innovation in electric-vehicle technology, E-Z-GO’s newest offerings include the ELiTE series of lithium-ion powered golf cars and PTVs, and the company’s exclusive 72-volt AC electric powertrain found in its latest Express series vehicles. Founded in 1954 in Augusta, Ga., E-Z-GO became part of Textron Inc. in 1960, and today operates as part of the company’s Textron Specialized Vehicles division. Vote for Austin … Visit NASCAR.com/fanvote to vote Austin Dillon into this year’s All-Star Race. You can vote daily and votes shared via Facebook and/or Twitter count double. AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE:What will it take to get into the All-Star race?“You’ve got to go get it. You will have to be after it, and putting it all on the line to try and win a Stage in the open in order to transfer into the All-Star race. The All-Star race is so fun because you let everything go on All-Star night as far as the big picture, and just put it all on the line to try and win. It’s for the fans, and I’m really looking forward to trying to race my way in. Especially at a short track like Bristol Motor Speedway.”
|Tyler Reddick and the No. 8 Food City Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE at Bristol Motor Speedway … This Wednesday’s NASCAR All-Star Open will be Tyler Reddick’s first time competing in the event. Reddick will need to race his way in via the Open or win the Fan Vote to make the All-Star Race. The two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion has five Xfinity Series starts at the track, winning last fall’s race there with crew chief Randall Burnett, along with two top-five and four other top-10 finishes. Reddick also has two NASCAR Truck Series starts, with two top-five finishes at Bristol. About Food City … Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City’s parent company) operates 134 retail supermarkets throughout southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, Chattanooga and north Georgia, including 109 pharmacies and 108 fuel/convenience stores. The company also owns and operates their own 1.2 million square-foot distribution center in Abingdon, VA. Food City offers a wide variety of services and conveniences, including in-store bakery/delis, floral boutiques, full-service meat and seafood departments with in-house butchers, locally grown produce, full service pharmacies, fuel centers, GoCart curbside pick-up, and home delivery. The Food City name is also synonymous with NASCAR racing through their title sponsorship of two of the sport’s most popular events, the Food City 500 and Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN. Food City is Bristol Motor Speedway’s longest running sponsor and the second longest in NASCAR.Learn more by visiting FoodCity.com |
Vote for Tyler … It’s not too late to case your vote for Reddick as the 2020 NASCAR Fan Vote! Fans can vote on NASCAR.com/FanVote once a day through Tuesday, July 14, at 12 p.m. ET for Reddick as their pick for the All-Star race. Votes shared to Facebook and Twitter count as double. Watch the Race with Cheddar’s… Don’t miss out! Cheddar’s is offering 15% off all To Go orders with the offer code RACEDAY placed on 7/15 and every Cup Series race day for the remainder of the 2020 season! Whether you’re watching the race on a Sunday afternoon or on a weekday under the lights, watch with all your Cheddar’s favorites for 15% off. Terms & conditions apply, visit cheddars.com/offer/race-day for full offer details. TYLER REDDICK QUOTE: This will be your first time taking part in the All-Star race festivities. What do you think your chances are of making it into the main event from the Open?“It’s tough to gauge our chances. Honestly, the All-Star race is an event I always have fun going to watch from the stands with my friends, so it’s weird being involved in it this year. I haven’t gotten much of a chance to campaign for the fan vote with how busy we’ve been with all these races, but it would be an honor to win that. Hopefully, fans are seeing what I’m doing out on the track and that performance has gotten them to go vote for me. If they want someone who is going to do some crazy stuff to try to win the million dollars, I’m their guy. As for racing our way in through the Open, I hope we can do that. There are just so many variables going into the race that it’s tough to even form a strategy. The lineup is based off a random draw, so that is an unknown for now. We also aren’t quite sure yet how the traction compound will be laid down, so that’s another variable. We’ll just have to adapt to all the challenges and try to put ourselves in the best spot to win a stage and advance to the main event.”
FARLEY, Iowa (July 13, 2020) – Josh Richards made a daring three-wide pass for the lead on lap 17 and went on to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Truck Country 50 on Monday Night at 300 Raceway. Richards, Jimmy Owens, and Kyle Bronson went 3-wide down the main straightaway as Richards split both Owens and Bronson to take the lead heading into turn one on lap 16. From there Richards maintained a steady pace to the checkers as he bested Owens by .872 seconds to become the sixth different winner in six appearances by the LOLMDS. Tim McCreadie charged from the back after pitting for a flat tire to finish in third place. Kyle Bronson led the first part of the race but finished in fourth followed by Tyler Erb, who rounded out the top five finishers. Richards was thankful his right rear tire held up as flat tires derailed some of his top competition. “Man, I was hoping the tires would hold up tonight. I can’t thank everyone enough with this race car: Brad, Cody, and Big Dog; they do a phenomenal job. Thanks to my dad and Steve Baker at Rocket Chassis. We have had a lot of speed, and we just tweaked some things. We were a lot better tonight. I knew last year the track dried up pretty quick. They tilled it up quite a bit tonight, so we kind of left the car alone. The car was snug tonight. The last couple of laps the right front wouldn’t steer at all. I was fortunate enough to have a scoreboard in turn three to help with how many laps I had left.” Owens notched yet another top five finish this year. “Josh drove an awesome race. He made a heck of a move to get the lead. It was great to come out with another podium finish. They did a great job on prepping the track before the feature. It was good racing all-night long.” McCreadie passed several cars in the closing laps to round out the podium. “This is two years in a row we have had flats here. Hats off to everybody in the pit to get both back tires changed. When I got to third, I thought I was getting another flat. We had a nice rebound and are looking forward to the next race. The winner’s Clint Bowyer Racing Rocket Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by iRacing, Big River Steel, DEKALB Seed, Crawford Outdoor, FORD Performance, Cometic Gasket, and Integra Shocks. Completing the top ten were Jonathan Davenport, Tanner English, Shane Clanton, Tyler Bruening, and Devin Moran.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Truck Country 50
Monday, July 13th, 2020
300 Raceway – Farley, IA
Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Josh Richards / 15.082 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Stormy Scott / 14.992 seconds (overall)
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 14-Josh Richards; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens; 3. 1T-Tyler Erb; 4. 32S-Chris Simpson; 5. 1ST-Johnny Scott; 6. 1-Earl Pearson Jr; 7. 2S-Stormy Scott; 8. 40-Joel Callahan; 9. 71-Hudson O’Neal
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson; 2. 16-Tyler Bruening; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 4. 15B-Brian Birkhofer; 5. 58-Jeremiah Hurst; 6. 29D-Spencer Diercks; 7. 50-Shanon Buckingham; 8. 59-Garrett Alberson; 9. T22-Tegan Evans
Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 21-Billy Moyer Jr; 2. 25-Shane Clanton; 3. 0E-Rick Eckert; 4. 39-Tim McCreadie; 5. 1C-Chad Simpson; 6. 9-Devin Moran; 7. 81E-Tanner English; 8. 111-Matthew Lux; 9. 44W-David Webster
Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 2S-Stormy Scott; 2. 71-Hudson O’Neal; 3. 111-Matthew Lux; 4. 44W-David Webster; 5. 81E-Tanner English; 6. 40-Joel Callahan; 7. T22-Tegan Evans; 8. (DNS) 50-Shanon Buckingham; 9. (DNS) 59-Garrett Alberson
(July 14, 2020) Jim Allen, Sacramento, CA … The NARC King of the West Fujitsu 410 Sprint Car Series will be in action this Saturday, July 18th at the 10th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. The lucrative event, sponsored by Al’s Roofing Supply, will be showcased in front of an empty grandstand due to strict state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions. It was made possible due to a tremendous outpouring of sponsorship support in honor of the living driving legend.
Saturday’s nights show will feature more than $32,000 in prize money, including a $5000 payday for the winner of the 30-lap headliner. Each starter in the 24-car main will earn a minimum of $700. This is the second night of a two-day HK Classic program at Ocean Speedway, featuring a regular racing program on Friday night (July 17th.)
This marks only the second race of the season for the NARC King of the West series, utilizing a schedule that has endured 13-cancellations so far due to the pandemic. The Northern Auto Racing Club announced three-weeks ago that the traveling series will not crown a champion after 60-consecutive years of doing so. The Howard Kaeding Classic could also be the 2020 “season finale” assuming California continues its lock down on spectator sports.
This race was made possible through donations of businesses and supporters directly tied to the racing community. 2018 series champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell has spearheaded the fund-raising efforts in honor of his legendary grandfather, a winner of more than 500 career main events.
“To be honest, I was surprised by the response we received from supporters of the event,” said Kaeding. “I knew going into this project that it is was going to be tough to pull it off. In years past, I just worked on contributing to the existing payout, but this year I knew that raising the full purse would be a tall feat. The support by the teams and sponsors has been incredible.”
The only drawback of the 10th Annual event is not providing race fans with the ability to attend in person. The event will only be available on FloRacing/Speedshift TV PPV. Racing teams will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing in the pit area.
“Not having race fans attend really takes away the atmosphere for me as a racer,” explains Kaeding, a 21-time winner on tour, including last year’s race. “Not seeing fans after the races and not seeing a smiling kid after an autograph is something I hope ends soon.”
But the motivation to continue the event without an annual gap comes directly from the source – the 88-year old Howard Kaeding himself.
“He (Howard) is always on me about making flyers and getting the word out to the community in February and March,” said Bud. “He usually puts ads in the local papers and goes to local restaurants and auto parts stores to hang flyers. So, I guess you could say he looks forward to it, which drives me to succeed also.”
“As a driver, team owner, and promoter I can’t thank all of the supporters of this years event enough. I know this has been an off year for everyone and I am beyond thankful for everyone that has contributed. Without their help this event wouldn’t be possible.”
All the top 410 sprint car drivers in California will be competing on the quarter-mile dirt oval. Among them will be defending champion DJ Netto; Indiana’s Spencer Bayston, the winner of the June 20th show at Hanford; two-time series champ Tim Kaeding of San Jose; Elk Grove’s Shane Golobic; Willie Croft, Colby Copeland, Jodie Robinson and Sean Becker of Roseville; Clovis driver Sean Watts; Kyle Offill of Tracy; Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto; San Diego’s AJ Bender; Chico’s Kenny Allen; and many more!
The NARC King of the West Fujitsu Racing Series will consist of qualifying, four 10-lap heat races, the 6-lap Sunnyvalley Bacon Dash, a 12-lap Last Chance semi, and the 30-lap main event. Also on the racing card are IMCA Modifieds and Hobby Stocks.
Ocean Speedway is located at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds in Watsonville, CA. Qualifying gets underway at 6:00 p.m.
RACING TEAMS: A signed COVID-19 release form must be signed at the pit gate. Strict COVID-19 safety protocol must followed at all times. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing a mask, social distancing, and proper sanitation (washing hands.)
Event Contributors (as of 7/13/20 – 4:00 p.m.) : Al’s Roofing Supply, Swift Metal Finishing, Norm Martin, Roth Motorsports, Emadco, Southern Pacific Farms, Rico Abreu Racing, Kyle Larson Racing, Williams Roofing, Speedshift TV, Fujitsu General USA, Alviso Rock, FK Rod Ends, Netto Ag, North County Plastering, Anne Chisum, Beer Optics, Alan Cade, Golobic Construction, R&B Company.
|Corvette Racing drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor (No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) along with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) met with members of the media during a teleconference to discuss the team’s recent victory at Daytona, development of the mid-engine Corvette C8.R and the outlook for this weekend’s Cadillac Grand Prix at Sebring. FULL TRANSCRIPT:|
ANTONIO GARCIA, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.RTALK ABOUT THE SATISFACTION OF WINNING AT SEBRING FOR THE TEAM’S 100TH VICTORY.“It was definitely a good race for us. Knowing that it was the 100th win for Corvette Racing was very special. We had been waiting for a long time since the 99th victory. I wish there had been more victories with C7.R but getting this win with everything going on this year was a blessing for everyone. After five months of not having track activity, it meant a lot to the guys who had never stopped working on the development of the C8.R. We knew we had a better car right away (compared to the Rolex 24), but we had to prove it on the track. On the first very laps two weeks ago, I could really tell a big difference in the car from the Daytona 24 Hours.”
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO DO IN THE WEEK OR SO SINCE DAYTONA IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE TEAM, AND WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO TAKE FROM DAYTONA THAT YOU CAN USE FOR SEBRING?“Mainly what we could do was fill in with more details a report regarding the Daytona race. The engineers now have hard work analyzing all the data. That’s basically all we can do at this time. They came back to us with all they could see in their data to prepare us for the next race. For us, it’s not a ton of work to be done. It’s more work on the engineering side, and I think we have the best engineers and mechanics behind us. They probably went down to every single bolt on the car and I’m sure they rebuilt the whole car again. I’m sure we learned something from this past race on every aspect – speed and things that we can get fixed for the next race. This is still a very young car, and we are still on a learning curve.”
IN THIS BREAK, OTHER THAN YOU BEING IN FLORIDA, IS THIS DIFFERENT FOR YOU? WOULD YOU HAVE GONE BACK TO SPAIN AND THEN COME BACK, OR IS THE PROCEDURE NOW THE SAME IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATION?“It would have been the same. We decided to stay here (near Clearwater, Fla.). We’ve been doing a really good job of staying away from everyone and doing our job. I’ve been living with Olly now for three weeks. All you can do is keep training and looking at all the data the engineers send you and thinking a lot about the next race because there isn’t a ton of things to do (outside of race prep).”
WILL CONDITIONS BE A LOT DIFFERENT AT SEBRING THAN WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE FACED IN MARCH?“I don’t know if it will be that much different than it usually is at the Sebring 12 Hours. We probably found way different track conditions during the Daytona 24 race, because there it can get warm but usually it can get very cold during the night. At Sebring, we’ve had quite a few races where it was very, very hot anyway. During the last test we did in February, from what I remember it was not as warm as it is now, but it felt pretty close. But this is a different time of year and the sunset might be different, so that will be something we will experience in a different way. From what I remember, the sunset is usually at the worst point during the March race, so I hope it’s going down in another place other than when you are going into Turn Seven and Turn 17. Other than that, we need to follow the conditions and wait to see what the track temperature will be. Sebring is one of the tracks where we test the most and those are always in different conditions. We need to find out the tire allocation and compounds we have. We need to test those early and see what the best combination. From that point we’ll use all the data we have to get the best car for the race.”
BEING STUCK IN FLORIDA, ARE YOU EXPECTING TO BE THERE INDEFINITELY? DO YOU SEE ANY POINT IN THE SEASON WHERE YOU’LL BE ABLE TO GO BACK HOME TO SPAIN?“The plan is to stay until after Road America. After that we have two off weekends, and as far as I know we will fly back right after that race. There will be a three-week break then almost, and so far it seems like things look better at home than in the U.S. at the moment. I don’t see why there would be an issue for us to go back, but we will all discuss that and see how things develop. We are still almost a month away from that, so we need to wait and see how everything goes. I do have a ticket to fly back so that’s the plan, but everything can change.”
DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY DAYS OF TESTING YOU’VE AT SEBRING IN THE C8.R?“I don’t. We did a couple of tests – the one in February and another where we ran at night. It was just those two. It’s been quite awhile since the very first one there. The car changes so much so even if there was a test a year or year-and-a-half from now, it would be way different than at this time. Luckily enough one of the last tests we did was at Sebring so hopefully the car will be almost as it was then. That will be a plus for us. It will be different for the next few races onward since we will have to rediscover the car on all the new tracks that we will be at.”TALK ABOUT HOW YOU EXPECT THE CORVETTE TO DO AROUND WATKINS GLEN.“I think it’s going to be a great car around there. The C7.R was really good around Watkins Glen, and we had a lot of success there. This car, though, will be very, very fun to drive around there. When that time comes, we’ll be a few races into the season and will have raced at Sebring, Road America and VIR. So our car will be a little more developed and everything should be better for The Glen. I’m looking forward to that track for sure. Probably the next four races are probably my favorite tracks.”
JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 3 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.RIS IT A RELIEF TO GET THE FIRST WIN FOR THE C8.R AND YOUR FIRST WIN AS FULL-TIME DRIVER ALREADY?“It’s great to get that first win early on. The team is always expecting to win, although going into the Rolex it was a big unknown with a brand new car in the Corvette C8.R. Once we got to the halfway point, I think we all thought we could have won that race with how strong we were out of the box. Going back to Daytona with everything we learned through January and during the COVID period, going to the simulators and the engineers working as hard as they did, we knew we were going to have a good shot of winning at Daytona. So for me personally, it’s great to get my first win for the team since 2015 (24 Hours of Le Mans), my first with Antonio and obviously the first for the C8.R and 100th for the team. It’s a lot of milestones but I’m glad we could do it after this huge break to show that everyone’s hard work paid off.”
YOU’LL BE RACING CLOSE TO HOME THIS WEEKEND. WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING?“It definitely will be different going to Sebring for a sprint race as opposed to the 12 Hour. For me, I haven’t raced at Sebring in a GT car since 2013, so I’ll have to get used to the points on the track where I’ll need to look in the mirror again and get used to that. The closing speeds of the prototypes in the high-speed corners will be something to get used to. Like Antonio said, we’ve been to Sebring through testing when it’s been warm. When we tested there ahead of the 12 Hours, it was pretty hot and I was personally very shocked at how good the car behaved in those hot conditions. Sebring is very temperature sensitive. Usually when you start the race late in the morning and get into the early afternoon when it’s really warm, you can struggle for pace and balance. All throughout our testing in those two days we did, the car was very well-balanced. It bodes well for us that we were able to get that test in before the COVID shutdown and were able to take the data that we learned there to the simulator for a couple days to get a head start on the weekend.”
ANTONIO MENTIONED THE CAR WAS A LOT BETTER AT DAYTONA THE SECOND TIME AROUND. DID YOU MAKE THOSE CHANGES FOR THE TEST AT SEBRING?“It’s been awhile and I can’t remember exactly what has changed. The car was developed before I was in the picture, and they did a couple of days at Sebring before I was on the team, and then earlier this year we did the two days. A lot of the correlation work that’s been done on the simulator has expedited that development process. I saw in November with how well the simulator and the correlation works. You can do a change in the simulator and then do it at the racetrack… I did it months apart where I drove in the sim and then in the racecar and gave some feedback on a change. When I gave that feedback in real life, it lined up perfectly. Those changes that we are able to make during these times when we weren’t allowed to do track testing, we can rely on those a little bit better and that showed at Daytona. We couldn’t do much track testing before that event, but we were able to put a lot of things on the car that we learned at the simulator, and it proved to work there. I think the same thing could be the case at Sebring.”
YOU OFFERED UP YOUR SERVICES FOR THE NASCAR RACEWEEK AT DAYTONA IN AUGUST. DID YOU GET ANY OFFERS OR IS THERE ANYTHING ON THE TABLE?“Kind of. I got an ARCA offer and I don’t know if you’d call it an offer in a Cup car… the conversation was a little bit confusing. I’ve always wanted to do a NASCAR road course race. I’m a big fan of that style of racing in that type of car. I’d love to try it. Daytona is a home track for me, and I’d be right around the corner. Obviously, I have a lot of laps around there. I’m not sure how the weekend will work. Seeing what they’ve done these past few races where they have no practices and go straight into the race, a guy with a little bit of track experience could have maybe a small advantage at the beginning even though I’m sure a lot of those guys probably have done a lot of simulator work as well. It obviously would be a big learning curve to jump into one of those cars and figure it out at the same time. I’d definitely love to try it if there is an opportunity, hopefully in a Chevrolet vehicle.”
WHEN YOU SAY CONFUSING, DOES THAT MEAN YOU’RE NOT SURE IF THEY WANT TO PUT YOU IN A CAR, DO THEY WANT YOU TO CONSULT?“It was like, ‘Hey do you want do this?’ And yeah I’d love to do this, but am I just coming to drive? And then they’re like, ‘We need to figure out if we can raise the money for it.’ That’s always kind of the case for those teams that offer those sorts of situations. It’s tough. You don’t want to be labeled as a guy who is going to bring money to a ride. If you get labeled as that, you’re going to get stuck in that position. I don’t want to get in a car to be battling for 35th to 40th, but if it gets my face in the NASCAR scene for a road course event, that’s not a bad thing either.”
YOU GOT PRETTY CLOSE LAST YEAR WITH AN XFINITY RACE, RIGHT?“Yeah, I thought I was doing Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen last year. It was pretty much a done deal, but it fell through at the last minute. I was getting ready to go off to see the team and meet everyone. I was really excited about that. I’d love another opportunity to come around. Daytona being right here is even better than a Mid-Ohio or Road America for that matter.”
YOU TALKED ABOUT THE C8.R BEING BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND AT DAYTONA. WERE THERE ANY PLACES THAT STICK OUT WHERE YOU WERE NOTICIBLY BETTER THAN YOUR COMPETITORS?“It’s hard to say. I didn’t really get into much battling as Antonio did in the race. My stint was kind of weird with the damp start on slicks and then it going dry. From a drivability point of view, the guys did a lot of work with the engine calibration and the drivability of the engine. There were a lot of little things that we were complaining about during the Rolex weekend that were really fine-tuned for when we came back, whether it was traction control or throttle mapping. Things like that make a driver a little bit happier. Balance-wise, there were some small improvements overall. Daytona mostly has slow-speed corners, so in all the horseshoes the car felt better rotation-wise without losing traction. So the overall package was improved.”
YOU TALKED ABOUT BEFORE DAYTONA WAS GETTING USED TO BEING BACK IN A GT CAR, BUT SEBRING WILL BE COMPLETLEY DIFFERENT WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH PROTOYPE TRAFFIC. WHAT DID YOU TAKE FROM DAYTONA TO HELP AT SEBRING?“Thankfully when we went back to Daytona I was a little more prepared, but on the Rolex weekend I got a really big scare from one of the Mazdas in the Dogleg. In a prototype, you don’t realize the closing speeds. When you forget to look at the mirror before the Dogleg and they come flying by you at the exit, it’ll definitely wake you up. Looking at Sebring where we have a lot more of those high-speed corners like Turn One, Turn 17 and the back half of the track, I’ll have to get used to looking in the mirror in certain spots again. At Daytona, you can look at it in certain spots and know if you can relax or not. I’ll have to learn those same little habits and tendencies throughout Sebring.”
TOMMY MILNER, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.RHOW QUICKLY HAS THE CORVETTE C8.R DEVELOPED INTO A FRONT-RUNNING GTLM CAR?“First and foremost, it was good to be back racing again and be back at the racetrack. It was good for us, the crew and engineers to get back going again. Obviously, it was a great result for the team with a pole for Olly and a win for the No. 3 in the end. The car showed great pace throughout practice and in the race. We can be proud of the effort the guys put on in the five-month break after the Rolex 24 where we were quick for sure but maybe didn’t quite have the pace of the other cars. Daytona earlier this month was a great result for the team. For us in the No. 4 car, we were a little unlucky with the strategy. The pace was good. I’m excited to keep racing and going to Sebring this coming week to see how the car does there.”
HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK THE EXPERIENCE OF TESTING AT SEBRING ALREADY WILL PLAY INTO THIS WEEKEND?“With the C8.R being a new car, some of these racetracks we won’t have tested at in person. Fortunately, Sebring is one of the places we have tested so that should be to our strength a little bit. We’ve done some simulator testing at Sebring as well, so having that experience and in real life should shorten any learning curve we might have. We still have some areas we’d like to improve obviously. The car was pretty good at Daytona. The team has such a long history at Sebring that there’s a lot we can pull from with past experiences and the testing we have done with this car to start the weekend off strong and hopefully improve a little bit as we did at Daytona to give us another great chance at the race.”
IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE IN SETUP AND PREPARATION FOR A SPRINT RACE AT SEBRING COMPARED TO HOW IT WAS INITIALLY PREPPED FOR THE 12 HOURS?“I don’t think fundamentally it’s a huge change. For prep of the car, the biggest difference is probably brake compounds. But otherwise, the engine, gearbox and suspension… we don’t have an endurance spec of those pieces. The car fundamentally, as far as I’m aware, is the same for sprint races and endurance races. The biggest difference is the brake package. The idea, of course, for Sebring would be not to have to make a brake change for the 12 Hours. With the sprint race coming up, the brake compound will be the only major difference we would have seen from the 12 Hours to this race.”
HOW MUCH EFFORT HAS BEEN PUT INTO THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE SIMULATOR AND THE REAL CAR? WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO WORK IN EVEN WITHOUT THE COVID SITUATION?“Before there even was a C8.R racecar… we were already driving iterations of what the race car is now in our simulator that Chevy has in Charlotte. It has been a huge part of this car’s development process and will continue to be. It’s something the team is constantly improving. Even with C7.R, after race events oftentimes we would correlate changes we would make at the track and go back through and run through those changes on the simulator to see if everything correlates as we expected. It allowed the engineering team to improve both the chassis and tire models. The simulator continues to be a big part of making the most use of the track time we get. It helps accelerate the development process of taking something that is brand new like the C8.R and accelerating the process to get it race-ready in a shorter amount of time. During the COVID situation, we weren’t allowed to test on the simulator for a number of months. But before we got back to the racetrack, we had the chance to get back in the simulator. It was good for us as drivers and the engineers to have those tests where we are able to get back in the car and get things back going again.”
THE 12 HOURS GOES FROM MORNING AND FINISHES WELL INTO DARKNESS SO YOU GO THROUGH THIS WIDE TEMPERATURE PATTERN. THIS WILL OBVIOUSLY BE MUCH DIFFERENT. DOES THAT ALSO NARROW DOWN THE SETUP THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO PUT IN THE CAR BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE TO COMPROMISE OVER A SHORTER PERIOD?“I think in 2016 we were expecting some heavy rain at some point, and some teams gambled with more of a wet setup and others went with a dry setup. The only thing that our simulator can’t do yet is simulate rain conditions, so that’s a situation where we don’t have a ton of time in this C8.R. We are eager to drive it more in the wet to get that experience. Hopefully if rain is to come for the race, we get some of those conditions in practice to learn as much as we can. We’ve seen in the past with C7.R that there is a setup that is ideal for wet conditions, but oftentimes if the balance is good in the dry then it’s good in the wet as well.”
WITH TEMPERATURE EXTREMES, WE’VE BEEN DOWN THERE WITH A 20-DEGREE DELTA FROM START TO FINISH. YOU’D THINK THE DELTA WILL BE SMALLER IN THIS RACE WINDOW. DOES THAT ALLOW YOU FOCUS ON A PINPOINT SETUP?“Sebring, in its normal time slot in March, can be super-hot in the daytime and chilly at night. With that, we’d often see ourselves running two or three tire compounds throughout the race. That isn’t going to be factor for this race. Each compound doesn’t typically have a huge balance change from one to the other. But if we are expecting a certain temperature range and it falls in line with only using one compound, then we can hone the setup in on that. For sure that’s another aspect of this sprint race and running it at this time of the year that is different from the 12 Hours and what we are used to.”
OLIVER GAVIN, NO. 4 MOBIL 1/SiriusXM CHEVROLET CORVETTE C8.RWAS THERE SATISFACTION WITH THE TEAM RESULTS FROM DAYTONA, AND HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS PROGRAM AS IT GOES FORWARD?“It was great to get pole position at Daytona. I really enjoyed that lap. The car really did come together in qualifying, and it was a huge amount of fun to drive. I think everyone who has driven the C8.R would say that the feedback and enjoyment you get when it gets hooked up and starts to roll is fantastic. It was great to see that we could get a clean sweep on the front row in qualifying, and it was great to see the No. 3 get the victory. Our strategy didn’t play out that day, but that’s the way it is. We’re two cars from one team that is striving to get race wins and ultimately a championship. It’s very exciting to get the racing started back and get going. It’ll be great to go to Sebring where we have tested and had success there. We understand the bumps and how the Florida weather can work. I seem to remember Tommy giving us a fantastic victory there in 2016 and dealing with tricky conditions. This time of year, it can really throw up anything. It definitely will be warm, so we’ll be ready for that.”
WITH A FRONT-ENGINE CAR, YOU GET A LOT OF HEATSOAK THROUGH THE PEDALS IN REGARD TO COCKPIT TEMPERATURE. DO YOU NOTICE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE NEW LAYOUT?“It is different. The team has been working very hard on what makes the cabin hot and where we need to do some work. Daytona was another datapoint for that. We’ve gone away and studied that, and Sebring will be another good test. We do have a good A/C system in the car, and Corvette Racing have invested a lot in that. When you get in the car, you hear all the fans running and feel a lot of air moving in the cabin, which is good. Ultimately the truth and the reality of it is will it work well in the race. At Daytona, I don’t’ think we got a full test because it wasn’t that hot in the race; it was sort of overcast and we had some rain that cooled things off. If we have a real scorching Saturday at Sebring, I think that’ll give it a real thorough test. Everyone feels it is a good system. We don’t have any real issues with temperature of the pedals so that’s a nice thing. We have a good system that blows air through the back of the seat, so that’s another thing that’s working well. We have Stand21 suits that we’ve been running for years and are working with those guys. Fingers crossed for Sebring. Our cooling system is a solid piece and something we’ll be able to rely on.”
WERE THE REVISED TRACK SCHEDULE AND COVID PROTOCOLS A BIG ADJUSTMENT?“It was a little bit of an adjustment, but IMSA did a great job. It was fantastic to see how structured they were and how we got into the track. Everything went very smoothly and very well. You have to say that IMSA and Daytona did a fantastic job in managing everyone coming in. The fans that were there were kept in their own area, and it was very good in terms of distancing. I expect it to be very similar for Sebring. I’m comfortable with it and what we’ve done IMSA has done a great job getting us back racing.”
HOW MANY MILES HAVE YOU PUT ON YOUR BIKE IN THE U.S. SO FAR?“I haven’t really counted miles, but I think it’s somewhere close to maybe 1,000 miles. I cooked myself yesterday and got ridiculously hot! I felt better today so it’s all good preparation for Sebring!”
Racers Edge Acura NSX GT3 Evo moves to third in season standings after four rounds
Trent Hindman and Shelby Blackstock topped qualifying for both weekend races
ALTON, Va (July 12, 2020) – The Racers Edge Motorsports duo of Martin Barkey and Kyle Marcelli, the 2019 SRO Motorsports GT World Challenge Pro/Am champions, had four months to think about a tough opening weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in March prior to this weekend’s resumption of racing at Virginia International Raceway.
The time off worked in the team’s favor as the #80 Acura NSX GT3 Evo returned to the sharp end of the grid as Barkey and Marcelli combined for a win and a second-place finish in Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2020 GT campaign this weekend in Virginia.
Meanwhile, the Silver Class pairing of Trent Hindman and Shelby Blackstock continued their strong 2020 season. After a start in March that saw the pair put their #93 Acura NSX GT3 Evo in Victory Lane in each of the first two opening rounds, Hindman and Blackstock added a P2 podium in Saturday’s VIR opening race of a doubleheader GT weekend.
Blackstock started the #93 NSX GT3 Evo from pole Saturday, and ran out to a lead of more than six seconds after 20 laps, while Barkey’s #80 machine was fighting its way into the top three after starting sixth. The team’s strategy of waiting longer than the rest of the field to make its driver change was paying dividends until a Lap 21 caution flag not only erased the advantage, but dropped the team behind those that had already made their driver swaps.
Marcelli, who had taken over from Barkey, restarted second and made quick work of the lead car, taking a lead he would not relinquish. Trent Hindman needed just three trips around the 17-turn 3.27-mile course to move into second, where he would finish 18 laps later.
Sunday’s race followed suit for the #93 NSX as Hindman opened up an early lead, after starting from the pole position for the second consecutive day, only to see it negated by a Pit Lane speed violation during the team’s driver change.
The resulting penalty promoted put Barkey into P2 amid a three-way tussle for the position.
A caution flew on Lap 42, setting up a seven-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Barkey restarted second and hounded the lead car all the way to the flag, finishing second by just .226 seconds. Hindman and Blackstock suffered a mechanical setback in the latter stages of the race and finished seventh overall, but had some consolation in running the race’s fastest lap.
The wins this weekend are the third in four GT World Challenge races for the Acura NSX GT3 Evo, which won team championships in both IMSA GTD and the SRO GT World Challenge series in 2019. The car, sold and supported by HPD in North America, runs in both Sprint and Endurance racing competition around the world.
The GT World Challenge Series will traverse the country after running in Virginia, as the series’ next competition will take place at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway August 7 – 9 where Rounds 5 and 6 will be contested.
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Martin Barkey (#80 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo) finished first overall Saturday, second Sunday: “We had better pace at COTA [prior race] than the results there really showed This is a great turnaround for us here. I have to tip my hat to the Racers Edge crew and of course the Acura. It’s such a great car to drive.”
Shelby Blackstock (#93 Acura Accelerated Service NSX GT3 Evo) finished second overall Saturday, seventh Sunday: “We had really good pace here, and it showed in qualifying P1 and in our race lap times. Unfortunately, the results didn’t reflect that, but happy that we showed that we can run with anyone in the class. Eager to get to Sonoma and challenge for the podium there. Thanks to the Racers Edge team and HPD for all the hard work this weekend!”
|FORD PERFORMANCE SWEEPS KENTUCKY SPARTA, KY – July 13, 2020 – Ford Performance and Roush Yates Engines sweep Kentucky with Cole Custer winning his first NASCAR Cup Series race as a rookie and Austin Cindric capturing back-to-back wins on Thursday and Friday in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.|
|“Congratulations to Cole and Austin on their wins,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “The Ford Mustangs ran strong at Kentucky and to see Cole win his first Cup race as a rookie and Austin win his first two races of the year is special. Ford Performance and our Ford Performance race teams have been working really hard to deliver fast race cars to the track every week and to see the guys in Victory Lane is a testament to everyone’s dedication and teamwork.”|
|On a late race restart with two laps to go, in Sunday’s Quaker State 400, Stewart-Haas Racing driver, Custer in the No. 41 Ford Mustang started from the third row. With a strong push from Ford teammate, Matt DiBenedetto, during the restart he was able to make a monster move from the outside on the white flag lap to take it four wide and pass the race leader and veteran drivers Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney for the lead. Custer took the checkered flag .271 seconds ahead of second place driver Truex, punching his ticket to the All-Star race on Wednesday night and into the Playoffs.|
|“I knew I just had to get to the top,” said Custer. “The top rolled pretty good and once I got past and I was like in third I was like I’ve just got to take a shot and do whatever I can here. And it ended up the 4 and the 19 got together a little bit and I was able to take advantage of it. It was just an unbelievable car and I was able to take advantage of it. I just can’t thank all my guys and everybody at SHR enough, and everybody at Roush Yates Engines – just an absolutely amazing car.”|
|Six Fords finished in the top-10, led by Custer, DiBenedetto P3, Harvick P4, Blaney P6, Stage 1 winner and leader of 128-laps Aric Almirola P8 and Stage 2 winner Brad Keselowski P9.|
|Ford leads all manufacturers with 10 race wins while Stewart-Haas and Kevin Harvick lead the owner and driver points standings.|
|In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Austin Cindric battled hard against Ford Performance teammate Chase Briscoe to bring home his first two wins of the 2020 season for Team Penske. This marked three NXS wins in a row at Kentucky for Ford Performance and 4th consecutive win in 2020.|
Thursday night, Cindric took the lead with 40 laps to go and it appeared he would take the checkered flag, but late race cautions set the stage for a thrilling over-time finish as he battled with Ford Performance teammate Briscoe.
|The two Ford Mustangs lined up side-by-side on the front row for a green-white-checkered finish. Cindric took the outside lane and Briscoe the inside. Briscoe was able to get a slight jump on Cindric at the restart, but the No. 22 would not be denied and got a huge run off the corner to rocket right by the No. 98 to take the lead and the checkered flag in Kentucky. Briscoe finished P4.|
|“I don’t care what shape the track is, if it’s dirt, oval, I don’t care I’m just so happy this Snap-On Ford Mustang is in Victory Lane,” said Cindric. “We’ve come so close all year. These guys have given me so many awesome race-winning cars. This is awesome. All the credit to my guys for getting me here.”|
|In a double-header at Kentucky Speedway the Xfinity series returned Friday night, where the No. 22 Ford Mustang dominated the Alsco 300. Cindric led a career high 130 laps out of the 200-lap race and took the checkered flag 2.262 seconds ahead of No. 98 Briscoe, making it a 1-2 finish for Ford Performance.|
“I’m just so excited. This is all a credit to my team,” commented Cindric. “I’m the lucky one that gets to drive this Snap-On Ford Mustang. Thank you to everyone – Ford Performance. A one-two between me and Chase. That was a lot of fun.”
|Briscoe and Stewart-Haas Racing continue to lead the driver and owner points standings and with back-to-back wins Ford leads manufacturers with seven wins and a 10-point lead. Cindric and Team Penske are in a strong third place position.|
|The NASCAR Cup Series heads into All-Star week with the All-Star Open and All-Star Race being held in Bristol, TN on Wednesday, July 15th. Reference the full 2020 schedule on Roushyates.com.|
27 CHAMPIONSHIPS – 396 WINS – 357 POLES!
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3 Series – 22 Teams – 81 Races
|“We had a lot of fun today in the RigUp Chevrolet. Justin Alexander and the entire No. 3 team did a heck of a job all day, and I think if we wouldn’t have had damage to our car we would have been right up there in the mix at the end of the race. We were able to earn some Stage points again this weekend, so that was good. Green-flag pit stops were cycling through at the end of Stage 2, and we were just about to enter pit road when the caution flag was displayed. I quickly got back onto the track to avoid pit road and ended up spinning in front of the field. I was waiting for the big one on the right-side door but thankfully everyone avoided me. After that, though, we had a really tight-handling Chevrolet. I was just so tight, which made it difficult on the last couple of restarts. Still, 13th isn’t bad considering the damage we had.”|
|Tyler Reddick and the Caterpillar Team Forge Forward into a Top-10 Finish at Kentucky Speedway|
|“Races like today are ones we need to get ourselves into a Playoff spot in the next few weeks. We really had to fight for our top-10 finish today at Kentucky Speedway. Our No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was tight for most of the day but freed up almost too much in the final few laps. My team kept after it all day, and we were able to get up into the top 12 during Stage 2 after some pretty big swings on the adjustments. We got shuffled back in the field during the stage break between Stages 2 and 3 when we hit pit road thinking more cars behind us would follow. Unfortunately, they didn’t so we had to fight up through the field one more time, while also being smart and not getting in any situations that would end our day early. We were able to do that today and grab a top-10 finish with a car we struggled with, so that’s a positive. I know spots in the Playoffs are starting to dwindle down, so we’re going to have to keep picking it up. Top-10 finishes are going to help us, but we’re in a very volatile spot in the standings where things like today could happen and drivers behind us in points could win and lock in a spot. We’ll stay aggressive and not let points get away from us as we get down to the final races of the regular season.”-Tyler Reddick|
July 12, 2020
Matt DiBenedetto used what he described as some monstrous restarts to drive his No. 21 Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang from 20th place with 13 laps remaining to 3rd at the finish of Sunday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
His finish, combined with the nine stage points earned earlier in the race, keeps him 12th in the Cup Series standings and continues a recent string of strong performances by the driver, crew chief and pit crew.
DiBenedetto spent much of Sunday’s race at Kentucky running among the leaders after starting 10th. He ran as high as 3rd in the first stage before ending that 80-lap run in fourth place, earning seven stage points.
He continued to run in the top 10 for much of the second stage before a caution period during a round of pit stops with six laps remaining in the stage allowed some drivers who took only two tires or none to pass him. But he rallied to finish ninth and earn two more stage points.
In the final segment of the race he again ran among the leaders until another untimely caution flag flew, occurring just after he’d brought the Menards/Quaker State Mustang to pit road and left him a lap down.
He took the wave-around to rejoin the lead lap but found himself mired in traffic just inside the top 20.
The late-race heroics from DiBenedetto and his spotter Doug Campbell allowed him to drive the Menards/Quaker State Mustang into the top 10 with just 10 laps left to run. He continued to advance until the race’s final caution flag put him in eighth place for a two-lap sprint to the finish.
When the green flag flew, DiBenedetto gave sixth-starting Cole Custer a mighty shove, which put Custer in position to challenge for the win while DiBenedetto followed through to take third place, his second top-three finish of the season, the first being a second-place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the second race of the season.
“We had a really good car,” DiBenedetto said. “I mean, we could have contended for the win.”
“It was really fast, but lost track position when things shuffled around and we had to do the wave around. Me and my spotter – I’ve got to give him a lot of credit, Doug Campbell. I told him we should win some sort of restart award – had two monstrous restarts and then pushed Cole to the win there, which kind of felt cool.”
“Good for him. Congrats, but this is a big race for us having the Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang in the Quaker State 400, so I wish we could have won it, but circumstances didn’t work out. We’ll take a strong finish and a really fast car.”
Next up for DiBenedetto and the Menards team is the NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday night, where DiBenedetto will have to race his way into the main event through the preliminary Open.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 12, 2020) — The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series returned to the track this weekend beginning back-to-back races at Lucas Oil Raceway. Today during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals the TopCoat™ Dodge driven by Alan Prusiensky, the No. 16 qualifier, made a strong showing against eventual race winner Jason Line. With just one day of qualifying Prusiensky and the blue and black Dodge Dart branded with the TopCoat™ and F11 logos survived a field of over twenty Pro Stock cars to earn the right to race today.
“We really had to pull together on Saturday,” said Prusiensky. “When you only get two runs to try and qualify that puts a lot of pressure on the team. Luckily, this Top Coat Dodge Pro Stock group came through and we got to race.”
On Saturday there were two qualifying sessions on a hot track after an over four month lay-off. It was a tough task for all the teams and Prusiensky made the most of his first run a solid 6.700 second pass which at the time was quick enough to slot him No. 13. In the second session a number of drivers improved but the New Jersey based driver was able to hold them off and run for the Wally on Sunday.
“I couldn’t be out here without the support of TopCoat™ and F11,” said Prusiensky. “Saturday was a lot of stress. We made a good run in the first session and were No. 13. I was hoping to improve in the last run and we got bumped back a little in the qualifying standings but we were still in the show.”
During eliminations with dramatically different conditions Prusiensky pulled up against No. 1 qualifier Jason Line. The Dodge Dart driver knew he had to get every advantage to secure a round win. As the tree fired up the Top Coat Dodge leapt off the starting line first and as the Pro Stock cars approached half-track Line began to move around Prusiensky. As both cars crossed the finish line stripe it was the Summit Chevrolet getting the win light over the Top Coat Dodge with a time of 6.615 seconds versus 7.062 seconds.
“We were fired up to make the field because the race would be on the FOX national broadcast and that would be great exposure for our sponsor TopCoat™ with F11,” said Prusiensky at the end of qualifying. “We got one of the toughest racers out here in Jason Line and we tried to give him everything we had. I was glad I had a good reaction time but I would have traded that for a win light for sure. We are going to have some time before the next race and I know we will come back stronger. I have to thank all my crew guys and my wife, Christine, for supporting this team. We come out here every race and give it our all.”
Prusiensky and the rest of his Pro Stock competitors are celebrating the 50th anniversary season of Pro Stock this season. Throughout the year the NHRA will be celebrating one of the most competitive classes in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series history.
“I always liked watching Pro Stock back in the day. It is cool to be our here with TopCoat™ racing in the 50th year of the category. I am really concentrating on my own program and giving this team everything I can,” added Prusiensky.
Next up for the TopCoat™ Dodge Dart Pro Stock team will be the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals, August 21-23.
NASCAR CUP SERIESKENTUCKY SPEEDWAYQUAKER STATE 400PRESENTED BY WALMARTTEAM CHEVY POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTESJULY 12, 2020
TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:POS. DRIVER5th KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 1LE10th TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 CATERPILLAR CAMARO ZL1 1LE 11th WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 1LE13th AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 RIGUP CAMARO ZL1 1LE16th TY DILLON, NO. 13 GEICO CAMARO ZL1 1LE
TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS: POS. DRIVER1st Cole Custer (Ford)2nd Martin Truex Jr. (Toyota)3rd Matt DiBenedetto (Ford)4th Kevin Harvick (Ford)5th Kurt Busch (Chevrolet) The NASCAR Cup Series season continues at Bristol Motor Speedway with the NASCAR All-Star Race on Wednesday, July 15th at 8:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 5th“We ran strong, we raced tough. We weren’t quite able to rekindle last year’s success, but a top-five is solid. Thanks to Monster, Chevrolet and the everyone on this No. 1 team. Looking forward to seeing everyone Wednesday night in Bristol go the All- Star Race!” TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 CATERPILLAR CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 10th“Races like today are ones we need to get ourselves into a Playoff spot in the next few weeks. We really had to fight for our top-10 finish today at Kentucky Speedway. Our No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE was really tight for most of the day, but freed up almost too much in the final few laps. My team kept after it all day, and we were able to get up into the top 12 during Stage 2 after some pretty big swings on a couple adjustments. We got shuffled back in the field during the stage break between Stages 2 and 3 when we hit pit road thinking more cars behind us would follow. Unfortunately, they didn’t so we had to fight up through the field one more time, while also being smart and not getting in any situations that would end our day early. We were able to do that today and grab a top-10 finish with a car we struggled with, so that’s a positive. I know spots in the Playoffs are starting to dwindle down, so we’re going to have keep picking it up. Top-10 finishes are going to help us, but we’re in a very volatile spot in the standings where things like today could happen and drivers behind us in points could win and lock in a spot. We’ll stay aggressive and not let points get away from us as we get down to the final races of the regular season.”
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 RIGUP CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 13th“Well, I feel really stupid after spinning out trying to avoid the orange box. I did make it – it gave us some big, important track position, but it killed the splitter in the process. It kind of separated hitting the wrong way, so we were just super tight there at the end. We were able to make some of probably the best restarts of my career. Eleventh to fifth on that one and just holding on hoping it would go green to the end running ninth. Had that last restart – had another good one, but it kind of got choked up on the bottom that time. Everybody kind of bogged down and couldn’t continue the momentum. And then us being tight, we were just kind of sitting ducks.”
“P-13. Proud of the guys. We had a really fast race car today, just wish I wouldn’t have overreacted there. The apron just kind of shot me towards the wall. Luckily, we didn’t get t-boned. But solid day for all of that. Man, I think we could have in a position to possibly win if we would have maintained that track position that we got on that second-to-last restart. But all-in-all, I have to thank RigUp, everybody that helps this No. 3 RCR team. Solid day – we’ve got some good stuff ahead of us. I’m looking forward to Texas. We’ve got the Open this week. We’ll do what we can do to get in there. We’ll work hard!”
TY DILLON, NO. 13 GEICO CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 16th“Solid 16th-place finish today at Kentucky. That’s two top-16s in a row, which is awesome. I’m so proud of our GEICO Racing team and we are going to keep digging and building on these consistent finishes. We are learning a lot and definitely getting better. Our team is going to go after it this second half of the season.” ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 CINCINNATI CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 19th“That is just one of those things. We had a great car today. A big thank you to everyone on this Cincinnati team and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for putting this car together. We battled some tight conditions there at the end, but overall, we had a decent day. I hate it that we didn’t get Cincinnati the finish they deserve, but we will come back strong this week with two races.”
MATT KENSETH, NO. 42 CLOVER CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Finished 25th“A tough day again for us after a couple of good weeks. The Clover Chevy was pretty fast, and we were able to work our way up into the teens after starting in the back. The conditions today were really tough; probably the toughest I’ve raced under, and passing was pretty difficult with the track conditions and rules package. But, we were making our way towards the top-10 when a miscue in the pits resulted in a broken valve stem that caused the left rear to go down and put us a lap down. We finally got the lap back towards the end of the race and I took a ride through the infield off of turn 4 trying to get all I could get. So, a disappointing day, but I’m really encouraged by the speed we had in our Camaro, which was probably the best mile and half car I’ve raced. Just need to have mistake free days to be able to take advantage of fast cars.”
· Matt Hagan drives Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to victory over Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate and No. 1 qualifier Tommy Johnson Jr.’s MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat in Funny Car finals at E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals to restart 2020 NHRA season
· Hagan posts third consecutive national event title for a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat this 2020 NHRA season following wins by Jack Beckman at Pomona, Calif. and Johnson Jr. at Phoenix, Ariz., and the sixth straight for a HEMI-powered Funny Car since October 2019
· Three DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats with wins this year are atop Funny Car points standings with Beckman leading the charge over Johnson and Hagan
· DSR’s Leah Pruett and her Mopar Dodge/SRT Dragster make a quarterfinal appearance to maintain a top-five position in the Top Fuel points standings
July 12, 2020, Brownsburg, Ind. – An all-Mopar Dodge//SRT Funny Car final elimination showdown at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals was good proof that even a four-month pause in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition couldn’t stymie the drive to battle for wins as Matt Hagan’s victory over Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. gave the team its third consecutive national title of the 2020 season.
From a sixth-seeded position, Hagan drove his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to the winner’s circle for the first time this year, giving him his third Wally in six nationals events dating back to October 2019 when he won both the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in Dallas and the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil in Vegas. DSR Teammate Jack Beckman’s wins in the 2019 season finale and 2020 season opening races at Pomona, Calif., along with Johnson’s win at the Arizona Nationals means that a DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has earned a national title at each of the last six events.
Hagan was consistent with both his reaction times and runs to quickly dispose of Daniel Wilkerson, Beckman, and Tim Wilkerson. That set up an all-Mopar final showdown against No. 1 Qualifier, Johnson Jr., who was also making his second consecutive final round appearance. Johnson made it to his 54th final round by knocking off teammate Ron Capps, Blake Alexander and J.R. Todd. The two DSR teammates had previously met twice in final elimination round match-ups, with Hagan emerging as the winner in both.
Hagan’s powerhouse had the early advantage and enough of a lead over Johnson to earn a decisive win, the 34th of his career, even when his engine let go right at the finish to set off a few of its own fireworks. On the strength of his victory and two top qualifier awards to start the season, the Hagan and his Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat move up into third place in the Funny Car championship points standings.
Meanwhile, following a No. 3 qualifying effort, Beckman was able to keep his lead in the Funny Car points standings by driving his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat away from Mike McIntire in the first round straight into a quarterfinal showdown with DSR teammate Hagan. While the loss to the eventual winner was disappointing, Beckman is two markers ahead of runner-up Johnson Jr. and 40 points from Hagan, with each driver boasting a win this season.
For his part, Ron Capps had a tough restart to the season, qualifying 16th to face teammate Johnson Jr., who was still riding the momentum from his win at the last-contested NHRA event in February and a No.1 qualifying position earned on Saturday. Capps laid down a solid 3.956 E.T., the second-quickest run of the entire first session except that it was against the only car to run better, as Johnson posted a 3.896 to move on. While they didn’t walk away with the round win, Capps and the NAPA team are bolstered by the fact that they have their car back and know they’re capable of running big numbers.
In Top Fuel competition, a tenth place qualifying position on the eliminations ladder saw Leah Pruett’s opening round pairing pitting her against seventh-seeded DSR teammate Tony Schumacher, the winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history, making a cameo appearance for the back-to-back Indianapolis race events. Pruett had the starting line advantage and never looked back to move on to a quarterfinal match-up and lane choice over current points leader Doug Kalitta.
Once again, the Mopar Top Fuel Dragster was quick on the on the tree and held the lead on Kalitta through to half-track, but a close side-by-side race to the finish with just a 0.01 second difference saw Pruett edged by her opponent at the stripe to end her day a little sooner than she had hoped.
Qualified 12th for the first of his two-event ‘comeback tour’ with DSR, Cory McClenathan didn’t even get a chance to challenge for a winlight when an issue kept his car in neutral and from staging the car for the start, but he’ll look another shot to battle for a 35th career Top Fuel win next weekend.
Mopar Dodge//SRT and DSR will return to Lucas Oil Raceway in just a few days for the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals, the second of two consecutive Indianapolis-based on July 18-19, as part of the updated 2020 NHRA schedule.
NOTES and QUOTES:
Jack Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 4.050 seconds at 298.47 mph)
Round 1: (0.079-second reaction time, 4.099 seconds at 250.60 mph) beat No. 4 Mike McIntire (0.103/4.506/203.55)
Round 2: (0.069/3.969/316.90) loss to No. 6 Matt Hagan (0.080/3.949/321.19)
“That was the first time we made it to the lights under power in six runs this weekend. We have been having an issue with down track tire spin and we obviously remedied that. The crazy thing is we ran second low ET of the meet by backing the car down and that tells us what we need to do for next weekend. It’s upsetting to lose, but with a new front half on this car the silver lining is we have a good baseline tune-up for next weekend and I think we’re going to be a favorite when we roll back up for Q1.”
Matt Hagan, Mopar Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 6 Qualifier – 4.090 seconds at 289.07 mph)
Round 1: (0.072-second reaction time, 4.025 seconds at 315.27) beat No.11 Daniel Wilkerson (0.097/4.238/249.44)
Round 2: (0.080/3.949/321.19) beat No. 3 Jack Beckman (0.069/3.969/316.90)
Round 3: (0.078/3.959/322.34) beat No. 10 Tim Wilkerson (0.081/4.349/211.43)
Round 4: (0.044/4.328/215.00) beat No. 1 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.066/5.854/117.84)
“It was a big change going from super cool conditions, and being able to run really hard, and then watching (crew chief) Dickie Venables make the adjustments when it’s a 140-degree race track, and different things like that. Really proud of Dickie, (assistant crew chief) Mike Knudsen, Alex Conway, and all my guys that are wrenching on the car to make these adjustments.
“My guys put a great race car underneath me. We kept lane choice all day long and to be able to make those calls, and to go out there and run hard in this heat, is really telling. Tommy Johnson, he really had the car to beat this weekend. He rolled out of the box really strong. That whole team over there, they’re going to be tough for us all year long. I’m just really proud and excited to be a part of NHRA that’s bringing it out here with the fans. We’re back out here, and we’ve got this race underneath us to show people that we can do this, and do it right. People are taking the necessary precautions and making sure we’re staying safe. It’s just really nice to be back into drag racing and to be able to hold up the Wally again.”
Tommy Johnson Jr., MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 1 Qualifier – 3.983 seconds at 317.72 mph)
Round 1: (0.068-second reaction time, 3.896 seconds at 324.90 mph) beat No.16 Ron Capps (0.073 /3.956/294.24)
Round 2: (0.241/3.963/318.32) beat No. 9 Blake Alexander (no time)
Round 3: (0.070/3.959/319.29) beat No.4 J.R. Todd (0.059/9.211/77.50)
Round 4: (0.066/5.854/117.84) loss to No. 6 Matt Hagan (0.044/4.328/215.00)
“I’m kind of disappointed, but it’s hard to be disappointed when you go to the final round and get a No. 1 qualifier. We have a great car just like we did at Phoenix. Out of nowhere it put a cylinder out and (crew chief) John (Collins) did the right thing by trying to shut me off and just after he did that I watched Matt (Hagan) blow up and I think I could have been him on seven. It’s probably the right decision to not risk hurting parts. It’s still a great weekend and we have such a solid race car and with a shortened season and no Countdown being near the top of the points is the most important thing.”
Ron Capps, NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
(No. 16 Qualifier – 4.555 seconds at 184.70 mph)
Round 1: (0.073-second reaction time, 3.956 seconds at 294.24 mph) lost to No.1 Tommy Johnson Jr. (0.068/3.896/324.90)
“We didn’t qualify where we wanted to, but I always brag about our NAPA team that we can win from any starting position. My friend and former teammate Larry Dixon texted me yesterday and said you have a much better chance winning from the 16th position than the 17th. We just went up there and did what we do. Tobler did a great job reading the race track without lane choice. I don’t think that mattered. We had to go up and race John Collins, who we know well, and Tommy Johnson is as good as it gets in the driver’s seat. At that point we were second quickest of the round and I shut it off a little early because Tommy (Johnson Jr.) was ahead of me. I’m very happy with how the weekend finished after that run, unfortunately we just put ourselves in a bad position with qualifying and we just can’t do that. That’s not our MO. I’m very excited about next weekend.”
Leah Pruett, Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster
(No. 10 Qualifier – 3.934 seconds at 306.33 mph)
Round 1: (0.051-second reaction time, 3.817 seconds at 262.03 mph) beat No. 7 Tony Schumacher (0.081/4.108/253.14)
Round 2: (0.047/3.813/319.14) lost to No. 2 Doug Kalitta (0.053/3.803/321.58)
“It was an early start, but we were more than ready. Racing Tony (Schumacher) isn’t ideal. Tony had traction issues and we had the (blower) belt release which is one of the worst feelings as a driver. You’re ahead, you’re going, you’re making power and all of a sudden you’re coasting and I hear Tony pedal and you’re thinking ‘oh my god, just make it.’ It felt great to get the win light and we brought everything we had against Doug Kalitta in a heavy-hitter matchup and it was one of the closest races we’ve had in a long time. What that shows is that this Mopar/Pennzoil team hasn’t skipped a beat. We’re as strong as we’ve ever been and we’ll keep progressing and come back here next weekend with a solid foundation for both cars with Cory (McClenathan) and me and go after that Wally.
BATAVIA, Ohio (July 12, 2020) – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make a quick stop in Farley, Iowa on Monday for the Truck Country 50. 300 Raceway is Eastern Iowa’s premiere 3/8 mile dirt track and motorsports facility. The July 13th event presented by Truck Country, will be a complete program of: Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Mains – highlighted by a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event. The IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sport Modifieds will also be in action. 300 Raceway is located just off US Highway 20 at Exit 300. On Monday, the pit gate will open at 2:00 pm CT, followed by general admission gates at 4:00pm CT. On-track action and live broadcast on LucasOilRacing.tv (for monthly and yearly subscribers) will begin at 6:30pm CT. To learn more, visit: www.300Raceway.com.
The 2019 Series visit to 300 Raceway saw Jonathan Davenport lead every lap, but not without surviving a late-race charge from Tyler Erb and several other bids for the lead all throughout the race. Devin Moran trailed Davenport and Erb to the finish line, passing Josh Richards on the final lap to take third. Richards finished in fourth, followed by 20th place starter, Tim McCreadie.
CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATIONE3 SPARK PLUG NATIONALSLUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANASUNDAY, JULY 12, 2020Chevrolet Records Return Victory in Pro Stock at Indy
• Jason Line claims No. 1 qualifier position in shortened qualifying sessions Saturday• Line backs up top starting spot with 51st Pro Stock victory in his Summit Chevrolet Camaro SS • Jeg Coughlin, Jr. maintains Pro Stock point lead for Chevy after three of 18 events
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 12, 2020) – Jason Line added to his massive Wally collection from Lucas Oil Raceway with his 51st victory in beating fellow Chevrolet competitor, Jeg Coughlin Jr., by a mere 0.0168 seconds. Line took the lead off the starting line and never looked back in posting his first victory of 2020.
Following a four-month disruption for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, both Line and runner up Coughlin, can continue their farewell tours in the Pro Stock division as both intend to retire from full time competition at the end of the season.
The two drivers occupy the top two spots in the Pro Stock standings with Coughlin holding a slight eight point advantage over Line.
“I wish I could see my dad’s face because he’s big into streaks and it was very important to him that I win one race every race that I’ve done this, and we got it done today,” said Line, who has 104 final round appearances. “I want to thank Greg (teammate, Anderson) because he worked his tail off through all this to give us good stuff.”
An interview with Pro Stock winner JASON LINE, KB RACING, SUMMIT CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 1 qualifier; earned 51st Pro Stock victory in 27th pro race):
“This was definitely a different weekend. We had a lot of time off, and I can tell you that Greg Anderson led the charge in making sure that we came back with good stuff. He worked his tail off these past few months, and it showed in what we were able to accomplish yesterday and today. I’m pretty excited leaving here knowing that the silver Summit Racing Chevy Camaro is even better than it was before the break. Definitely looking forward to seeing how the rest of this year goes.”
JEG COUGHLIN JR., ELITE MOTORSPORTS, JEGS.COM/ELITEMOTORSPORTS CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (No. 2 qualifier, fell in the finals; competing in final season behind wheel): “We had a great day, a great weekend really,” Coughlin said. “Rather than qualify on Friday the NHRA allowed us a chance to test and our car was really strong right from the start. We did get two qualifying sessions Saturday and earned second place, so we were pleased with that. We felt really good here on race day and made a great run. “It was special to be back racing again and to see some fans in person and put on a show for them. I know we’ve all missed drag racing and it’s a relief to be back at it. I think the NHRA did a great job keeping everyone healthy and safe.”
GREG ANDERSON, KB RACING, SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (qualified 4th, fell in the semis): “My Summit Racing Chevrolet Camaro isn’t a new car, but it’s new for me, and I can honestly say that I have a really good car now. It worked great – we just made a mistake with my car in the semifinal and missed the starting line. But this Chevy is fast, it was easy to drive, and really it was just a joy to drive. We’re competitive again, and I’m happy. When we go racing again, it looks like I’ll have something to say about how the remainder of this year goes.”
|INDIANAPOLIS (July 12) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. came within .016-seconds of collecting his second NHRA win of the season Sunday at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals, and his strong runner-up effort in his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro was enough to put him back into the points lead he held after winning the season-opener in Pomona, Calif., back in February. Coughlin beat Elite Motorsports teammates Erica Enders and Bruno Massel, along with rival Chris McGaha, on the day before succumbing to Jason Line in an entertaining finale of the first NHRA professional event in four and a half months. “We had a great day, a great weekend really,” Coughlin said. “Rather than qualify on Friday the NHRA allowed us a chance to test and our car was really strong right from the start. We did get two qualifying sessions Saturday and earned second place, so we were pleased with that. We felt really good here on race day and made a great run. “It was special to be back racing again and to see some fans in person and put on a show for them. I know we’ve all missed drag racing and it’s a relief to be back at it. I think the NHRA did a great job keeping everyone healthy and safe.”|
With minimal experience in Pro Stock, Round 1 opponent Massel had a tough draw against Coughlin and ultimately didn’t have much of a chance on track, with Coughlin winning after a 6.622 at 206.70 mph to Massel’s resigned 7.093 at 155.60 mph. McGaha was next but he encountered tire shake early in the race and could only watch Coughlin run away and post a 6.651 at 206.99 mph to his 6.773 at 206.83 mph. As points leader at the start of the event, semifinal draw Enders was the one everyone was chasing and Coughlin proved to be up for the challenge with a 6.651 at 207.05 mph to her 6.723 at 206.45 mph. “That was the lucky race for us because both of our cars weren’t very happy that session,” Coughlin said. “Fortunately, mine came around a tick before hers and we were able to pull away at the other end and take the win.” In the final, Line’s 6.647 at 207.21 mph was just enough to hold off Coughlin’s 6.658 at 206.76 mph. “It was a little cooler today and they started eliminations much earlier than normal so that helped everyone,” Coughlin said. “We were top 3-4 every session and had a plan for Jason in the final but came up just short. That was by far the hottest time of the day and the right lane was pretty slippery. I think if we’d had another chance at that lane Rickie (Jones, crew chief) would have figured it out but we’ll never know.”
Troy Coughlin Jr., Jeg Jr.’s nephew, posted his best pass of the event in his Round 1 match-up with four-time champ Greg Anderson, but his posted run of 6.648 at 206.10 mph in Marty Robinson’s borrowed JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Ford Mustang wasn’t good enough to beat Anderson’s best-of-meet 6.603 at 207.43 mph. “We made a decent run but ran into a driver and crew who put together a super strong pass,” Troy Jr. said. “These cars require near perfection every pass and when you don’t start qualifying with a good run then it kind of compounds from there. You need every pass to be good so you can build on it the next time up. “The brain-trust here at Elite Motorsports is second-to-none. It was great to work with them and everyone made me feel right at home. I wish we could have turned on some win lights but that will have to wait for next time. We’re not sure when that will happen but I’ll be ready to go if the opportunity presents itself again.” Troy Jr. will compete in Super Comp at next weekend’s JEGS Speedweek Division 3 race at National Trail Raceway near his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 12, 2020) — Terry McMillen and the AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil Top Fuel team had momentum on their side after a day of testing on Friday and a solid day of qualifying yesterday at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis. Coming back to the track that a few years ago was the site of his biggest win, the U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, in 2018 the Elkhart, Indiana racer was full of positive energy. He had a brand new race car and the AMALIEⓇ Motor Oil XTERMIGATORⓇ Top Fuel dragster was ready to battle with a tough Top Fuel field.
In the opening session of qualifying McMillen and his Ron Wendland tuned Top Fueler made the quickest pass of the day and grabbed three valuable bonus points and went in to the final qualifying session as the provisional No. 1 qualifier. In the second round a couple dragster ran quicker but McMillen stepped up and jumped to the No. 3 qualifier position and a strong feeling going into race day. The track conditions during testing and qualifying were hot and as the second session came to an end a huge thunderstorm rolling over the race track ending the day for the racers and setting up a race day with completely different race conditions.
The NHRA made a number of adjustments to their racing schedule to maximize a safe racing environment for the teams and fans which included an early race start at 9 a.m. local time. McMillen’s first round opponent was not your traditional No. 14 qualifier. He would be facing three-time Top Fuel champion Antron Brown who struggled in his only two qualifying runs.
The pair pulled up to stage and as the tree lit up both dragsters leapt off the starting line with Brown grabbing a slight edge. As both 11.000 horsepower dragsters accelerated McMillen pulled even and looked to be pulling away before he hazed his Goodyear tires. That loss of momentum opened the door for Brown to go around McMillen. The Amalie Motor Oil dragster did not give up as McMillen got off the gas and then mashed the throttle pedal back down firing his race car back into motion but he was too far behind Brown as the finish line approached. McMillen tripped the lights with a 6.659 second run at 89.70 mph, a far cry from his best qualifying effort of 3.812 seconds at 316.75 mph.
“We had a good day of testing and a great day of qualifying,” said McMillen at the end of the day. “We were No. 1 after the first round and stepped up in the second round. I have a great team and my crew chief Rob Wendland has done an amazing job with these guys. We just didn’t capitalize on a great opportunity. We had the advantage I feel and we will not lose that heading into next week. I am already looking forward to getting back to the track and make the most of this opportunity to race the Amalie Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster.”
Q1: 3.866 sec, 314.02 mph; Qual. 1
Q2: 3.821 sec, 316.75 mph; Qual. 3
Bonus Points: +3 (quickest of Q1
E1: Antron Brown, Indianapolis, Ind., 3.997, 242.71 mph def. Terry McMillen, Elkhart, Ind., Amalie Motor Oil, 6.659, 89.70 mph
Terry McMillen Racing based in Elkhart, Ind., is a Top Fuel drag racing team competing in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded in 2007 and has shown remarkable determination and dedication. McMillen won the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in 2018 and has qualified for the NHRA Countdown, the end of season playoffs, in 2017 and 2018. Throughout his career with longtime sponsor AMALIE® Motor Oil McMillen has raced to eight final rounds including a career best five finals in 2018.
CHEVROLET RACING9th IN NTT INDYCAR SERIESREV GROUP GRAND PRIX DOUBLEHEADERPRESENTED BY AMR – ROUND #2ROAD AMERICAELKHART LAKE, WISCONSINTEAM CHEVY RACE NOTES & QUOTESJuly 12, 2020
TOP CHEVROLET UNOFFICIALP RACE RESULTS:POS. DRIVER2nd Pato O’Ward9th Josef Newgarden10th Charlie Kimball11th Will Power13th Simon Pagenaud14th Rinus Veekay15th Max Chilton
TOP-FIVE UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTSPOS. DRIVER1st Felix Rosenquist (Honda) 2nd Pato O’Ward (Chevrolet)3rd Alexander Rossi (Honda)4th Marcus Ericsson (Honda)5th Colton Herta (Honda)
It was a weekend of firsts for Pato O’Ward. The young driver put his No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet on the NTT INDYCAR Series pole for the first time in his career. It was also the first pole for a Arrow McLaren SP as the newest member of Team Chevy in INDYCAR.
O’Ward followed his pole-winning effort with leading a race-high 43 laps and scoring his first INDYCAR podium taking home runner-up hardware.
Race Two was cleaner than Saturday’s Race One, but was marred with a major crash on lap one in turn one that took out two cars and damages several others.
O’Ward appeared to be heading for his first victory, but lapped traffic, need to manage fuel mileage and monitor tire wear led to eventual winner Felix Rosenquist passing for the lead with two laps remaining in the race.
The NTT INDYCAR Series season continues next weekend at Iowa Speedway with the Iowa INDYCAR 250’s on Friday and Saturday, July 17th and 18th at 8:30 p.m. ET. Both events will be telecast live on NBCSN. Live coverage can also be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 211, XM 205, IndyCar.com and on thre INDYCAR MOBILE APP powered by NTT DATA.
TEAM CHEVY NOTES AND QUOTES:PATWO O’WARD, NO. 5 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET, Finished 2nd:YOUR TEAM SAID THEY ASKED A LOT OF YOU. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THOSE FINAL LAPS?“Yeah, it was really tough. The Ganassi cars, obviously Felix (Rosenqvist) was behind me, had a lot of pace. I think we did a really good job managing the whole race. But towards the end, whenever we got into a mix with some lapped cars and dirty air, that really hurt us. I gave it every single little bit that I had. I was pushing, pushing, pushing, but I just couldn’t keep Felix behind me. But I really want to thank Arrow McLaren and Chevy. The car was really, really good. We just missed that little extra on keeping the rear tires under us. But you know, we’re here. We got some good points this weekend and we’re looking forward to Iowa. We like running up front and I think we showed that we have everything to do it. So, I’m excited for the rest of the season.” YOU MENTIONED THE LAPPED TRAFFIC. ONE OF THOSE DRIVERS WAS CONOR DALY. DID YOU TRY TO PUSH ASIDE WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY AND GET THAT OUT OF YOUR HEAD?“Not really. Honestly, I think it was a racing incident yesterday. I think it would have been a different situation if I was overtaking him there, but I was defending. So, I think anybody is going to say whatever they think, but there was no action taken against me for a reason, so I thank him for respecting me and everything, whenever I was leading. You know, it’s racing. Things will happen. I think today we executed. I’m ecstatic. Whenever a second place is disappointing, you know it’s a good day. We started on the pole and we led almost the whole thing. If the race was five laps shorter, we would have been fine. But we have something to work on and we’re going to keep pushing hard.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 PPG TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FIINISHED 9TH: “Just a tough day for our PPG Chevrolet. Not the kind of day we wanted, especially when you see someone like (Scott) Dixon not have a very stellar day either. We just didn’t have the speed we were hoping to have. I thought we made some good changes overnight, but the race didn’t play out in our favor today. Early on, we knew we were going to be fighting some aero issues being back in the pack, so we switched to more of a fuel strategy/track position race. It could have played out a few different ways, but it just wasn’t meant to be today. All-in-all, we had some speed in our Chevrolet this weekend and we showed that with the pole and leading a bunch of laps yesterday. We just couldn’t put everything together. We will move on and focus our efforts on Iowa now.” CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 4 TRESIBA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 10TH: “I’m really excited to get the first top 10 of the season here in Race number two at Road America. The No. 4 Tresiba Chevrolet team worked really hard overnight to get the car ready for qualifying. We qualified 13th, had a good run there, had to save a little fuel at the end, make it across the line, come home 10th. I think it’s a good weekend – 11th yesterday, 10th today – put some points in the bank and we’ll head to a doubleheader at Iowa next weekend” WILL POWER, NO.12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 11TH “Man, just a rough race for us today. I guess in the end, things could have been worse and an 11th place finish is a small victory. I don’t really agree with the penalty from early in the race. I felt that was just a racing deal. So we had to come in and change the front wing, then I made a mistake and ran off the track and we had to make another stop for another wing change. Just not the day we needed for the Verizon Chevrolet. Got a podium yesterday, but just didn’t have it today.”
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 13TH “I’m ready to get to Iowa and get the Menards Chevrolet back up front. This was not our best weekend, but I have to give it to my guys, they never gave up and worked really hard all weekend long. Both days, we tried a lot of different strategies to try and gain back the track position that we needed from qualifying further back in the field. Yesterday, we should have had a top-10 and today we gave it all we had. Just had to play the cards we were dealt and try and make it up through pit strategy and fuel savings. At times, the car was a handful and at times we were as fast as the leaders. Time to shift our focus to Iowa Speedway. There are a lot of points we can make up with another doubleheader weekend.” RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 14TH: “It was a really tough weekend. We were struggling for speed, but we worked super hard to make the best out of it. I did everything I could, I drove the Direct Supply car the best I could! I’m really ready to try again in Iowa.”
MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET, FINISHED 15TH:“It was a bit of strange race with all the different strategies so it was difficult to see where we actually were throughout the race, but we were consistently making passes and hitting fuel numbers. Honestly it just boils down to how tight the INDYCAR field is. We really weren’t that far off of the leaders with the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet. Obviously we would’ve liked to qualify higher and finish the race higher than 15th, but when you really take a look at the race as a whole it’s a lot easier to see the positives and potential. Also the guys did a great job this weekend – they didn’t miss a beat coming into such a busy doubleheader weekend. This weekend was definitely a learning experience for us and we just keep getting stronger and stronger every race. It’ll be a few weeks before I’m back on track at Mid-Ohio, but I’m really looking forward to cheering on the team next weekend and seeing what they can do in Iowa.” CONOR DALY, NO. 20 U.S. AIR FORCE ED CARPENTER RACING, FINISHED 18TH :“We were the victim of a start stack up. We had a good start, everyone started going but then they all stopped. It’s a circumstance of starting in the back. We had some damage immediately and once we got that fixed, we just tried to make something of our race. We didn’t get the yellow that we needed to catch up. On reds there at the end, we were really fast. That was encouraging and we were able to make up some spots. Obviously, it was a tough weekend. Overall, I’m thankful for the work that were guys did to get us back out there. We’ll rebound at the next one for sure.”
DALTON KELLETT, NO 14 K-LINE USA AJ FOYT RACING, FINISHED 20TH: “We’re wrapped up here at Road America. It was a great race weekend, lots of learning for me with the doubleheader, lots of experience gained. The team gave me a great car to learn and keep on progressing, so working with the 14 car crew and Charlie and the 4 car crew, we got some great data. We’ll be debriefing after this. We want to keep getting better, keep progressing. Obviously we don’t want to be coming home 20th, we want to be fighting with the pack. I think we’ve got some good information coming out of this weekend and going into Mid Ohio – it’s one of my favorite tracks – so it’s going to be a fun weekend. We’ve got about three weeks to think about things so we should be able to regroup and come back strong then.”
OLIVER ASKEW, NO. 7 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “Looking forward to putting this behind us. Our race was compromised from the beginning after being hit in the rear. Lost a lot of downforce from the under wing and also had a gearbox issue so we were way behind pace and focused on finishing the race. Really unfortunate circumstances, and definitely a weekend to put behind us. We are taking this as a learning experience and moving on to Iowa next week.”