COLE CUSTER WINS AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
Sparta, KY – July 15, 2019 – Cole Custer won the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway and Ford Performance teammate Austin Cindric earned his first pole of the season. The No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang recorded its fifth win of the season and first win at Kentucky.
“Congratulations to Cole, Tony, and Gene,” said Doug Yates, President and CEO of Roush Yates Engines. “Cole and the entire organization at Stewart-Haas Racing continue to put themselves in a position to win each weekend. Mike Shiplett and the No. 00 crew made some great adjustments to the car and were well prepared for the transition into the night.” Continue reading COLE CUSTER WINS AT KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY
Team JEGS drag racer Mike Coughlin
wins second straight Top Dragster trophy
Troy Coughlin Jr. runner-up in TAD after dead-even finish
JOLIET, Ill. (July 14) — Mike Coughlin remains unbeaten in his JEGS.com Top Dragster ever since changing to a Fowler F12 roots-style supercharger, winning Sunday’s Burndown at Sundown Division 3 race at Route 66 Raceway. It was Coughlin’s second win in as many weekends and the first time he’s ever won two races in a row.
Continue reading Team JEGS drag racer Mike Coughlin wins second straight Top Dragster trophy
CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
HONDA INDY TORONTO
STREETS OF TORONTO
RACE RECAP AND WINNER TRANSCRIPT
JULY 14, 2019
Chevrolet wins for seventh time in 10 races on Streets of Toronto
Pole sitter Simon Pagenaud leads 80 of 85 laps; Josef Newgarden keeps points lead
TORONTO (July 14, 2019) – Simon Pagenaud paid homage to Bastille Day with a hard-charging victory in the Honda Indy Toronto.
The native of Montmorillon, France, completed a “perfect weekend” in the No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet by leading 80 of the 85 laps, holding off five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon in the closing stage and taking the checkered flag under caution. Continue reading Chevrolet wins for seventh time in 10 races on Streets of Toronto
Podium Finishes for Dixon, Rossi at Honda Indy Toronto
• Scott Dixon challenges for victory, finishes second for Honda
• Alexander Rossi closes on championship lead with third-place result
• Honda drivers claim eight of top-10 finishing positions
TORONTO, Ont., Canada. (July 14, 2019) – Scott Dixon challenged for the lead throughout the final third of Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto, but finished second at the end of 85 hard-fought laps, less than 14 hundredths of a second behind race winner Simon Pagenaud. Alexander Rossi completed the podium for Honda, and closed to within four points of the Drivers’ Championship lead with his third-place finish.
Starting second, Dixon slotted in behind Pagenaud in the opening lap and – although an early full-course caution split the field in terms of pit stop strategies – once again found himself running second when the various strategies converged after the final round of pit stops. Dixon continued to hound Pagenaud during the final 25 laps as the leaders worked their way through lapped traffic, but was unable to complete a successful passing attempt. Continue reading Podium Finishes for Dixon, Rossi at Honda Indy Toronto
Giovanni Scelzi Produces Fourth-Place Finish at Knoxville Raceway
Inside Line Promotions – KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 15, 2019) – Giovanni Scelzi hustled to his second straight top-five result at Knoxville Raceway last Saturday.
“We’ve qualified good and had good heat races the last two weeks, but we’ve been hit with the eight both times for the feature inversion,” he said. “It’s tough when you start behind Kerry Madsen and next to Brian Brown. It’s hard enough racing with those guys much less passing them. I’m happy with the progress we’ve made with the No. 41s car.” Continue reading Giovanni Scelzi Produces Fourth-Place Finish at Knoxville Raceway
HOWARD KAEDING CLASSIC NEXT UP FOR KING OF THE WEST-NARC SPRINT CARS
July 15, 2019
(July 16, 2019) Jim Allen, Sacramento, CA … The King of the West-NARC 410 winged sprint cars will converge on Ocean Speedway, this Saturday, July 20th for the popular Ninth Annual Howard Kaeding Classic presented by Al’s Roofing. It marks the ninth round of the Fujitsu Racing Series 60th Anniversary campaign and will pay $5000 to the winner of the 30-lap headliner. Overall, there will be more than $30,000 up for grabs.
The event pays tribute to 86-year old racing legend Howard Kaeding, the patriarch of the well-known Campbell, California-based Kaeding family. The elder-statesman is a winner of more than 350 main events over his illustrious Hall of Fame career. That winning tradition and DNA was successfully carried on by 13-time King of the West & Northern Auto Racing Club champion Brent Kaeding, and his sons Bud and Tim. Continue reading HOWARD KAEDING CLASSIC NEXT UP FOR KING OF THE WEST-NARC SPRINT CARS
DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer
By Drag Illustrated | July 15, 2019
“It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” – Ernest Hemingway
We’re ENGAGED!!!! I can’t put into words how happy I am to say that knowing I will be spending the rest of my life with my best friend, building our dream journey together. Continue reading DI DRIVER BLOG PRESENTED BY WELD RACING: Megan Meyer
Back-to-back wins puts Mike Coughlin in Top Dragster spotlight heading into D7 double-header weekend
SONOMA, Calif. (July 16) — Consecutive victories in Indianapolis and Chicago has put Mike Coughlin in the spotlight of the Top Dragster class as the two-time Division 3 champion heads west for this weekend’s NHRA Division 7 Doubleheader presented by Korbel at Sonoma Raceway.
After struggling with their racecar for the better part of a year, Coughlin and his Columbus, Ohio-based crew changed to a locally-built Fowler F12 roots-style supercharger that turned their unreliable tune-up into the most consistent one they’ve ever used. Continue reading Back-to-back wins puts Mike Coughlin in Top Dragster spotlight heading into D7 double-header weekend
ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB DETERMINED FOR SUCCESS AT MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS
MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2019) — With a stronghold on the Funny Car class, Robert Hight and the Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy Camaro SS team are headed to the 14th event on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Season schedule, the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, eager to secure their fifth win of the season. Continue reading ROBERT HIGHT AND AUTO CLUB DETERMINED FOR SUCCESS AT MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS
BRITTANY FORCE EAGER TO GET TO MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS AND SHOW OFF CARQUEST BRAKES COLORS
MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2019) — Brittany Force and the Carquest Brakes Top Fuel team are making their way to the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, looking to regain their early season success with second win of the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Continue reading BRITTANY FORCE EAGER TO GET TO MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS AND SHOW OFF CARQUEST BRAKES COLORS
AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST LOOKING FOR PROGRESS AT MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS
MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2019) — Rookie of the Year candidate, Austin Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist dragster team are going to the first event in NHRA’s Western Swing, the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil, looking for a breakthrough after consistent performance.
For Prock and the Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team, taking it one step at a time and continuing to build has been the focus of the season and with a resume that extends to a semi-final finish, four second-round appearances and a career best elapsed time of 3.69 and speed of 334.15, the newest team on the John Force Racing roster has been proving their potential. Continue reading AUSTIN PROCK AND MONTANA BRAND / ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST LOOKING FOR PROGRESS AT MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS
CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK: Getting Back on Track
A return to site of Corvette Racing’s 100th program victory
• Garcia, Magnussen seek to regain ground in GTLM points chase
• Fässler to sub for Milner in No. 4 Corvette alongside Gavin
• Corvette Racing leads all IMSA entrants with five Lime Rock victories
DETROIT (July 16, 2019) – The longest-running program in IMSA history visits the shortest venue on the calendar this weekend as Corvette Racing heads to Lime Rock Park with the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Northeast Grand Prix, set for 3:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, is a GT-only affair at the 1.474-mile, seven-turn road course in northwestern Connecticut. Corvette Racing is hoping that a return to Lime Rock – a place where it has won five times in 12 tries – will set the course right after an uncharacteristic showing two weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT LIME ROCK: Getting Back on Track
Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready to get back in the ‘swing’ of things
DENVER (July 16) — The gaps in the NHRA schedule where Pro Stock cars do not compete are over with the start of the vaunted “Western Swing” of consecutive races in Denver, Sonoma, Calif., and Seattle and five-time class champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is pumped up about racing his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro again.
“I’m excited to resume the title chase with my Elite teammates,” Coughlin said. “What better place to get back into the swing of things than Bandimere Speedway. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the NHRA tour and definitely one of the most picturesque of them all. Plus, we have a long relationship with the Bandimere family and just love coming here.” Continue reading Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready to get back in the ‘swing’ of things
Chris Haldeman Earns Season-Best Second in TCA Event in Portland
• Haldeman comes up just short of season’s first victory in TCA
• Taylor Hagler earns pair of top-five results
• Cole Ciraulo places fourth in weekend’s opening TCA race
PORTLAND, Ore. – (July 15, 2019) – Chris Haldeman did about as much as you can do to win a race at this weekend’s Rose Cup Races at the Portland International Raceway, but had to settle for a season-best second-place finish in Sunday’s SRO Motorsports Group Touring Car America event as his hunt for his first TCA class victory of the year continues. Continue reading Chris Haldeman Earns Season-Best Second in TCA Event in Portland
CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
HONDA INDY TORONTO
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE QUOTES
JULY 14, 2019
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 DXC TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET (pole sitter and race winner; third victory of season and 14th of career):
WHAT’S THE NERVES LIKE IN THE CLOSING LAPS?
“It’s never easy with the lap traffic really difficult. I was just trying to pass them and I saw (Ryan) Hunter-Reay made it difficult defending for the lap. I get it. Not the way I love to race but Chevy did a great job of giving us an update this week and it really paid off, and obviously on the fuel it was tremendous. The car was plenty fast all day. We never really got in trouble with anyone. It was a perfect execution for the Team Penske team.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Post Race
CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
HONDA INDY TORONTO
TEAM CHEVY RACE NOTES & QUOTES
JULY 14, 2019
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 TEAM PENSKE DXC TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET – Race Winner
YOU SAID THE CAR WAS PERFECT ON FRIDAY AND SHOWED NO SIGNS ANYTHING DIFFERENT ALL AFTERNOON OVER THE COURSE OF 85 LAPS. SO YOU’RE CLOSE TO RUNNING OUT OF FUEL. KYLE (MOYER, RACE STRATEGIST) IS TELLING YOU THAT YOU NEED TO SAVE. WHAT WERE YOUR NERVES LIKE IN THOSE CLOSING LAPS?
“It’s never easy with the lapped traffic. The lapped traffic was really very difficult because I was trying to just pass them and that made it difficult. They’re fighting for their lap. I get it. So, I just backed myself up and tried to give myself a gap with (Scott) Dixon (finished 2nd) while saving fuel. Continue reading CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES ON STREETS OF TORONTO: Simon Pagenaud Winner Quote
Solid Team Effort Nets Menard An 11th-Place Finish in Quaker State 400 at Kentucky
July 14, 2019
Paul Menard and the No. 21 Quaker State Ford Mustang put together one of their best races of the season and came away with an 11th-place finish in Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.
Menard earned points in both preliminary Stages, then overcame the disadvantage of restarting on the inside lane in an overtime run to the finish line to finish 11th after dropping as low as 15th place during the final two-lap dash. Continue reading Solid Team Effort Nets Menard An 11th-Place Finish in Quaker State 400 at Kentucky
CHASE JOHNSON PARKS IT AT PETALUMA SPEEDWAY
July 13, 2019
(7/13/19) By Jim Allen, Petaluma, CA … Chase Johnson passed Bill Aton with nine-laps remaining to score Saturday’s fast-paced King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series 30-lap headliner before a hometown crowd at Petaluma Speedway.
Wheeling the Shawn & Cyndi Thomas-owned Fire Suppression Engineering Shaver-powered Maxim, Johnson pocketed $3000 for his second career series victory, both of which have come at Petaluma. Continue reading CHASE JOHNSON PARKS IT AT PETALUMA SPEEDWAY
Austin Dillon Shows Speed and Earns Stage Points in the No. 3 AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Before Mechanical Issues at Kentucky Speedway
“The AAA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was really fast to start the race today at Kentucky Speedway. We were able to run within the top-five for much of the first two Stages and earn Stage points, which is definitely an improvement over last year. We have speed, and that’s a testament to all of the hard work RCR and ECR is doing. Unfortunately we had transmission and alternator issues today and spent time in the garage making repairs. I hate breaking stuff, but when you do, this No. 3 team just keeps working and never gives up. We’re going to get this monkey off our back and we’ll be just fine.”
Daniel Hemric and the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Team Showcase Their Never-Give-Up Attitude at Kentucky Speedway
“Our No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was faster than our 24th-place finish indicates tonight at Kentucky Speedway. Starting in the top 10 was a positive step for this team, and it was great to earn Stage points at the conclusion of Stage 1. Throughout Stage 2, we chipped away at the lead and gained solid ground until we were assessed a stop and go penalty during our pit stop on lap 150. The penalty put us two laps down, but we kept fighting and grinding it out because there’s no quit in this team. It wasn’t the finish we hoped for, but I know we have a resilient group that will be ready to rebound next weekend in New Hampshire.”
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
QUAKER STATE 400 PRESENTED BY WALMART
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
JULY 13, 2019
KURT BUSCH, CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 SCORE VICTORY AT KENTUCKY
Three Team Chevy Drivers in Top 10
SPARTA, KY (July 13, 2019) – Kurt Busch scored an incredible victory with the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on Saturday night in winning the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. He led 41 of the 267-lap, 400-mile race to collect his first win of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENSC) 2019 season.
The victory, Chevrolet’s first at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, was also the 2004 Champion’s 31st career MENCS win in 667 races, and 12th MENCS triumph for car owner Chip Ganassi.
With a strong showing as the Stage One winner, Busch’s speed prevailed on a last-lap pass to younger brother, Kyle Busch, coming to the checkered flag. It marked Chevrolet’s 783rd all-time win in NASCAR’s top series and also secures Busch a berth in the Cup Series Playoffs. Continue reading KURT BUSCH, CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 SCORE VICTORY AT KENTUCKY